Botlink Creates First Internet-Connected 3DR Solo Drone
Botlink has created its first Internet-connected 3DR Solo drone using Botlink’s XRD cellular device. Solo users will now have the ability to capture, process and deliver aerial imagery to the cloud in real time, even while operating beyond line-of-sight.
“Botlink is committed to connecting drones to industry in real time,” says Botlink COO Shawn Muehler. “An Internet-connected Solo means our customers now have access to a light-duty drone for commercial use. This allows them to capture, stitch and distribute aerial imagery in real time, while flying safe and maintaining compliance with FAA regulations.”
The Botlink XRD is an FCC-approved cellular device that allows users to send and receive data through a secure connection to the Verizon LTE network. The XRD includes antennas that pick up high-bandwidth LTE signals in rural areas as though they were in the center of a metropolitan area. This means high-resolution photos, NDVI images and more can be sent anywhere, while the drone is still airborne. Solo can also be controlled through the cellular connection or via radio control, with redundant capability through the connection not currently in use.
Users simply connect the small XRD device to their drone or purchase a pre-configured 3DR Solo from Botlink and then use Botlink’s free Android and web apps for command, control and safety functionality. The Botlink apps include mission planning, automated flight control and situational awareness tools. Advisories are displayed on a geo-referenced map and show the exact location of the user’s drone in relation to restricted airspace, nearby manned aircraft and incoming weather.
By combining the 3DR Solo with Botlink’s existing image capture, stitching and data delivery platform, users in multiple locations have access to real-time, stitched imagery gathered from flights for surveying, mapping, remote jobsite monitoring, asset/equipment monitoring, change detection and project evolution tracking.
Botlink is a cloud-based operations platform that links drones to industry in real time. The platform allows users to capture, process and deliver aerial imagery anywhere, including into existing business software. Botlink gives teams the ability to make time-sensitive and collaborative decisions, even while a drone is still airborne. Botlink also provides automated drone control and safety features such as airspace alerts, manned aircraft avoidance and weather advisories, allowing operators to remain safe and compliant with complex flight regulations.