NEW: Self-service Eyeplane System
1 September 2019
In June Eyeplane demonstrated the capability of our software to detect people, cars and animal species in each and every image taken from an unmanned airplane flying in programmed patterns on autopilot. Here is the video of that.
The feedback during the demo’s was very positive on the capability of the software to provide and send on accurate detections within seconds of the image being taken. Also that larger private nature reserves want their own Eyeplane system to operate themselves. To decide when and where to fly for security, inspection or species localization and counts.
An extra piece of equipment that provides extra actual, accurate and valuable information in efficient way: day and night programmed flight patterns to select, that only shows the images with something of interest in them, to send on to your ground staff outside to act on.
The new proposition of Your own Eyeplane-system has four changes:
Purchase: The system is for sale to operate yourself with remote support from Eyeplane.
Drone: The Eyeplane detection software is being integrated in a large vertical take-off and landing drone which can fly 100km and cover 1500 ha in one flight.
Self-service 24/7: with pre-programmed day and night flight patterns and training of your security staff to operate and change these during flight if necessary.
Rapid response: to specific locations generating and forwarding the resulting detection images via your communications infrastructure to ground staff to act and report on.
In 2020 Eyeplane can properly implement and support 12 systems and customers at most. We now provide you the opportunity to sign up and reserve an Eyeplane system for next year on a first come first serve basis. For which we’ll require an advance payment.
Please contact us for the brochure or quotation at firstname.lastname@example.org or WhatsApp 081-7553991
Improved image resolution
1 June 2019
Eyeplane has equipped its unmanned aircraft with a Sony A7Rii daylight camera with a picture resolution up to 42 Megapixels. This enables more detailed species recognition by the Eyeplane software for more accurate headcounts. In the image clearly two different Zebra species are visible. The footage was taken from up to 800 ft AGL, and zooming in. Eyeplane uses this footage to train its animal and species detection software: Artificial Intelligence.
Namibian testing and optimizing starts at its origin
21 March 2019
The founding fathers were reunited when Eyeplane started its testing in Namibia at Aloe Grove north east of Otjiwarongo. Their conversations about the challenges for farmers to protect, monitor and manage game and cattle on their vast lands, triggered the founder to start the development of what became Eyeplane: automated aerial surveillance with long range small unmanned aircraft (UAV’s). This was of course the proper and right place to start putting the developed Eyeplane solution into practice. Aloe Grove is in the middle of one of the three areas approved by NCAA for Eyeplane to operate and fly.
Eyeplane Surveillance Namibia (Pty) Ltd registered with BIPA
7 March 2019
Eyeplane has formally established and registered this Namibian operating company with the Business and Intellectual Property Authority (BIPA). This is company will provide the automated unmanned aerial surveillance services to the farms, game reserves and national parks using the technology developed for it by Eyeplane in the Netherlands in Europe. Namibia is the first country where this technology and service is put in practice. Other countries in Southern Africa are expected to follow in the next years.
Optimized surveillance flight patterns
10 September 2019
Where and when to fly to maximize the chances of detecting what you are looking for? And at the same time minimizing flight time and cost to automatically detect and report with the Eyeplane image analytics software where there are people, cars and animals moving about on your land?
This question is being answered by the Delft University of Technology for Eyeplane by providing algorithms to include in the flight planning software of Eyeplane that uses earlier locations and times of detections. Past experiences predict future detections using game theory to include the possibility of movement patterns.
If one wants to find rhino’s for instance, the software will set a flight pattern based on the prediction where they are most likely to be from previous observations. Or if one wants to check and thereby deter any poaching activity, a different optimized flight pattern will be generated by the software for where they are most likely to come or be.
These optimization algorithms are planned to become part of the Eyeplane flight planning software around the end of this year.
Successful demonstration of Eyeplane capabilities
12 June 2019
On June 12th Eyeplane demonstrated its automated in-flight detection of people, cars, fire and animal species at Mount Etjo Safari Lodge to interested owners of farms and game reserves in that area. The Eyeplane did a runway takeoff and flew in patterns above animal camps and the runway with the spectators, carsand a campfire to ‘detect’. The stream of images with detected objects in them where shown on a screen behind the operations room. Afterwards the discussion focused on the way forward to ensure enough customer participation to enable Eyeplane to start its first commercial operation in that area.
Testing in second area on the way at Mount Etjo
30 April 2019
Eyeplane has started further testing and demonstrating its technology and service at Mount Etjo Safari Lodge. In the middle of the second of three areas were NCAA has Eyeplane approved to fly and service farms and game reserves. The renowned Oelofse family is very supportive and enthusiastic about the potential of the information and protection that automated unmanned aerial surveillance can provide. They are well known a sanctuary for rhino’s and have a large reserve with all wild animal species to manage. This, of course, makes it a special experience and pleasure for the Eyeplane team to be there!
NCAA approval for Eyeplane operation
20 March 2019
The Namibian Civil Aviation Authority (NCAA) has given Eyeplane formal approval to operate and fly their unmanned aircraft in three large areas to start with. After months of intensive collaboration between all departments of the NCAA, the approval was signed and given by Executive Director Ms. Angeline Simana to CEO of Eyeplane Rob Sturm. Eyeplane is the first commercial UAV operator in Namibia to get approval to operate its continuous unmanned aerial service.
Eyeplane tests in Spain successful
27 Februari 2019
The technology was successfully tested during a number of days near Barcelona in Spain. That location was chosen because of the more similar weather and the availability of the Barcelona Drone Center. The UAV was taking off from the runway as well as with a catapult launcher. The real light and infrared cameras were deployed above a local farm. The animals, people and cars in the images were detected by the artificial intelligence software developed by Eyeplane in the Netherlands. Eyeplane is ready to go to Namibia!