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WA Business News - Cyber Technology Takes Off

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Author: Saskia Pickles, Photo: Attila Csaszar

"Flying an unmanned aerial vehicle, or ‘drone’ in the vernacular, is a serious business that requires its operator hold a private pilot’s licence before taking the craft to the skies for commercial purposes.

But Balcatta-based UAV designer and manufacturer Cyber Technology has convinced the regulators that it can train operators to use its machines without the need for such a qualification, cutting the time taken to learn this skill to just two weeks.

The company hopes this change will open up this fledging market, which has been restricted by a lack of trained operators. There are a number of companies using UAVs for different commercial purposes.

The most frequent users of Cyber Technology’s UAVs are fire brigades, power pole inspectors, and businesses in the resources sector, as well as a smaller number of agricultural businesses that use them to monitor crop health.

Cyber Technology chief executive Josh Portlock said it worked with the Civil Aviation Safety Authority to receive pilot training accreditation because it wanted to remove its greatest barrier to customers buying its products.

Mr Portlock, who designed the prototype while at university, said Cyber Technology had realised people weren’t hesitant to use the technology, but we’re being held back by the regulations and logistics of training people.

“We’re likely to get 50 per cent more business because we have that one-stop-shop type support for customers,” Mr Portlock told Business News.

Currently, sales of UAVs and associated systems make up the core of Cyber Technology’s business, with training making up only 5 per cent of revenue, but Mr Portlock said he expected training to grow to 15 per cent of revenue, which would promote greater sales.

More than half of the business comes from sales and training in the eastern states, while a quarter comes from Western Australia and the rest through international sales.

“What we’ve found is the early adopters have been more in the US, Asia and the eastern states. We haven’t had much early adoption from Perth but that’s not to say we haven’t had some great partners here, particularly with (government) services so we can validate our technology. We’re keen to grow our presence in WA,” Mr Portlock said.

“This last year we’ve been building up our business and making sure we’re ready to respond to the market interest and having the associated training support. This year we’re really in a growth phase where we have a strong pipeline of sales,” he said.

Cyber Technology’s UAVs can take still, video, thermal and multispectral images, the latter used to check crop health, which Sandalford Winery recently trialled.

Mr Portlock said using UAVs in the agricultural industry was in its early days, but had potential. “We’re yet to see a huge market uptake but we haven’t really promoted it either, so we’ll be curious to see the amount of interest and how much that market will grow, once people are aware of the technology and the support we can provide in licensing,” he said."


Insitu Pacific exhibit CyberQuad at Singapore Airshow

CyberQuad is on display at the Insitu Pacific booth within the Singapore Airshow Exhibition this week. If you are attending, please feel free to visit their booth number N96 and see the latest CyberQuad Maxi systems. Insitu Pacific has chosen to operate and represent CyberQuad systems due to their compact, safe and versatile competitive advantages, which complements their existing systems and business.

Insitu Pacific provides and operates unmanned aircraft systems for intelligence, surveillance and reconnaissance (ISR). Their runway-independent fixed-wing systems include ScanEagle, NightEagle and Integrator. To date, these systems have accumulated over 750,000 operational flight hours and 91,000 sorties. Insitu Pacific, located in Queensland, Australia, has provided UAS services to defence, civil and commercial interests in the Asia-Pacific region since 2009. Insitu Pacific is a subsidiary of US based Insitu, Inc. and a wholly owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company.

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Aviation First Multi-Rotor Remote Pilot Courses from Cyber Technology

Cyber Technology is the first company in Australia to be accredited by the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) to provide Level 1 Multi-Rotor Remote Pilot training courses.

Cyber Technology is the industry leader in complete Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) solutions and has developed this dedicated training course in response to the explosive industry demand.

Developed through extensive consultation with CASA, the accredited course provides a complete training solution for individuals seeking to become commercial UAS pilots.

The course trains and assesses participants in the theoretical and practical aspects of operating a UAS. Graduates will receive the critical license required to lawfully remotely pilot Unmanned Aerial Systems in commercial operations.

Delivered by experienced aviators and UAS operators, the Remote Pilot Course provides industry leading training with particular focus on the Cyber Technology CyberQuad Maxi, an innovative market-proven platform.

Course participants will be trained on a CyberQuad flight simulator, as well as practical flying time with a CyberQuad Maxi and a Training Instructional Flight (TIF) in a light sport aircraft.

Cyber Technology offers regular training courses at their head office in Perth, Western Australia, as well as all major capital cities. Cyber Technology can also provide courses on demand at your facility. For comprehensive UAS training and licensing support, contact us today!


CNBC Coverage of DreamHammer Partnership

The full article can be found here:

CEO Joshua Portlock made the following statement for the CNBC report.

"Cyber Technology have been CASA licensed to provide commercial UAV services in Australia for over 3 years now. Whereas the US are still a while away from allowing and licensing commercial use.

We’ve sold millions of dollars of CyberQuad systems to various customers and applications, who are each making and/or saving millions of dollars in their respective industries.

