Cape aerial telepresence is the fusion of real time control and live HD video streaming between a drone and any internet connected browser; no matter the distance between a drone and a user's computer.  Users can fly drones from a browser as easily as reading and sending e-mail.  Users can also automate as much or as little of the flight as wanted and can take control at any time during the flight.  For the duration of the flight, a live stream direct from the drone camera overlaid with a Heads-Up Display (HUD) containing important flight information is available. The system is so easy to use that existing team members can be trained to operate drones safely and effectively. Additional experts can be consulted by viewing the live stream simultaneously from their own location and with their own devices.

The Cape Cloud + The Cape App

Cape telepresence, flight & video data capture/storage, and user/drone/location information are all facilitated by the Cape Drone Telepresence and Data Management (DTDM) system. Additionally, the Cape mobile app provides:  1) the mediation gateway between the drone and the DTDM and 2) the local control and maintenance interface for the drone.  The Cape DTDM stores all the data associated with usage and provides management interface. The DTDM is a single, secure system to organize flight data for use by authorized users.  Cape customers have a private portal to keep drone locations, flight plans, historical flight data, users, and other critical information secure while at the same time making the accessible from anywhere for authorized users.

How it works

1. Initialize

A field operative, trained on safe drone operation and Cape technology, equipped with a drone and the Cape app on an iPad activates the drone by turning on the drone, verifying preflight items via a checklist, and creating a flight session.

2. Connect, Fly, Gather Data

Once preflight is complete, the distant operator, via their private portal, on the DTDM selects the pre-defined locations, selects the appropriate drone, and initiates flight.  This instantaneously establishes an encrypted, peer-to-peer, real-time connection between the distant operator and the drone. The operator is then able to control the drone as though they were there in person, with two major enhancements: 1) a simple and intuitive interface for controlling the drone and camera, 2) advanced automated flight and geofencing features.  Flight automation pilots the drone to pre-defined locations or via pre-defined routes.  Geofences aid in avoiding hazards and also make it impossible for the operator to crash the drone.  The key benefit of these features is allowing the operator to focus on their primary job at hand (e.g. asset inspection, video surveillance, etc.) rather than flying the drone.

3. Manage Data, Users, Drones

Each Cape customer has a private portal into the DTDM.  The DTDM provides the tools to create, archive, and manage all of the drone and flight related information including flight plans, flights flown, and videos/photos captured.  

Drones - the DTDM manages the drone inventory and their locations.  Status, capabilities, historical data, and locations can be viewed and updated.

Flight Plans - unlimited flight plans can be created with the DTDM.  Flight plan data can be viewed, modified, and archived.  Waypoints, geofences, locations and all the relevant flight plan data is available at the DTDM.

Flight Data - telemetry data and flight history is available at the DTDM.  This data provides insights into how drones are being used and by which users. This aids in planning of maintenance, fleet expansion, locations, and staffing.

Videos/Photos Captured - sensor data can also be recorded for future viewing.  Videos are stored in the cloud in HD quality.

4. Always Secure

The Cape DTDM and the Cape app work together to secure the entire drone operation.  Two main areas of security are Portal Access and Stream Encryption.

Portal Access - A list of authorized users is maintained to control access.  Users with admin privileges can approve/whitelist.  Authorization levels dictate whether you are allowed to: administer the site, operate as an approved drone, or fly as a distance operator.  Authentication is either via OAuth or Username/Password, depending on the deployment configuration.

Stream Encryption - All control messaging is over HTTPS/SSL.  All streams are encrypted using DTLS.

5. Drone flying does not get any easier than with Cape

Cape takes the complexity and uncertainly out of drone flight. The intuitive mouse and keyboard flight control scheme is designed with the distant operator in mind. You'll no longer need countless hours on the sticks to execute advanced flight maneuvers safely. Simple directional commands from the mouse repositions the drone's gimbal at near zero latency speeds while the drone's yaw changes course smoothly to adjust to the new heading giving the user quick response time and smooth video. Coordinated turns like this used to take countless hours to master but using Cape Tech, you'll be flying like a pro in minutes.