Highly automated real-time data collection
Harness the power of remotely-deployed, highly-automated robotics for on-demand, real-time data collection and situational awareness.
Remote monitoring and inspection revolutionises data collection and analysis, enabling persistent, round-the-clock operations for continuity, increased ROI and enhanced safety.
Integrate multiple solutions such as a drone in a box and ground robotics for an advanced ecosystem of automated remote workflows, from capture to insights.
Utilise cloud-based software to conduct and centrally manage remote operations, including inspections, monitoring, surveillance and alerts.
Remotely operated onsite robotics with reduced human intervention benefit industry applications such as security, utilities, mining, oil and gas, ports and terminals, and construction/infrastructure projects.
Remote Monitoring Workflow
Automated inspection with remote robotics and drones
#1 Automated Deployment
DJI Dock will automatically deploy a fully charged Matrice 30 to conduct your inspection mission.
#2 Remote Data Capture
Automonmously & remotely capture inspection data and images of your target subject.
#3 Real-time Data Sharing
Real-time data sharing through cloud-connected management software, allowing instant data transfer and reporting.
#4 Return to Home and Recharge
Matrice 30 Drone will autonomously land back on it's DJI Dock and begin recharging it's batteries for the next mission.
Benefits of Remote Monitoring
Repeatable, flexible, remote asset inspection.
Conduct persistent, scheduled, round-the-clock data collection or gather spontaneous, on-demand situational awareness whenever you need to. A remote monitoring ecosystem is unbound by the availability of pilots or employees.
Improved Cost Savings
Reduce operational costs and maintain business continuity and operations from anywhere in the world as on-site robots collect consistent, accurate and repeatable data - all managed from afar, centralising data.
Permanently-sited, on-location, autonomous solutions are ready to deploy on-demand, reducing the logistical burden of getting personnel and equipment to site for specific missions.
Remotely-operated drones and robots perform risky tasks in dangerous areas or hard-to-reach locations, keeping personnel away from hazardous situations and enabling collection in otherwise inaccessible zones.
Automate missions to ensure your on-site robots collect accurate and repeatable data, more frequently. This is ideal for change monitoring, helping to spot defects early to reduce costs and downtime.
Remote and automated robotics are an environmentally-friendly way of collecting data. Cutting carbon emissions, they replace helicopters, trucks or argocats - depending on the mission.
Integrated Remote Monitoring
Remote Monitoring Solutions
Integrated remote monitoring and inspection tools.
DJI Drone-in-a-Box Dock
DJI Docks are rugged, reliable and are built to operate 24/7, day or night, rain or shine.
Each DJI Dock houses an M30 drone where it lands, recharges, takes off, and executes missions programmed remotely in the cloud-based mission management software, DJI FlightHub 2.
The DJI Dock is weatherproof and features highly-integrated hardware, such as a weather station, wide-angle security camera and RTK module.
The M30 drone is a rugged aircraft, designed to fly in hostile environments to enable continuous and repeatable operations. Fully charged, the M30 flies for 40 minutes and can conduct missions and inspections up to 7km from the Dock to provide wide-area coverage.
The M30 Series Dock Version integrates wide, zoom, and a laser rangefinder, while the M30T also includes a thermal camera. The M30 Series provides a range of data, on-demand.
DJI Flighthub 2
DJI FlightHub 2 unlocks the full functionality of the DJI Dock, offering complete cloud control and enabling remote operations. Schedule missions, create and edit flight routes, and manage your collected data.
- Real-time Awareness: Live stream in HD at any time to check on your DJI Dock or your drone.
- Mission Planning: Plan complex flight routes remotely through DJI FlightHub 2.
- Flight Plan Management: Edit, manage and push flight routes to your DJI Docks and keep track of flight progress and results.
- Media Management and Storage: Review the geo-tagged pictures, videos, maps and panoramas collected by your drones. The drone data can be automatically uploaded and stored for later use.
- One-stop Operation and Maintenance: Monitor the health and status of your DJI Docks and drones, all remotely from the cloud.
Counter-UAS is an important piece of infrastructure to install as part of a remote monitoring drone ecosystem.
Utilised as a deconfliction strategy, drone detection helps operators understand the airspace around their site to ensure it is safe to remotely deploy UAS.
Looking to the future, counter-UAS solutions will be an essential asset as remote drone deployment evolves to a wider scale, playing an integral role in facilitating drone highways and UTM (UAS Traffic Management) corridors.
heliguy™ is a leading C-UAS provider, supplying solutions such as DJI AeroScope and Dedrone and offering the provision of layered solutions - which integrate multiple C-UAS technology - where necessary.
Ghost Robotics Vision 60 is a high-endurance, agile and durable all-weather (IP67) ground drone. This legged robot can be used for a range of enterprise and defence applications, conducting operations such as remote inspection, intelligence, surveillance, reconnaissance, mapping, distributed communications, and persistent security.
