Cape aerial Telepresence ™
Cape Aerial Telepresence™
Cape Aerial Telepresence is a software platform which allows customers to effectively, safely, and easily control a drone anywhere in the world in real-time. Our software empowers customers to utilize commercial drones to their fullest extent completely in-house, without needing to rely on third parties for drone operation.
Cape Cloud Data Management
The Cape Cloud Data Management (CCDM) system provides a single, secure system to organize flight data for use by authorized users. Cape customers have a private portal to keep photo/video data, 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.
What's required? Not much! The setup is simple and lightweight! Only the following items are needed.
A drone. We currently work with DJI Drones (e.g Mavic Pro, Inspire 1 & 2, Matrice 200, 210, 600)
An iPad Pro with the Cape Operator app and internet connectivity. This iPad is on-site with the drone, connected to the drone's RC transmitter.
A computer with internet connectivity. Used by the teleoperator to control the drone, which can be done from anywhere in the world.
Cape Cloud and apps. We provide our customers with a private cloud portal and additional mobile apps, including Cape Spectator, for customers interested in live-stream viewing from a mobile device.
How it works
A customer staffed field operative, trained on safe drone operation and Cape technology, goes on-site with a DJI drone and an iPad with the Cape app. Once on-site, they use the Cape app to easily define a safe-space in the sky for the web-flyer to fly within. This includes the ability to mark obstacles (e.g. cranes, towers). After a geofence is created, they turn on the drone and use the Cape app to verify preflight items via a checklist. The drone is now ready to be connected to by the teleoperator.
2. Connect, Fly, Spectate
Once initialization is complete, the teleoperator, via their private portal, selects the pre-defined locations and appropriate drone, and initiates flight. This instantaneously establishes an encrypted, peer-to-peer, real-time connection between the teleoperator and the drone. The teleoperator is then able to effectively 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 teleoperator to focus on their primary job at hand (e.g. asset inspection, video surveillance, etc.) rather than flying the drone.
Spectating - The video livestream is also made available for other interested parties, and is viewable from both computer as well as mobile devices.
3. Manage Data, Users, Drones
Each Cape customer has a private portal into the Cape Cloud Data Management system (CCDM). The CCDM 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 CCDM 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 CCDM. Flight plan data can be viewed, modified, and archived. Waypoints, geofences, locations and all the relevant flight plan data is available at the CCDM.
Flight Data - telemetry data and flight history is available at the CCDM. 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.
The Cape CCDM 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. Streams are encrypted using DTLS and SRTP.
Frequently Asked Questions
Does Cape operate Cape Aerial Telepresence as a service?
No, Cape Aerial Telepresence is a software platform. We are more than happy to help get customers up and running, but after that they are able to operate our software independently.
Is it really impossible for the teleoperator to crash the drone?
As long as the on-site personnel has set up a geofence properly, including marking any obstacles inside the fence, then yes, it's impossible for the teleoperator to crash!
If I'm on the other side of the world, won't there be too much lag to control the drone?
Nope! Cape's technology establishes an ultra low latency, encrypted peer-to-peer connection between the teleoperator and drone over the Internet. Even if you are on the other side of the world, you can expect to experience under a second of lag. We've also designed a control scheme to minimize felt latency.
Which drones does your platform work with?
Our software currently works with nearly all DJI drones.