CyPhy 'Unlimited' Flight Time Security Drone Examined

By: 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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Additional ******* ** ****** ******

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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)

They have been using tethered drones for bridge inspections in Missouri.

Interesting things, and what I reacted mostly in this article was iRobot Roomba, I have one, awesome machine that doing the work extremely well - but every time I see that one moving around I'm thinking, who's watching me and my apartment on the the iRobots camera and who is using the map of my apartment... and for what purpose...

No direct need to mention that all outgoing traffic from this device to the "cloud" are blocked, by my own paranoia;)

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