Reseller Spotlight: OPTRON (Pty) Ltd

Reseller Spotlight: OPTRON (Pty) Ltd

OPTRON (Pty) Ltd was established in 1986. With over 35 years experience in the geospatial industry, they are the leading supplier of the latest positioning technologies in the African market. We are proud to feature OPTRON in this version of Reseller Spolight!

Can you tell us about the history and background of your company?

We supply and support products in most countries across sub-Saharan Africa, directly and indirectly with the assistance of a select network of re-sellers and agents.

Our solutions integrate a wide range of technologies to assist in maximizing the user’s productivity and over-all profitability, by revolutionizing their work processes.

“At OPTRON, we are focused on adding value to our hardware and software offering by providing word-class technical support and training and this is exactly why we got in touch with Quantum-Systems, says Sean Dane – Sales Manager at OPTRON (Pty) Ltd

“We have an internationally accredited in-house workshop facility and are equipped to service, repair and calibrate our complete range of products.”

Where do you see the strengths for the products of Quantum-Systems as a service provider and what can customers expect from you?

The target market for the products of Quantum-Systems for OPTRON is in the surveying and mapping industry alongside of aerial & terrestrial scanning, monitoring and augmented reality applications in the African market.

“I’m very excited to be partnering with such a strong industry partner as Optron. They are true geospatial experts, and I’m very glad to have them, and their expertise in the Quantum-Systems family”

Robert Leake

Sales-Manager, Quantum-Systems GmbH

Why Quantum-Systems? Why did you choose our products?

The market was demanding a VTOL based drone for survey and mapping and the Quantum Systems Trinity F90+ is the best in the VTOL market today!

How can potential customers reach you? Where can people learn more about OPTRON ?

Reseller Spotlight – Duncan Parnell

Reseller Spotlight – Duncan Parnell

​Today we would like to introduce Duncan Parnell Inc. as our new reseller in the USA with 16 offices from Florida to Virginia. Welcome to Reseller Spotlight!

With over 76 years of experience and expertise, customers in the surveying, engineering, mapping, and construction industries will be serviced and provided with Quantum-Systems products and services.

Can you tell us about the history and background of your company?

Not many businesses reach the 76-year mark, and even fewer family-owned businesses do. So, to say we’re honored to reach this milestone is a major understatement.

In 1946 Duncan-Parnell was founded by World War II vet, Charlie Duncan, as a blueprint and drafting supplier in Charlotte, NC. Over the past 76 years Duncan-Parnell has risen to become a trusted supplier to construction contractors, engineers, surveyors, architects and designers. The evolution of our business and ability to adapt and diversify is why we’ve been able to survive the trials and tribulations of the past 76 years. We’ve sustained ourselves through multiple recessions and we’re grateful to continue navigating the ever-changing landscape caused by a global pandemic.

At Duncan Parnell, we look for capabilities and services with outstanding features for our customers. We chose Quantum systems because it is currently the only light, fixed wing VTOL UAS that has an integrated LIDAR payload.
We are excited to see what projects we can support with this product for our customers!

Miles Kelly

UAS Business Development, Duncan Parnell Inc.

Not only has Duncan-Parnell’s product and service offerings expanded over the years, but our team has too. Three generations later, our current President and CEO Mark Duncan continues to run Duncan-Parnell following the principals we were founded on and our team has grown to over 160 employees. We’ve also since expanded to 16 different branch locations, ranging all the way from Florida to Virginia!

Our growth over the past 76 years has allowed us to better reach and serve customers throughout the Southeast and we couldn’t be more honored to reach this milestone.

Direct Contact:

Dedicated Sales Rep –
Miles Kelly
UAS Business Development

Duncan-Parnell, Inc.
1208 Copeland Oaks Dr.
Morrisville, NC 27560
Mobile/Direct – 919.441.2710

Miles.kelly@duncan-parnell.com

Office Location:

Corporate Office –

Duncan-Parnell
900 South McDowell St.
Charlotte, NC 28204

Phone: (800) 849-7708

Quantum-Systems and Rocketmine enter into strategic partnership

Quantum-Systems and Rocketmine enter into strategic partnership

Quantum-Systems GmbH and Africa’s leading drone services provider, Rocketmine, a member of Delta Drone International (DLTI) enter into strategic partnership to expand drone-based service offering across the continent and Australia 

 

Both market leading companies note an increasing demand for drones-based LiDAR solutions and partner to enable clients exploiting the full potential of this technology  

 

MUNICH, Germany, and JOHANNESBURG, South Africa— March 01, 2022 — Quantum-Systems, an innovative developer, and producer of advanced eVTOL UAVs officially announced today a strategic partnership with leading drones as-a-service provider, Rocketmine to meet the growing demand for actionable, aerial Light Ranging and Detection (LiDAR) data across the African continent and Australia.   

