DroneSense Awarded SaaS Contract from Texas Department of Public Safety

DroneSense Awarded SaaS Contract from Texas Department of Public Safety

After working with DroneSense on a trial foundation over the previous couple of years, the Texas Department of Public Safety (DPS) not too long ago enlisted the Austin-based firm to supply software program and assist for its giant drone program.

Through the contract, the DroneSense Public Safety Drone Platform will combine and centralize giant datasets to enhance situational consciousness and make it straightforward for a number of companies to collaborate. The platform “builds a typical pilot expertise” it doesn’t matter what system is deployed, saving money and time on coaching and serving to companies like DPS construct out their drone methods, DroneSense CEO Chris Eyhorn mentioned.

“With their drone program being as giant as it’s, they have been working into challenges of scale,” Eyhorn mentioned, noting DPS makes use of greater than 100 drones throughout a number of companies. “Our platform helps remedy these challenges to allow them to tackle numerous units of missions. Being a state company, they’ve manned aviation belongings, so additionally they must take care of each manned and unmanned plane in the identical airspace on a scene.”

The Missions

DPS first began a drone program in 2017. Crime scene reconstruction, search and rescue operations and retaining eyes on armed suspects are only a few of the various completely different functions DPS has had success with over time.

“They use drones to maintain officers out of hurt’s method and to get higher situational consciousness of a scene to make higher selections,” Eyhorn mentioned. “Let’s say they’re moving into to serve a warrant. This is a good use case as a result of it supplies that overwatch. I really feel like I hear a brand new use case they’ve dreamed up each week.”

The Challenges

While drones supply quite a lot of advantages for companies like DPS, additionally they current challenges. One is coaching. It may be troublesome to create an encompassing curriculum to coach pilots when the drone program contains methods from completely different producers. The DroneSense platform extracts the variations between the {hardware} and supplies real-time telemetry and video so pilots can choose up any system and have the identical flight management expertise, Eyhorn mentioned.

DroneSense additionally manages upkeep and batteries for the drones, alerting operators when needed. There are standardized checklists and all the pieces is automated, guaranteeing pilots can deal with their mission. And when there’s a whole lot of drones and their batteries to maintain monitor of, having these upkeep alerts makes it simpler to scale.

Another problem is working with a number of drones on a scene, Eyhorn mentioned. In some circumstances, deploying a number of drones can truly be much less productive, one other challenge this platform addresses.

“I can’t inform you what number of instances I’ve been on a scene and two pilots are spending half their battery life making an attempt to speak to one another and coordinate the place they’re,” he mentioned. “Our platform solves the challenges of geospatial consciousness by bringing all video feeds into one viewer so pilots can see the drones on a map. They can even create their very own geospatial layers utilizing map instruments. They can pre-plan a mission and that reveals up on each pilot’s display screen.”

The firm not too long ago launched a cell streaming model, bringing situational consciousness from manned and unmanned belongings on the bottom and within the air collectively in a single handy place.

“If I’ve to log into 5 completely different methods as a result of 5 completely different methods are offering geospatial consciousness or video feeds, there’s going to be an actual property downside within the operations middle,” Eyhorn mentioned, noting all flight logs are mechanically uploaded by the app. “That in itself causes operational prices. This brings all the pieces right into a single pane of glass.”

The Future

Eyhorn centered on public security to present officers an answer that not solely makes their jobs simpler, however that additionally protects their lives. The DroneSense platform supplies extra dimensions to a scene and permits for real-time collaboration.

Because of those advantages, drone use circumstances in public security will solely proceed to develop. Eventually, fewer individuals might be required to function the methods and BVLOS flights will begin to develop into the norm.

“We’re working with a number of companies on this concept of drones as a primary responder, making it related from the dispatch name by your complete worth chain,” Eyhorn mentioned. “We’re actually working towards a future the place drones stay in varied locations and are dispatched as acceptable. That may very well be launching a drone on a tether to remain up and supply situational consciousness for longer durations or drones in packing containers. There’s an amazing worth proposition there nevertheless it’s additionally a troublesome problem.”