DRONE VOLT, a French leader in professional drones, reported a technological advancement with its original professional drone Z18 UF (Unlimited Flight), capable of continuous surveillance of areas and events where security is a priority: Industrial sites with sensible infrastructures, road networks, rescue and search operations, support after natural disasters, crowds gatherings, etc. This innovative model was unveiled for the first time at the DRONE VOLT booth at the Nuremberg IWA last week.
Surveillance Drones: a Growth Market
The sales of civil drones for security applications and monitoring should reach 193M€ in 2020, according to a study carried out by “En Toute Sécurité” in partnership with the FPDC (Professional Federation of Civil Drones – France). To answer an increasing demand for drones in surveillance with increasingly elaborate features, the R&D team at DRONE VOLT have come up with a surveillance solution: the Z18 UF.
A Wired Drone Flying Over a Number of Days
The Z18 UF, an actual autonomous monitoring station is a wired drone capable of 24h stationary flight, ensuring safe, nonstop aerial surveillance. Equipped with a powerful x18 zoom camera, it’s connected to a supply station on the ground specifically designed for this captive drone. A patented smart fastening system allows operations to be carried out safely.
This device, adjustable in height up to 40 meters, offers multiple options of close range shooting at 360° transmitted at high-speed and in real time thanks to its own radio connection. The quick set up time, of just over 10 minutes allows for an almost immediate deployment on site of this mobile monitoring device.
A Number of Applications
The Z18 UF drone offers a wide range of applications:
– Inspection and surveillance of sites such as communication towers and antennas, oil refineries and drilling platforms, airports, wind energy stations, bridges and dams, energy plants, etc.
– It is also recommended to support civil defense operations: rescue or searches, assistance with emergencies after natural disasters, fire services, monitoring of borders, crowd surveillance and monitoring of demonstrations and gatherings, etc.
– Finally, it can be used in road safety by monitoring traffic, analyzing traffic jams and accidents, etc.
“Surveillance is one of the main areas of expertise at DRONE VOLT. With the Z18 UF we have developed an efficient surveillance solution with the usage of cameras. This drone can carry an observation camera up to 40 meters, whatever the surrounding infrastructures might be”, explains Dimitri Batsis, Chairman of DRONE VOLT.