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March 30, 2017

Watchdog and Patroldog are working together in order to first detect and then collect dog poo from the streets. “Watchdog is an aerial drone that uses GPS technology to guide Patroldog on the ground”, explains Marc from Space53. The aerial drone uses modern cameras as well as thermal imaging. “This technology is currently used to detect fawns in high grass areas and prevent deadly encounters with harvesters. We use the same technology to detect dog poo on heat maps and sent the GPS location to the ground drone Patroldog to collect the poo”.

 

Dog Poo is a Problem for Dog Owners as well

The idea for Dogdrones originated when Gerben Lievers and Marc Sandelowsky met at an event for entrepreneurs from the Twente region. Lievers and Sandelowsky did not know each other before, but got talking about the dog business and the newest developments in the area of drone technology. Lievers: “We talked about drone technology and the possibilities and solutions that are made possible through new developments in the drone world. During the conversation we got talking about a huge problem in the Netherlands. Dog Poo.” On Tinki.nl, a Dutch website to compare dog products, dog poo is a big topic and widely discussed among the community. We have more than 13.000 followers on Facebook, mostly people who own dogs themselves. They are frustrated about owners that do not clean up the mess of their dogs, as well. In the beginning we were just joking around, but then realized that we can solve a huge problem.“

Every year 100 million kilos of dog poo are not disposed

According to Lievers, dog poo is not only annoying but also a serious problem. “In the Netherlands, every year 100 million kilos of dog poo are not disposed.” Especially with the rising temperature in spring, dog poo can seriously endanger people’s health. Dog poo contains bacteria, viruses, parasites and worms that are especially harmful for children. Adults and other dogs are at risk, as well. Parasite eggs can survive for years and result in a danger of infection if dog poo is not properly disposed.

 

Prototypes are tested in Living Lab Twente

Lievers and Sandelowsky have worked together since the beginning of the year to develop prototypes of Watchdog 1 and Patroldog 1. Sandelowsky:”The idea matches our wish to develop innovative solutions and test them in the world around us. This is done in so called living labs. These are research environments where several parties can work together to develop smart solutions. 

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December 2, 2016

Can’t hire enough waiters at your restaurant? Hire a drone

ATLead welcomes you to the future and brings to you a unique solution of “employing’ Drones and put an end to the age-old hassle of employing waiters who have high demands and less efficiency. According to a report from Singapore’s Ministry of Trade and Industry, “The food-and-beverage (F&B) sector is plagued by a severe shortage of workers,”

“Many seemed to attribute this to the low profile of the industry, long and irregular working hours, as well as the negative connotation associated with an F&B service staff.”

It’s a similar situation in the U.S., where the 2012 average annual salary for waiters and waitresses was $18,590, per the American Job Center. And it’s not easy for the U.S. restaurants to find waiters either: Nearly 43% of open jobs in the food-service industry remain unfilled for longer than three months, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

ATLead’s drones are keenly awaiting to be introduced at your restaurant chain, carrying up to 4.4 pounds/ 2 kgs of food and drink each. Initially ATLead gives you the power to choose from a varied range of purchase patterns whether you wish to rent a drone to test the waters and dip your toes in this new world or to buy the drone for a more permanent setting.

In the case of renting we will assist you with a “drone captain” who will maneuver the drone to deliver the food to respective stations/tables. In case of buying the drone, the airborne, unpiloted Drones will deliver food within the restaurant by swooping over the heads of diners on paths charted by a computer program, using infra-red sensors placed around the restaurant.

The drones will be able to free up the existing staff members to focus more on interacting with customers or other tasks that require higher-level thinking. It’s especially important in Singapore, where the country’s food-and-beverage industry lacks nearly 7,000 people

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“Drones can shift tasks away from humans, and we can do the higher cognitive functions,” said Jonathan Rupprecht, a commercial pilot and practicing lawyer. “Drones can’t do art, can’t mix drinks. They can’t put garnishments on food. You can spend more money on the chef, then free him up with Drones that can work long hours.”

