Ayesa, a Spanish multinational which specialises in engineering, technology and consultancy (ETC), has developed an automated surveillance system using autonomous drones for strategic installations such as ports.
The platform, which allows for the intelligent management of floats of drones designed to monitor critical infrastructure, has been created as part of the R&D project Drones4CIP, which was completed at the end of May.
Drones4CIP was funded by the Ministry of Economy and Competitiveness, through the Centre for the Development of Industrial Technology (CDTI), and by the European Regional Development Fund (ERDF) in the INNTERCONECTA 2016 call for funding. Ayesa took the leading role in this project, in which the companies Isfoc and Aerorum also participated.
After more than two years developing the system, at the beginning of 2019 integrated testing was carried out on the landing and automated battery charging platform, which uses photovoltaic panels and wind turbines (Isfoc); the drones designed for automatically detecting the location of incidents or structural damage and analysing these using vision technology and artificial intelligence (Aeorum); and the technological platform created by Ayesa, to which these devices are connected.
The drones will carry out programmed surveillance of infrastructure by means of an advanced collaborative and energy management protocol. Using vision technology and artificial intelligence, Drones4CIP will automatically carry out surveillance and analysis tasks in order to protect infrastructure.
This is not the first time Ayesa has been at the forefront of innovative drone technology. It also led Drone Captor (System for Detecting and Neutralising Threats Using Drones) and Virtual Drone Box (development of an advanced UAV control and monitoring system for virtually defined environments).
Ayesa boasts extensive experience in developing technological systems for managing floats, including those involving electric vehicles, as well as in related services such as car-sharing.