The Port Authority of Avilés, the body in charge of managing the maritime port of this Asturian city, has just announced the launch of a new pioneering program through which drones will be used to manage goods. Thanks to this unique project, carried out by two Asturian companies, it will be possible to automate material measurement in the port, a job that the workers have to carry out manually.
As a detail, tell you that, although the port of Avilés will be the first where this system will be implemented and tested in a real environment, the truth is that there are many port locations that have been interested in those that it offers. As a detail, tell you that basically we find two separate applications that work together, on the one hand the drone has been designed by Locis Sigtech, a company that has specialized in orthophotography, while, secondly, it makes use of the Medea software, developed by Terrain Technologies.
This project will measure the amount of material present in a port in a completely automated way.
These two technologies will basically make drones, a special model of waterproof hexacopter designed to fly in adverse weather conditions, making a landing if necessary, carry out a daily flight of about 17 minutes. During this inspection flight, photographs will be taken that must go through the Medea application, which is responsible for measuring the surfaces on the computer.
In order to develop this project, an investment of 102.658 euros. To achieve this economic amount, a subsidy has been received from the Gijón City Council as well as the financing of the manufacture of aircraft whose price per unit is higher than 10.000 euros.