Autonomous drone provider Atlas recently partnered with the Military Police of Rio de Janeiro State to launch the company’s flagship AtlasPRO to bolster the agency’s security efforts for the Copa America soccer tournament.
Company officials say this is the first instance in which MESH multi-drone UAS technology has been approved for a major sporting event,
Pilots flew the AtlasPRO drone along the perimeter of the Maracanã Stadium, one of the largest stadiums in South America, during the tournament’s final series. The AtlasPRO system was used in both single and multi-UAS missions to gather data on public safety hazards and prepare emergency response.
According to an Atlas statement, the AtlasPRO enables “fully and semi-autonomous missions with a high endurance of 50 minutes of flight time and a range of 10 km.”
The AtlasPRO offers multi-node communication capability, which allows a single operator to command and control a drone network from a unified ground control system. Such tech allows the operator to divide missions among several UAS and maintain constant “eyes in the sky” using autonomous hot-swap capabilities.
Currently, Atlas partners with police and military forces, fire departments, and other first responder organizations to deliver autonomous security drones.
“Advanced first responders like the PMERJ are increasingly embracing smart technologies such as autonomous UAS to significantly bolster their security capabilities,” said Atlas CEO Ivan Tolchinsky.
“As the leading provider of tactical and autonomous UAS, we power first responders around the world with high-caliber, cost-effective, end-to-end UAS solutions that provide timely, accurate data and help save both lives and money.”
“As the force responsible for assuring the security of the residents of Rio and the Copa America tournament, we were determined to use the most advanced technological capabilities available on the market to serve our mission needs,” said Colonel André Batista, Commander of the Choque Special Forces. “Deploying AtlasPRO helped us guarantee security for the Copa America tournament efficiently and cost-effectively.”
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