UAV Uses MIMO Technology to Stream Real-Time Video

Skyfront, a provider of hybrid-electric Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), and Silvus Technologies, a provider of Multi-Input Multi-Output (MIMO) communications, have partnered to combine Skyfront's five-hour endurance Perimeter UAV with Silvus' high-power StreamCaster radios. The combined product, the Perimeter XLRS, can fly for up to 5 hours while maintaining command and control links and streaming real-time video up to 60 miles / 100 km from the ground control station.

This partnership has enabled UAV operators to inspect pipelines and power lines and perform surveillance missions across the world. The Perimeter's onboard StreamCaster radio provides the Perimeter with a steady, reliable video and control link. The StreamCaster's MIMO and beamforming technologies successfully overcome range limitations, signal attenuation and multipath interference, to allow the Perimeter XLRS to operate in environments where other data links typically fail, such as in maritime, mountain, and jungle deployments.

The Perimeter XLRS's integration of the StreamCaster is comprehensive. It includes:
  • Latency-free manual/joystick and waypoint control up to 60 miles away
  • RF/EMI protection from the powerful onboard radio
  • Testing and integration with numerous sensor payloads
  • H264/H265 encoding for any HDMI-output camera
  • A fully integrated ground station with directional ground antennas
  • Seamless power and harnessing
  • AES256-encrypted video and control links
  • Elimination of interference between GNSS unit and radio

The integration of the StreamCaster into the Perimeter line of UAVs has enabled it to fully utilize its extreme endurance and fly beyond-line-of-sight (BVLOS) missions with ease. The Perimeter XLRS's ability to support long-endurance VTOL flight with the Silvus MN-MIMO waveform makes it a unique differentiator in the marketplace.