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Drone in a box

Drone in a Box

Explore the World of “Drone in a Box” Solutions with C3 Drones and Robotics

In today’s fast-paced world, the use of drone technology is becoming increasingly popular. From aerial photography to emergency response, drones have proven to be an invaluable tool in various industries. One such innovative concept is the “Drone in a Box” system, which is essentially a fully autonomous drone system with an enclosed docking station. C3 Drones and Robotics, a leading provider of cutting-edge drone technology, offers a wide range of drone-in-a-box solutions tailored to suit specific business needs. These solutions can be packaged with software, regulatory and maintenance services to ensure seamless integration into your business.

C3 Drones and Robotics: Drone in a Box Solutions

C3 Drones and Robotics offers an extensive range of drone in a box systems, each designed to cater to specific applications and industries. Some of the key offerings include:

  1. Surveillance and Security: For businesses and organisations that require constant surveillance, C3 Drones and Robotics offers drone in a box solutions that can provide round-the-clock security and monitoring. These drones can be programmed to follow specific patrol routes and are equipped with high-resolution cameras to capture and transmit live footage to a control center day or night.
  2. Inspection and Maintenance: C3 Drones and Robotics’ drone in a box systems are also ideal for infrastructure inspection and maintenance tasks. These drones can be equipped with various sensors and cameras to detect anomalies and provide accurate data for further analysis. This helps businesses save time and resources while ensuring the safety and integrity of their assets.
  3. Agricultural and Environmental Monitoring: C3 Drones and Robotics has drone in a box systems specifically for the agricultural and environmental sectors. These drones can collect valuable data on crop health, monitor irrigation systems, and provide real-time insights into various environmental factors, such as air quality, and fauna counts.
  4. Mining: C3 Drones and Robotics recognises use cases of drones in a box system in mining environments, encompassing tasks such as mapping, emergency response, and monitoring the perimeter for surveillance and security purposes.

Packaged with Software, Regulatory and Maintenance Services

C3 Drones and Robotics understands the importance of regulatory compliance and proper maintenance for drone systems. Therefore, they offer comprehensive packages that include software, regulatory support, and maintenance services. This ensures that businesses utilising their drone-in-a-box solutions can focus on their core operations while leaving the complexities of drone operations to the experts.

Regulatory Support: C3 Drones and Robotics provides assistance with navigating the ever-evolving drone regulations and securing the necessary permits and certifications through regulatory partners Hover UAV. This ensures that businesses can operate their drone systems legally and safely or even beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS).

Maintenance Services: C3 Drones and Robotics also offers periodic maintenance and inspection services for their drone-in-a-box systems. This helps businesses maintain the optimal performance and longevity of their drones while minimising the risk of malfunctions and accidents.

C3 Drones and Robotics’ drone-in-a-box solutions revolutionise the way businesses integrate drone technology into their operations. Offering a variety of solutions from leading brands like Hextronics, Percepto, DJI, Counterdrone, Idiployer, and more, alongside major flight control software providers, C3 Drones and Robotics provides an extensive selection, complete regulatory and maintenance packages. This ensures a smooth integration of these advanced systems, allowing businesses to enjoy improved efficiency, heightened safety, and decreased operational expenses. For more information or to make a time to come and look at various drone in a box systems please dont hesitate to contact C3 Drones and Robotics.

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Drone In A Box Security

Revolutionising Security: The Emergence of Drone-in-a-Box Technology

The need for effective and efficient security solutions has never been greater. Drone-in-a-box (DiaB) technology is revolutionising the way we approach security and surveillance, providing unparalleled monitoring capabilities. This cutting-edge technology consists of a self-contained system that includes an autonomous drone, a charging station or battery swapping capabilities, and a secure weatherproof enclosure. In this article, we will explore the features, benefits, and potential applications of drone-in-a-box technology in the security industry.

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Features of Drone-in-a-Box Technology:

  1. Autonomous Operation: These drones are designed to function autonomously, with minimal human intervention. They can follow pre-programmed flight paths, respond to specific triggers, and even avoid obstacles using advanced computer vision algorithms. They also have the ability to be operated from a remote operations center or (ROC) keeping security personnel out of harm’s way.
  2. Rapid Deployment: DiaB systems allow for quick deployment, as the drone can be launched directly from its enclosure. This enables security personnel to respond to incidents more rapidly than traditional methods.
  3. Real-time Data Streaming: Equipped with high-resolution cameras, thermal imaging, and other sensors, these drones can provide live video feeds and data to security personnel, enhancing situational awareness.
  4. Recharge and Docking: Once the drone completes its mission, it autonomously returns to its secure enclosure for recharging or battery swapping and storage, ensuring it’s always ready for the next mission.
  5. Scalable Solutions: Drone-in-a-box technology is easily scalable, allowing for the deployment of multiple units to cover larger areas or to work in tandem for enhanced security.

