Inside Unmanned Systems

JUN-JUL 2016

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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45 unmanned systems inside June/July 2016 ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. tag points upward, the dealership could use passive tags, which cost just pennies. The drone then f lies the length of the storage yard, 20 feet above the ground at 15 feet per sec- ond, picking up the location of the cars and any relevant information (VIN, color, make, model, etc.). An Exponent case study claims switching away from human runners saves more than 1 million AED ($272,000 USD) per month. Exponent generally uses both fixed-wing and multirotor vehicles that it builds itself from components though it has also modi- fied an off-the-shelf platform, an Align 650, to carry an RFID antenna and onboard pro- cessor. The drones f ly mostly autonomously in a geofenced area defined by the company. Clients can monitor and track all assets live as the f light takes place through Exponent's Secure Portal. "Our portal provides all the key read sta- tistics on the tag and even has the ability to encompass business metadata—allowing our system to be a standalone inventory tracking system," the company said in an emailed re- sponse to a question. If a client does not use an RFID-based sys- tem Exponent can set one up including devel- A worker at AGE Steel monitors a drone as it checks the location of inventory in the company's storage yard.

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