Shutoko Technology Introduces Skydio’s Autonomous Flying Drone to Support Safe Inspection Work

Skydio LLC
Shutoko Technology Introduces Skydio’s Autonomous Flying Drone to Support Safe Inspection Operations

We are pleased to inform you that the drone provided by Skydio LLC (Minato-ku, Tokyo, Representative: Hidekazu Kakishima), a global leader in AI-based autonomous flight technology, has been introduced at Shutoko Engineering Co., Ltd.
This introduction will be carried out under the operational support of NTT Communications Corporation (Chiyoda-ku, Tokyo, President: Toru Maruoka, hereinafter NTT Com), and we will continue to expand the application sites in the future.
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Introduction background and effects
Comment from Jo Kato, Manager, Structural Management Section, Structural Management Department, Shutoko Engineering Co., Ltd.: “Conventionally, inspections of difficult-to-reach bridges, which were inspected by setting up suspended scaffolding, can now be done safely by using Skydio. It is also adaptable to the site environment, so it is used regardless of the site environment.The images that can be acquired are also clear, and various damage can be confirmed.By undergoing operation training at the bridge site with NTT Com We are expanding the scope of application while increasing the number of operators.”
*From July 2022, the drone business will work together with NTT Com under the “docomo business” brand.
*NTT Com has the only Skydio Master Instructor in Japan to support customer operation support.
*Skydio, Inc. has received investment from NTT DoCoMo Ventures and has a capital and business tie-up.
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Features of Skydio
Skydio’s drones are equipped with AI-based autonomous flight technology and 360° omnidirectional obstacle avoidance functions to achieve safe flight. Visual SLAM enables stable flight even in non-GPS or magnetic field environments where flight is difficult for manually operated drones, making it particularly suitable for inspection work on bridges and infrastructure. Autonomous flight technology enables complex structures to be accurately and automatically photographed from all angles, providing superior 3D models using the Skydio 3D Scan(TM) feature.
“Skydio 2+” has a lightweight and compact design with a weight of 800g (with battery installed) and a maximum flight time of 27 minutes. Equipped with an infrared camera that enables night flight and durability that can be used in harsh environments such as low and high temperatures, the Skydio X2, which is suitable for special missions, weighs 1,325g (after battery installation), With a sustained flight time of up to 35 minutes, the sturdy airframe is designed for long flight times.
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Skydio 2+
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Skydio X2
About Skydio LLC
Skydio is the largest drone manufacturer in the United States that develops and manufactures drones equipped with autonomous flight technology and obstacle avoidance technology using AI and Visual SLAM. It achieves excellent flight in non-GPS environments and magnetic field environments that have been difficult to fly and shoot with manually operated drones. In addition, the Skydio 3D Scan(TM) software function captures complex structures with simple operations, providing highly accurate and faithful 3D models. “Our mission is to make the world more productive, creative, and safe with autonomous flights.” With the aim of improving the safety of drone flights in Japan and realizing the sophistication and efficiency of all operations using drones.
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