Benefits of Drone-in-a-Box Technology in Security:

  1. Enhanced Surveillance: Drones offer a bird’s-eye view of a given area, enabling security personnel to monitor hard-to-reach or inaccessible locations.
  2. Cost-effective: By automating routine security tasks, drone-in-a-box technology can reduce the need for large security teams, leading to significant cost savings.
  3. Increased Safety: Drones can be deployed to assess potentially hazardous situations, such as fires or chemical leaks, keeping human security personnel out of harm’s way.
  4. 24/7 Monitoring: DiaB systems can provide round-the-clock security coverage, ensuring constant vigilance.
  5. Deterrent Effect: The presence of security drones can deter potential criminals, as they know their activities are likely to be detected and recorded.

Potential Applications of Drone-in-a-Box Technology in Security:

  1. Perimeter Security: Drone-in-a-box systems can effectively monitor the perimeters of industrial facilities, airports, prisons, and other high-security areas.
  2. Event Security: Drones can help provide situational awareness and crowd control during large events, such as concerts or sports games.
  3. Emergency Response: These drones can be used to assess natural disasters or accidents and provide real-time information to first responders.
  4. Infrastructure Monitoring: DiaB technology can be used to inspect critical infrastructure, such as bridges, power lines, and pipelines, for potential security threats or maintenance needs.

DiaB technology is transforming the landscape of security and surveillance, offering a versatile, cost-effective, and efficient solution for various security needs. As the technology continues to evolve, we can expect to see even more innovative applications and improvements that will further solidify the role of drone-in-a-box systems in the security industry. If you’re considering drone-in-a-box solutions, C3 Drones and Robotics offers a wide range of systems and valuable insights, thanks to their extensive experience with various drone-in-a-box systems and securing regulatory approvals for numerous first-of-its-kind operations. Contact C3 Drones and Robotics to discuss your DiaB requirements today

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DJI Dock Australia – Pathway to Autonomy

DJI Dock Australia – Introducing the DJI Dock for Matrice 30, an innovative automated docking solution for the DJI M30 series of drones. With this drone-in-a-box system, you can easily set up fully automated and pre-programmed flights for your DJI M30 Series drone (Dock Version) that can be remotely monitored and supervised from a Remote Command Centre. After configuring the system, your fully charged M30 drone can take off from the DJI Dock and execute pre-programmed automatic missions up to 7 km away using FlightHub 2 or any other third-party software provider. This opens up new possibilities for aerial applications that require efficient and autonomous operations, such as surveying, inspection, and mapping.

Key Features

  • Quick Charging: The DJI M30 drone automatically recharges in its dock and is ready to fly in just 25 minutes after landing. With a full charge, the M30 can fly for up to 40 minutes.
  • Waterproof and Dustproof Design: The DJI Dock Australia is rated IP55 and the internal components are rated IP67, providing waterproof and dustproof protection even when the dock is open. The M30 Series Dock Version can withstand wind speeds of up to 15 m/s.
  • Versatile Data Capture: The M30 Series Dock Version comes with wide, zoom, and thermal cameras (M30T only), as well as a laser rangefinder, allowing for flexible data capture.
  • Environmental Adaptability: The M30 Dock’s interior is climate-controlled, ensuring safe charging temperatures even in extreme temperatures ranging from -35°C to 50°C.
  • 4G Connectivity: The Dock’s connectivity can be extended with an optional external 4G dongle.
  • Emergency Power Supply: In case of a power outage, the Dock’s internal battery takes over to ensure that the M30 can safely land from its mission.
  • Integrated Design: The Dock is packed with highly integrated hardware, including a wide-angle security camera, weather station, omnidirectional antenna, RTK module, and edge computing expansion slot, improving functionality.
  • Cloud API: The Dock’s Cloud API allows developers and system integrators to customise and set up a private server for their specific needs.

Complete Packages

C3 Drones and Robotics offers complete packages for drone-in-a-box operations, based on our extensive experience in conducting multiple first-of-kind projects. We have a thorough understanding of the regulatory requirements for achieving beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) approvals and are partnered with Hover UAV to provide regulatory pathways assisting clients to get the most return on their expensive investments.

Our team of experts is committed to helping you maximise the potential of your investment by offering tailored solutions that meet your specific needs. We have established strong relationships with third party software providers, enabling us to provide you with the latest and most effective technologies available or options that may not have been thought of.

