Humanized Machines

Stem

Automated, high quality building inspection through drones and Artificial Intelligence

Stem

Automated, high quality building inspection through drones and Artificial Intelligence

Stem

The use of automated or pilot-operated flying drones is constantly increasing in every industrial sector. The ever-increasing dependence of the human life from various types of infrastructures combined with the challenges imposed by climate change is driving a strong and continued increase of inspection costs, which can dramatically benefit from the usage of automated systems based on drones, computer vision and Artificial Intelligence algorithms.

The product

Stem is a Politecnico di Milano spin-off company, which manifactures an autonomous, drone-based building inspection system, for an automatized infrastructures analysis. It allows a formation of one or more airborne and ground drones, tethered or battery operated, each one equipped with the proper contact or contactless inspection technology to conduct a full inspection of large infrastructures providing a stream of data to an underlying inspection management and to a mission control system.

How does it work?

The ground station and the drones are equipped with a custom software handling the drone formation using a robotics systems programming language and infrastructure. The ground station software is linked with a backend inspection pipeline management software which allows the operator to plan the inspection and obtain automated mapping and inspection data download from the drones.
Each drone is equipped with its own security control system (obstacle detection, centimetre-precision 3D positioning) ensuring high safety operations in any application.

Next steps

The Stem team is working on the final prototyping stage of the whole system, including the mission control platform and the on-board drone software. The core team includes highly skilled researchers and engineers with expertise in mechatronics, automation and tethered flight.