The role of advanced UAVs has increased across several industries in the last few years. Especially, when it comes to industrial monitoring, tethered UAVs are said to be more suitable to carry out operations in a seamless manner. Innovative technology has opened new fields of application for UAVs, which include persistent observation, aerial broadcasting, traffic monitoring, among others.
After the adoption of tethered drone technology began in the commercial sector, its scope increased with time. Nowadays, it is considered an integral part of industrial monitoring operations as well. A tethered drone system consists of a base station/power station, drone tether, and the drone, which is connected to the power station through the tether. Tethered UAV stations could be operated from remote or rugged environment while performing numerous tasks, making them suitable for large-scale industries.
While tethered drones can be deployed for varied applications, they are mostly used for aerial observation and telecommunication. The UAVs are perfect for data capture, live video feed transmission and telemetry, due to reliability of the cables linked to the ground station. However, there are certain limitation that come with tethered drones, including low flight time, ease of use, etc.
In spite of that, their usage is only increasing, especially with companies like companies like Elistair working to bring more efficiency and productivity to the tethered drone market. The French company manufactures tethered drone systems. It provides all the clients with customized tethered stations to help bridge the gap. Mainly suited for the industrial needs,Elistair secured around $6 million in a series B funding round a few months ago.
Earlier, the company was able to attract global investment firm Boundary Holding, led by Rajat Khare. The Luxembourg-based fund was one of the lead investors that analyzed the potential of Elistair’s futuristic technology to support the ongoing research and development. The recent round of Series B funding is now set to help Elistair accelerate its expansion plans in the USA and make its presence felt in the Europe’s UAV market.
In the recent times, tethered UAVs have been found more efficient in three areas of application across the industries, which include inventory management, indoor intra-logistics and inspection. Using UAVs for such applications is said to have the highest potential, instead of relying on regular methods of inspection. They can prohibit theft and other unwanted behavior to safeguard precious equipment and tools, while allowing the companies to focus on other branches of operations.