The Israeli company Percepto has announced a new drone box system: Air Mobile. The new system is compact and therefore quick to install in locations where there is a temporary need for monitoring from the air. The original Sparrow drone has been upgraded and is now offered under the name Air Max. In addition, the AIM platform has been renewed. In the Netherlands, Falcker is the exclusive distributor of the systems.

Air Mobile: compact and mobile

Percepto’s Sparrow drone box system, introduced in 2017, is used in a wide range of conditions worldwide. From dusty mining areas to windy oil terminals and sprawling installations: Percepto’s Autonomous Inspection & Monitoring (AIM) platform ensures that it is possible to have an auto-flying drone take off from a box even under harsh conditions distance to carry out an inspection or survey.

In order to better meet customer requirements, Percepto has now introduced a new system, which is both more compact and lighter compared to the original system. This makes Air Mobile ideal for deploying in temporary locations, such as a construction site, for example. Air Mobile is also perfect for carrying out inspections of elongated objects, such as pipelines and power lines: if desired, the base station can be mounted on a truck and easily moved.

The Air Mobile drone is equipped with a 16 megapixel RGB camera, a FLIR thermal imager and is powered by Percepto Core, so that the system can operate autonomously. The drone has an IP55 rating and can therefore also be used in rain. For the sake of safety, the drone is equipped with an emergency parachute. The drone weighs 4.2 kg: that’s about half of the Sparrow drone.

The base station that is part of the new Air Mobile system measures 100 x 100 x 75 cm, weighs approx. 100 kg and has an IP56 rating. The box connects to the drone by means of an LTE connection. The box is equipped with charging facilities for the drone and has a weather station.

Duco Boer (CIO at Falcker) is enthusiastic about the new solution. “Percepto’s systems are perfect for asset inspection, emergency assistance and routine surveillance. Further benefits of these systems are that they improve the level of compliance, security, data quality and efficiency in general.”

Air Max: New Payload Options

The existing drone box system based on the Sparrow has also been taken care of by Percepto. The system is now called Air Max. The most important change is in the new payload options: for example, the Sparrow now offers the possibility to use an Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) camera. The Sparrow also has a 24 megapixel RGB camera and a FLIR thermal imager.

In addition, the Autonomous Inspection & Monitoring (AIM) platform with which the Air Mobile and Air Max drone boxes are controlled has been renewed. One of the new features in AIM 2022 is Insight Manager. This is an AI based system that may notice deviations. By drawing on tens of thousands of hours of autonomous robot missions in industrial environments, Insight Manager is able to present visual data in a uniform way and provide sector-specific insights.

Percepto says AIM 2022 integrates with autonomous drones and robots, as well as other sources of visual data, including DJI drones and fixed cameras, and stakeholders can easily access a map on their mobile devices that may have problems. are displayed. This way, action can be taken before a failure escalates into a more serious problem.

“Percepto AIM 2022 and the new Percepto Air line of drones, along with the most advanced change detection solution, can prevent failures and downtime within a variety of use cases across industries by timely warning,” says Percepto CEO Dor Abuhasira. “Percepto AIM offers the most advanced and comprehensive business inspection software with a complete information workflow, from commitment to insight. With Percepto Air Max and Percepto Air Mobile, companies have a range of options to choose from, depending on the size of their facilities and the flexibility needed to deploy drones.”

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Dutch parties interested in the new Air Mobile system or the improved Air Max system can turn to Falcker. This company is a value added reseller of Percepto in the Netherlands and has the necessary experience in setting up and executing BVLOS drone operations.

Duco Boer: “Falcker has chosen Percepto as a reseller because of their technological edge over competing developers of drone box systems. The launch of Air Mobile underlines that. We are happy to tell potential customers about Percepto’s 2022 product roadmap and, if desired, can help them get started with the implementation of these new systems.”