Designed to keep human operators out of harm’s way, Vision 60 adapts to new environments, climbs staircases, navigates complicated terrain and rights itself if it falls over.
Capable of remote-controlled or autonomous operation, Vision 60 has a deployment range of 10km, a top speed of 3m/s and a maximum run time of three hours.
A versatile solution, this ground robot can carry payloads up to 10kg in weight.
The Future of Data Collection
How Remote Monitoring benefits commercial applications
Security / Surveillance
Conduct persistent surveillance along predefined routes or launch for on-demand monitoring.
Operating in an overt or covert capacity, drones increase the surveillance overlap against CCTV infrastructure, reduce blindspots, offer a changeable and unique perspective and provide continuous target tracking.
They are a force multiplier, covering a significantly increased area by comparison to ground-based surveillance equipment and personnel.
Deploy in a proactive manner, as a deterrent, clearance patrol and intelligence gathering or reactively, providing overwatch and coordination of a response.
Where static surveillance sensors can be identified through reconnaissance and invite malicious workarounds, drones benefit from being uniquely positioned.
Remote monitoring facilitates a range of mining inspection applications, from regularly scheduled inspections to an immediate response in an emergency situation.
Regularly scheduled preventative maintenance is the best assurance of safe and cost-effective mining operations.
Conduct assessments of confined spaces and areas that would otherwise be visually inaccessible or too hazardous for human intervention and detect problems before the damage becomes too severe.
Evaluate the condition of mine shafts, sumps and boreholes; perform in-service remote inspection and avoid costly shutdowns; verify new pipeline construction prior to commissioning; and observe vehicle movements and stockpile measurements.
Launch in an emergency situation, such as a mine collapse or security breach.
Oil and Gas
Minimise refinery downtime, reduce operation and maintenance costs, improve on-site safety and prevent serious failures.
Deploy autonomous drones and robots on pre-scheduled missions to immediately detect leaks, faults, structural damage, environmental hazards, failures and other faults. This information enables maintenance teams to be less reactive and allows them to perform their daily tasks based on timely and accurate data.
Remove workers from potentially hazardous environments: Improving safety, but also save on recruitment and the costs associated with frequent training of staff and insurance.
Remote operations can be vital for offshore rigs: Operate a periodically-manned offshore production platform from a centralised control centre, and remove the problems associated with collecting timely and accurate data from remote and isolated offshore rigs.
On-site robotics can react quickly without human intervention during an emergency, from a fire or leak to another live situation. This improves safety and incident response.
Construction / infrastructure
Monitor site productivity with persistent visual data streams and centralised digital data management.
Onsite robotics enable frequent and repeatable site inspection: Useful for site managers to monitor progress, spot for mistakes, ensure contracted work is performed on time to prevent costly fines and to gather constantly evolving data to feed into digital twins.
Build up to date high-resolution maps and 3D models to obtain a better view of the site, share with stakeholders and collaborate with staff. This data can also be used to track vehicle movements and calculate earthworks and stockpile measurements to improve forecast planning and reduce unnecessary costs.
Remote monitoring and inspection helps to enforce safety protocols, improve on-site staff safety and enables companies to adhere to safety compliance.
Ports and terminals
Remote monitoring improves operations at terminals and enables teams to be more efficient and reactive.
Port facilities need to be secured 24/7: Remote monitoring enables this. Use on-site robotics to secure facilities to prevent the entry of prohibited goods and dangerous objects, monitor sensitive shipments, and control boarding private vehicles or goods trucks.
Scheduled autonomous monitoring of the coastlines also extends a port’s security perimeter.
Conduct frequent routine inspections and continuously monitor shipping lots, manage container inventory and inspect crane operations and unidentified freights.
Access hard-to-reach places to improve safety and increase awareness. Analyse required improvements which are required for infrastructure remotely.
Quickly respond to emergency situations, such as container fires or someone in difficulty in the water. Rapid, real-time situational awareness can be crucial.
Port authorities are responsible for numerous ports. Get eyes on any port of your choice from afar.
Leverage remote monitoring to automate utility asset inspection and incident-based alerting.
Proactively inspect critical infrastructure and identify anomalies in real-time to prevent outages and minimise asset downtime. Conduct frequent, repeatable and accurate data for change detection and identify failing equipment and hot spots with thermal and zoom cameras.
Onsite robotics reduce routine visits to remote sites and save on travel time and labour costs.
Improve HSE compliance with automated safety monitoring and conduct proactive theft and vandalism prevention.
Deploy on-site robotics without human intervention to an emergency situation or for storm response.
Monitor and inspect remote substations with 24/7 live access, eliminating windshield time, travel risk and cost. Set-up automated inspection reports to help plan preventative maintenance.
Use video/imagery for audit trails, evidence and to help with incident investigations.
Pathway to Automation
Support implementing your remote montoring workflow.
