CyPhy 'Unlimited' Flight Time Security Drone Examined

Author: John Honovich, Published on May 25, 2017

Drones face several issues as commercial security platforms - legal restrictions (e.g., in the US, the FAA), costs, and limited flight durations with current battery technology (often needing more time to recharge than to fly).

One company, CyPhy Works, has decided to tackle the battery issue in a different way, by eliminating batteries and using a tethered system instead, enabling "unlimited" flight times, and enhanced payload capacity.

IPVM spoke with CTO and Founder of CyPhy Works, Helen Greiner, who previously was Chairmain and CoFounder of iRobot, maker of the Roomba and other robotics platforms. She described her latest robotics/drone company, current customers, and applications they see in the security industry for a drone-on-a-wire. We conclude with a contrast to other security drone providers including Aptonomy and Nightingale.

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Limitations ** ******

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FAA ************ ***** *****

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*****

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Current ************ / *********

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Revenue *********

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Security ************

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Competitive **********

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CyPhy *******

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Comments (2)

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