Francesca Oliver / December 21, 2020

2020: A Year in Review

Francesca Oliver By Francesca Oliver

2020 was quite the year. From Zoom quizzes, to budding bakers, to an even greater appreciation for our NHS; there is no question that this year will be, undoubtedly, a memorable one.

In spite of this, at SOARIZON we’ve been hard at work throughout the year, continuing to bringing value to our fantastic community of SOARIZON users, customers and partners. As we all welcome in 2021 with combined sense of relief and optimism, we take a look back at some of the good news stories of 2020, brought to you by the SOARIZON team.


SOARIZON in Action 

PIONEERING MEDICAL DRONE DELIVERY FOR NHS SCOTLAND.

In May 2020, with the world in the grips of the global COVID 19 pandemic, the SOARIZON by Thales team worked in partnership with drone deliveries provider Skyports, on a ground-breaking, first of its kind, medical drone delivery trial to speed up transport of test kits.

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MAPPING LAND CADASTRE PARCELS WITH DRONES AND AI

Clear, legal and secure land ownership plays a vital role in a country's economic growth. We partnered with IMGeospatial in Shesh, Albania to develop an integrated service using drone-captured data and AI to help identify and register land cadastre parcels. 

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USING DRONE-CAPTURED DATA AND INTELLIGENT AI FOR ROAD TRAFFIC MANAGEMENT

In a joint innovation with the UK Government’s Digital Catapult, alongside data processing start-up Transpix and Ground Level Up, we proved the value of data acquired by drones being applied to analyse local road networks.

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Platform Advancements

Next Gen SOARIZON

Thanks to continuous user feedback from our incredible community of drone pilots, 2020 saw the next generation release of SOARIZON, or as we like to call it: SOARIZON V2. 

This huge upgrade was designed specifically to ensure that SOARIZON solves the pain points of day-to-day mission planning.  With exciting new features such as rich map interrogation, non-linear mission planning and a brand-new user interface, the new upgrade paved the way for the fantastic suite of features that followed. 

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MISSION EXPORT 

Our next major upgrade to the SOARIZON platform came in the form of our most requested feature: Mission Export. This new addition allowed users to export missions into fully flexible, high-quality PDF documents,.

The mission reports generated include all of the planning information entered into SOARIZON throughout the mission planning process, enabling users to share professional, fully compliant mission documentation with customers and other stakeholders.

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ORGANISATIONS

In October 2020, we announced the launch of SOARIZON Organisations. 

As our biggest ever upgrade, SOARIZON Elevate and Enterprise users can now collaborate on projects with their whole team on a single, streamlined, digital platform. 

This update makes it easier for existing drone teams to maintain a central record of all planning and flight information for compliance and audit. We even built in an integrated chat feature, so you can always stay connected with your team members.

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ENHANCED MAP ANNOTATIONS

December saw the introduction of enhanced map annotations, significantly strengthening SOARIZON's intelligent mapping functionality. 

These improvements mean that teams and individuals are now able to plan their drone missions to an even higher degree of accuracy and visibility, helping to further mitigate risk and keep a live, central point of record. Specifically: 

  • Plot take-off, landing and other points of interest
  • Fully customisable annotations
  • Plan in 3D with flight volumes, contingency volumes and risk buffers
  • Sleek and intuitive design
  • KML import & export (beta version)
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SOARIZON Ecosystem of Partners

In 2020 we have continued to partner with cutting-edge leaders in their field, with a combined vision of changing the world for the better, one drone at a time. From drone insurance, to drone training and consultancy, we are proud to have welcomed a breath of knowledge and experience into our ever-growing and evolving SOARIZON ecosystem. 

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