What does the future of drone technology in the Energy Sector look like? One word… “Automated”
XWorks Chief Technology Officer Tiziano Fiorenzani stated, “The RDISt can completely act on its own; it recovers the drone, changes its power supply, can place a drone in and out of its hangar, and send it back up for a mission all without the need of human interaction. The fact that the drone can be launched and recovered automatically opens up a new world of possibilities.”
“We know that today drone flights are rare; they are handled only by qualified pilots operating in sparsely populated areas, but tomorrow drones will be operating in much higher volumes and by everyday consumers. This means that we will need solutions that make the interaction with drones simple, reliable, and automated; and that is exactly what we have created with our landing pad. This is the way for drones to truly integrate into society.” said Meier.
One of the areas of industry that XWorks is claiming that the RDISt will revolutionize is Oil and Gas well site and leak monitoring. “As you can imagine, assets in remote locations will benefit tremendously from the RDISt. When deployed in a central location, these assets come under the watchful eye of an automated drone that is getting more and more effective everyday. The technology in drones is making huge strides and is hard to keep up with” says Meier “These flying computers can detect people, objects, and even spills and then take action…all completely automated. The missing piece is the automated landing station…removing the pilot is the most cost effective step that drone technology can make. Once we integrate that automation, then the drones can really serve in ‘a world changing way’.” XWorks is currently looking for partners in the oil and gas industry to assist in developing the products surrounding the RDISt.
XWorks is one of the many drone technology companies that are scrambling for the attention of customers and investors during what many believe is a tidal wave of drone services over the next 10 years. But the company believes its model is quite different in that it is offering a truly automated system by taking the person completely out of the operation. Meier stated, “We are not a drone manufacturer; we are partnering with quality drone manufacturers to take the operating human completely out of the equation. Once that occurs, we will see incredible value from drone technology.”
To see the RDISt in action go the XWorks website at xworkshd.com.
What does the future of drone technology in the energy sector look like? One word… “Automated!”
A startup drone technology company based in Tulsa and Houston has just released, what it is calling, its flagship product, and its not what you might think. While most drone companies are focused on how drones work in the sky, XWorks is setting its sights on how they work on the ground using an automated landing pad they call the RDISt (Robotic Docking and Interchange Station).
“When we say automated, we are not just claiming that the drone itself is automated, we are saying that the entire process from launch to recovery and everything in between is automated…no human in the loop at all.” says Brian Meier, Founder of XWorks. “There are questions that have to be answered before drone technology can move forward throughout the US, and really throughout the world; where will drones land when they reach their destination? Where will they be sheltered from the elements when not in use? How will they recharge when their battery runs low during a mission? These are all questions that are solved by our landing pad” says Brian Meier, Founder of XWorks. “There are three primary keys to the drone ecosystem: Drone Technology, Airspace Integration, and Landing Pads. All three of these have to be in place before drones can truly integrate into society, and only a handful of companies in the world are working on the landing pad; that is where we at XWorks are planting our flag. To date we have accomplished close to a thousand completely autonomous landings and takeoffs and feel…its ready” stated Meier.