Founded in 2004, it is their drive for innovation that has propelled Aeromao into the position as the leading Canadian manufacturer of UAVs and developer of fixed wing, unmanned survey grade aerial vehicles. Based in Ontario Canada, their high commercial grade drones are optimized to carry a range of video surveillance equipment and have been extensively used for mapping, surveying, precision agriculture and remote sensing to name a few.
With their systems proven in the field, and two hundred clients across fifty countries, Aeromao’s power is in their ability to innovate on their feet and meet market demands and client requirements quickly and reliably.
Their aim is to expand their client’s abilities to collect and analyse data, enabling them to make better decisions based on accurate information. They achieve this by using the latest technologies and relying on their strengths, which lie in their range of expertise in robotics, manufacturing, CAD, prototyping, flying and avionics, communications, computing and innovative thinking. Above all is their commitment to quality and dedication to their products which undergo rigorous testing in the field.
NEW DEVELOPMENT. AMPHIBIOUS FIX WING DRONE.
Aeromao’s latest development is unique in the unmanned world and has already been used successfully in a number of expeditions including searching for megafauna such as turtles, dolphins and sharks and surveillance of illegal fishing activity.
During a set of trials in the beautiful Turneffe Atoll in Belize, in a work lead by the Zoological Society of London and the Turneffe Atoll Sustainability Association. The drones were used to detect and document illegal fishing activities and ecology research toward ongoing conservation efforts. Delineated in 2012, the Turneffe marine protected area is a challenge to manage effectively due to its remote location.
All in all, the Amphibious Fixed Wing Drone is a remarkable fete of engineering and has provided an essential and accurate tool with far reaching uses.
THE PROBLEM AND THE SOLUTION
This represents a huge potential advantage in the fight against this sort of illegal exploitation as the current enforcement strategy on the Turneffe atoll involves patrols around the atoll in small boats. Due to the time constraints and the nature of the work, systematic surveys for megafauna aren’t regularly carried out. Instead, the conservation officers tend to document animals they happen across while on their patrol. Added to this, boat fuel is very costly, and this further inhibits the amount of area the conservation officers can patrol and dramatically reduces the potential sighting of animals.
On the other hand, the drones proved to be an exceptional low-cost solution to these challenges. Furthermore, as part of the flight trials, two senior conservation officers were trained on site in how to prepare and deploy the drone. They were also trained in planning missions and monitoring flights and how to ensure a safe water landing. Demonstrating how easily this could be fitted into a new, more effective strategy that would guarantee better results all round.
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