February 22, 2017 Seattle and Belgium – Aircraft Traders Belgium will be integrating Streambox Avenir Drone Mobile Encoder and Embedded Modem Module into its Guardian Eye unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV). Avenir Drone will provide an onboard Internet connection and video encoder for Guardian Eye to stream live HD video and increase its autopilot capabilities beyond radio transmission range of the ground station.
Streambox Avenir Drone is the ideal mobile video encoder for Aircraft Traders Belgium’s Guardian Eye for its small form factor, low power usage, and high quality live video streaming over bonded cellular networks with an approximate 2 second latency. The integrated Avenir Drone for Aircraft Traders Belgium will include all the hardware and software of the retail version of Streambox’s Avenir Drone Encoder, but will be custom-fitted into the fuselage of Guardian Eye. Streambox’s retail Avenir Drone is built around a modular and stackable design concept for maximum portability and customization with battery, modem, and signal extender modules. The OEM version of Avenir Drone that Streambox will produce for Aircraft Traders Belgium will include the Embedded Modem Module and will not require a battery module, instead drawing from the Guardian Eye’s battery for power.
Aircraft Traders Belgium’s Guardian Eye has a fiberglass fuselage and carbon fiber wings (2.20 m fixed wingspan) with a 5 to 6 hours endurance using Lipo batteries and solar cell energy at a 25 knot cruise speed. The Guardian Eye can handle a 2.5 kg payload, has fully autonomous take-off and landing, and is sealed against rain and snow. Other advanced features include: target tracking, electronic stabilization, scene steering, real-time mosaicking, path track software, as well as video on the map.
With Avenir Drone, Guardian Eye can livestream high quality HD video filmed with the onboard camera. Video is encoded with Streambox’s highly efficient ACT-L3 codec and delivered to Streambox Cloud via the Embedded Modem Module’s bonded 3G/4G/LTE connections. Streambox Cloud transcodes and routes the video to social media, web/mobile devices, media players, and decoders.
Guardian Eye with Avenir Drone has a range of 15 to 20 km using the 2.4 MHz radio frequency or 3G/4G as coverage provides from the ground station. Streambox integrated a RJ-45 connector in Aviner Drone to interface with the Guardian Eye’s autopilot that will enable extended communication with the Ground Station through the 3G/4G/LTE connection that can modify the flight plan, change the route, or transmit any other instructions for the mission. That is, even if Guardian Eye flies out of radio range of the ground station, the autopilot will still be functional because of Avenir Drone.
Guardian Eye with Avenir Drone and Embedded Modem Module provides private, civil, and scientific customers the ability to collect data where manned aircraft missions would be too expensive or dangerous. They will be able to stream many hours of live video for electrical power transmission line inspections, anti-poaching, ariel crop monitoring, law enforcement, border patrol, surveillance, disaster relief, emergency services, and many other applications.
About Aircraft Traders Belgium
AIRCRAFT TRADERS BELGIUM s.a. was founded in Belgium in 2001. It specializes in the sale and the purchase of freighters aircraft. After the 2008 crisis, AIRCRAFT TRADERS BELGIUM s.a. oriented their activities into the operational domain of Aviation with the leasing of their own fleet of aircraft to operators located in Africa, Middle East and Central America developing very good relations with the Civil Aviation Authorities of these countries which did not hesitate to contact them to supply drones for local end-users. They made the decision to manufacture the GUARDIAN EYE with the assistance of the University of Liège in Belgium. Early in 2015, the first carbon fiber prototype flew and they began mass production in 2016 of the GUARDIAN EYE integrated with the most developed technologies such as Streambox and Altadevices products.
Founded in 1999, Streambox is an industry leader and pioneer in developing unique IP based video streaming solutions and cloud based streaming services. Streambox delivers mobile video everywhere, allowing companies and organizations to broadcast, share, and stream video from anywhere with unlimited scalability at lower costs. The Streambox platform of professional live and file-based 360/HD/SD software and hardware for video transport, management, and play out streamlines the workflow for any broadcasting and streaming need. Streambox technology is based on the ACT-L3™ proprietary video compression which allows faster encoding with low-latency and adaptive bitrate streaming over public/private networks.