$3M Volume UAV contract signed: India will increase the use of professional UAVs in three states

$3M Volume UAV contract signed: India will increase the use of professional UAVs in three states

India’s elite surveying organization Survey of India awards India’s first survey grade hybrid UAV Trinity+ order to India’s oldest surveying instrument company API-Roter Group partnered with Quantum-Systems GmbH Germany.

This cooperation is innovative for the Indian market as the drone market is tightly regulated and several requirements for professional use have to be met.

Survey of India” takes a leadership role in providing user focused, cost effective, reliable and quality geospatial data, information and intelligence for meeting the needs of national security, sustainable national development, and new information markets. As a technology, drones are of the highest interest in all these areas and promise an increase in data quality, timeliness and at the same time cost savings in the survey.

India takes this development seriously and will be a worldwide example for the sustainable use of drones in large scale mapping. Very soon Indian sky will be seeing a lot of Quantum-Systems’ Directorate General of Civil Aviation (DGCA) compliant Trinity+ UAVs flying.

Sajid Mukhtar (MD, API-Roter Group) with Surveyor General Girish Kumar and Florian Seibel (CEO Quantum-Systems)

Sajid Mukhtar (MD, API-Roter Group) with Surveyor General Girish Kumar and Florian Seibel (CEO Quantum-Systems GmbH)

Trinity+ prevails against the competition

In order to find the best system in the market for this application, a call for tenders was launched in 2018 to compete different systems against each other. The catalogue of requirements comprised numerous disciplines, some of which were specified by the state and others by the customer.

In a tightly scrutinized demonstration of the drones of 11 participating companies, Trinity+’s outshone the competition in performance, data quality and compliance to the regulations. Quantum-Systems GmbH and its Indian partner Ansari Precision Instruments are proud to have won the tender in the aggressive competition.

Trinity+ as a product is a superb example of Indo-German cooperation and a testament to German engineering and Indian skill and productivity. The drones are specially configured for the customer’s needs and equipped with additional features. Built under of the “Make in India” initiative the systems include state of the art integration of PPK system, navigation lights, GSM tracking and an unmatched flight time.

The UAVs are equipped with ADS-B technology by uaVionix for Detect and Avoid (DAA) functionality as well as for airspace awareness and Air Traffic Control (ATC) compatibility.  It allows the Trinity+ to respond to Mode S radar interrogations by ATC and Traffic Collision Avoidance Systems (TCAS).The flight control is compatible with the DGCA’s No Permission No Takeoff (NPNT) to implement secure flying of drones in India.

India is at the forefront in the use of UAVs

India is making great efforts to play a pioneering role in the promising fast-growing field of drone technology. Thus, the legal and structural framework conditions are currently being created to make the potential value of the technology truly usable and to offer the public direct added value.

In the future, drones will be used for mapping and producing geographical maps and aerial photographs. Deployments in large cities are also conceivable (cadastral surveying).

The resulting data sets are of great interest to all parties active in the region, as they can be used for spatial planning and development. Big Data applications in particular will enable completely new approaches to spatial development issues in the future.

The Trinity+ UAVs will be deployed in three states with the aim of flying throughout India. The delivery of the first order is expected to be completed by the end of this month.

Quantum Systems to cooperate with FlyTech in Israel

Quantum Systems to cooperate with FlyTech in Israel

Quantum-Systems has announced the latest cooperation with FlyTech (Brand of F.T. Aerial Solutions LTD) in Israel.

Founded by Israeli Air Force officers, FlyTech has many years of experience in handling remote-controlled aircraft. An ideal partner for Quantum-Systems.

Especially FlyTech‘s uncompromising professionalism, innovative thinking and service orientation were decisive aspects for a cooperation. The team has extensive professional experience in training and instructing drone pilots and operators in handling various aircraft for safety and civil purposes.

“Quantum-Systems is looking forward to working together with such a strong partner to serve the innovative Israeli market. Says Quantum-Systems CEO Florian Seibel.

