FAQ

Percepto Solution

Percepto is a leading provider of intelligent autonomous multi-mission drones.  Our advanced solution was created for industrial enterprises looking to improve security, reduce risks and operational costs, optimize preventative and deterrent maintenance.

The comprehensive Percepto Solution includes three unique components – the Sparrow Drone, the Percepto Base and the Percepto Cloud Management System.  Together, they comprise the Percepto Solution; a fully autonomous on-site drone system that can operate without human involvement.

The Percepto System is adaptable to any industrial enterprise in need of routine monitoring, security improvement or digitalization of routine maintenance tasks.

The Percepto System was designed to operate as a standalone system that can just as easily be integrated with existing on-site systems (via VMS’s) in order to enhance operation and initiate trigger based events.

While DaaS provides ad-hock periodically aerial insights, autonomous on-site system provides around the clock insights with no additional burden for operations and security teams.

Absolutely! Our system was designed with commercial needs in mind, and that means being cost effective in the short and long run. By integrating smarter autonomous solutions to monitor perimeters and react to security issues, companies reduce the need for frequent operator dispatching. The on-going insights provided by the Sparrow allows site managers to detect problems in advance that otherwise could become very costly.

Since the Sparrow can inspect remote locations without the need for human involvement, it’s integration automatically reduces the manpower required to inspect and monitor less accessible locations or detect degraded infrastructure in advance. Being able to do these types of missions, as well as react immediately to pre-set triggers, makes the around-the-clock power of Percepto a true game changer for commercial companies’ operations.  

Percepto real-time analytics serves as a dynamic set of eyes informing operators of potential intruders (human or vehicles) to pre-defined zones such as fences or secured areas. Once a possible threat is detected, the Sparrow provides real-time feed, faster than any patrol, allowing the operator to evaluate the threat immediately. In case the threat is running away, the Sparrow can follow it without compromising site safety. If a threat exists beyond the Sparrow permitted flight zone, the Sparrow can ascend higher up and provide a ‘Birdseye’ view.

 

Daily or even hourly inspection has the power to detect problems at a very early stage ensuring optimization of sites’ productivity. Routine inspection of sites’ components such as electricity stations, dams or chimneys can give you an accurate and real-time view of your site and help you better plan your preventative maintenance cycles.  

Autonomous Drones

The Sparrow

The Sparrow is our multirotor drone (and your soon to be new favorite team member).

The Sparrow was created by our in-house developers, engineers, aviation and innovation experts. Our tailor-made drone has been designed to meet our advanced processing requirements in order to ensure real-time robotics capabilities you can depend on.

The Sparrow is an industrial-grade, weather-proof drone capable of operating in heavy rain, snow, wind and dust conditions. However, much like its human counterparts, the Sparrow would rather avoid operations in extreme weather conditions (although it will never complain if it’s needed during a storm).

What makes the Sparrow unlike any other autonomous device is the advanced PerceptoCore™ technology that powers it.  PerceptoCore™ is our proprietary module designed for real-time machine vision and learning capabilities on the drone. Combined with powerful Percepto technologies, the PerceptoCore™ guides the Sparrow throughout every mission, ensuring full autonomous navigation and safety from takeoff to return to the Percepto Base.

The main operational analytics supported are: human/vehicle detection, human/vehicle tracking, gas/water leak detection and other maintenance abnormalities. In addition, our development team tailors specific analytics to specific site requirements. 

The Sparrow’s battery allows up to 40 full minutes of flight time in optimal conditions.

Security never rests and neither does the Sparrow.  The Sparrow has a permanent thermal camera enabling Percepto analytics to operate even in the darkest of nights.  

 

Percepto - Autonomous Drones

Percepto Base

Think of the base as the caretaker of your drone. Since Percepto was designed to operate entirely autonomously, the base performs what the human component would have to do otherwise. Simply put, the base provides shelter and power for the Sparrow, charging and storing the drone as needed.

Much like a real sparrow finding its nest, the Percepto Sparrow knows how to find its base when it needs to rest and recharge, and does so through a drone-mounted connector.

Nothing at all! The intelligent Sparrow knows how to position itself on the landing pad and is designed to have a minimum margin of error when landing of just 10 cm.

Data captured is transmitted in real-time to the CMS.  

 

Percepto Base Station

Cloud Management Software (CMS)

The purpose of the CMS is to control the drone, simplify setup, schedule missions and engage in real-time operations.

