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Sensitive senses for land and air

Autonomous systems are not only in demand on the roads, they are also on the rise in the industry. Companies are particularly using drones for visual inspection and logistics. The artificial senses of First Sensor regulate navigation and interaction with humans.

Experts expect autonomous robots to dominate the smart systems market by 2024. Their market share is set to grow from $1.3 billion in 2014 to $13.9 billion For many years, autonomous machines have been a vision of science fiction writers, but now they can increasingly interact with their environment and recognize situations of danger or instructions – an important factor in working with humans.
Helfender Roboter mit Mensch
Artificial senses like the light radar LIDAR are a prerequisite for robots in the industry to take on more extensive tasks. "In combination with radar and camera systems, LiDAR helps autonomous robots collaborate with people in the production environment or enables them to take on complex tasks, such as loading pallets, as transport and logistics systems. Our avalanche photo diodes are an essential element. They detect invisible flashes of light, using which the LiDAR scanner scans its surroundings and creates a 360˚ overview," explains Dr. Dirk Rothweiler, CEO of First Sensor.

Industrial inspectors on a growth path

Currently, companies are opening up a new market for logistics and inspection services, including Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs). In 2016, retail giant Amazon launched a Prime Air drone on its maiden flight, delivering a Fire TV box and a bag of popcorn in Cambridge, UK. In the retailer's home country, the USA, logistics flights of this type are not currently possible, as Federal Aviation Administration regulations forbid their use, with a few exceptions. In Germany, meanwhile, logistics provider DHL has been testing its Parcelcopter since 2013. Its trials have included supplying the North Sea island of Juist with medicine and other urgently needed goods in 2015.
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Cameras

These provide real-time images even in high brightness differences and low light conditions and withstand the toughest conditions.

Drones can also do great things in industrial inspection. For example, they could be especially useful in servicing remote wind turbines. The little aircraft can also take inventories in high-bay warehouses, check buildings and infrastructure, keep an eye on the harvest and monitor traffic flows. The market research institute Gartner predicts significant growth in this area. By 2020, industrial inspection will account for about 30% of the commercial drone market. Overall, however, the market experts at Gartner forecast UAV sales rising from the current level of $6 billion to $11.2 billion.


Sensor technology for drones

  1. LiDAR (Light Detection And Ranging) for collision avoidance and navigation and as 3D scanners
  2. Distance sensors for collision avoidance and navigation
  3. PIN diodes as motion sensors
  4. Cameras for observation, data collection, navigation and collision avoidance
  5. Radar for collision avoidance and navigation
  6. Inertial measurement unit for navigation
  7. Pressure sensors for data collection and navigation
  8. GPS for location-finding

None of it would be possible without sensors

In addition to the ubiquitous LIDAR, drones require a variety of artificial senses to safely glide through the air. In order to maintain a stable attitude in flight and accurately control the lightweight aircraft, it is essential to use sensors that can detect changes in direction, acceleration and pitch up in the air. Here, too, technology made by First Sensor is very much in demand, as our MEMS inertial sensors use patented technology to recognize changes in pitch of less than a thousandth of a degree.

Aerial vehicles often carry cameras through the skies. The pictures and videos that they take particularly make their remote control or navigation easier, or serve the collection of optical data. This means that visual material is evaluated to aid in searching for people or researching a site. It is this "snooping" on areas with the help of drones that has attracted some criticism over privacy concerns – which is why it has been permitted in Germany only within a very narrow legal framework.




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