Here are just a few examples of how Area X.O can translate your UAV vision into reality …
The DARTT Zone
Area X.O is the go-to Canadian site for testing drone and robot capabilities and elevating piloting skills in a controlled environment. Developed in partnership with InDro Robotics, the leading Canadian robotics R&D company, the Drone and Advanced Robotics Testing and Training (DARTT) Zone, will be the first centre of its kind in Canada to integrate National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) criteria into both its site design and training operations. The DARTT Zone helps technology companies test and evaluate the capabilities of aerial and ground robotic technology.
The DARTT Zone is a designated outdoor area at the private Area X.O R&D facility consisting of varied surfaces, such as gravel, sand, and water, ramps, sidewalks and other objects that abide by the National Institute of Standard Technologies (NIST), providing a challenging environment for testing ground robots and their operators. The DARTT Zone will allow organizations to test and evaluate how ground robotic devices handle mixed terrain and different weather and test specialized capabilities such as autonomous detect-and-avoid (DAA) technology and simultaneous localization and mapping (SLAM). The Zone also includes a netted enclosure for the safe testing of drone failure scenarios as well as a NIST training course designed to improve precision piloting and gimbal skills.
Interested in testing through the DARTT Zone?
The DARTT Zone includes full simulation support to remotely test your robotic system in a controlled urban environment. With the help of Ansys, we have a digital twin of the test site which captures its optical and dielectric properties. This allows us to use physics-based simulation of cameras, lidars, and radars in the digital environment with various robotics simulators, such as Webots. Antennas for radio and cellular networks can also be simulated to determine their performance and optimize their design. Join the Ansys Simulation portal to test different sensor configurations as well as your connectivity to a advanced communication network before you experiment on-site.
DARTT+ (Killaloe site)
Area X.O now features a class G airspace site where companies can test larger aircraft and advanced robotics applications beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS) and at higher altitudes. The DARTT+ site, identified as a Transport Canada Aviation Test Centre, is a drone and advanced robotics testing and training site, located at the rural Killaloe aerodrome, near Killaloe, Ontario. The site offers new opportunities to test, validate and demo a greater array of emerging technologies in aviation and drone technologies including remotely piloted aircraft systems (RPAS) or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). The uniquely situated site features critical infrastructure and equipment including 4G/5G and is available to support SMEs, academia, municipalities, Provinces and Territories, Transport Canada and other Federal government departments.
Drones are increasingly becoming an integral part of our modern world. These uncrewed aerial vehicles can provide surveillance, deliveries, boost in communications and more. Testing drones is expensive and arduous without a proper plan. Ansys STK is the solution to develop various scenarios in its digital mission engineering software. Ansys Speos and HFSS finite element analysis products help cut cost in the development of drone sensors and communication antenna. In addition, Ansys Icepak simulates thermal management of batteries in drones.
Register for free today to access Area X.O’s Simulation Portal and to request a free consultation on how simulation testing is the solution you need.
Training and Certification
In partnership with InDro Robotics, DARTT Zone clients can now access Basic and Advanced RPAS Certification. Participants will gain the knowledge and skills to safely operate their drones in compliance with Transport Canada regulations. Flight Reviews (required for Advanced RPAS Certification) are offered on-site. All instruction is provided by InDro Robotics, a company that has a long and respected tradition of providing training to drone professionals in adherence with Canadian Aviation Regulations (CARs). InDro Robotics, a company with a deep experience instructing Law Enforcement, First Responders, and Search and Rescue teams, will soon be adding specialised instruction for more complex drone operations, along with Micro-Credential courses.
To learn from one of Canada’s most experienced drone pilot instructors with instantly available, online training for all experience levels click here.
- Search for missing persons with thermal cameras and a fleet of drones
- Deliver first aid kit and medical gear
- Map and route guidance after earthquakes and floods
- Provide situational awareness for police and other responders
- Preplan data and EOC over watch
- Video streaming improves the situational awareness and supports resource planning, risk evaluation and decision making
- Sensors and analytics can warn about hazardous gas
- Edge analytics can map at risk areas, smoke and gas plumes and assist in set back and evacuation areas and routes.
- Find fire points in forests/dry areas to prevent a larger fire
- Monitor fire in cities
- Detect hot spots
- Break monitor floods and fire
- Conduct digital elevation modeling for rapid risk assessment and modeling
- Do pre and post mapping of disasters to direct rescue and provide lessons learned
Street and Border Safety
- Police drones patrolling at-risk areas
- Crowd behaviour monitoring and analysis
- Border inspection
- Inspection of closed or industrial areas
- Gunshot listening and alert
- Accident reconstruction and reporting
- On scene situational awareness feed to operators on the ground over connected feed
Surveillance and Inspection
- Road inspections
- Railroad surveillance
- Harbor management
- Shore line inspection
- Traffic mapping
- City planning use
- Pattern of life analysis
Sensing the Air
- Monitoring of air pollution through scheduled flights with sensors
- Meteorological measurements
- Gas detection
- Pipe and other static infrastructure inspection for fugitive emissions
- Cloud and plume mapping
- Analysis of water colour
- Detection of oil leakages
- Monitoring of vegetation
- Habitat health and temporal change monitoring and reporting
- Hyper/Multi spectral analysis of vegetative health
- Precision monitoring and fish counting
- Live video streaming
- Controlling borders of event, detection of movements
- Event analytics (counting people, most crowded places)
- Route finding and planning for choke and traffic points
- Asset tracking and allocation of responders at appropriate points in space and time
“InDro Robotics is the leading Canadian expert in Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Drone technology. Our UAV expertise enables us to operate in unprecedented ways, use commercial UAVs to monitor and collect data, and provide a wide range of services to industries, including fire and rescue. We have accumulated thousands of flight hours and are proud to collaborate with leading bodies such as Transport Canada, Canadian Space Agency, NASA, and now Area X.O. We look forward to working with Invest Ottawa and the many firms they serve to harness the potential of UAVs to better our society.”
Philip Reece, CEO, InDro Robotics
“We’re proud to be part of the important research and technology development being conducted at Area X.O. Our IRIS UxS ground control station for unmanned systems was created to help safely operate drones and autonomous vehicles beyond visual line-of-sight. Area X.O is working with first responders to help effectively integrate unmanned systems into a variety of emergency operations, including search and rescue.”
Ranald McGillis, President, Kongsberg Geospatial
“Area X.O is providing us with an invaluable and convenient location for prototyping novel unmanned aircraft and it is creating great opportunities to network with other companies participating in the development of this industry with huge global potential.”
Anthony Pizarro, President, Romaeris Corporation
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