Kespry’s New Automated Drone 2.0 Doubles Aerial Coverage

The new automated Micro UAV uses LiDAR to help customers operating in congested areas, including applications such as roof inspections for insurance claims.

(Kespry Drone 2.0. Source: Kespry.) 

Kespry (Menlo Park, Calif.), a designer and manufacturer of automated drone systems for commercial use, has debuted Kespry Drone 2.0. The new, lighter-weight model flies twice as long and covers twice the ground area, and also doubles wind resilience, owing to improvements in airframe, battery and flight system improvements.

Based on requests from commercial customers, the new Kespry Drone 2.0 now flies over 30 minutes per flight, covering up to 150 acres at a 400 foot altitude, and can operate effectively in up to 25 mph sustained winds and 35 mph wind gusts, according to the manufacturer. The new Kespry Drone 2.0 weighs under 2 kilograms, which puts it in the “Micro UAV” category for streamlined regulatory compliance around the world.

Kespry delivers a fully-automated drone system, which takes off, flies a designated flight path, and lands without operator intervention or even a joystick. To help customers operating in congested areas, including applications like roof inspections for insurance claims, Kespry Drone 2.0 is includes an on-board LiDAR sensor that automatically detects and avoids obstacles such as trees, cranes, and buildings. The vendor asserts that it is the first automated drone system to incorporate LiDAR. The Kespry Drone 2.0 also features a lighter-weight and customized Sony industrial camera that the vendor says captures more geospatial data for detailed 3D models that assist companies in areas like mine planning, operations, inspection and safety.

Mapping Larger Areas Faster

“With the lighter and faster Kespry Drone 2.0, Lehigh Hanson sites will be able to map larger areas faster,” comments Mike Moy at Lehigh Hanson, an Irving, Texas-based provider of cement, aggregates, ready mixed concrete, asphalt and other building materials to the North American construction industry. “The expanded ground coverage and obstacle avoidance will allow the plants to more effectively manage their inventories, safely assess mine pits, and help control costs.”

“We’ve seen increased demand from technology partners like Kespry in the drone and robotics markets,” comments John Monti, director of visual imaging solutions at Sony Electronics. “The new lightweight Sony UMC-R10C is designed specifically for industrial applications leveraging low weight while maintaining high-quality image capture.”

The vendor vaunts Kespry Drone 2.0’s status as remaining the only fully automated and integrated commercial drone system that is easy for companies to deploy at scale. “The Kespry Drone, Kespry App, and Kespry Cloud reporting systems all work together seamlessly, so companies can quickly collect and analyze valuable aerial intelligence,” a Kespry statement says.

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Anthony R. O’Donnell // Anthony O'Donnell is Executive Editor of Insurance Innovation Reporter. For nearly two decades, he has been an observer and commentator on the use of information technology in the insurance industry, following industry trends and writing about the use of IT across all sectors of the insurance industry. He can be reached at [email protected] or (503) 936-2803.

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