We’ve had fire brigade and emergency services customers using our CyberQuad systems to help save lives, by getting birds eye views of building fires, natural disasters and major accidents. With our integrated dual thermal/optical payload, they can identify high risk hot spots from above to coordinate their activities safety, while also searching for trapped people who need their help.

CyberQuad is particularly competitive in the commercial space because of it’s highly optimized and safe ducted fans, that are made from a tough non-conductive engineering thermoplastic. This makes it the safest UAV in the world for inspecting high risk infrastructure, like power poles and communication towers.

A warn out power pole caught fire here in WA this week and caused a massive bushfire that sadly destroyed 50 homes. This could have been avoided by widespread implementation of CyberQuad systems regularly inspecting all power poles for wear and damage.

In order to facilitate safe and reliable widespread adoption of our system, we know we need to produce the utmost of quality hardware and implement very user friendly software. This is why we have partnered with DreamHammer to employ their DroneOS in our future systems.

With DreamHammer’s experience producing high-end ground control station software for large scale autonomous military systems, we are confident they will be able to provide a user friendly framework for our commercial customers to operate our systems intuitively and safely in the future."

For more information about DreamHammer, please visit their website:


Scitech Ingenious Interview with Joshua Portlock

Scitech is Western Australia’s leading science education centre that offers engaging and interactive science experiences for visitors of all ages.

CEO of Cyber Technology and Inventor of CyberQuad Joshua Portlock was interviewed for the Ingenious Aeronautic Engineering Article in their up and coming Ingenious Exhibition. You can find the interview on Scitech’s website here:


Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade Start Operational CyberQuad Trial

CyberQuad UAVs are allowing firefighters to get a bird’s eye view of a fire or major incident as the Melbourne Metropolitan Fire Brigade (MFB) undertake an operational trial over the next 12 months.

The CyberQuad remote-controlled aircraft, that were previously only used by the MFB in training scenarios, are now available to respond to incidents as part of a pilot program.

Melbourne MFB own two CyberQuad Maxi UAVs, which are piloted by remote control and carry a cameras into the air above an incident. They can transmit real time images to the incident controller via a portable monitor as well as onto the screens in the MFB Control Unit.

This has the potential to greatly enhance the incident controller’s ability to make timely, effective tactical decisions and deployments as well as allowing management teams to locate and monitor the positions of their crews and resources.

There are two different payloads owned and operated by the MFB. CQ1 has a high definition camera and is excellent for high quality photos and video. CQ2 has a combination camera, which combines a standard definition camera and thermal imaging camera. Pilots can flick between the two camera types on CQ2, to give operators both types of vision.

During the training phase, the UAV was deployed to the truck accident on CityLink (17 May 2013) and the CMA Recycling Centre fire in Ringwood (1 December 2012). During both incidents the footage helped inform operational decisions.

Commander Will Glenn, who has spearheaded the project, will speak at the Australasian Fire and Emergency Service Authorities Council (AFAC) Conference this week.

“Currently, MFB’s only capacity to undertake aerial monitoring and intelligence gathering during an incident is via ladder platforms, which have a lower level observation height and do not have cameras, thermal imaging or plume analysis capability,” he said.

“If the trial is successful, UAVs could improve our ability to rapidly gather a more complete overview of an emergency situation with their rapid deployment, manoeuvrability and ability to provide real-time imagery to the incident management team.”

The MFB UAV program commenced on August 23 and will run for 12 months.


Free CASA Approved CyberQuad Training

Cyber Technology is offering free CASA approved CyberQuad MAXI type training courses for all new CyberQuad MAXI orders placed in July. Cyber Technology was originally issued its UAV Operator’s Certificate (OC) by CASA in December 2011 – the first multi-UAV OC in Australia. Since then, CASA has renewed Cyber Technology’s OC for a further three years. Cyber Technology has been a major source of advice and support to many CyberQuad customers who’ve obtained their own OC too.

With the recent move to Balcatta, Cyber Technology has invested in the expansion of their clean-room electronics assembly and production areas. The new premise also facilitates the provision of Cyber Technology’s professional training and consultation services.

CyberQuad UAVs are the #1 choice for safety conscious customers needing to perform aerial surveying, inspection and surveillance. They are the only production quadrotors with tough, chemically inert, non-conductive and aerodynamically optimized ducted fans.

Currently over a dozen different CyberQuad MAXI combinations of payloads and ground station accessories are available. This broadly caters for a variety of industrial applications and budgets, ranging from the actively stabilized 24MP HD payload to the versatile dual thermal/optical camera systems. Cyber Technology is constantly integrating the latest state-of-the-art imaging devices to ensure their systems always provide cutting-edge aerial imagery.

The CyberQuad MAXI type training courses cover more than just basic flight operations and maintenance. They are tailored towards the respective industrial applications of each participant. The Chief Instructor Paul Dewar brings a wealth of practical experience from undertaking CyberQuad services all over the world. The courses aim to produce confident skilled CyberQuad Controllers capable of performing their own operations reliably and safely.


