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Automated Vehicle Transportation Solutions in a Multi-Domain Environment
12:00 PM – 12:45 PM ET
Whether it is via air, land or sea, the movement of people and goods has historically been accomplished with manned vehicles. Technological developments and public acceptance are just beginning to solve the complicated safety and efficacy issues associated with mobility via unmanned vehicle.
Maryland has a burgeoning ecosystem of automated vehicle developers working in each of these domains. This panel will be moderated by Cristine Nizer, Administrator for the Maryland Motor Vehicle Administration and Co-Chair of the Maryland Connected and Automated Vehicle (CAV) Working Group. Panelists will include leaders from three companies working in the development of cutting-edge automated transportation technologies.
Ascent AeroSystems is the world’s only manufacturer of enterprise-level coaxial small unmanned aerial systems, representing unique, disruptive technology that offers significant performance and capability advantages over traditional fixed wing, quadcopter, or multirotor systems. Currently in production, the company’s Spirit sUAS is lighter and more efficient than comparable systems within its class, enabling it to fly with greater endurance, payload, speed, and range. Designed from the start to be an all-weather, modular drone for military operators, first responders, and industrial users, it has the highest combined ingress protection and weatherproofing rating in its class, making it ideal for the mission-critical operations.
The imaging and mapping industry has gone through several critical paradigm shifts in the last 20 years. A significant trend has been the move to 3D and cloud-based scaling, along with the integration of LiDAR and multispectral imagery. In recent years we are seeing an exponential growth in the availability of drone data, and in the complexity and sophistication of the applications for mapping with drones. The Skyline Platform allows you to create, analyze and disseminate 3D GIS data. Skyline Software has been at the forefront of 3D applications and content creation for the last 20+ years, and has become a key enabling technology for these paradigm shifts, as demonstrated in several key industries with which Skyline has been working. This presentation will focus on Construction, Disaster Relief, and Surveying/Mapping. All have challenges with change detection, accuracy, combining data from different sources and scalability. In Construction, the periodic collection of sites as they are being built provides a critical documentation, as well as regulation and measurement of the actual progress of the project and comparison to plans. Skyline Software’s PhotoMesh enables the processing of the same site on a repetitive nature, and utilizing a full API, can automate the processing and dissemination of the data in a completely user free environment. As the Construction Project progresses, the construction company, customer, government, and other engineering firms can review the project in 3D and provide feedback and commentary in very short turnaround. Utilizing the wide array of PhotoMesh tools and options, LiDAR data can be integrated into the process, or Ground Control Points. In cases of high accuracy GPS (RTK/PPK) the software provides options to weigh the GPS inputs and rely on high quality GPS input for best accuracy results (5cm or better). In addition to the automated processing, Skyline Software’s TerraExplorer also allows advanced analytics between the different dates of the project such as change detection, volume measurement, and integration of CAD layers for comparison of the actual site with the planned blueprints. A similar approach for automated processing and dissemination can also be applied for Emergency Response and Disaster Relief applications. With the need for extremely fast turnaround, and the potential of dealing with dozens or hundreds of individual drone collections being ingested into the 3D reconstruction processing, Skyline Software’s PhotoMesh API can be deployed on the cloud and utilize as many resources to ensure the data gets processed as soon as it is received, then turned around to the relevant authorities in under 8 hours, in some cases as fast as 2 hours from completion of data upload. This was utilized in such events as wild fires, tornadoes, hurricanes, floods, and earth quakes. With the variety and accessibility to the many datasets, Skyline Software has partnered with several companies to perform AI and ML processes on the results and has provided automated damage assessment, object detection, and additional analytics to support the relief and recovery effort. It is also possible to combine data from different sources and resolutions, such as a large scale high-altitude collection of aerial data from an airplane or helicopter, and integrate it with low-altitude drone data with hyper-resolution and extreme details. One such example of a recent project Skyline Software performed is the ascent to Everest on the Nepalese side, which included a large scale +200 KM² area from a helicopter at 10 cm/pixel GSD, as well as a smaller 5 KM² area at 1 cm/pixel GSD from a small quad-copter drone. Through these applications and efforts Skyline Software has been a leading contributor to the paradigm shifts of enabling Drones and 3D in advanced real world applications.
AeroVironment’s medium UAS product line includes the hand-launchable Puma LE and runway independent JUMP 20 and T-20 unmanned aircraft systems. Rapidly deployable across any domain in less than 60 minutes, these high-performance air vehicles provide the warfighter with up to 24+ hours of endurance. Our Multi-INT solutions give the warfighter a level of integrated ISR data previously unavailable in a tactical, medium UAS platform at extended range.Purpose built for maximum integration flexibility, the Puma LE, JUMP 20 and T-20 are multi-mission configurable to meet changing user requirements. AeroVironment’s medium UAS feature superior optics and flexible payload options including advanced EO/IR gimbals, 3-D mapping, SAR, LiDAR, communications relay, as well as OMINT, SIGINT and GPS hardening payloads.