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Long-range drones to deliver emergency medication to hospitals – Project MEDinTime

Long-range drones to deliver emergency medication to hospitals – Project MEDinTime

The “MEDinTime” project supported by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure is testing the viability of the supply using unmanned aircraft systems in the Ingolstadt region. 

The “MEDinTime” project is being funded by the Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure with a total of 1.07m € starting October 28th, 2020, as part of the call for proposals “Unmanned aviation applications and individual air mobility solutions”. 

The project consortium consists of experts from Ingolstadt Hospital, Ingolstadt University of Applied Sciences, the district of Pfaffenhofen a. d. Ilm and the Bavarian Red Cross regional office under the project management of the network coordinator Quantum-Systems GmbH.

Drones could bridge mobility bottlenecks 

The joint project “MEDinTime” concerns itself with an innovative mobility solution for a growing problem with the supply of medication to hospitals. 

Clinics must stock a large selection of drugs around the clock for patient care. In addition, the rapid provision of special emergency medications must be ensured in the shortest possible time. This is usually guaranteed by appropriately equipped hospital pharmacies. Due to the distance to the nearest pharmacy and the associated transport time, even hospitals of the primary care level (I. level of care) have to keep a large stock of medication in order to be able to guarantee the supply at any time. After their expiration date, the products must be discarded. This circumstance is a considerable cost factor, not only for the hospital operator, but for the entire health care system.  

In the context of the “MEDinTime” project, a demonstrator for the reliable and safe supply of regional hospitals with drugs by means of automatically operated drones is therefore to be developed by December 2022 and investigated during a longer test phase. For this purpose, a test track will be set up between the hospitals of Ingolstadt and Pfaffenhofen. In addition, the system should provide real-time data on the availability of drugs to be transported. 

Drones as a logistical link in the supply of medication 

Vertically launching (VTOL) long-range drones from Quantum-Systems GmbH will serve as a basis. Unlike simple copter drones, these aircrafts can cover long distances (up to 100 km) quicklysafely and at low noise levels. Within the scope of the project, the drones will be equipped with a removable, intelligent transport box in accordance with the legal requirements for the transport of medication. 

Furthermore, the project will lay the foundations for further areas of application, such as the transport of medicines to disaster areas. The fast transport of samples by air from a test center to the laboratories is also conceivable in the medium term.

About Quantum-Systems GmbH

Quantum-Systems GmbH, founded in Munich in 2015, specializes in the development, design, and production of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) for a wide range of commercial and governmental applications. The more than 75 employees (growing) work intensively on combining eVTOL (electrical vertical take-off and landing) capabilities with long range utilizing electrical and aerodynamic efficiency.

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Claudia Steinhoff
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DLR and Duisburg Fire Brigade use Quantum-Systems UAS to assess emergency situations

DLR and Duisburg Fire Brigade use Quantum-Systems UAS to assess emergency situations

Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-und Raumfahrt e.V. and Feuerwehr Duisburg use our TRON UAS to detect dangerous situations in a current research project. The research project is led by OPTSAL and also includes Eurocommand GmbH and JENOPTIK as partners. The goal is to find new procedures for real-time data evaluation to support the efficient coordination of emergency forces and disaster management.

On 9th of August 2018, an event with a practical demonstration took place on the Theresienwiese in Munich as part of the DLR research project Live-Lage.

Situation assessment for civil defense and disaster control

The aim of the project is to use UAVs to clarify complex or geographically extensive operational sites and to provide the emergency services with a detailed picture of the situation in real time. As a result they can guide the emergency services in a targeted manner. In 2018 the Oktoberfest offered a perfect setting to show the capabilities oft he systems.
Since then, the system has been continuously improved and came into use last week at a joint exercise last week and showed that drone based reconnaissance flights with DLR’s new type MACS camera system with integrated thermal infrared module can provide real added value for the command and control in rescue and fire fighting applications.

Cooperation between research and civil protection

Deutsches Zentrum für Luft-und Raumfahrt e.V. is the Federal Republic of Germany’s research centre for aeronautics and space. OPTSAL (Optical Technologies for Situational Awareness Lab) is an innovation lab and competence center for optical situation detection for safety and security applications.

A big thank you to all partners for their contribution.

The UAS LiveLAGE Team / Copyright DLR
QBase 3D Release v2.2.20

QBase 3D Release v2.2.20

New QBase 3D Version now available for all pilots!

Munich, Germany – 15 October 2020 – Quantum-Systems just released the newest version of its ground control station software QBase 3D today. This release is packed with new functionality, focusing especially on the post-processing part of each flight and the planning of more complex scenarios.

