A Waterloo startup’s "eye in the sky" flies into primetime TV
This Ontario Network of Excellence client is enjoying global recognition for its lightweight, easy-to-use, helicopter-like Scout, which has provided a very powerful ‘eye in the sky’ for the Gulf Coast oil spill in 2010 and, more recently, a dramatic recon of a South American drug lab. It’s also being used during natural disasters and applied to commercial purposes like construction and surveying.
Features of Aeryon’s Scout include:
- Vertical take-off powered by four horizontal propellers
- Interchangeable payload modules (video, still photography, thermal imaging)
- 100x greater image resolution over satellite photography
- Video zoom can identify an human being at a distance of 2 kilometers
- Control through a tablet-like touchscreen (the Scout simply hovers if not directed)
- Gyro-stabilization holds the Scout steady
- Real-time streaming of digital video to any device
- Pre-planned flight paths
- Operational weight of 1.2 kg (2.6 lbs) and a compact size of 80 by 80 by 20 cm
Aeryon customers include a growing list of police, military and commercial organizations that need real-time aerial intelligence in a small, simple and portable system.
The Flashpoint episode featuring the Scout airs on Friday July 29, 2011 at 8pm. It can also be watched online at CTV.
Krista is the Managing Director of Work & Learning at MaRS. Krista has been a passionate innovator and builder of technology-based businesses for over 25 years, and has personally advised and been actively involved in over 200 startups. See more…