Even though the costs of the drones are debatable, “You’re not going to have to pay any incentives to Drones,” Rupprecht said. “It takes a lot of problems off the table from a business standpoint.”

Singapore has been working to find technological solutions to solve its labor shortage. A Singapore tax credit launched in 2010, the Productivity and Innovation Credit Scheme, allows businesses to get a 400% tax deduction of up to $400,000 for qualifying expenditures.

Even with the possible tax break, is it worth it to try to replace waiters with drones?

“They need to be careful they don’t overload the drone with too much weight,” Rupprecht said. “You have to factor in battery life.”

 “It’s going to be expensive and cumbersome to realistically operate,” he said. “But it’s great marketing. I sort of want to go to the restaurant just to watch them.”

 

How can ATLead help boost your business?

  1. Our Drones will increasingly make unskilled labor obsolete

The deployment of restaurant drones is just another sign that the era of Drones displacing human workers in unskilled labor jobs is now upon us. The food service industry is ripe for automation via Drones, and while flying Drones may be the easiest to deploy right now, humanoid Drones that flip burgers, unload delivery trucks and prepare food ingredients are arriving over the next decade or so. As these Drones sweep into service markets, millions of unskilled human workers who currently hold such jobs will be left unemployed.

This is especially relevant when considering how fast food workers who are already protesting in the streets for increasing wages. The higher the wages demanded by workers, the more quickly restaurants can justify investments in Drones that replace them.
Unlike human workers, restaurant drones and humanoid Drones:

• Don't call in sick
• Don't sexually harass coworkers
• Don't steal food
• Don't spit in the food
• Don't get high on breaks
• Don't insult the customers
• Don't slack off and whine about being asked to work
• Don't require Obamacare coverage
• Don't need vacation days
• Don't quit unexpectedly
• Don't divulge company secrets to competitors
• Don't have their arms and necks covered with gang tattoos

  1. Our Drones will increase the market value of your restaurant

Keeping aside all the other reasons lets point out the basic need of raising monetary flow into the business. The F&B Industry has always been a widely flourishing industry since the beginning but in the day and age of such competition we know the need for innovation and provide you with an X-factor to rely on! Drones are the next big thing and let us be the guiding hand for your restaurant to step into this transformation.


 

FAA Small Drone Rules

November 7, 2016

Federal Aviation Administration (“FAA”) is the government organization in the US that imposes the rules and regulations on commercial aircrafts, like drones. Their regulations are often copied by other countries, but there is no guarantee. Please make yourself known if flying outside the US, the regulations might be totally different. In the US, the use of small unmanned aircraft systems is allowed for aerial photography, crop monitoring, inspection and research development under these new rules.

The national airspace is a restricted area and you can easily violate rules that can land you into legal trouble. To avoid such unfortunate incidences, you should make yourself acquainted with these policies before you take your new drone out for a spin.


Below listed are the 9 most important parts of the new proposed rule by FAA that would apply to every quadcopter in the market.

1. DEFINITION OF A SMALL UAS

Personal and commercial uses of aircrafts are only allowed for drones that fall under the category of small unmanned aircraft systems. A drone is small if it weighs less than 55 lbs and owning of any quadcopter more than this load is a violation of FAA law.

2. RIGHT ALTITUDE

You are authorized to fly your drone under less than 500 feet and anything above it will be considered as an intrusion in the national airspace.

3. RIGHT SPEED

The allowed flight speed is less than 100 mph. So next time you are cruising your drone in the air, make sure you don’t cross this FAA obligated speed limit.

4. NO BYSTANDER FLYING

Flying of aircrafts over bystanders is considered a felony and you can be criminally charged for it.

5. MUST BE IN VISUAL LINE-OF-SIGHT

You should always maintain a visual contact with your drone. This can be done by practically viewing it or by monitoring its position through your Smartphone screen.