This update is free for all users of QBase 3D! So we can guarantee that every user always has the latest features available. The update function offers the appropriate possibility for this!

If you are thinking about using QBase 3D or want to get an overview of the user interface, we suggest you visit our YouTube channel in addition to the possibility to download a full version of QBase 3D from our website.

Completely redesigned post-processing

You can now process an unlimited amount of flights in parallel. The new workflow guides you through the setup of each job. After a few clicks the calculations are running and you can spend your time more worthwhile than waiting for the next job to be started

Command line based post-processing.

If you have a server structure or prefer not using a GUI we have a new way of post-processing for you. The command line tool offers a way to automate post-processing of recurring flights or to embed it into your automated workflow

New and improved export of flight logs

We are happy to offer better connectivity to two large image processing providers:

New planning features

Concave area planning

Avoid taking pictures were they are not needed

More accurate terrain following in areas

We improved the terrain following algorithm to respect altitude changes not only between flight legs, but during each leg. This feature is still experimental and we are looking forward to your use cases and inputs.

 

  • Possibility to select altitude over area based on average or maximum terrain altitude. Adjust the flight altitude on legs according to your needs.
  • Corridors with even number of legs. Save time on corridor missions, when there is no need for your aircraft to fly unproductive legs.

Improved mission file handling

Mission files can now be visualized on a map. This allows you to find your flown missions at a certain location much faster.

ATC communication features

  • Altitude display in m and feet simultaneously. When communicating with ATC sometimes feet is the required unit. Now you can monitor your flight the way you planned it and still read the altitude in feet.
  • QDM and QDR. Get a bearing and range of the aircraft to your reference position.

Thes are just some of the improvements we implemented

Some additional featrues are:

  • Display of time since last contact to the drone in case of link loss
  • Visualization of allowed distances between home and retransition point
  • Improved map graphic performance
Deutsche Bahn relies on Quantum-Systems drones to inspect its route network

Deutsche Bahn relies on Quantum-Systems drones to inspect its route network

DB Fahrwegdienste GmbH is once again purchasing Trinity F90+ drones for undisrupted detection of storm damage and vegetation near the track.

Gilching, Germany, 3rd of August 2020 – DB Fahrwegdienste has again decided to implement Quantum-Systems Trinity F90+ drones to be used for storm damage detection and vegetation inspection near the track. geo-konzept GmbH, as a sales partner, has helped DB Fahrwegdienste to obtain enough of the Trinity F90+ VTOL drones for each of the seven branches allowing for maximum coverage track and area inspection.

DB Fahrwegdienste GmbH is a wholly owned subsidiary of DB Netz AG. They are responsible for services along the infrastructure of DB Netz AG. To fulfil the prescribed traffic safety obligation in regards to vegetation, this must be inspected, documented and evaluated by qualified personnel at least once a year along the entire route network. Railway traffic should not be disrupted during these inspections. Checking and maintaining the 33,499 km long network and the constantly growing vegetation near the tracks is a time-consuming and demanding task.

Using the fully automatically operated Trinity F90+ drones, data acquisition is fast and digital, which is a considerable simplification and time saver. The drones fly over pre-defined route sections and take aerial photographs for the regular inventory. In addition, they can react quickly after possible damage events, such as storms or severe weather, and record and document the damage along the route network from the air. And all this without disruption to rail traffic.

With the help of future autonomously operated long-range drones from Quantum-Systems, we would be able to inspect the tracks during flight operations out of sight (BVLOS) much faster and more efficiently than with conventional terrestrial recording. Already today, the high-quality and objective recording of vegetation and track infrastructure by means of a VTOL drone with all the analysis options in data evaluation is a real added value for internal tasks

Matthias Maier

Project manager for digital remote sensing, DB Fahrwegdienste GmbH

Quantum-Systems GmbH is pleased to be able to support DB Fahrwegdienste GmbH with new VTOL UAS and sees it as a confirmation of the good cooperation with its customer. Beginning in September 2019, both companies have been working on the fully automated recording of vegetation near the track and storm damage along the Deutsche Bahn route network with the Trinity F90+ drones as part of the “FreeRail” project. The project is funded by the German Federal Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure within the framework of the Modernity Fund (“mFUND“) funding guideline. It deals with a digital solution for the growing challenges in the maintenance of Deutsche Bahn’s railway tracks.

DB Fahrwegdienste GmbH is an important strategic customer and partner for us. Our joint research work is focused on data-based digital applications to drive tomorrow’s mobility. The potential of drones is far from being exhausted in this context. Sustainable decisions are to be made based on data. And it is precisely this data that we provide with our drone technology. At any time, at any place and in the highest quality.

