Swiss drone manufacturer Wingtra has announced its next generation offering, the WingtraOne GEN II – a VTOL drone with an inclined payload and advanced reliability algorithms for the ultimate in 3D drone mapping data acquisition.
“GEN II reflects 100,000 flights of information taken by a dedicated team of engineers who have translated it into state-of-the-art reliability, safety and performance. These updates provide customers from all industries with the best possible experience. We are proud to be able to share it with professionals around the world and look forward to this next chapter in how it will revolutionize work processes ”, Julian Surber, Product Manager at Wingtra, told DRONELIFE.
Known for its vertical take-off and landing precision (VTOL) and reliable data acquisition over large areas, WingtraOne has been selected by professionals worldwide in many industries. The GEN II represents a solid step towards industrialization and reliability, along with some new benefits that challenge the previous limits of commercial mapping drones.
“We wanted to make the WingtraOne drone even more versatile for our customers. In addition to our flagship Sony RX1 with 42 MP, we therefore offer new high-end mapping payloads, ”said Maximilian Boosfeld, co-founder and CEO of Wingtra. “I’m particularly excited to announce our Oblique solution, which offers excellent 3D mapping results. It’s the perfect choice for capturing infrastructure – from a single industrial plant to large cities. “
Sloping payload for the ultimate in 3D drone mapping data acquisition
“WingtraOne’s GEN II slope mapping solution is backed by signed partnership agreements with industry leaders Bentley Systems and Esri,” the company announcement said. To demonstrate the 3D drone mapping capabilities of the GEN II and the Oblique Sony A6100 payload, the Wingtra team mapped the city of Zurich in Switzerland in just six hours of flight. The result was a stunning 3D model processed with both Bentley ContextCapture and Esri’s Site Scan for ArcGIS. (Bentley and Esri software are both recommended for processing Wingtra slanted records.)
“Bentley Systems is excited to partner with Wingtra to convert high-resolution oblique images from WingtraOne drones into 3D reality networks – an ideal starting point for digital twins of infrastructure,” said Phil Christensen, VP, Industry Solutions, iTwin Context, Bentley Systems. “This allows our joint users to perform analysis of the resulting models and leverage Bentley’s iTwin platform to share powerful city-level digital twins.”
“Our partnership with Wingtra brings new capabilities to Site Scan for ArcGIS users by enabling them to create large and accurate 3D meshes that take advantage of the WingtraOne Gen II’s sloping payload,” said Richard Cooke, director of global business development at Esri. “These high-resolution images, processed by Site Scan, create an enriched 3D GIS for our users who need open pit modeling, accurate construction updates, creating digital twins for cities, and more.”
More reliability, more functions
WingtraOne GEN II has added more features to improve reliability and functionality for its users. PPK is built into every drone, including multispectral Altum and RedEdge payloads, “as well as advanced fail-safe and self-diagnostic algorithms and services for reliable operation,” the announcement said.
“We examined over 100,000 flights and all of our in-depth customer reports to understand where the limits might be so we can push them further,” said Julian Surber, Product Manager at Wingtra. “That is why we have developed many reliability tools for GEN II to ensure uninterrupted operation.”
The electronics of the GEN II have been completely redesigned, including a new navigation and heading unit. In addition, the GEN II carries out self-diagnosis of motors, servos, batteries, cameras, PPK and onboard sensors. “These” drone health self-checks “minimize the flight potential with unsafe equipment,” says Wingtra.
With the Gen II, Wingtra aims to be the commercial drone of choice for 3D drone mapping and modeling, precision AG and more.
“… if you want orthophotos, point clouds, NDVI maps and digital surface models with the highest level of detail for most of your applications, you only need one drone. And this drone is WingtraOne Gen II, ”said Boosfeld.
“With GEN II we mark an important point in the development of commercial drones by providing you with a reliable workhorse that you can rely on every flight,” adds Surber.
WingtraOne GEN II will be available directly from Wingtra dealers worldwide from August 3, 2021. Register for a WingtraOne GEN II product webinar to find out everything you need to know about the drone and to ask questions directly to WingtraOne GEN II product manager Julian Surber. Register here.
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