“Workers safety improvement and significant reduction of maintenance costs by monitoring and inspecting steel plants with a new type of autonomous flying drones”

Hardware 

• Improved construction of drones: using a cage to ensures health and safety of workers in case of accidents

• Autonomous charging station, robust enough for steel industry environment

• Integrated system for data acquisition from drone sensors

Software

• Algorithms for autonomous but nevertheless robust flight in complex areas

• Strategy for a coordinated activation and scheduling for a fleet of drones 

• Suitable human machine interface for drones based on smartphones

Management

• Training system for drone control/management for operators

• List of social impacts of drone applications at the plants and its workers’ day-to-day employment 

• List of all legal and company internal constraints for autonomous flying drones

Applications

Maintenance

Inspection of roofs and chimneys

Environment

Monitoring and detection of chemical leak

Safety

Surveillance of high voltage areas and CO detection

Security

Anti intrusion surveillance

Restricted areas

Flight into restricted areas - Indoor or confined