After many years of Research and Development, AltiGator has selected what is today at the forefront of technology in the field of UAVs.
Our remotely controlled aircrafts – often known as RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems) or UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) – have more and more features, payload possibilities, ease of implementation and airworthiness.
Thanks to a multitude of drone embedded sensors and the combination of today’s leading edge technologies, our UAVs totally cover the industrial aerial surveying area.
AltiGator balances the importance of the most technologically advanced solutions of today, with a future thinking approach. The advantages of this combination are even greater thanks to our innovative customer oriented strategy.
By combining the most advanced technologies in terms of:
The combination of leading edge electronics with powerful software results in the versatility of our technological solutions which allow us to provide concrete answers to every challenge in the field of remotely controlled aircrafts.
The WayPoints navigation is one of the most important features of our systems.
It allows to plan the flight very accurately upstream -from a computer (PC) or tablet (Android)- and achieve it at the site of the shooting thanks to the GPS functionalities.
The flight plan can be prepared in the office or even on site, based on geo-referenced maps, such as Google maps for example.
It can then be stored in the memory of the drone to be recalled at any time without having to use the computer or the tablet again, through a few simple buttons of the remote controller.
Several different navigations can be saved and loaded with the drone radio control (even during the flight) to be executed by the aircraft.
WayPoints generator can very easily create navigations that can be changed later.
With high-performance GPS receiver systems, our drones are able to receive not only the GPS signals of the American GPS (Global Positioning System), but also those of the GLONASS (Global Navigation Satellite System Russian) constellation as well as the Chinese Beidou system.
The accuracy of these data is further enhanced by the use of EGNOS (European Service Geostationary Navigation Overlay) which completes the availability of the RPAS location information.
The advantage to receive and operate several different navigation systems, makes possible for our drones to position faster and much more accurate in space.
The geographical location in 3D is very fast even in distant areas, as our drones capture enough satellites to determine their position accurately. It is not rare to receive 12 to 16 satellites simultaneously.
A strong GPS signal is necessary in order to have a perfect 3D positioning in the space used for the automated flight features of our drones.
Hyper-spectral and multi-spectral cameras:
Visible light by the human eye is located in a range of wavelenght from 400nm to 700nm. A multi-spectral / hyper-spectral camera captures the light into its component parts and covers the wavelength invisible to the eye.
Each component is then associated with its wavelength. In simple words, the hyper-spectral and multi-spectral camera sensors collect information in the form of a set of images.
Every frame represents a range of wavelengths of the light spectrum, also known as spectral band. These images are then combined to form a hyper-spectral cube of three dimensional data which allows processing and analysis.
The software processing of such data then allows to represent visually understandable form and targeting desired wavelengths.
Hyperspectral and multispectral imaging technology embedded on drones provides high-precision diagnostics for agriculture, helping to detect crop diseases, weeds, vermin & insects invasion, irrigation problems and environmental stress. This makes easier the management of the necessary treatments that are precisely targeted to the concerned parts of the fields.
Thermal imaging cameras:
Thermal cameras record the various infrared radiation emitted by the body or objects which vary with their temperature.
Infrared thermography is a technique that provides a thermal image of an object or a place by analyzing its infrared radiation.
The image thus acquired is called a “thermogram” . The thermogram is a video file enriched with metadata for each pixel. The metadata contain the temperature details of the filmed object, at the time of the video recording.
Gyrostabilized gimbals with dual cameras (HD & Infrared):
The optical zoom (30X) of the HD video camera embedded on our gyrostabilized gimbals can clearly visualize an object at more than one or two kilometers.
Switching to the infrared is instantly and remotely performed by the pilot allowing to combine the powerful HD color vision to the thermal image in a 360° swiveling gimbal.
The 8X digital zoom of the infrared thermal camera and the choice of colors (allowing to better highlight the temperature differences) are both remotely controlled from the ground.
3D Modeling based on aerial images:
Proposed in a bundle with our aircrafts, ContextCapture® Advanced allows UAS operators, architects, land surveyors, and many other professionals, to automatically generate accurate 3D models of man-built and natural structures for surveying, inspection and communication projects, as well as orthophotos and DSM.
ContextCapture® is becoming the standard for 3D reconstruction from photographs and is the solution chosen by many professionals to generate photorealistic 3D models of objects, landmarks and even cities.
Photogrammetry and Orthomosaics with Pix4Dmapper:
Pix4Dmapper is the new software package with a ground-breaking and fully integrated editing tool providing extended CAD and GIS possibilities.
Pix4D’s goal is to provide customers with cutting-edge technology and ground-breaking tools combining the latest innovations of Computer Vision and Photogrammetry.
Pix4Dmapper is an integrated solution tailored to needs of industries such as:
All of our aircrafts are now available to our customers with an optional license of Pix4Dmapper.
CAD & GIS with Pythagoras:
Pythagoras focuses on delivering its users the best CAD & GIS experience possible.
Supporting a variety of file formats form the start of your project.
Providing incredibly powerful drawing and calculation tools, allowing handling of all data types and transforming them into a complete project plan.
A lot of standard export formats ensure the compatibility with all other types of software and hardware.
Providing solutions for Surveying, Infrastructure, Construction, Agriculture and Dredging in an all-in-one package makes Pythagoras truly “360° Compatible”.
Data sets coming from total stations, GPS instruments, laser scanners, mobile mappers, UAV and drones, single and multi beam systems and other CAD and GIS software packages are handled and processed with ease.
Embedded LIDAR system:
Light Detection and Ranging (more commonly called LIDAR) is a laser-based remote sensing technology. It is widely used in the domain of geographical information system (GIS) for surveying and mapping natural resources and infrastructures.
LIDAR is well known in the domain of producing high-resolution maps in remote sensing, atmospheric sensing, geomatics, geography, geomorphology, archeology, forestry, contour mapping, laser altimetry, geographic infomatics and related sciences that are relying on high accuracy definition of terrestrial three-dimensional points position and the extremely precise & faithful calculation of the distances and angles between them.
One of the specific features of the LIDAR is that it can penetrate the vegetation, and “see” what is underneath.
Our FOX-C8 HD drone is delivered ready to use with an embedded LIDAR and the software to produce the geo-referenced point cloud.
Reaching a centimeter level positioning accuracy in the data collected during drone aerial surveys is essential for geomatics-related applications.
Used in topography, cartography, geodesy, geography, hydrography and all areas related to these sciences, the accuracy of this information is essential.
A ground station is in permanent communication with the drone allowing a continuous position adjustment of the RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aerial System) during the flight.