Using cameras attached to the aircraft, the system can now identify pipeline hazards and issues and ignore what is not relevant to its analysis. Thanks to an object detection model, an alert is sent in real time to the pilot's iPad who can either confirm or deny the threat. All detections are recorded with the date, time, GPS position and a corresponding photo, and will be part of the mission report.
Much like a flying laboratory, all the necessary equipment is installed directly on the plane: computers, power systems, iPads, sensors, GPS, laser rangefinder and state-of-the-art cameras, including a " hyperspectral” one which makes it possible to detect gas leaks invisible to the naked eye. These components communicate with each other and send dozens of messages per second (coordinates, altitude, angle and position of objects on the ground, etc.) which are simultaneously processed by our application, allowing the real-time analysis of threats and giving indications to the pilot.
In terms of design, the app is adapted to the many specificities and constraints relating to the maneuvering of an aircraft. Because environmental conditions are constantly changing, the application’s colours must be accurate and visible to pilots, regardless of the weather. Buttons and commands must also be large, with clear and accessible visual indicators, because planes tend to shake a lot.