Florian Seibel

CEO, Quantum-Systems GmbH

After successful completion of the project and the test phase, Matthias Maier plans to equip all branches with several VTOL drones to support the beyond visual line of sight operations and to train several pilots for the mission.

About DB Fahrwegdienste GmbH

DB Fahrwegdienste GmbH is a 100% subsidiary of DB Netz AG and a reliable partner in system services for all aspects of railway maintenance.

With its approximately 3,000 employees, DB Fahrwegdienste GmbH is a specialist in the maintenance of vegetation along the entire German rail network, secures track construction sites of all kinds with state-of-the-art technology and supports railway projects with the delivery and removal of materials.

Across Germany, 7 branches with 36 regional service divisions manage the maintenance of around 60,000 track kilometers and the securing and supply of more than 100,000 construction sites annually.

About Quantum-Systems GmbH

Quantum-Systems GmbH, founded in Munich in 2015, specializes in the development and production of automatic transition aircrafts for a wide range of professional and civil applications. The more than 65 employees (growing) work intensively on combining reach and electrical efficiency with the ability to vertically take off and land (VTOL) without additional equipment.

Contact:
Claudia Steinhoff
csteinhoff@quantum-systems.com
+49 8105 24150 46

Quantum-Systems and Pix4D announce official partnership

Quantum-Systems and Pix4D announce official partnership

Quantum-Systems GmbH and Pix4D have signed a contract to make their partnership official and to ease daily operations for common customers.

Gilching, Deutschland, and Prilly, Switzerland, July 6, 2020. Professionals around the globe rely on eVTOL UAVs from Quantum-Systems and Pix4D’s software suite for collecting and post-processing aerial data. The partnership between both companies ads real value to the daily operations of drone users in mining, agriculture, forestry, surveying and mapping, power, and utilities. With the partnership contract in place, users from now on are able to source Pix4D’s software suite both, directly and through Quantum-Systems’ resellers.

Efficient aerial data collection with various payloads

The Trinity F90+ is an eVTOL mapping drone for professionals. With a flight time of up to 90 minutes it is able to cover areas of up to 700ha per flight with 3,2 cm per pixel GSD at 120 m AGL. The Trinity F90+ UAV can be combined with a wide range of payload options, including RGB and multispectral (dual) payloads.

The Trinity F90+ is used by professionals around the world and sold by a global network currently counting 68 different resellers. Its typical application is composed of surveying and mapping in the agricultural, forestry, mining, and utilities sector.

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Pre-planning and monitoring aerial survey missions with QBase 3D Software

Quantum-Systems also develops and markets its own software. QBase 3D is for planning and monitoring missions and also able to do PPK processing of the collected survey data with an absolute accuracy of up to 2 cm.
QBase 3D automatically generates flight paths after the flight area and the mission parameters have been defined with just a few clicks. It gives users control over their photogrammetric aerial survey mission and full coverage over the area of interest.

Post-processing the mission data

Once a mission is completed and the UAV landed, the images taken are ready to be imported into Pix4D. Quantum-Systems’ drones and the data generated during each mission are generally software and supplier independent. With Pix4D we can offer our customers an efficient, flexible, and powerful software suite for post-processing that answers their needs in daily operation in their industry.

We are very happy to have a strong OEM partner like Quantum-System. Our bonds are strong in particularly strategic verticals like railway and infrastructure inspection, but since these drones deliver the quality standards needed for large scale mapping, the potential is immense. We are already collaborating on very important international projects.

Johannes Mengden

Business Developer EMEA, Pix4D

Sourcing. training and operation made easy

When professionals turn to Quantum-Systems they have now the opportunity to source an end-to-end solution from one supplier.

Since our end-users and resellers are professionals from different industries, we are happy to closely cooperate with Pix4D. This way we can offer our customers a full solution, from the acquisition of the pictures with our TrinityF90+ to processing the data in special software made by Pix4D. Thanks to this cooperation, they will be able to perform standard and large scale mapping and to choose the most appropriate software for their usage,”

Dejan Dragic

Manager Sales and Business Development, Quantum-Systems GmbH

With the efficiency of Trinity F90+ UAV in combination with QBase 3D mission planning software, various payload options plus Pix4D for post-processing all crucial workflow steps are covered.
The package will be available through official Quantum-Systems resellers. Both brands will team up to host webinars and workshops for their common customer base.

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About Pix4D
Pix4D (pix4d.com) develops cutting-edge software that converts images taken by hand, by drone, or by plane into accurate and georeferenced survey-grade 2D mosaics, 3D models, and point clouds. Founded in 2011, Pix4D is rapidly expanding from its headquarters in Lausanne, Switzerland, to offices in Berlin, Madrid, Denver, San Francisco, Shanghai, and Tokyo.

