New Guidance System Enables Drones to Map Complete Surroundings in Any Environment

IoT intelligent sensors and analytic software expert, Olea Sensor Networks, has introduced a patent-pending guidance system, that enables drones to map its complete surroundings in any environment. Today's drones use onboard computer systems with the assistance of GPS to navigate a path of GPS waypoints to reach their destination. However, most drones are blind to their surroundings due to lack of situational awareness in outdoor applications. Similarly, to date, drones have been unable to maneuver in buildings where GPS is denied.

The OleaVision360 addresses these issues and more. It is an innovative sensor that can continuously scan the drone's surroundings and the terrain below using only one ultra-light weight sensor housed in a 100 mm (4-inch square) device. It provides outstanding situational awareness with a hemispherical field of view (front, back, sides, below and/or above) without the use of rotors or beam-forming technologies. This single, low-cost obstacle avoidance sensor allows the drone to fly around obstacles in front or behind it with one-centimeter accuracy and a detection range of 20 meters (65 feet).

Equipped with OleaVision360, a drone can accurately sense the terrain below it, offering true terrain following precision landing assistance without compromising effectiveness. Thanks to Olea's proprietary Life Presence Detection technology, the guidance system can discriminate between animated versus in-animate objects. When used for guidance systems, the technology provides a substantial advancement in capability for autonomous applications in flight, robotic, industrial and automotive applications.

The OleaVision360 solution is especially significant for remote inspections in the mining, construction, engineering, agriculture and environmental industries when needing to view from a specific distance or height in order to avoid compromising the existing equipment and sensors already integrated in drones. Additionally, it is robust enough to function in harsh or challenging environments including dust, rain, snow, and in total darkness without the assistance of any lighting.

Olea Sensor Networks will be exhibiting the OleaVision360 and other technologies at its booth (#435) at Sensor Expo 2019 from June 26 and 27 in San Jose, CA.