Dronelink performs ongoing product development, R&D and in-field tower testing to support a variety of cell tower inspection specifications with Scanlink; all targeted at high quality data capture to produce top quality 3D models, while maintaining safety, simple onboarding, and high configurability.
Major updates are highlighted below and deployed in Scanlink Tower Tasks issued by Dronelink.
If you manage your own Scanlink function, the updated function has been copied into your account. Implement your own configuration and perform end-to-end testing using the new function prior to production release. Ensure to inform your pilots of any major changes.
Contact us with any questions or to discuss access to a Configurable Scanlink Function.
What's New in Version 2.1
- Guyed Towers
- Multiple Capture Strategies for Different Components
- Separate Offset Target Distance for M2P
- M2P Speed Control for Rolling Shutter
- Lens Focus Calibration Step
- Minimum Ultrasonic Altitude Safety Control
- Flight Direction
- Tower Base and Compound Orbit Components
- Top Down Orbit Component
- Detailed Asset Manifest
- Enable / Disable Obstacles
- More Camera Settings Setup Control
- Custom RAD Grouping
- Orbit Alignment Finish Delay Control
- Control Altitude Continuity
Have more control over how to send missions to pilots. Learn more:
1. Guyed Towers
Initial Guyed tower support is now available. It can be enabled as an additional option from the Tower Type menu. Workflow includes creating no-fly zones around the guy wires as part of the setup steps.
2. Multiple Capture Strategies for Different Components
Choose between Column, Orbit and Spiral capture strategies for Structure and RAD scans. For obstacles, regardless of capture strategy, vertical columns are the default for now (horizontal strategies are currently in testing).
3. Separate Offset Target Distance for M2P
Set a different target distance when Mavic 2 Pro is connected to account for the different camera sensor and focal length when compared to the Phantom 4 Pro v2.
4. M2P Speed Control for Rolling Shutter
Control the capture interval time for Mavic 2 Pros separately. Slowing it down further will help account for rolling shutter issues but increase mission time. Scanlink Tower Tasks dispatched by Dronelink are set to 3s for the M2P.
Same flight plan and tower showing quality difference between 2s vs 3s capture intervalometer
5. Lens Focus Calibration Step
A new lens focus calibration step enables sharper photos and better 3D processing results. It needs to be performed 1 time for each drone and mobile device. Learn more in the Scanlink Training here.
6. Minimum Ultrasonic Altitude Safety Control
Prevent the drone from descending into obstacles by setting a minimum acceptable ultrasonic altitude which disengages the mission when hit. Apply altitude offsets before resuming.
7. Flight Direction
For all tower components, set either clockwise or counterclockwise as the flight direction.
8. Tower Base Component and Compound Orbits
New tower base component and ability to configure additional compound orbits, such as an outward facing compound orbit to assist capturing larger compounds and GCPs.
9. Top Down Orbit Component
New top down orbit component flown above the tower top with control over offset, altitude, overlap and angle.
10. Detailed Asset Manifest
Asset manifests track what data gets captured during a tower mission and can be integrated with your backend to help manage data downstream after upload.
Details have been added to track different components of the mission in the manifest, such as specific images taken at various angles per RAD level.
11. Enable / Disable Obstacles
Keep your mission setup simpler, and completely disable the option for pilots to setup obstacles. Last step becomes Edge of Tower and the Obstacle Setup Step will not show.
12. More Camera Settings Setup Control
Optionally disable the camera settings step and set additional settings:
13. Custom RAD Grouping
Control how RAD levels close together get grouped.
14. Orbit Alignment Finish Delay Control
Set a time delay between orbits, to give pilots time to make minor adjustments to the camera framing after altitude changes.
15. Control Altitude Continuity
Enable or Disable altitude continuity, a feature designed to compensate for barometer drift after battery swaps or landing.