CRN Management GmbH is a German management consultancy in Bonn founded in 2013 by 3 experienced shareholders who have managed successfully several companies as CEOs. CRN addresses companies in industry, institutes and governmental customers in the branches aerospace industry, defence and IT-Security all over Europe. Since long time CRN traced developments of military drones and civil UAV. For the evaluation of new markets and their potential, CRN performed a broad analysis of civil services and applications. Finally CRN started its own service called airspector® by compiling high-end expertise to fulfil the needs of commercial customers. Distinct teams are established for each contract.
CRN is the end-user in the NimbRo Copter Team and brings in the market expertise. It provided the use case and will be responsible for requirement analysis of inside and outside chimney inspection and definition of evaluation procedures and performance criteria. CRN will also be responsible for construction of a mock-up chimney for testing and the free style task at ETH Zürich, as well as the identification and the access to suitable chimneys for the show case and the pilot experiments. Finally, CRN provides expert knowledge on chimney surface categorization and defect annotations. The final task of CRN is to compile a process description for inside chimney inspection missions with copters taking into account all experiences from the team.
Airspector services with unmanned systems cover the branches: energy, research, mining and geology, historical buildings, real estate, industry, agriculture and forestry, nature and environment, security, traffic and PR, see http://airspector.de/dienstleistungen/inspektion.html The services provided are: biological pest control, spraying in wine yards, exploration, aerial photos and videos, site inspection, surveillance, geodetic engineering. The customers’ needs define the sensors (HD-, IR-, hyperspectral- photography or video) and platforms (manned or unmanned, large or small) to be used to collect data. There is always a data processing (3D models, orthophotos, change detection, etc.) to achieve final products, followed by analysis and assessment. Continuous quality control accompanies each project to meet customers’ expectations. The past projects in plant servicing and inspection revealed the limits of state of the art technology: manually piloted multicopters and fixed wing came to a threshold and need support or a replacement by intelligent robotic solutions to enhance their mission outputs to fulfil future market demands.