With a goal of giving their customers the ability to more efficiently understand and protect their most valuable infrastructure assets, Massachusetts-based AirFusion is working to develop next generation drone software tools to better gather, analyze and commercialize data from aerial sensors and drone cameras.
The company’s unique software platform recognizes and extracts infrastructure damage data from airborne and ground-based sensors, applies relevant analytics and connects the results to the Enterprise to provide timely, actionable intelligence.
“In rapidly changing environments, companies that assess their properties accurately and deploy maintenance teams efficiently will achieve greater success,” said Kevin Wells, AirFusion’s Chief Strategy Officer. “To fully understand the health of your infrastructure higher quality information and data is required.”
For the wind turbine industry, for example, AirFusion’s Wind Edition software analyzes video and sensor data and automatically produces a report delivering a more accurate and comprehensive view of problems found. The software can use data supplied from drones or ground based sensors as well.
AirFusion’s software fuses and extracts object meta data allowing true machine (versus human) based analytics and isolates and reports on impairment conditions. Analyzing the data frame by frame, the software isolates and reports on impairment conditions and the location where each impairment is observed. Findings can be directly exported to standard wind energy industry compatible systems.
“The system is designed to deliver new performance parameters using state of the art image recognition technology,” Wells said. “We provide near-real time cloud-based processing of anomalies that appear on wind turbine blades and automate the reporting process and integration of the results via standard industry data specifications.”
AirFusion Wind Edition is in beta testing and the company expects to launch a full-service, comprehensive solution for identifying issues and reporting data on turbine health later this year.
AirFusion plans to develop additional software solutions for other energy markets including oil, gas and power transmission infrastructure monitoring.
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Alan is serial entrepreneur, active angel investor, and a drone enthusiast. He co-founded DRONELIFE.com to address the emerging commercial market for drones and drone technology. Prior to DRONELIFE.com, Alan co-founded Where.com, ThinkingScreen Media, and Nurse.com. Recently, Alan has co-founded Crowditz.com, a leader in Equity Crowdfunding Data, Analytics, and Insights. Alan can be reached at alan(at)dronelife.com