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

Protecting unique wilderness – Why Quantum-Systems teams up with Wilderness International to protect unique natural areas in Peru

Protecting unique wilderness – Why Quantum-Systems teams up with Wilderness International to protect unique natural areas in Peru

Gilching, 01.12.2021; Protecting unique wilderness areas for future generations is the goal of Wilderness International. Since 2008, Wilderness International managed to protect more than 5 million square meters of valuable and endangered rainforest by buying ecologically valuable wilderness areas in Canada and Peru. These are then entered in the land registry. Thus, the maximum durable legal protection is secured. The purchases are financed through donations. Wilderness sponsors can choose the areas they wish to protect and receive the exact geo-coordinates of the area protected.

To determine the exact location of this area and to track the use of the donation accurate georeferenced data and up-to-date, high-resolution photographs are a must but no easy task at all when you work in the dense rainforest. This is where Quantum-Systems supports this mission with equipment and technical expertise to capture aerial imagery with centimeter-level ground resolution in the areas that will be protected in the future, as well as to conduct additional aerial surveys with LIDAR and multispectral cameras.

Do you want to see what this is all about?

Achieve more together – How Quantum-Systems helps protecting unique wilderness

 

In June 2021, Quantum-Systems joined Wilderness International on an expedition in Peru to capture aerial imagery with an extremely high ground resolution of the areas recently put under protection.

By assigning exact geo-localized data to every square meter, it is made clear which piece of wilderness is protected with each donation. Orthomosaics, high-resolution aerial photographs, are created for this purpose.

The cooperation with Quantum-Systems saves the team from Wilderness International up to 150 h of work per 50 ha land area.

High-resolution aerial images create transparency

If an institution, company, or individual decides to protect a piece of wilderness, it was previously possible to select the respective area on a map with a ground resolution of approx. 3 meters per pixel. Thanks to the high-resolution sensors onboard the Trinity F90+ drone, the level of detail now increases to approx. 2 cm ground resolution.

The data quality creates the necessary transparency between provider and supporter and shall be the new standard for future protection projects. By having such a high ground resolution available, completely new possibilities for long-term observation emerge. For the respective supporter, the plus of information about the protected area is of additional value.

More data, also for science

In addition to a high-resolution RGB camera, additional data was also recorded using LIDAR, as well as the MicaSense Altum multispectral & thermal powerhouse to capture even more details about the areas to be protected.

MicaSense Altum RGB & multispectral / thermal Sensor

ALTUM Integrates a radiometric thermal camera with five high-resolution narrow bands, producing advanced thermal, multispectral, and high-resolution imagery in one flight for advanced analytics.

With the collected data it is an easy task to compare e.g. RGB data with a temperature map of the same area.

Qube 240 LiDAR Payload

Until recently, LiDAR payloads were hardly affordable for SMEs due to their high cost. This is exactly where Quantum-Systems and YellowScan come in and offer a geomatics grade LiDAR scanner integrated into the payload compartment of the Trinity F90+ drone including software package without having to compromise on data quality.

What is LiDAR?

LiDAR is an abbreviation for “Light Detection and Ranging”.
It is also called “laser scanning” or “3D scanning”. A LIDAR sensor emits pulses of laser light and measures the exact time it takes for these pulses to be reflected from the ground.

It also measures the intensity of that reflection LIDAR uses oscillating mirrors that emit laser pulses in many directions, creating an “arc” of light as the drone moves forward. By measuring the timing and intensity of the returning pulses, measurements of the terrain and points on the ground can be obtained.

Since it is not a passive-optical sensor, but an active sensor, the LIDAR flights in Peru could take place at night, while the RGB and multispectral images could be acquired during the day.

This is just the beginning

 

With the technical support of Quantum-Systems and the necessary tools in the form of fixed-wing UAVs and high-resolution sensors, Wilderness International can continuously map and survey its range of areas to be protected.

Thanks to time savings in the collection of data & provision of results, and at the same time higher depth of detail, transparency and efficiency increase in the presentation as well as in the communication with supporters.