Press Contact:
Rodrigo Gonçalves, Brand, Media & Communications
rodrigo.goncalves@pix4d.com
Phone: +41 76 4680072

About Quantum-Systems GmbH
Quantum-Systems GmbH, founded in Munich in 2015, specializes in the development and production of automatic transition aircrafts for a wide range of professional and civil applications. The more than 65 employees (growing) work intensively on combining reach and electrical efficiency with the ability to vertically take off and land without additional equipment.

Press Contact:
Claudia Steinhoff, Marketing Manager
csteinhoff@quantum-systems.com
+49 8105 24150 46

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Partnership with Silvus Technologies to integrate MN-MIMO communication products

Partnership with Silvus Technologies to integrate MN-MIMO communication products

Quantum-Systems and Auterion GS Enhance Their Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems with Silvus Technologies’ Advanced MN-MIMO Communication Products

Los Angeles and Munich – June 16, 2020 – Quantum-Systems GmbH and Auterion GS Inc are pleased to announce a partnership with Silvus Technologies to integrate Silvus’ advanced, MIMO Streamcaster Radios into Vector™ and Scorpion™ small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS).

The MN-MIMO technology in the Silvus 4200 and 4400 Streamcaster series radios provides high speed, tactically secure data, and high definition video communications in tough RF environments. For sUAS customers, the integration of a Mobile Ad Hoc Network (MANET) radio into our systems enables robust, assured networking between the air vehicle and the ground controller and interoperability with other nodes on the network.

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2in1 System – More possibilities in one product

Vector and Scorpion form a 2-in-1 sUAS system kit. Scorpion is a tri-copter that can be utilized for dynamic urban environments and other mission sets that require a combination of maneuverability and hover to collect ISR and Situation Awareness information. By configuring the base fuselage with fixed wings and tail section, Scorpion transforms into Vector, an energy-efficient, fixed-wing VTOL for longer range, longer endurance ISR missions.

Increased customer benefit through strategic cooperation

The pairing of Silvus’ MN-MIMO technology with the Vector and Scorpion 2-in-1 system will provide long range, robust, and reliable communications and surveillance capabilities suitable for rugged and rapidly changing environments.

Florian Seibel, CEO of Quantum-Systems said, “We have tested several tactical mesh radios in several scenarios before making our decision to go with Silvus: range, reliability and performance are class-leading.  Because there are versions available from Silvus that are non-ITAR this will help to sell our Vector and Scorpion on a global scale”

David Sharpin, CEO of Auterion GS said, “We are very pleased to announce our partnership with Silvus Technologies as we bring Vector and Scorpion to US Defense and Security markets. Flexible, multi-node, tactical networking is a key element of our sUAS ecosystem. Last week we announced our Skynav Gov scalable ground controller.  Silvus radios will be integrated with  Skynav controllers which will in-turn be integrated into the Vector/Scorpion sUAS product offering in the US.”

Kasey Cooper, Director of Unmanned Systems for Silvus Technologies, said “The partnership between the Quantum-Systems, Auterion GS, and Silvus Technologies aligns with our desire to collaborate with cutting edge companies and technologies. This teaming will give our customers, foreign and abroad, a highly sophisticated end-to-end solution for their sUAS needs. The Vector and Scorpion 2-in-1 sUAS system kit solves a long standing CONOPS problem I’ve seen. The quick reaction capabilities of a small VTOL and long endurance desires of a fixed-wing, all in one kit.”

About Auterion GS Inc: Auterion GS is building an ecosystem of unmanned systems capabilities by providing everything from assured hardware components, to integrated software, to complete sUAS solutions. We are a catalyst in driving adoption of open standards and software based on open source for Government customers. We are located in Moorpark, California. Learn more at www.auterion-gs.com

About Quantum-Systems GmbH: The Munich based company has been developing class-leading VTOL sUAS for the mapping industry. Our Trinity F90+, together with qBase, the Quantum proprietary mission planning and execution software, has been deployed hundreds of times into commercial operations. Learn more at www.quantum-systems.com

About Silvus Technologies: Privately held and headquartered in Los Angeles, Silvus Technologies develops advanced MIMO technologies that are reshaping broadband wireless connectivity for mission-critical applications. Backed by an unmatched team of PhD scientists and design engineers, its technologies provide enhanced wireless data throughput, interference mitigation, improved range, mobility, and robustness to address the growing needs of its government and commercial customers. Learn more at www.silvustechnologies.com

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