Continuous Surveillance and Enduring Flights
Founded in 2014 by de Marliave and entrepreneur Timothee Penet, Elistair targets the issue of limited battery life when utilizing drones for important tasks like military surveillance or security. Rather than relying on batteries, the startup business developed a lightweight tether station that taps into electricity from a grid or generator to supply continuous power to the drone.
The tether stations offered by the startup company are designed to be secure and durable while minimizing any changes to flight performance. Tethered drones, in addition to maintaining flight and video capture for longer periods, also hold primarily stationary positions, so pilots do not need extensive experience to properly use the surveillance systems. The micro-tether technology developed by Elistair also allows fast data transmission to the operator for low-latency video feedback.
Tether stations were designed by the startup company to be portable and easily mounted onto vehicles for mobile missions. While Elistair offers its own drone specifically outfitted for military and public agency surveillance missions, the tether stations developed by the startup business are compatible with a number of drones from manufacturers like DJI.
A Solution for Several Industries
Companies across a number of different industries have already found uses for drone-tethering technology like that offered by Elistair. The startup business has provided its tethering equipment to customers, including the Paris Police Department, the United Nations, and the US Army.
As drone technology continues to penetrate new markets, tethering technology that reduces the limits on drone capabilities will likely fill an important role in the emerging industry. Market research expects the tethered drone market to grow by $193.67 million from 2020 to 2024.
About the Author
James White is a Michigan State University graduate with a BS in Environmental Biology. He is interested in reporting emerging trends in technology, especially with regard to alternative energy and environmental conservation.