Improve air quality for a sustainable environment.
_ Approach & Solution
Taking its inspiration from nature and its name from a contraction of “bee“ and “beyond“, the Beeyond project is a technological innovation in the form of mini-drones capable of analyzing air quality at altitude. The intelligent insect’s mission is to fly at altitude in areas with poor access and gather data for mapping the pollution clouds, thus allowing preventive measures to be taken and improving quality of living.
Beeyond – Strange-Looking Intelligent Bees. Beeyond has several advantages: it’s a lightweight drone (1kg), it can collect data at altitudes between 5 and 150m and its cost is competitive. Fitted with sensors and a powerful engine, it can fly for 12 minutes unassisted like a bee, before returning to its “hive“ to transfer the collected data. It can then recharge itself and take off again or hand over to another bee for a similar mission to be undertaken. But it can also operate in squadrons, with drones being fitted with different types of sensors to collect a wider range of data. Its home base is an electronic “hive“ that acts as a charging station and a hangar in the event of bad weather. The drone, which can be tracked in real time, alerts the main server in the event of an incident and automatically returns to base.
Flight Mission – To Study Air Quality at Altitude. If these drones are self-piloting, it’s because all the flight plans have been programmed into them in advance using satellite imagery. Beeyond is agile and can overfly areas that are normally difficult to reach such as industrial areas, suburban areas, wilderness areas and villages to measure pollution. The targets are fine particles in the atmosphere (PM 2.5s) and gases (SO2 and SO4) produced by human activity or present in pollution clouds (combustion, transportation, industry) but it can also measure air temperature and humidity. The collected data is sent via the Internet and displayed in real time on a platform.
3D Air Modeling, Mapping and Pollution Cloud Tracking. Beeyond allows the air to be modeled in 3D, accurate air maps to be drawn up for zones close to large manufacturing plants, highways and cities abut also for pollution clouds to be tracked, capabilities that can interest local environment stakeholders, government agencies, national institutions, manufacturers and even research centers.