- The UAV, which collects samples and analyzes water quality in real time, will be ready for launch onto the market this year
- It is a drone with a maximum takeoff weight of 25 kilograms, easy to use and transport, which will multiply the number of samples that can be collected
- Indra is also working on an unmanned vessel that will have a robotic system to monitor water quality in sea and oceans
Indra, one of the leading global technology and consulting companies, in a
temporary joint venture with the Galician companies Sixtema and Adantia, has successfully tested the first environmental drone that automates the collection of samples in rivers and coastal areas and offers real-time information on water quality parameters. The system will be ready for launch onto the market
This innovative solution, designed to reinforce the security and protection of natural resources, is part of the Mar 2 project of the Civil UAV Initiative, the initiative promoted by the Regional Government of Galicia (Spain) to make Galicia a leader in the development of civil drones.
The demonstration took place on January 8 at Eiras reservoir, which supplies drinking water to Vigo and other towns in the area. The test was attended by the Minister of the Xunta de Galicia for Infrastructure and Mobility, Ethel Vázquez, and the Economy, Employment and Industry Minister, Francisco Conde, as
well as Patricia Argerey, director of the Galician Innovation Agency.
Within the scope of the project, Indra has been responsible for the development of automatic devices for capturing samples and data, in collaboration with the Galician company Aeromedia.
The system will help the Xunta de Galicia to control the quality of the region’s water and preserve river and coastal ecosystems.
It will multiply the number of samples that can be collected and will provide unprecedented speed in the detection of any spillage or anomaly.
It will also facilitate the collection of samples in places that are difficult to reach, reinforcing the safety of the professionals involved in these tasks.
The unmanned aerial system is based on a multirotor with a maximum take-off weight of 25 kg, whose control system has been optimized. It has several devices and sensors to automatically determine the depth and state of the bottom of rivers and the coastal seabed, measure the height of the photic zone
(that in which sunlight penetrates), capture and exploit in real time water quality data and take samples, both at specific depth levels and throughout the entire photic zone.
The new drone is a unique system, distinguished by integrating a large number of capacities into a small device, easy to transport and operate.
It makes it possible to collect data and samples without having a boat available immediately. Using it saves time and will offer much more accurate water monitoring.