Receive application-focused training from the experienced heliguy™ drone training team, including BVLOS & EVLOS.
Learn how to operate the DJI Dock and obtain the relevant drone training certificates.
Dock Siting Assessment
Conduct a thorough assessment in conjunction with heliguy™ to ensure you site the Dock(s) at an appropriate location and with the correct infrastructure.
Assessment also includes server and data deliverables.
heliguy™ will assist in the development of a robust safety management system and help you build comprehensive operating procedures.
Obtain the relevant permissions to operate the DJI Dock legally and safely. This includes an Operating Safety Case (OSC), CAA exemption and airspace authorisation.
heliguy™ will guide you throughout this process.
BVLOS & EVLOS in the UK
Examples of current BVLOS operations, progress and legislation.
Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations are a fundamental part of a remote monitoring workflow.
Work is ongoing in the UK to make standardised BVLOS operations the norm.
BVLOS and EVLOS drone flights are legal in the UK, but a robust Operating Safety Case is required with CAA approval.
Beyond Visual Line of Sight
Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) is an operation in which the remote pilot or remotely piloted aircraft observer does not use visual reference to the drone during the flight.
Operating BVLOS is not explicitly prohibited or restricted by regulation in the UK, however it does require an OSC and permission from the CAA to do so. Tests and trials are underway to standardise BVLOS operations in non-segregated airspace.
A BVLOS flights require Detect & Avoid: The capability to see, sense or detect conflicting traffic or other hazards and be able to take the appropriate action. This ecosystem combines various technologies, communications and procedures working collaboratively.
Working towards BVLOS operations is a phased approach, gradually building up evidence and experience to obtain permissions to operate in this way. Find out more in our blog about building a safety case and the UK BVLOS pathway.
Extended Visual Line of Sight
Extended Visual Line of Sight (EVLOS) allows remote pilots to be supported by deployed observers who can maintain visual line of sight with the aircraft and communicate any potential risks of issues back to the remote pilot. This enables flights further than 500m from the remote pilot.
EVLOS operations are part of a progression towards BVLOS operations and require an OSC and permission from the CAA to implement.
Operating Safety Case
heliguy™ OSC consultancy can help.
heliguy™ has a dedicated OSC consultant to help you build an OSC for EVLOS and BVLOS operations.
The consultancy streamlines the process of preparing an OSC, offering expert support, advice and client involvement throughout, reducing the chances of requiring costly rewrites, and helping applicants achieve an ambitious but compliant OSC.
Our OSC consultant has experience of working on EVLOS and BVLOS OSCs. The CAA has already approved numerous OSCs which have been compiled through the heliguy™ OSC consultancy, including EVLOS to 1,500m.
BVLOS Drone Flights In The UK
Examples of BVLOS Trials and Tests
Network Rail completed 'the furthest civilian drone flight in Britain'.
The proof-of-concept flight, staged in the autumn of 2021, was conducted for 25km over dry land along the East West Railway. A Network Rail helicopter flew alongside the drone.
The test was the culmination of 18 months of work and represented a significant step forward in terms of how drones can be used to inspect the railway safely, quickly and cost-effectively.
The ability to fly BVLOS will enable the air operations team to inspect the railway over a much larger area while saving valuable time and costs.
A Network Rail spokesperson said that the flight was an important milestone but the shift to using BVLOS as business as usual will take some time.
In July 2022, the UK government gave the go-ahead for the world’s largest and longest network of drone superhighways to be built in the UK - a major breakthrough for BVLOS operations
The drone superhighway will develop 165 miles (265km) of ‘drone superhighways’ connecting airspace above Reading, Oxford, Milton Keynes, Cambridge, Coventry, and Rugby over the next two years.
There is an option to expand the corridor to any other locations in the country.
The Skyway superhighway network will help unlock the huge potential offered by unmanned aerial vehicles and be a catalyst to enable growth in the urban air mobility industry.
The project involves Altitude Angel, alongside BT, and a number of UK tech SME's including heliguy™.
In 2021, command & control solution developer sees.ai became the first company in the UK to secure authorisation from the UK CAA to trial a concept for routine BVLOS operations. The permissions came as part of a test project to prove the concept ahead of potentially opening it up to the wider market.
The authorisation enabled sees.ai to fly BVLOS at three nominated sites without needing to pre-authorise each flight. By removing this limitation, the permission fired the starting gun for the next phase of growth of the drone industry.
The authorisation allowed BVLOS flights to occur under 150ft and initially required an observer to remain in visual line of sight with the aircraft and able to communicate with the remote pilot if necessary. By testing the concept in industrial environments for inspection, monitoring and maintenance purposes, sees.ai aimed to prove the safety of its system within this context initially, before extending it to address increasingly challenging missions over time.
Data gathered from the test flights was used to consider the success of the operations and whether the risk and hazard assessments can be used to cover generic risks beyond the three trial sites.
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