Mapping and GIS applications are one of the largest business verticals in the drone industry, and mapping drones represent a significant market. The South Korean manufactured Remo-M is an award-winning and unique mapping solution – and if you haven’t yet seen it, you’ll want to. As a recent winner of the African Drone Forum’s Lake Kivu Challenge, the Remo-M is making a big impact on the global stage.
A Brief History of the Remo-M (Remote Mapper)
The Remo-M is manufactured by Uconsystem, a pioneering South Korean UAV manufacturer founded in 2001 with a deep history of innovation and production for military and industrial applications. The first Remo fixed wing was developed in 2009: years of development have contributed to a mature and elegant design. In 2015, Uconsystems and the Remo-M entered into a unique design, distribution and services relationship with global geospatial data experts Hojung Solutions. That relationship has combined the Uconsystem manufacturing and engineering expertise with Hojung’s deep practical experience in GIS mapping to create a powerful and efficient commercial mapping drone. (In the U.S., the Remo-M is represented by Denver-based Geotech Environmental.)
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Safety is Supreme
In the Lake Kivu Challenge, the observers- global stakeholders all considering new technologies for big projects – had one overriding concern: safety. The Remo-M user interface software demonstrates clear geo-fencing features; a safe, programmed response to loss of C2 links; and appropriate redundancies to ensure sustained flight. Additionally, the wide wingspan design contributes to flight stability.
That flight stability – and an advanced gimbal – contributes to precision. The Remo-M won the Lake Kivu Challenge by successfully and accurately identifying not only specified positions on a remote island, but also on moving boats in the water. “The Remo-M’s wide wingspan design and gimbal allows a very reliable shot stability, ” Hojun’s Andrew Cho says.
Designed for Unique Geographies
“The Remo-M has a steep climb in the takeoff and deep-stall landing feature which gives the ability to takeoff and land in small spaces,” explains Cho. “This provides ease and flexibility of flight mission planning, allowing to operate in all types of terrain. This was one of engineering features that the Korean Army required, because of the rough mountainous geography of Korea – they needed the versatility to conduct tactical operations in difficult environments.” Remo-M’s unique landing method also means that the drone functions without infrastructure in any environment.
The ability to fly anywhere is one of the reasons that Hojung Solutions has developed the Remo-M mapping drone. South Korea boasts a highly advanced remote sensing network and GIS mapping capabilities supported by one of the most developed telecommunication infrastructures in the world. Hojung has excelled in the fiercely competitive South Korean GIS mapping industry, winning industrial and government clients include the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transportation, Korea Land and Geospatial Informatix Corp., and numerous local governments.
Hojung’s drone-based GIS survey solution was recognized as an effective methodology at the World Bank’s Land and Poverty Conference in 2019, and the company is committed to working on global projects in any part of the world. In mountains, valleys, deserts or jungles, the Remo-M is ready to fly.
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has penned over 3,000 articles focused on the commercial drone space and is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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