The collected data is also made available to scientists for further analysis, for example to determine exact figures on the biomass or plant health status in each case.

Having highly detailed data is the only way to provide reliable information about the project region in the long term. This additional information is unique in this field so far.

Which drone does Quantum-Systems use in the projects with Wilderness International?

Quantum-Systems supported Wilderness International during this mission – and will for future ones – with equipment and technical expertise. The equipment is composed of the drone platform Trinity F90+ itself plus various cameras and sensors that are individually integrated into the drone and are easily exchangeable.

Every Trinity F90+ sold makes its contribution to protecting unique wilderness.
Quantum-Systems cooperation with Wilderness does not stop there but continues. As inhabitants of the earth, we consume nature every day and leave traces on the earth through our activities. According to the current state of science, this so-called ecological footprint can be measured most tangibly in terms of CO₂ equivalents. It can be compensated for by preserving intact natural areas. For example, the trees in the temperate rainforests of Canada and Peru are world champions in CO₂ sinking and sequestration.

We have not yet calculated the precise CO₂ footprint of our company, but nevertheless our company will assume responsibility for its consumption of nature from 2021. By protecting primary native forest in Peru together with the Wilderness International Foundation, we are offsetting part of our CO₂ footprint.

From December 2021 on, with the sale of each Trinity F90+ we protect and area of 64m² in the Peruvian rainforest and give back to nature.

An area of 64m² rain forest in Peru sequesters 3.84 t of CO2 in its biomass. This is equivalent to:

Projectors

Smartphones

Refrigerators

Protect Your Piece of Rainforest

Say thank you to nature for everything it provides us with – protect your own piece of rainforest in Canada or Peru!
For your donation, you will receive a personalized certificate with the geo-coordinates of your protected forest.

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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 capitalize 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 utilizing electrical and aerodynamic efficiency.

The continuous integration of state-of-the-art sensors into the systems allows for increased aerial data intelligence. Quantum-Systems was founded in 2015 and is headquartered at Special Airport Oberpfaffenhofen, 20 km west of Munich.

About Wilderness International

Wilderness International is a non-profit foundation based in Germany and Canada. Its goal is the protection of unique intact natural areas worldwide. Now the focus is on wilderness areas in the temperate rainforest in Peru and on the west coast of Canada.

There, the foundation holds legal title to the land which ensures that it is protected permanently for the future. The land purchases are refinanced through donations.
Donors receive a personalized certificate with the exact geo-coordinates of their protected forest area. Wilderness International leaves the areas as they are, as unique ecosystems undisturbed by human impact. Thus, ancient trees, habitats and biodiversity are preserved forever.

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April 29th – Processing of Quantum-Systems Drone data Integrated in SimActive Software

April 29th – Processing of Quantum-Systems Drone data Integrated in SimActive Software

Surveying large areas with VTOL drones

SimActive and Quantum-Systems GmbH announce the successful integration of their products. Data captured with the Quantum-Systems Trinity F90+ mapping drone can be processed in SimActive’s Correlator3D software to generate DSMs, DTMs, point clouds, and orthomosaics. Data from high-precision sensors such as PPK receivers, survey-grade color, and multispectral cameras and LiDAR are all fully supported.

“The data collected by our drones can be quickly converted into highly accurate maps with SimActive software”, said Stefan Wurmser, Training Manager at Quantum-Systems. “Correlator3D can also easily handle large datasets comprising tens of thousands of images.”

Stefan joined Quantum-Systems in 2018 and is responsible for product demonstrations and training for customers. In addition to his job, Stefan is studying Applied Geoinformatics at the University of Salzburg by distance learning. His master thesis in the field of remote sensing with UAVs has been handed in and is awaiting grading.

Stefan Wurmser

Training Manager, Quantum-Systems GmbH

“The combination of Quantum-Systems’ drones with Correlator3D leads to a complete solution to survey extended areas,” said Philippe Simard, President at SimActive. “Our LiDAR workflow can also leverage their LiDAR solutions, offering users with point cloud colorization capabilities.”

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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

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

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