Having deployed the innovative technology solutions across multiple countries and projects over several years, Rocketmine’s expertise as a drone-technology leader and service to the African continent’s biggest companies is unsurpassed.  

The use of a LiDAR scanner as remote sensing method generates precise, three-dimensional information about the shape of the Earth and its surface characteristics. This kind of fast actionable data is crucial for mine operators when calculating stock volumes and for other measurements.  Historically, aerial LiDAR has been a technology that could only be deployed by manned aircraft such as helicopters or planes. 

Quantum-Systems introduced the Qube 240 LiDAR sensor in 2021, which has been transformative for the industry since, offering attractive applications for several operations. The Qube 240 produces survey grade results, weighs only 930g, and can be mounted on the Trinity F90+ eVTOL fixed-wing UAV.

Use Case – Precise large scale terrain mapping under tropical rain forest with the Qube 240 LiDAR and Trinity F90+ UAV

Creation of a Digital Terrain Model using a LiDAR sensor in cooperation with Rocketmine

As a technology agnostic company and being an early adopter at the same time, Rocketmine always deploys best in class technology and solutions for their clients’ missions in challenging and complex African environments. This strategy brought them together with Quantum-Systems, an innovation-driven company, pushing new technologies to market.  

Quantum-Systems joined Rocketmine on their RocketTechTour in September 2021 for extensive deployment of the Quantum-Systems portfolio. Over 24 days and 3,000 km of travel, 15 missions were completed, 14 flight hours conducted, and three different sensors deployed, including the Qube240 LiDAR sensor, and more than two (2) Terabytes of survey grade LiDAR data was captured.

The operations on the tech tour were successful, proving the usability, accuracy, and quality of Quantum-Systems products.   

As Camron Pfafferot, Rocketmine’s Head of Sales and Marketing says: “Rocketmine is currently backed by major multinationals in agriculture, mining, and security for leading aerial data services in Africa. Quantum-Systems brings increased capabilities to our existing service offering and is disrupting the manned LiDAR model through more agility, cost efficiency and versatility.  Through Rocketmine’s experience in South, East, West and North Africa, its global 4th ranking (Droneii), current and future clients are now in a position to benefit significantly from our long-range drone LiDAR turnkey offerings.”  

The successful testing period led to the conclusion of the global enterprise agreement, solidifying the relationship between both companies.

Learn more:
How LiDAR is transforming exploration in West Africa

We are very excited about this strategic partnership! In Rocketmine, we have found a partner who confirms the performance and quality of our products daily. The team around Christopher Clark and Camron Pfafferott is very open to new technology, but they also test it to its limits before adding it to their service offering. For an innovation-driven company like Quantum-Systems, partnerships like this are invaluable.

Florian Seibel

CEO, Quantum-Systems GmbH

By combining expertise, Rocketmine can bring state of the art technology and service to its customers in Africa, Australia, and beyond offering an all-in-one solution that no one else has been able to offer to clients in that region before. 

Rocketmine’s drone-based LiDAR solutions are based on the best available technology globally. We have developed deep expertise in deploying advanced systems in challenging and diverse conditions across Africa over many years, and are to provide actionable drone-based data to clients. This partnership with Quantum-Systems enables us to continue providing an unmatched level of service and expertise to some of the world’s leading companies active in mining, security, agriculture and more.

Christopher Clark

Managing Director, Rocketmine and CEO, Delta Drone International

About Rocketmine 

Rocketmine, a member of DeltaDrone International (DLTI), provides professional drone survey & mapping data services to corporate customers predominantly in the mining, agriculture, and security sectors.  

A Delta Drone International subsidiary, Rocketmine is in charge of developing the Group’s “mines” solution. Operating predominantly in Africa and Australia, Rocketmine provides the daily topographic data essential to surveyors for mine management. The solution can digitize entire sites, including infrastructures, for the gradual construction of a 3-D digital model.  

Delta Drone International has ranked fourth in Drone Industry Insights Top Global Drone Service Providers for 2021.

About Quantum-Systems

Quantum-Systems GmbH develops and deploys small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) for the geospatial community (commercial product line) and the defense, security, and intelligence community (governmental product line), providing unprecedented data quality, efficiency, and operational usability. 

