Teal Drones, a leading provider of drone products and services to the military, has announced a new partnership with Reveal Technology. The two organizations will collaborate to integrate Reveal’s Farsight mapping software onto Teal’s Golden Eagle drone platform.
Farsight is Reveal’s computer vision software that allows users to create detailed, actionable maps virtually anywhere in the world.
With the new collaboration, the software will automatically pull imagery from multiple unmanned aerial systems (UAS) and use it to create high-fidelity 3D maps. By increasing collection speed significantly, users receive Farsight maps and analytics much faster than before. Recently, the company successfully demonstrated the innovative technology near Fort Bragg to U.S. Army Special Operations Command.
“A primary role of Teal Drones — which is one of only a handful of drone companies approved to provide equipment to the U.S. military — is to provide a superior airframe upon which others build apps that allow the military to better meet their objectives, including warfighter safety mitigation,” said Red Cat CEO Jeff Thompson. “This integration of Reveal’s Farsight software with Teal’s 4-Ship product is one of the most important apps developed for the Golden Eagle so far. We are excited about our partnership with Reveal and look forward to even more groundbreaking developments in the future.”
The software will integrate into Teal’s 4-Ship product. The 4-Ship was just released in June, allowing a single operator to manage up to four of Teal Drones’ Golden Eagle drones. This process allows for rapid and continuous 360-degree surveillance of a target.
“Farsight already significantly sped up the rate at which aerial imagery could be used to help teams more safely and effectively carry out their missions,” said Reveal COO Andrew Dixon. “Simultaneously gathering data from multiple drones, such as using Teal’s 4-Ship multi-drone system, compounds this for significant intelligence advantages on the battlefield.”
Farsight provides military teams with detailed 3D maps of a target area in virtually real-time, which can be overlaid with:
- Line-of-sight analysis.
- Terrain graphing and analysis.
- An AI-generated “best route” in a target area, elevation mapping based on line-of-sight data and terrain analysis.
- A vertical measuring instrument for determining the height of buildings and structures that might be involved in an operation.
- A helicopter landing zone survey to find the best and safest landing location.
The software works “at the edge,” meaning all processing is done on field devices. Additional servers or cloud infrastructure are not needed. This approach makes the process faster and more efficient while reducing the team’s electronic signature and making it less likely to attract enemy fire.
“What sets Teal and Red Cat apart — and an important reason we are excited to be working with them—is their demonstrated ability to build and ship product,” added Dixon. “Because Teal has a dedicated manufacturing facility in the U.S., they can make good on their promise to deliver product to the military on time, which is an enormous advantage in today’s drone industry, and means that our technology is much more likely to get to users on the front lines when they need it.”
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