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Strategic Elements (ASX:SOR) adds airborne drones to ground robotic vehicle platform
  • Strategic Elements (SOR) has announced its subsidiary, Stealth Technologies, is integrating airborne drones with its ground-based autonomous and robotic vehicle platform
  • In the security, defence and resources sectors, drones can benefit ground-based sensors by providing additional range, coverage and capabilities
  • This development comes from CSIRO's Defence Program that Stealth completed last year
  • It was this program that made the company realise an autonomous robotic security vehicle could be used for security patrol and surveillance
  • A prototype is expected to be completed early in the fourth quarter of this year
  • Company shares have soared 23.1 per cent and are trading for eight cents each

Strategic Elements (SOR) has announced its subsidiary, Stealth Technologies, is integrating airborne drones with its ground-based autonomous and robotic vehicle platform.

In the security, defence and resources sectors, drones can benefit ground-based sensors. They do so by providing additional range and coverage through multi-angle video through cameras and fusion of extra sensor data.

The first release is in the form of the autonomous security vehicle (ASV) for security, the underlying AxV technology platform can be scaled to a range of vehicle shapes and sizes. Custom robotics are also adaptable to perform a variety of physical actions and tasks.

While the primary focus is security, defence and resources, further releases from the platform could be deployed for the mining, agriculture and logistics industries.

This development comes from the ON Prime: Defence Program delivered by CSIRO in partnership with Defence Science and Technology that Stealth completed in November last year.

Under this program, Stealth proposed to equip a fully autonomous unmanned ground vehicle to include drone launching and landing capabilities.

This platform would include flexible capabilities and would also be a "hive," containing multiple drones that can be recharged when returned to maximise their utility.

It was this defence program that gave the company confidence its autonomous robotic security vehicle could be used in security patrol and surveillance of critical infrastructure facilities.

A prototype of the ASV is expected to be completed by early in the fourth quarter of 2020.

Company shares have soared 23.1 per cent and are trading for eight cents each at 11:39 am AEST.


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