6. ONLY DAYLIGHT FLIGHTS

Only daylight flights are allowed and flying of drones during the night times is considered illegal.
Airspace regulations in the US

7. NO RECKLESS FLYING

Whenever you take your new drone for a flight, a responsible operation should be conducted. If any damage is done to someone’s property because of your drone, you will be charged for it.

8. ONE UAS AT A TIME

You are allowed to operate only one drone at a time. Multiple flight sessions are illegal and should be avoided at all cost.

9. PRE-FLIGHT INSPECTION

Every time you take your drone for a flight, you should always conduct a thorough inspection. This is not only an FAA rule but will also help you avoid any crash or detect any problems before the occurrence of any incident.

Journey of AT-Lead

November 4, 2016

“At first they will ask why you’re doing it. Later they will ask how you did it.”

Nowadays, if we look towards the present scenario of engineering field, specially the youth who is pursuing computer science engineering, mechanical engineering, electrical and electronics, information technology etc. they all are running towards the MNC(s) and to abroad for job facility or to pursue further studies.

But not everyone wants to do a job, we had a belief to create something different and that’s how AT-Lead was created. The company was started in a very small room in fact in the very own house of the current CEO Mr. Atif Inayat Khan. He had the idea of starting a business which not only made profit but would also be considered as the best business in the Indian as well as in the international market.

When he was in his final year of graduation he started working on a project of application of Geo-spatial technology of mapping and monitoring at disintegrated level.” He was heading this project all alone whereas everyone else in his batch were in a group of 3-5 students each.

But he never let his hope down and he made his dream come true of creating AT-Lead by making a DRONE of 114gms with GPS, a camera and face recognition system all integrated into this lightest drone.

 

Innovative Idea

In India, there was not much advancement in the drone sector but creation of At-Lead opened a gateway to innovation and development in the aviation department of India, and hence At-Lead is the only leading manufacturer of DRONES in our country.

  • We mainly emphasize on the quality and originality  of our product.
  • These drones are used in day-to-day life activities, for entertainment purpose, videography during big public functions and for surveillance and traffic control.
  • In today’s scenario travelers are using drones for taking good aerial shots.
  • We have 7-8 types of drones with many new fresh and interesting features.
  • We also give our drones for the commercial purposes.

Right now our company has also indulged into providing seminars and workshops in many different colleges and schools across the country. We spread knowledge on many of the hot topics in the technical environment like Android Programming, Quadcopter Designing, Cyber Security and many more. We provide these workshops with the help of engineers who have high expertise in their particular fields.

Intricacy faced by us

Like every other successful start-up we also had to face many denials in the market. There were times when engineers in our company were not given their complete salary on proper time but as said earlier we never lost our optimism and continued to strive for success. Finally the day arrived when our first international contract was signed and we got a huge amount of RS 35 Lacs for the production of 200 drones. This initial seed which got sowed into our firm made us confident and helped us in pursuing our passion of working in the aviation sector i.e. DRONES.

People behind the success of At-Lead were our first two engineers from IIT Delhi, Mr. Chetan Shah and Mr. Vivek Patel, without whom this would not have been possible. They both worked day and night, didn’t take any salary for 4 months because we didn’t have any progress in making clients. They never thought that they are working for someone, instead they considered and still consider AT-Lead as their own company.

We are now promoting ourselves on many levels and it has been observed that many people are showing interest in out motto

knowledge is our power, technology is your weapon 

The quote in the starting (as said by our  founder) has made an impact on the lives of everyone who is, and has been a part of the company because they reflect the harsh reality of the struggle during initial stages of the company. As the CEO was climbing the ladders of struggle towards success, their were times when he was criticized for the work he was doing since there hadn’t been a breakthrough in the drone industry in India, but he kept on striving for success and kept working hard to reach the goal.

Now after 1 year of major breakthrough in the drone industry and the successful thriving At-Lead, the same people ask him about how he achieved this success. And all that the CEO has to say is that ignore the naysayers, stand up, work upon your dreams and make them into a reality because your biggest competition is yourself.

 

 

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