- Small size/weight of LiDAR
- Easy to mount – does not require reengineering of drone
Skyfish is an American company operating out of Stevensville, Montana. The team at Skyfish has developed what they call “a deep drone platform technology stack.” This includes the design and manufacture of custom drone onboard computers, remote controller, carbon composite airframes, battery charging system, ground station, flight planning and navigation software, as well as 3D modeling, mapping, and data analytics software. Their objective is to build a smarter drone capable of high-precision data capture.
Skyfish operates as a key supplier of drones for the inspection and monitoring of cell towers and powerlines, as well as wind
turbines – replacing the need for more traditional roles and maximizing methods of inspection. Skyfish drones also survey customers to map areas previously deemed inaccessible by traditional means. This means Skyfish helps its enterprise and government customers to reduce costs and time spent in the field, allowing for more and higher quality data collection.
Skyfish also produces a rapid “firefighting and monitoring” drone. This specialized drone provides situational awareness and geographical information for emergency response teams to help identify fire survivors and hotspots, inspect damaged infrastructure, as well as generate 3D models and maps.
Accurate, engineering-grade data collection requires a highly specialized type of drone. These drones must be autonomous and “think” for themselves by processing data in real-time, using AI and advanced machine learning algorithms. Given the various industries that Skyfish serves (i.e., cell towers, powerlines, wind turbines, surveying, fire response, and more) there is no room for costly errors – to either drone (in the event of a crash) or damage to surrounding infrastructure. Also, with the size and scale of industries that Skyfish serve, it’s essential to roll out large fleets of drones able to reliably inspect and monitor potentially thousands of critical infrastructure assets.
On top of this, using drones with a payload inclusive of both LiDAR and cameras to monitor assets is still a disruptive, new technology. The team at Skyfish quickly realized that it was imperative to demonstrate how they could build and provide such a service. Skyfish’s end goal is to free customers from existing, laborious manual rope and climb processes, and establish scalable drone programs with teams of drone pilots. Skyfish is out to prove that its drone platform – characterized by accuracy, reliability, and scalability – is the current market’s most effective solution for inspecting, managing, and modeling critical infrastructure assets.
Through drones and drone-based technologies, the world of asset inspection and monitoring, surveying and volumetric measurement is experiencing a fundamental shift. As these disruptive technologies become widely accepted and prove
their usage, traditional, labor-intensive methods will be replaced with more sustainable, scalable, and accurate drone-based solutions.
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