American drone manufacturer, Skyfish, has announced its integration of Sony's latest Alpha series camera, a super compact, lightweight, and programmable block camera specifically designed for drones.
Skyfish has been closely working with Sony, using photography, proprietary algorithms, and precise metadata to develop highly accurate 3D models or 'digital twins' of large-scale infrastructure. These digital replicas have applications in various sectors including precision inspection of cellular towers, bridges, roadways, wind turbines, airports, power lines, energy infrastructure, and specialized land use management, among others. Notably, the 3D models produced by Skyfish are accurate to within 1/32 of an inch.
Dr. Orest Pilskalns, CEO of Skyfish, commented on the new development, “Sony’s new CX90100 block camera is not only lightweight but also remotely programmable for in-flight operations. The introduction of this ultra-compact block camera is a significant step forward. Its high resolution of approximately 61 MP, combined with multi-lens support, makes it ideal for inspecting and modeling infrastructure.” Dr. Pilskalns further noted the utility of the camera, explaining that the "high-quality data collected can be converted into 3D models, which can be viewed, shared, stored, and exported in various formats via Skyfish's secure, AWS-powered data center, known as Skyportal."
John Monti, Director of Industrial Imaging Solutions at Sony, acknowledged the longstanding collaboration between the two companies. “Skyfish's early integration of our new CX90100 camera is a testament to our close partnership over the years," Monti said. "Skyfish is consistently pushing the boundaries by introducing state-of-the-art capabilities, providing significant value to a wide range of industries, especially in the domain of industrial inspection and mapping."