FAQ

Can we fly anywhere?

Yes, with a few reservations. We have the necessary approvals and know the current regulations so that you as a customer can focus on your application and solve your problem.

What is the range of the drone?

Today’s technology has come so long that the radius of action is to a limited extent limited by the drone. There are commercially available drone systems today that can be in the air for over 20 hours with a range of more than 1,500 km. The technology is limited by how well one manages the risk of other users of the airspace and third parties on the ground.

How high can we fly?

Our operator permit does not set height restrictions. Normally, drones will operate below 120 mAGL (meters above ground level).

Can we operate beyond visual line of sight?

Yes. We have approval for what is referred to as BVLOS. BVLOS is drone operations “beyond visual line of sight”

How high can we fly BVLOS (beyond visual line of sight)?

BVLOS operations higher than 120 meters above the ground can only take place in active danger or restriction areas.

Do the drones operate on battery power?

Most drones today operate on battery power. Piston or turbine engines are also used in larger systems. Some drones have hybrid solutions that combine battery with internal combustion engine.

Do we need to have radio contact with the drone?

No. We can operate drones called BRLOS (beyond radio line of sight). Examples of BRLOS are drones that we communicate on the mobile network or via satellite.

Is this safe?

Through our approval as an RO3 drone operator, we are committed to performing a risk assessment of our operations. If the operation cannot be performed with acceptable risk, we will not fly.

What about privacy policy?

Det eksisterer ikke et eget regelverk for personvern og droner. Vi forholder oss til gjeldende lover og forskrifter på lik linje med andre systemer som er i stand til å gjøre bilde- eller videoopptak. Du kan lese mer om dette her (link).

What does this cost?

The price varies depending on what service you need. For example, a drone that makes photo or video recording less expensive than one that collects accurate terrain data using laser scanning.

Which drones do we operate?

We offer the solutions that meet our customers’ needs. Our goal is to be able to offer market-leading solutions at all times. This means that we regularly contact, and visit, various drone manufacturers to keep us informed about the technology.

Who is Globe UAV?

Globe UAV Gmbh is a German manufacturer of drones and drone systems operating via the mobile network. They offer hangar solutions (drone port) where the drone is charged and ready for the next mission. Senseloop is the exclusive distributor of Globe UAV drone systems in Norway, Sweden
and Finland.

Who is Senseloop?

Senseloop is a commitment to “drone-as-a-service” and we are currently a Telenor IOT partner. Senseloop started as a joint venture between PointGeo and CubatorLab, and is a continuation of almost 3 years of drone operations in PointGeo.

Who is PointGeo?

PointGeo collects and processes geodata. See www.pointgeo.no for more information.

Who is CubatorLab?

CubatorLab is a product and development partner for platform, app and integration solutions. See www.cubatorlab.com for more information. CubatorLab is Telenor IOT partner.

What is «drone-as-a-service”?

By “drone-as-a-service” we mean services where we, in collaboration with the customer, define what is to be solved and where we provide the rest. The customer does not have to apply for approvals, train staff / pilots, invest in drones and
expensive sensors.

Where in Norway can we provide services?

We can provide services throughout the country. Hangars (drone ports) are deployes in consultation with customers and where we see that there is a market – So please send us an email if you want Senseloop to be available in your area.

Who is behind Senseloop?

Senseloop is owned by the founders behind the company. PointGeo and CubatorLab together own 56% of the shares.

Is Senseloop open to external investors?

Yes. We are planning a private placement in the autumn that will finance further growth. Contact rgi@senseloop.com for more information.

Who are our partners?

Our partners as of 20.08.2019 are:

  • • Telenor Norge, 4G/5G m.m.
  • • Advokatfirmaet Selmer, legal
  • • Globe UAV, drone systems
  • • CubatorLab, service platform development
  • • PointGeo, drone operations and collection and processing of geodata

What happens when the drone loses 4G / 5G coverage?

We do a coverage analysis before all missions using 4G / 5G for control of the drone. 2G (Edge) is sufficient for control. In cases where the drone loses coverage, or in case of errors in the mobile network, predefined routines will be implemented. All drones have backup solution requirements that handle unforeseen events, a so-called “fail-safe” solution.

Can we fly at night / in the dark?

Yes. We have approval for operations in the dark. Operations in the dark place demands that the drone is equipped with proper lighting amongst other things.

How much wind can the drone withstand?

This varies from drone to drone and follows the manufacturer’s recommendations. Many drones have a limit of 10 m / s, which corresponds to a small breeze.

How cold can it be when we fly?

This varies from drone to drone and follows the manufacturer’s recommendations. Globe UAV drones have a temperature range for operations from -20 ° C to 50 ° C.

Can we fly in fog or in clouds?

Yes, but subject to current metrological conditions. We cannot operate under icy conditions or in clouds with strong up or down winds.

Can birds be a problem?

A clash between a drone and a bird of size can be critical for both. In a crash that damages the drone, this will typically trigger a parachute to allow the drone to land safely without danger to persons on the ground.

What sensors can you install on a drone?

A variety of sensors exist that are either used to operate the drone or to collect data. Sensors for data collection may be:

  • • Optical (photo/video)
  • • Electromagnetic
  • • LiDAR (laser scanner)
  • • Chemical / Biological SNIFFER
  • • Tests/Samples
  • • RFID scanner
  • • Trigger (pending load, such as a life jacket)
  • • Multi- and hyperspectral sensors
  • • Nightcamers (thermal camera)
  • • IR-camera (with lighting)
  • • Floodlight

What can a drone be used for?

Drones can be equipped with one or more sensors, referred to as “payload”, depending on the tasks to be performed. These can be sensors for:

  • • Mapping
  • • Inspection
  • • Thermography
  • • Search and Rescue
  • • Transport
  • • Forestry
  • • Agriculture
  • • Media
  • • Aerial photo
  • • Photo/video at events
  • • Mobil base station for mobil networks
  • • Security
  • • +++ (all the issues we haven’t thought of)

What is a "failsafe" solution?

Failsafe are predefined routines that the drone should perform in case of system failure. The routines may be to land on site, return to landing site, trigger parachute, etc.

Are drones environmentally friendly?

Yes, drones pollute much less than helicopters and planes. Many tasks that are currently performed by helicopter can be performed by drone in the near future.

How is security handled?

The starting point for all our operations is that they can be carried out in a safe and secure manner without risk to persons, buildings and infrastructure on the ground (so-called “ground-risk”). In addition, we must deal with other users of the airspace so that we do not conflict with aircraft and helicopters (so-called “air-risk”). There may be situations where losing or crashing a drone is considered an acceptable risk. An example of this could be assistance in search and rescue due to an avalanche.

How much data (4G / 5G) does the drone use on a trip?

For Globe UAV drones, it is possible to choose which resolution to transfer back to the ground station. HD (1080p / 30fps) resolution uses 15 MB of data per hour. If you reduce the resolution to SD (480p / 30fps) then the consumption is 5.25 MB per hour.

What do we mean by automatic drone operations?

By automatic / autonomous drone operations, we mean in Senseloop missions where the drone performs scheduled operations according to a predefined pattern, or where the drone itself makes simple choices along the way, and where the operation is continuously monitored by an approved operator at the operations central, via the mobile network.