Boston sells drones from DJI and Parrot for both commercial and private use. Both suppliers have a wide range of drone solutions that cater to different usage scenarios as the drones vary in size, functionality and payload capability.
The task to be solved is different from company to company, and thus also the requirements for drone functionality. Therefore, the choice of drone is essential, but also the choice of Payloads and Accessories as well as Software. Before the drone is to be used, it must be configured and serviced from time to time. The combination and possibilities today are many, and there will only be more over time. Therefore, it is important to have the right partner from the start who has an overview and insight into the industry.
This is where Boston draws on its experience and expertise with drones, all to ensure the best and optimal drone solution that meets the specific requirements and requests as well as solves the task at hand.
Depending on the task to be solved and specifications you want – there are many drone models to choose from from DJI and Parrot.
The physical elements around the drone.
When choosing a drone, it is important to consider both how far the drone should be able to fly and with a fully charged battery for how long. When the drone is airborn, the world underneath or around the drone is rarely without obstacles. Trees, power lines and hilly terrain are examples of elements that are a natural part of a landscape. The question is, should the drone and how quickly should the drone respond to obstacles to avoid collision? And ought the drone be able to fly both outside, but also inside a secluded area - for example, in a silo. Add to that a heat/cold aspect. In how cold or hot an environment can and should the drone fly.
The technical elements around the drone.
There is a difference between the resolution at which a camera films and takes pictures, and whether it can zooms and how much. Is a gimbal required to ensure stability around the camera, ensuring sharp images and accurate data. The overall question which is often simple to put forward but difficult to answer. "What do I need of data/information to solve a given task right now, but also looking into the future".
Should the drone be intelligent (AI)? Can a route be pre-defined so that you only have to control the camera during the flight or can the drone follow an object all by itself, even if the object moves, alternatively circle around the object?
And what happens if the drone loses the signal - can the drone fly home - or can/must it continue to work.
As briefly described, many things have to be considered and influence the choice of drone. This is just a selection of the most basic elements related to the subject.
Payloads include the accessory that can be connected and mounted on the drone. There are many different Payloads that can be connected to the drone, and depending on the drone's primary task, but can be:
Software solutions can be customized, but the principle is the same. The software captures data, analyzes data, visualizes data and makes output data. With drones and the software chosen for this the real World is digitised, analyzed and formalised.
Read more about DJI software solutions here
Read more about Parrot software solutions here
"A pilot project from Sweden suggests that there may be potential in using drones to transport defibrillators to patients with cardiac arrest. This ensures that first aiders have the right equipment to perform lifesaving first aid until the ambulance arrives. In the Swedish pilot project, the drone - and thus the defibrillator - was on average arriving almost 2 minutes before the ambulance. "
Boston has provided the drones for the project in collaboration with Swedron and EverDrone.
A DJI Matrice 300 RTK is used for the inspection of the concrete on the Øresund Bridge connecting Denmark and Sweden. Normally climbers would inspect every square metre of the concrete on the bridge. The drone takes high-res pictures and gives a digital status of the condition of the concrete, and thus also the opportunity to follow the progress over time. The drone is fast, accurate and efficient while being able to do the inspection safely and throughly from the ground.
Boston has provided the drones for the project in collaboration with WeFly
In connection with the landslide disaster in Gjerdum, Norway at the end of December 2020, helicopters were used in the search for survivors, but also drones with thermal cameras in their search for survivors. Drones have also continuously documented the development, and created an overview of the extent of the landslide." Our experience is that the earlier we can send direct pictures to the emergency manager, the earlier everyone gets a situastional understanding. When you're leading an operation, it's important that you can see what's actually happening and not what you're hearing is happening," said Kenny Åserud, drone pilot with the fire department in Norway
The Danish transport company DFDS which annually handles 3 million containers has chosen to make inspection of their port terminal more efficient. Here, drones are used to locate the containers, a process that used to be both time-consuming and a labor intensive routine task. The drone can identify the container's exact location and ID number. Using live video, GPS coordinates and a timestamp, DFDS can make decisions based on this data relating to the logistical optimization and can share the exact location to the truck drivers. This new drone solution saves 15 minutes in handling the containers compared to the past, thus becoming more efficient.