Quantum-Systems supplies drone technology to inspect Deutsche Bahn’s infrastructure

Quantum-Systems supplies drone technology to inspect Deutsche Bahn’s infrastructure

In order to monitor BVLOS (Bejond visual line of sight) infrastructures, DB relies on drones from Quantum-Systems for the “Urban Air Mobility” project in Ingolstadt.

Ingolstadt strives to become one of the competence centers for drones and autonomous mobility in general. Thus the model project “Urban Air Mobility”, which is also supported by the EU Commission, was launched.

Deutsche Bahn is a partner in this project and has been using numerous drones in pilot projects since 2015 to test their suitability for inspection tasks. UAVs from Quantum-Systems were always present at these tests, such as the Tron 2016 in the picture above.

The Urban Air Mobility project now strengthens the will to continue research into the suitability of drone technology for monitoring infrastructures such as Deutsche Bahn’s rail network and to take advantage of the benefits for DB and (rail) customers.

This will make it possible to react much more quickly and cost-effectively to operational disruptions. The (cost) advantages of using drones are also obvious during routine inspections, for example of vegetation in the track area.

Picture Copyright: Deutsche Bahn AG / Oliver Lang

On January 17th The Minister of State for Digitisation Dorothee Bär, DB Board Member for Digitisation and Technology Prof. Dr. Sabina Jeschke and the Mayor of Ingolstadt Dr. Christian Lösel signed a declaration of intent. In model tests, the use of drones and flying taxis as well as the necessary framework conditions are to be investigated (second row right: Dr. Reinhard Brandl, CSU Member of Parliament for Ingolstadt constituency).

The drone in the foreground is the Trinity F9, which was newly introduced in 2018. Thanks to PPK for position determination, it is possible to make high-resolution image material available here at low cost for a wide range of evaluations.

The signing took place on the margins of a meeting of the “Innovation Council” of the Minister of State, which took place at the invitation of Sabina Jeschke at the DB headquarters in Berlin. The aim of the committee is to promote digitisation in Germany through close exchange between politicians, companies and start-ups.

Quantum-Systems is proud to provide its unmanned aerial expertise for this project.

For us the exchange with the involved parties is important to optimize processes and scenarios in the daily use of our UAV systems and to adjust them as well as possible to the requirements of the users and authorities.

The newest UAV by Quantum-Systems, the Trinity F9

The Trinity as part of the CopKa Project – BVLOS in action

The Trinity as part of the CopKa Project – BVLOS in action

Trinity as first on site to collect data

CopKa is a BMWI funded project exploring the possibility of accompanying rescue operations with live images. Providing faster and more comprehensive information to mission control centers and additional participants in the rescue chain is the main goal. The data connection is achieved via satellite.

In November 2018 the Trinity performed an 8km long BVLOS flight within the framework of a disaster control exercise north of Munich. It is particularly worth mentioning in this context that the flight took place in the no-fly zone of the Munich Airport beyond visual line of sight.

The flight path led across a high-voltage line, followed by a highway and railroads through the suburb of Munich. The target area was directly located at the approach corridor of the Munich airport. Airplanes have an altitude of 300m above ground in this area.

Extensive approvals were the prerequisite

Thanks to explicit approvals by the German federal aviation office the Trinity was permitted to perform the mission. Only this made it possible to fly during active flight operations at Munich airport. An ADS-B receiver connected to our mission planning software QBase is only one requirement necessary for operations such as these.

Based on this data, situation-dependent and highly up-to-date resource planning is possible.In addition, valuable time of the emergency forces can be saved.. This time saving can be decisive for the success of life-saving measures in the future.

Thanks to the collaboration with the “CopKa” project, the Trinity was able to successfully transmit the first visual data via live stream to the emergency line. Equipped with data and video link on board, the emergency forces were able to access a wide range of data.

The project was regarded as a success by all participants and promises a lot for the near future. With the further development of the UAV systems, the entry hurdle will be even lower and meaningful data will be available even faster.

Such lighthouse projects are important to increase the acceptance for the use of drones in the population. We as Quantum-Systems are pleased to be able to actively help here.

