1. What is MatrixOS and how does it enhance my drone?

MatrixOS is a proprietary Linux-based operating system, developed by UrbanMatrix Technologies. MatrixOS runs on a UMT drone’s integrated mission computer, and is responsible for its unique uplink through 4G/5G. This enables features such as connection to the Cloud for live-streaming of video footage, remote camera control through a web-based platform, UMT Console, fleet management, pilot authentication and over the air updates to the software. MatrixOS has been developed to provide a stable framework for the expansion of functionalities through various applications, in order to meet the demands of various industries. This contributes to UMT drones’ extreme flexibility, without compromising on the reliability of operations.

2. Is it true that a UMT Quadcopter has a flight-time of more than an hour?

UMT quadcopters boast an industry leading flight time of nearly 70 minutes. Extensive research and testing of battery configurations led to the development of UrbanMatrix’s proprietary Lithium-Ion(Li-Ion) battery packs. These battery packs are designed to store maximum energy, while providing optimal current for the drone’s operation. As Lithium-Ion batteries have a much better specific energy density than Lithium Polymer (LiPo) batteries (which are more commonly used in the UAV industry),our batteries are much lighter (20% lighter) than other batteries of comparable capacities. These contribute to quadcopters with far superior flight times –nearly twice that of other quadcopters (even 4 times in some cases). In addition, Li-Ion batteries can be recharged many times more than LiPo batteries– they can survive over 400 recharge cycles, compared to just 100 in the case of Li-Po. Therefore, the cost of operation of the drone per flight is much lower – nearly 2 times the flight time, with 4 times the reusability.

3. Why do I need 4G/5G in my drones?

There are limits to how much an unmanned aerial vehicle can be improved through hardware alone, and ensuring reliability and better communication with the UAV for BVLOS operations is necessary for growing industrial needs. 4G/5G connectivity in UAVs unlocks a wide host of features to bolster industrial operations. Through 4G/5G, a drone is able to maintain a permanent connection to a cloud and as a result, the dependency on ground control stations is minimized. There is no worry of losing communication with the drone as a link is maintained throughout the flight. One of the biggest features enabled through 4G/5G is the capability to view real-time footage from the drone through a secure web-based platform, UMT Console. UMT Console also enables remote control of the drone’s payload through the same4G/5G connection and can also allow the automatic logging of data for future referencing. Video footage from the drone can also be processed in real-time using Artificial Intelligence models to identify and track humans and vehicles in real-time – something that would be impossible without 4G/5G. The connection also allows for more efficient fleet management of UAVs, as data pertaining to every single UAV is accessible through a web platform, where drone health, flight paths and missions can be viewed at ease. 4G/5G in unmanned aerial systems has huge implications for industries to streamline UAS integration and automate missions with reliability and scalability.

4. Is my data secure while using a 4G drone?

Security of data is absolutely vital for industries, and the use of 4G in unmanned aerial vehicles for communication and data transmission to the Cloud has multiple risks. Data could be stolen from the Cloud or intercepted during transmission. Worse, third parties could hijack your UAVs and assume control of them

UrbanMatrix Technologies has ensured security of your data on the cloud, and allowed only authorized personnel to access the data. The data transfer with the cloud has a level A encryption allowing only the client to access their drone’s data. Authorization to pilot or launch drones can be granted or revoked through UMT Console. To counter interception of drone data can occur through the 4G/5G uplink, we use quantum generated keys to encrypt all communication and data transfer from the drones.

5. Is it possible to view live footage on a server from a UMT drone without latency?

UMT drones use 4G/5G connectivity to stream live footage, which can be viewed with sub-second latency through our secure web-based cloud platform, UMT Console. UrbanMatrix is able to achieve this sub-second latency by streaming video footage directly from the drone through a 4G/5G uplink. Other common systems to view footage from a UAV experience a delay of at least 4-5 seconds as video is streamed back to the ground control station through radio communication and is then transmitted from the GCS. We bypasse the GCS entirely and rely on 4G/5G to establish the livestream with a delay of less than a second. This has the added advantage that video footage can be viewed with the same quality and latency no matter how far the drone is from the GCS – making our 4G drones perfect for BVLOS(Beyond Visual Line of Sight) Operations.

6. Do UMT drones have UINs?

As mandated by the government of India, every single unmanned aerial vehicle must have a Unique Identification Number(UIN). In accordance with these regulations, all UMT drones have a registered UIN.

7. Can a UMT multicopter survey more than 300 acres in a single flight?

Yes, in fact, our quadcopter, the UMT SparrowPPK can survey up to nearly 400 acres in a single flight without compromising on accuracy. This is attributed to the 70-minute flight times obtained from our Li-ion batteries. This makes the UMT Sparrow PPK perfect for surveys of all kinds – land, construction, mines, roadways and railways, and even for inspections of pipelines and solar fields through its employment of thermal imaging for identification of faulty solar panels and failure points in pipelines.

8. What are UMT drones’ surveillance capabilities?

The UMT Hawk4G is the ideal drone for surveillance and security operations. It makes use of a 4G/5G connection to maintain permanent communication with a cloud, which can be accessed through a secure web-based platform, UMT Console. Through UMT Console, one can view real-time footage from the drone and can also assume control of the drone’s payload – a gimbal equipped with high-definition day and day-night cameras, for optimal surveillance at any time of the day. The footage is also processed using cutting-edge AI models to automatically detect humans and vehicles, which is a boon for automated security operations. The drone can be configured to automatically patrol past specific waypoints through our ground control station, UMT Launch Pad, which allows easy launches and mission planning. The drone is also built keeping maneuverability in mind, and the pilot can take manual control of the UAV as and when they please. Its 4G/5G connectivity also removes the dependency on the ground control station for communication, allowing for reliable BVLOS (Beyond Visual Line of Sight) Operations.

9. Is additional training required to fly a UMT drone?

No additional training is required to fly a UMT drone. Our ground control station, UMT LaunchPad has been designed to allow even people who have never flown a UAV to launch one within minutes. Planning a full-scale aerial mission and launching the drone (after initiating pre-flight checks automatically) takes just 35 seconds through UMT LaunchPad. However, in-keeping with government regulations, all pilots using UMT drones must have a pilot’s license for at least small category UAVs.

10. What components are required to launch a UMT drone?

You need just two components to launch and fly a UMT drone – the ground control station, UMT LaunchPad and the drone itself. There is no need for bulky GCSs, laptops or telemetry modules. The drone itself can be packed into a compact bag weighing just 8 kg which can be transported by a single person. Launching UMT drones is just a one-person job.

11. How easy is it to transport a UMT drone?

UMT drones are extremely easy to transport. It disassembles easily and can be packed into a compact ergonomic backpack with an all-up weight of just 8kg. The bag has been designed to accommodate all parts of the drone, including spare batteries.

12. How long does it take to get a UMT drone flight ready?

Assembling a UMT drone from its bag and getting it ready for flight takes just 2-3 minutes. All the components can be packed into a backpack weighing just 8 kg and can be quickly assembled on-site. Our quadcopters feature detachable landing gear which can be reattached using strong magnets. No additional screws or fastenings are required, making the disassembly and reassembly of a UMT quadcopter a hassle-free and quick process.

13. What kind of warranty and support will I receive for my drones?

UMT’s drone products come with a warranty and support period of 12 months from the time of purchase, governed by terms and conditions. For further information on detailed terms and conditions, kindly contact us.

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