Droneworks Australia’s CyberQuad Maxi Show Reel

David Wallace founded Droneworks Australia after buying a CyberQuad MAXI HD system and undertaking Cyber Technology’s CASA approved training course. Droneworks now have their CASA UAV Operator’s Certificate and have begun offering their CyberQuad UAV services around the Newcastle area in NSW. See their show reel video below:


New Zealand Power Inspections with CyberQuad MAXI

LineTech Consulting have been successfully using a CyberQuad MAXI to conduct power transmission tower inspection in New Zealand.


CH 7, Australia day filmed with CyberQuad MAXI

Aussie, Aussie, Aussie… Cyber Technology, were hired to cover the events leading up to Australia day in Channel Seven’s first ever broadcast “Australia by drone” production for the Sunday night program. Aired on February 3, 2013.

This great feat in UAV cinematography, is a fantastic example of the kind of results achievable with our HD CyberQuad MAXI, we spent the day soaring over Perth gathering shots of Australians enjoying all that this great country has to offer.

CyberQuad MAXI’s unprecedented ability to capture candid, unscripted action as it unfolds from unique, dynamic vantage points is second to none, a significantly useful advantage when applying the CyberQuad MAXI to this kind of task lies in its ducted rotor configuration providing added safety reducing risk to people and property.

Cyber Technology looks forward to being apart of more projects like this in the near future and always promotes the safe use of UAV’s for Cinematography and Photography applications. In 2013, the sky is not the limit…

Please click the following link to view a copy of the CH7 broadcast...


Cyber Technology 2013

Cyber Technology would like to welcome everyone into a prosperous new year, As of the 7th of January Cyber Technology has reopened its doors for business in 2013.

This is set to be a big year for UAV’s in the way of technological innovation and legislation, Cyber Technology plans to kick off the new year with the integration of a new Multispectral camera payload into the Cyber Quad MAXI.

Stay tuned…


We are closed for Christmas & New Year

Cyber Technology is closed over the Christmas and New Year break, We will start business back on the 7th of January 2013. in the meantime, feel free to send through enquiries and we will get back to them as soon as we can, we would like to wish everyone a happy Christmas and a prosperous new year.


US Manufacturing of CyberQuad systems at Northwest UAV

Cyber Technology, a leader in UAV manufacture, has recently expanded their global presence by setting up a partnership to manufacture CyberQuad MAXI systems with Northwest UAV in Oregon. This mutual agreement will facilitate greater market penetration and sales support for CyberQuad systems across the United States.

To date, Northwest UAV’s primary business has been the production of engine modules used in various air, land and sea based unmanned vehicles. CyberQuad MAXI is the first complete UAV system that Northwest have manufactured to date and they welcome the expansion to their capabilities. Cyber Technology is proud to partner with a highly professional and qualified UAV manufacturing company like Northwest to support delivering quality system and parts to US customers in a timely manner.

Some of the team members involved in producing three CyberQuad MAXI UAV’s at Northwest and undertaking training.

CyberQuad flight demonstration to some of the Northwest team members.


CyberQuad MAXI takes to the skies with Aerial surveying

With the increased use of small to medium sized UAV’s in the civil sector, new applications seem to come into fruition on a daily basis. One such application that is experiencing increased interest from a diverse array of industries is Aerial Surveying with UAV’s, This includes the acquisition of data for the compilation of Stockpile volume calculations, DTM, DEM, Photo Mosaic, Photomaps, and more. Aerial surveying and photo mosaic work is nothing new, however until recently it has been carried out using manned aircraft which makes the process an expensive, time consuming exercise riddled with technical requirements.

Cyber Technology has been experiencing increased demand for an easy end to end aerial surveying solution. This demand has paved the way for the Cyber Quad MAXI Digital SLR surveying package, which is capable of being quickly deployed onsite with little to no disturbance to surrounding infrastructure or operations. It then completes a pre determined, autonomous mission where it gathers photos and geo reference data for post processing. The Cyber Quad MAXI’s waypoints are managed from a 12” tablet PC, not only does this allow for custom generation of waypoints and camera trigger points, but it also allows for auto waypoint generation and execution of tasks such as inward and outward panoramas.


Electrical Resource Providers (ERP) acquire another CyberQuad MAXI system

Cyber Technology clients continue to realize the potential in providing a competitive service made possible with Cyber Technology’s popular ducted quad rotor UAV, the “cyberQuad MAXI” With an array of specialty payloads and uniquely safe ducted propellors it is the ideal solution for companies such as ERP who provide a cost saving power line inspection service.

For their latest system they have opted for a secondary thermal/optical payload that can be used to supplement the existing 24MP HD payload, expanding on the scope of inspection work that they provide. ERP also opted for the new 12" waypoint navigation tablet to facilitate increased autonomy and process efficiency.

The cyberQuad MAXI and all of its operational components fit conveniently into one rugged pelican case, leaving enough room for even a second aircraft. Due to its low running cost and commercial viability even some of our clients who run smaller service operations with the cyberQuad MAXI usually find that it pays for itself in around a month.

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