Thanks to all participants of the CopKa project!

Join the live stream of the SPARK AWARD 2018

Join the live stream of the SPARK AWARD 2018

As we have already reported here, Quantum-Systems was selected from a large number of interesting applicants in a multi-stage process as one of the 10 exciting finalists. We then presented our pitch to a top-class jury on 19 September.

On November 8th, the time has come and the winners will be announced.

We cordially invite you to follow the spectacle in the live stream.

November 8th at 19:45 CET

You may keep your fingers crossed for us!

Enhanced eVTOL UAV Trinity F9 with PPK and new software features now available!

Enhanced eVTOL UAV Trinity F9 with PPK and new software features now available!

Quantum-Systems GmbH, a German-based eVTOL fixed-wing UAV company founded in 2015 and currently present at the market with its Trinity and TRON UAV systems, just announced the enhanced version of the Trinity –  the Trinity F9. With the PPK module leading the way in the newly announced enhancements, the user now enjoys more accuracy, reliability and flight safety when choosing a Quantum-Systems Trinity F9. Comprehensive and state-of-the-art features are available on both sides, hardware and software.

Official presentation at the INTERGEO 2018 in Frankfurt

On the hardware side the following features are released:

PPK mit iBase (PPK Base Station) for best-in-class accuracy
For all surveyors and professionals that require highly accurate data down to a few centimeters, the new Trinity F9 enables them to reduce typical GNSS geotagging errors of several meters down to 2 – 5 cm via auxiliary GNSS data collection in flight. The new PPK module comes with an additional PPK base station, called iBase, for reliable reference data in an instant. Thanks to a strong cooperation between uBlox and Quantum-Systems, massively increased data accuracy at dramatically reduced costs is now possible with the new Trinity F9.

Anti-collision lights for high flight safety
Next to the PPK module, the new Trinity F9 has integrated flashing anti-collision strobe and position lights to provide even more flight safety to its UAV pilots.  

Live air traffic in QBase for advanced operational awareness
The flight safety is further increased by the automatic integration of the live air traffic info into QBase. With the help of the pingUSB from uAvionix, the UAV pilot now receives high-quality tracking data from other aircrafts around him to increase its operational awareness significantly.

With regard to our mission planning software QBase there are these new features:

As if this wouldn’t be enough of enhancements for the Trinity F9, we have also amplified the scope of QBase, our ground control station. From now on, the existing as well as new users of Quantum-Systems UAVs can take advantage of the following new QBase features:

3D Planning for the most realistic mission planning
Powered by Esri, the 3D planning feature provides the automatic creation of flight plans in sloped and mountainous areas. It uses high resolution digital elevation data (e.g. SRTM) to create collision free and energy optimized trajectory for an optimal data quality results.

Resume mission for higher efficiency
A large photogrammetry mission can’t be covered in a single flight can now be resumed just at the position of the last covered flight leg. QBase automatically calculates the follow-up flight plan allowing an immediate continuation of the remaining mission without the need of the further manual planning steps.

Corridor planning that fits all infrastructures
The corridor planning function creates optimized flight plans for mapping infrastructures like roads, railways and power plans. It optimizes the flight segments according to the terrain altitude as well as the camera characteristics.

The new Trinity F9 is available now to all existing resellers, end users and potential customers through our current distribution network. The delivery happens at a first-come-first-serve basis as the demand is currently unexpectedly high. The Trinity F9 comes at an unmatched retail price of 12,900 EUR (excl. VAT).

“With the launch of the Trinity back in 2015, we could continuously manifest to our user base that they can rely on a high-endurance and long-range UAV with an open source payload concept.” Florian Seibel, CEO of Quantum-Systems points out. “With its price-performance ratio and the state-of-the-art enhancements, the Trinity F9 definitely has the potential to be a game changer in the the eVTOL fixed-wing UAV market in the near future. We’re excited to see our users’ feedback on our Trinity F9 and how we can move from there to leverage it to the next level.”

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