Combination of Systems Offers Higher Performance at Dramatically Lower Costs
NEANY has completed a partnership agreement with Visual Intelligence to deploy Visual Intelligence’s iOne IMS infrastructure metric mapping system in NEANY’s flagship unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), the Arrow. NEANY will utilize the iOne IMS system for high-resolution geospatial imaging for both military and commercial applications.
NEANY’s Arrow is an unmanned aircraft that is suitable for both military and commercial operations where dependability and extended endurance are required. The Arrow is an efficient, cost-effective solution with integrated payloads supporting a variety of global missions. These include homeland defense and security, border and port patrol, urban mapping, counter-narcotics applications, disaster preparedness, and intelligence, surveillance, and reconnaissance (ISR). The Arrow is equipped with a
6-megabit TCP/IP data-link for disseminating valuable real-time intelligence, video, and situational awareness data. The Arrow’s fifteen cubic foot payload bay is the largest in its class and can accommodate sensor packages weighing just over two hundred pounds. The Arrow is built using over ninety-percent commercially available (COTS) parts making it a low-cost and easily sustained operational asset.
The iOne IMS allows aerial imaging companies to capture more imagery and data at a fraction of the up-front investment and operating cost of competing products. This combination makes the iOne sensor systems the most cost effective solution in the industry. The iOne IMS collects ortho, stereo, forward and backward oblique, multispectral 4-band and point cloud product generation, all in a single pass. Visual Intelligence has optimized iOne IMS for multiple forms of aircraft including UAVs like NEANY’s Arrow. The iOne IMS is based on Visual Intelligence’s patented and award-winning iOne Sensor Tool Kit Architecture (STKA), a next generation open systems COTS software/hardware foundation for high performing, multi-purpose 2D-3D geo-imaging sensors for aerial, terrestrial and mobile applications.
“NEANY is on the forefront of expanding the applications of UAVs for both military and commercial applications, and our Arrow vehicle is an optimal platform for advanced imaging technology like Visual Intelligence’s iOne IMS system,” said Steven Steptoe, President and CEO of NEANY. “This is a break through on several fronts. In the past this kind of advanced geospatial imaging sensor has only been available in large formats suitable for larger aircraft. However, Visual Intelligence has successfully miniaturized it for unmanned vehicles. Additionally, as the commercial market matures these kinds of sensors will no longer be employed exclusively for military use and we see numerous opportunities for deploying this technology for commercial clients. The Arrow and iOne IMS combination is a powerful sensing solution for meeting the needs of commercial industries.”
“The geospatial industry is entering a new era that will involve a dramatic increase in the number of ways advanced sensors will be used as well as an enormous expansion in the range of environments where they will be deployed,” said Visual Intelligence CEO and President Dr. Armando Guevara. “UAVs are one of the most exciting frontiers for the use of high-resolution metric imaging sensors. At Visual Intelligence we are taking a leading role by designing metric miniaturized sensors for use in non-traditional ways, including UAVs, smart phones, engineering precision building interior mapping and more. NEANY is revolutionary in recognizing the value of having these advanced sensors on unmanned aircraft, and they are doing very exciting things with the technology. Not only are they supporting our troops in Afghanistan, but this will open the door to other areas including home land security, law enforcement, wildfire mapping, precision agriculture, environmental monitoring, disaster preparedness/response and much more. We are proud to have NEANY as a partner, and we look forward to working closely with them for years to come.”