Indra is launching new research and development projects to meet growing inspection and training requirements for civil UAV operators, the company announced on 29 November.
Under its Smart Logistic 4.0 project, the company will use UAS equipped with precision sensors and cameras for the automated inspection of any type of infrastructure, from ships, aircraft and other platforms, and industrial facilities. The use of UAS will speed up the inspection of systems such as anchors, structures, antennas and sensors at height. The collected data will feed a system that will use machine learning, big data and artificial intelligence techniques to anticipate future incident or failures.
In the second project, the company will support the training of aircraft pilots by advanced flight simulators. UAS will be used to collect images and data from airports and other locations. The precise data collected will enable the creation of maps and terrain elevations which will be used to generate the virtual environments projected by the simulators used to train pilots.
Both projects will be undertaken under the Civil UAVs Initiative, an project of the local government of Xunta de Galicia in the northeast of Spain, which aims to become a European leader in the unmanned systems industry.