Israeli Startup Develops Autonomous ‘Safety’ Drone


This article was first published by The Times of Israel and was re-posted with permission.

The new safety inspector is a robot, and it can fly.

The Modiin-based startup Percepto has just unveiled “Sparrow I,” an autonomous drone designed for aerial monitoring of complex industrial centers and environments where security is imperative, such as oil and gas refineries, power plants, shipping ports and sea terminals.

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Making use of machine vision and artificial intelligence, Percepto — specializing in on-site autonomous drone systems — hopes to market a product that can reduce costs for companies, including the need for on-site human pilots and operators.

“Sparrow I was designed specifically to operate in harsh industrial environments, a rarity in today’s drone landscape,” said Percepto CEO and co-founder Dor Abuhasira in a statement.

“Our goal was to make Sparrow I as useful as possible for our customers, providing them with an easy way to increase efficiency, minimize unexpected downtime and reduce risks to personnel. To achieve this goal, we developed Sparrow I to include permanent mounted sensors and a rechargeable battery, removing the need for any human intervention,” he said.

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This robot monitor will act autonomously, Percepto said, collecting data, analyzing it and transmitting “highly accurate and actionable information” to the customer when necessary.

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