Alexandra Institute’s drone strategy aims to revolutionise the way we work with measurement technologies. Drones can enable mobile measurements. This will give them some advantages in relation to measurement in inaccessible places and the new strategy is also cost-effective.
Alexandra Institute has great experience in software development, software architecture, machine learning and robotics, enabling them to build great code and algorithms. They have thorough knowledge on the interaction between hardware (creating measurement technology and system integration) and software (control and management, data collection and analysis of the drone).
Drones have been used primarily for visual measurement/documentation, mapping and inspection via installed video or photo gear and data transmission. In collaboration with FORCE Technology, Alexandre Institute wants to develop new drone-based solutions that are based on micro design with gas sensors and ultrasound scanners and they want to establish a drone management platform with modules to support these areas of application.
The first one is to enable contact-based measurements by a drone in inaccessible areas, e.g. wind turbines in offshore energy. Today a wind turbine is usually inspected by a man climbing the wind turbine. They want to enable drones to use ultrasound when inspecting wind turbines.
The second one is to develop a micro-based sensory system for drones, so they can detect gas leaks from biogas plants and provide valid data. Today gas leaks are detected by a man equipped with a detector. They want to enable drones to detect gas leaks.
The third project is a drone management platform. Today most drone-based solutions stand alone. They are not part of a greater infrastructure. In the future, the use of professional drones demands that they become part of an IoT-infrastructure. This platform will allow drones to collect data across missions and to be processed and analysed by all.