The CMS has the capacity to manage a fleet of drones in one or multiple sites (subject to regulatory approvals).

The CMS was designed to enable operators to define periodic routine missions. Once a routine is set, the operator will be notified in the event of route changes or required operator input (such as detection of a suspected human or vehicle).

During routine autonomous missions, an operator can interrupt the cycle and conduct real-time missions based on real-time information received. The Sparrow will notify the operator regarding operation capabilities. 

The operator can define all mission aspects, including type of the mission, camera angles, altitudes, velocities and routes. Upon completion of a mission, the Sparrow autonomously returns to the Percepto Base and charges in preparation for the next mission.

Of course! While the Percepto System was designed to conduct routine sets of security, safety and inspection missions autonomously, if necessary, an operator is able to take control mid-mission of the drone through the CMS.

To ensure you get the information you want when you want it, we have enabled operator control of camera angles while in flight or in live mode. The operator can also toggle between the day camera and the thermal camera to capture images 24/7.

In the US, in order to meet US regulatory requirements, Percepto operators are required to obtain remote pilot certification (accessible to anyone above age 16 – https://uavcoach.com/drone-certification/#1).


For further information on regulations relating to Percepto operations you are welcome to email us at: [email protected]

While operating the system is as easy as your video game, Percepto certification program takes around 10-14 days. The certification program includes wide range of educational sessions relating to drones operations risk assessment, in depth look into system components, advanced P-CMS management capabilities, periodical maintenance procedures and more.

 

Before deployment of a Percepto solution, each site undergoes a risk assessment process during which site managers will work with our team in order to define a secure flight landscape. That secure flight landscape is then defined in the CMS.

 

The flight landscape includes free-fly zones, no-fly zones and flight corridors, each defined with specific heights and permissions in accordance with required regulations. Once established and agreed upon, the flight landscape is dictated to the drones. The Sparrow operates only within these defined parameters and Percepto certified operators are unable to edit the flight landscape or define missions that breach the parameters.

 

All flight logs and mission data are automatically stored in the CMS.  Flight footage and videos are stored and can be viewed by the operator at any time. Flight footage is organized by mission number and mission highlights.

 

Safety And regulation

The Sparrow is pre-defined with alternative safety routes and landing zones in case of
unexpected events. The Sparrow has a main communication channel and an additional
emergency channel, thus providing the system operator with the ability to control the drone at
all times.

The Sparrow reduces risk to the operations team thanks to its ability to operate in dangerous locations. Instead of dispatching your team to survey risky areas, the Sparrow will do the job for you. In addition, many sites have positioned permanent sensors at these risky locations. These sensors also requires their own maintenance cycle and cleaning, putting your team at risk. With the Sparrow, both risks are prevented, minimizing the need for these sensors and personnel presence at these risky locations to the very minimum maintenance cycles.

The Percepto regulatory team routinely communicates with multiple global aviation authorities to ensure regulatory compliance. Each customer and each location requires unique attention to meet local regulatory standards. Our team works with companies on an individual base to ensure operational requirements are met and regulatory procedures are adhered to.

 

That depends – since drone regulation rules is constantly changing and updating, the requirements differ between countries. Most of the aviation authorities set drone regulations which require a drone pilot license. In some countries, receiving a remote pilot license is an easy process which requires only basic drone operation knowledge, while in others it’s a more complicated process, which also requires a piloting course and a flight capability test. However, several countries don’t mention that a license is required at all, so long as operation rules are followed. Percepto’s regulation team consults with customers regarding the compulsory license process to operate the system according to one’s local law. 

The standard regulation rules for drone operations requires Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) between the Remote Pilot and the drone at all times during flight. BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) is the operation of a drone, while the remote pilot doesn’t necessary maintain visual contact with the aircraft. The Percepto system is designed for BVLOS operation due its autonomy and safety features which don’t require the remote pilot to maintain eyesight, though it can easily also operate under VLOS rules. 

The authorities’ requirements for such mode of operation varies between countries, but generally the operator is obliged to provide several safety mechanisms and procedures, to ensure safe BVLOS operation. Separation from other air traffic, avoiding ground obstacles or people, and other requirements are enforced for both VLOS and BVLOS operation. Percepto addresses each BVLOS operation separately, ensuring that the local regulatory safety requirements were addressed by the system, for a safe use of the sUAS.

 

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