The fully autonomous sUAS with AI edge computing capabilities enable its users to capitalise on the emerging megatrend of autonomous sUAS data acquisition solutions that will open entirely new markets and applications. All Quantum-Systems sUAS combine eVTOL (electrical vertical take-off and landing) capabilities with long-range utilising electrical and aerodynamic efficiency. 

The continuous integration of state-of-the-art sensors into the systems allows for increased aerial data intelligence. 

Press Contact: 
Claudia Steinhoff, csteinhoff@quantum-systems.com, +49 8105 7709128

QBase 3D Release 2.3.27  – What is new?

QBase 3D Release 2.3.27 – What is new?

New QBase 3D Version now available for all drone pilots!

We released the newest version of our ground control station software QBase 3D. This version is packed with new functionality, focusing especially on user accounts.

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

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.

The latest version includes a new account structure as well as a new KML manager. For more information about these features, please see the latest manual 2.3.0.49 which will be downloaded to your local hard drive with the new QBase version. Alternatively, you can find the manual here. Please find the complete list of new features and changes below.

New features:

  • Reduced mission file size
  • Added support for Chinese and German language
  • Added warning graphics for mission checks
  • Added mission synchronization across devices for logged-in users
  • Added user account feature
  • Added new KML Manager

​KML Manager: Import and manage more KML files and element types than ever before

    • Parallel display of multiple KML files
    • Selection of sub elements for conversion to Areas, Corridors or no-fly zones
    • Editable display style of loaded KML files

General updates:

  • Improved mismatch solver tool
  • Added local session time to post processing
  • Changed lidar calibration altitude to “above max”.
  • Changed output of iBase converter to Rinex 2.11
  • Limited transition altitude with Qube240 to 30 m
  • Added camera channels to PGT files
  • Added warning before allowing manual trigger during flight
  • Improved performance of background tasks
  • Added cancel option for post processing jobs

Bug Fixes

  • Fixed advanced terrain following bug, where last waypoint was at fixed altitude
  • Fixed rounding in CSV for small PPK accuracies
  • Fixed space-character bug of folder names for the iBase converter
  • Fixed post processing issues in case of image name overflow for RX1 images
  • Increased stability of post processing workflow
  • Fixed missing PPK accuracy data if PPK Flylog (.ppf) directly selected for job
  • Fixed deletion of PP_TEMP folder

 

Quantum-Systems & BSS Holland collaborate to provide their customers with aerial ISR and tactical mapping to create intelligence for effective decision-making on the tactical edge.

Quantum-Systems & BSS Holland collaborate to provide their customers with aerial ISR and tactical mapping to create intelligence for effective decision-making on the tactical edge.

Gilching, Germany, and Hilversum, The Netherlands, April 7th, 2021 Quantum-Systems GmbH has announced a new distribution partnership with BSS Holland BV, based in Hilversum, The Netherlands.

BSS Holland is dedicated to supporting its customers in accelerating its OODA (observe-orient-decide-act) – loop. They focus on C5ISR (Command, Control, Computers, Communications, Cyber, Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance), sensor integration, and manned, unmanned and remote-controlled platforms. The collaboration with Quantum-Systems is focused on building future readiness for the Tactical Edge, helping professionals in the defense and homeland security organizations by providing state-of-the-art Unmanned Aircraft Systems (drones) for Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance (ISR) applications, including real-time observation and analysis as well as tactical mapping.

“We have been in contact with Quantum-Systems for a while and were immediately triggered by their product portfolio, roadmap, and strategy to create a family of systems for short and long-range ISR and mapping. We also like the fact that Quantum-Systems is collaborating with partner companies for their mission control software, AI, and sensors which is fundamental for Human-Machine Teaming. Lowering the cognitive load of the operators and support the soldiers to create actionable information from the sensor data is important for our defense customers.”

Robert Breedveld

Managing Partner, BSS Holland BV

Quantum-Systems added to unmanned systems solutions portfolio.

BSS Holland has recently added the Quantum-Systems Vector™ & Scorpion™ 2-in-1 ISR platform plus the Trinity™ F90+ large-scale mapping drone to its offering, expanding it with eVTOL fixed-wing UAVs.
The Vector & Scorpion 2-in-1 platform offers customer access to a deployment kit consisting of two configuration possibilities: An eVTOL fixed-wing long-endurance UAS and a Tri-Copter short-endurance UAS in one system, sharing the same fuselage. Changing between the two is a matter of seconds and possible without any tools, which opens further applications with just one UAS.

Vector™ delivers live video streams and high-quality aerial data with AI onboard.

