French drone startup Azur Drones is making recycled nuclear fuel sites safer by using its UAV autonomous surveillance solution from Skeyetech to protect a huge site in The Hague.
Azur drones are primarily used in the ports, energy, defense and oil and gas sectors and will coordinate with the on-site security teams for Orano to maintain 24/7 surveillance of the highly sensitive site.
“The Hague is a location with a high level of protection and over 500 employees who work for security and protection,” said Emmanuel Vial, department head for site and material protection in Orano The Hague.
“We are constantly looking for improvements in these areas. With drones offering unmatched reactivity and vision capabilities, we obviously wanted to test this new tool as soon as autonomous technology made it easier to use. “
Using high-resolution optical and thermal sensors, Skeyetech autonomous drones fly daily surveillance and inspection missions and are directly controlled by security teams without the need for remote pilot training. As such, the Skeyetech drone system results in significant time savings, especially when monitoring more remote or less accessible areas. Compared to ground patrols, drone missions are faster and can speed up human response time in the event of a security breach incident.
“In view of [The] The Hague location extends over more than [32.2 million square feet]the drone should make it possible to increase our reactivity to events. This could also enable us to optimize the deployment of teams by assigning them to tasks with high added value. “Vial said.
“We are proud to help Orano automate its security missions. Using our tool at a large nuclear site is a great accomplishment for the entire Azur Drones team as it confirms the maturity of our autonomous system and our ability to meet the highest safety standards. “Said Jean-Marc Crépin, CEO of Azur Drones.
Skeyetech’s design is based on several aerospace standards, including engine redundancy, critical equipment redundancy, pyrotechnic parachute and geo-caging system. The system has logged more than 10,000 autonomous flights.
Azur received France’s first authorization for autonomous flight in 2019. Last year, the company received $ 2.9 million in new funding from a private investor for a total of nearly $ 29 million over four years.
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