Data Processing and GNSS Base Station Developed for DJI Drones

Published: 06 Nov 2018 | Author: Mike Rees

Skycatch Edge1 drone base station

Skycatch has announced the launch of its new on-premise data processing and GNSS base station for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), the Skycatch Edge1, which has been manufactured in partnership with DJI.

Tested and optimized for the Skycatch Explore1 and DJI Phantom 4 RTK drones, the self-positioning Edge1 allows commercial drone users the ability to process and receive data without the need for internet or cellular connectivity. Users fly, process the data, and receive centimeter-level data outputs in 30 minutes or less, directly to a tablet. 2D maps and 3D point clouds are available for viewing and sharing directly from the accompanied tablet.

The Edge1 concept began as a companion to the Skycatch Explore 1 drone. The new generation of the Edge1 will support all DJI drones, including the recently released DJI Phantom 4 RTK, and will process any 2D geotagged images. In addition to a survey-grade GNSS base station, the Edge1 includes built-in WiFi, LTE, reliable sub 5 cm accuracy, and delivers high-quality data outputs. Built around a state of the art compute module, the Edge1 is also capable of running deep learning algorithms to extract more insights from data in near real-time.

“It’s truly a revolutionary product that we’re excited to make available to the DJI community, and the construction and mining industry at large. With the partnership and support of DJI, the Edge1 will be assembled with precision execution in their world-class manufacturing facility, and will be available faster to the customer,” said Christian Sanz, Founder & CEO of Skycatch.

“As the commercial drone industry has grown, the amount of data collected by our enterprise users is unprecedented,” said Jan Gasparic, Director of Strategic Partnerships at DJI. “We are glad to work with Skycatch to manufacture the Skycatch Edge 1 GNSS base receiver, enabling enterprise customers, especially those in the construction industry, to process data from their DJI drones on-site and in real-time.”