Vector™ provides long-endurance, versatile and flexible characteristics that are exceeding the performance of conventional UAS platforms. It is suited for advanced ISR missions, streaming live data in real-time using a Mesh IP encrypted data link with a range of 15+ kilometers. Being equipped with advanced AI capabilities, the data assessment process of Vector is supported by automatic identification and tracking algorithms, providing on-the-ground tactical units with important safety and efficiency benefits. Vector features a single flight time of 120 minutes and is also suited for applications such as Search & Rescue (SAR), Live Area Mapping, and Convoy and VIP Protection. Vector integrates dual EO and IR gimbal sensors, enabling missions both, day and night.

Scorpion™ is suitable to operate in urban environments and in tethered configuration.

Scorpion is a Tri-Copter, using the same fuselage as Vector, leading to fast deployment on-site when changing the configuration and reducing training efforts for the user. Scorpion features a single flight time of 45 minutes and is ideal for smaller-scale use, for example in densely built urban areas. For stationary use, such as monitoring crowds or surveilling objects Scorpion can be configured with a Tethering System. Scorpion is using the same Mesh IP encrypted HD data link as Vector with an operating range of at least 15 kilometers to submit aerial video data in real-time.   

Trinity F90+ is optimized to efficiently acquire high-resolution aerial data.

BSS Holland’s drone offering will be rounded-off with the Trinity F90+ – Quantum-Systems’ flagship large-scale fixed-wing mapping drone. The Trinity F90+ is a professional large-scale mapping drone designed to capture high-resolution aerial data in a user-friendly and highly efficient manner. The Trinity F90+ integrates multiple, high-precision survey-grade sensors in an easily accessible and exchangeable payload compartment – including RGB, multi-spectral, thermal, and even LiDAR. The Trinity F90+ can cover an area of up to 700 hectares with one flight, achieving a flight time of 90 minutes and more with the same battery. The Trinity F90+ comes standard with a GNSS reference station, offering high-precision PPK and RTK enabling the geotagging relative precision of down to 2-5 cm in respect to the antenna placement point.
In operations, where knowing the terrain is a decisive factor, the Trinity F90+ safely and quickly provides high-precision geospatial data that can serve as a base for intelligence operation, tactical decision, and operations.

Quantum-Systems is agnostic when it comes to data post-processing. The captured images and all metadata are suitable for the common software suits for further post-processing. Data captured with the Trinity F90+ can be processed to generate 2D maps or 3D reconstructions of vertical environment, or using it for DSMs, DTMs, point clouds, and ortho mosaics.  Data from high-precision sensors such as PPK receivers, survey-grade color, multispectral cameras, and LiDAR are all fully supported by the common software platforms Quantum-Systems is partnering with. Thanks to Quantum-Systems’ licensed partnership with ESRI, users have online and offline access in the field to curated mapping data.

“I am very excited to welcome Robert Breedveld and his team from BSS Holland to our Dealer network. Vector and Trinity both have undergone intensive testing by BSS and their governmental users. After an extensive program, they are now officially available in the Netherlands, customer-ready.”

Florian Seibel

CEO, Quantum-Systems GmbH

The Vector and Scorpion platform was officially released for sales in 2020 with several governmental clients in Germany and the U.S. Trinity was introduced to the market in late 2017 and is used for mapping projects in the agricultural sector, in the mining business, or by construction companies all over the world, transforming decision-making processes for the better by aerial data intelligence.

About Quantum-Systems

Quantum-Systems GmbH, founded in Munich in 2015, specializes in the development, design, and production of small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS). Our sUAS combine eVTOL (electrical vertical take-off and landing) capabilities with long-range utilizing electrical and aerodynamic efficiency. We continuously integrate high-precision sensors into our systems for increased aerial data intelligence. Using these methods, we are transforming decision-making processes for the professional user in both the commercial and governmental sectors.
For more information about Quantum-Systems visit www.quantum-systems.com.

Contact:
Claudia Steinhoff
Phone: +49 (0)8105 24150 64
E-mail: csteinhoff@quantum-systems.com

About BSS Holland

BSS wants to contribute to making the world a safer and more secure environment to live and work in for citizens, first responders, and soldiers. We are providing turnkey C5ISR solutions which make the operators in the defense and homeland security organizations more agile and effective.

BSS is passionate about helping customers to understand what kind of effects technology has on their strategy, management, organization, command control, material, personnel, and training.

BSS Holland BV was established in 2008 as an autonomous and independent Dutch company with an international orientation willing and able to act as a trusted partner for its clients finding solutions for challenging security and defense mission gaps.
For more information about BSS Holland visit https://bssholland.com/.

Contact:
Joyce Stuurman
Phone: +31 (0)35 205 72 72
E-mail: joyce.stuurman@bssholland.com

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