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DroNet: Drone Network Systems

Faster emergency response, efficient inspections and safer package delivery in an urban environment

When drones first made its appearance, some people wondered if they were just new toys for big boys. From aerial photography to videography, they were the rave.  

However, drones have come a long way, evolving to become more than just tools for photography and videography. Known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), their real power is unleashed when these drones appear in masses, in what is known as a “drone network system”. ST Engineering calls our drone network system – DroNet.

Similar to a swarm of bees, DroNet can dispatch drones out in droves to do whatever “mission” they have been assigned – this could be to inspect or monitor a building/construction site, deliver a parcel, public safety, respond to an emergency etc. The drones can be controlled centrally by a control hub.

As they travel on their mission, the drones’ batteries could run dry, and they can stop by a DroPort. The DroPort is a housing station for the drone – similar to a home or a rest stop for the drone. This is where the drone can “park”, hidden away from the elements of the weather to get its batteries automatically swapped before it is safely launched again for the next leg of the journey.

Drone networks are highly scalable and clusters of DroNets can be deployed across an island or city to form a “Drone City”.

The creation of DroNet means that many dangerous and hazardous duties, that humans used to or currently need to do e.g. inspection of buildings, need not be done physically by them anymore. They can instead be done by drones, supervised by humans safely and remotely, through DroNet.

DroNet also revolutionises delivery of parcels and packages. Delivery drones are getting increasingly commonplace in the U.S. Major companies such as Amazon, Google, UPS, and DHL have explored ways to use drones to deliver packages to destinations within suitable ranges. This is since drone package delivery – particularly for light packages to less travelled remote locations, have been found to be more environmentally sustainable than via truck delivery which would result in heavy carbon emissions. DroNet, with its scalability to form Drone Cities and also its DroPorts that enable automatic battery swapping, also means that delivery drones can deliver further and potentially support higher payloads (heavier packages).

The potential of DroNet is limitless. DroNet has features which include detection and avoidance of obstacles, flying beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS), GPS-less navigation, precision landing, and real-time data analytics.

DroNet is also fully autonomous, and can be made compatible with any drone of choice (drone-agnostic). It is compliant with CAAS safety and regulatory requirements.

Watch this video to learn more. Contact us at soosoon@stengg.com to find out more about DroNet.

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