inUAVi, a start-up developer of drone radio frequency monitors and sensors, has announced that it has developed an RF measurement instrument for use with Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) that collects and relays data in real time to the drone operator from an application integrated with the drone’s operating system. The technology operates differently to many solutions that rely on heavy, ground-based instrumentation strapped onto a drone, without the ability to deliver real-time data to the operator.
“We’re excited to introduce our advanced electronic sensors and payloads that are controlled through the core UAV system, transforming the way data is collected and processed using airborne platforms,” said Marc Bouvrette, President of inUAVi. “For enterprises doing antenna inspections and deployments, real time measurements can enable immediate adjustments to the network, provide more accurate measurements, and reduce the time required to inspect and adjust wireless equipment.”
inUAVi’s lightweight, highly-integrated and portable applications run on common iOS platforms, automating previously complex measurements and delivering results directly to the operator. inUAVi’s proprietary radio modules currently process signals in commonly used WCDMA and LTE bands, providing spectrum data, channel power, and other key measurements that can be collected and relayed to ground stations in real time.
“Payload constraints and data collection capability from radio modules and sensors are the factors which have limited the kind of data collection that inUAVi will deliver,” said Bouvrette. “At inUAVi, we see unlimited potential to transform the current data collection model and make UAV solutions even more powerful and flexible.”
inUAVi’s equipment can be used for drone-enabled measurement of antenna alignment, wireless network quality measurements, and performing repeater pre-installation site surveys – all with improved ability to inspect actual radio signals and not just the external radome typically checked by humans during antenna alignments.