With C3 Drones and Robotics, you can trust in our proven track record and technical expertise to deliver successful projects that meet your business requirements. Our complete packages offer a comprehensive and reliable solution for your drone operations. If you are wanting to come look at the DJI dock or any other hardware, or software solutions please arrange a time by contacting C3 Drones and Robotics or alternatively email:- hello@c3dronesrobotics.tech

Drone Automation in Security Surveillance

Drone Automation In Security & Surveillance

Drone Automation In Security & Surveillance

Enterprise Drone Adoption for Industrial Security – (Flytbase White Paper)

The physical security market is one of the most compelling target segments for the commercial drone industry. As automation technology is adopted for industrial and commercial security, drone fleets will play a central role, given that they can be deployed autonomously, at scale. As drone regulations mature, security agencies, in particular, are expected to rapidly adopt drones to substantially reduce their operating costs, improve perimeter coverage & awareness, and equally important to minimize occupational, health & safety risks to human guards. Despite a variety of relevant use cases, the enterprise adoption of drones in this sector remains at the proof-of-concept and pilot stage; for production deployments to become widespread, three enablers are needed:
1 . Drone-in-a-box hardware that is cost-effective and yet reliable,
2. SaaS solutions that automate drones, are scalable and yet hardware-agnostic,
3. Integrated offerings that require low investment, & hence pay back in < 1 year.
For VLOS and EVLOS security operations, the drone-in-a-box requirement is less critical. Thus, security agencies, domain consultants, drone system integrators, managed service providers, and end users can all get started with off-the-shelf, prosumer-grade drones and existing SaaS offerings, and eventually add docking stations and charging pads to their autonomous drone security operations.


To get the most from the adoption of an autonomous drone solution the dream is to have a remote command center (ROC) with pilots ready at a moment’s notice to mobilize the onsite drone to respond to a call to action or conduct scheduled surveillance sweeps of infrastructure or property. As such a beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) approval from a remote (ROC) must be sought from the regulator to allow for remote operations.  The good news is that approvals such as these have already been achieved by industry partners, Hover UAV in Australia. Such approvals allow for pilots to operate independently of the drone’s actual location allowing for valuable time-critical insights without the need for a physical presence onsite of any personnel.

If you are thinking of introducing autonomous drone operations to your workflow don’t hesitate to gain contact. At C3 Drones and Robotics, we have many hardware, software, and regulatory solutions and as such can tailor an entire package to get you operating BVLOS missions autonomously allowing for maximum return on investment bringing your business into the autonomous era.




Drone Automation in Security Surveillance
Drone Automation In Security and Surveillance (Flytbase White Paper)
Hextronic drone in a box solution

Hextronics Drone in a Box Solution

Hextronics Drone in a Box Solution:  The Drone Station for All

Hextronic manufactures drone stations with a robotic battery-swapping mechanism capable of continuous operations. With a battery swap time of less than 5 minutes and a superior HVAC system, the system promotes battery longevity & reliability. Paired with FlytNow software, it enables users to fly automated/manual missions around the clock. The Hextronic drone-in-a-box solution enables operations to be conducted over the cloud utilising the LTE network allowing for full autonomous operations


Hextronics Global – Drone in a box Solution

The Hextronics drone in a-box solution – Global Advanced is the most compact system offered by Hextronics. It houses Six batteries and has a downtime of fewer than 2 minutes. The sleek anodized aluminium body ensures the system is corrosion-resistant and capable of withstanding extreme weather conditions. The Hextronics Global drone station is a robotic battery-swapping mechanism capable of continuous operation. With a battery swap time of under two minutes and a six-battery capacity, the system promotes battery longevity, ensuring a reliable flight time. The easy API workflow integration seamlessly incorporates triggers for landing and battery exchange. Using a local flight computer and remote controller, the drones can precision land day or night with wind speeds of up to 15 knots. The Hextronics Global drone station is easily transportable and has a rugged and waterproof design, IP 66 test is pending. Due to their superior craftsmanship and reliability, the Drone station was designed around the DJI Mavic 2 series. Compatible with — Mavic 2 Pro, Mavic 2 Zoom, Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual, and the Mavic 2 Enterprise Zoom.

Hextronics Atlas 300

The powerhouse for industrial solutions. It houses eight batteries for more than 2000 cycles with less than 5 minutes of downtime. The station is carefully designed to minimize its carbon footprint. Using the Hextronics Rotor Folding design, the drone can fit within a much smaller package and is easily transportable.

Key Features

  • Landing platform level with the roof 17 cm of radial landing error recovery
  • Houses 8 Batteries- For more than 2,000 cycles

  • Less than 4 minutes of downtime

  • A/C Cooling System

  • Drone remains unaltered

Hextronic Drone in a Box
Hextronic M300 Altlas M300

The Hextronics Atlas 300 Drone station is the largest battery-swapping drone nest offered by Hextronics. With DJI M300 compatibility, this station is designed to tackle the toughest enterprise-level challenges with various compatible payloads. Atlas 300 houses eight batteries and offers a battery swap time of under four minutes, ensuring minimal downtime on the ground. Paired with FlytNow Auto,  the drone can precisely land day or night at wind speeds up to 15 knots with its 17cm of landing error recovery. With its rugged and waterproof design and the inclusion of our in-house designed HVAC heating and cooling system, the station can be operated remotely in any condition.

Flight Control Software

Hextronics utilises Flytnow software to command, control and communicate with the Hextronics drone-in-a-box solution over the LTE network. This enables the Hextronics drone in a box solution to be operated from a (ROC). FlytNow allows you to automate your drone docks and perform remote configuration. Integrate your drone nests with your fleet to receive data seamlessly over 5G/4G/LTE.


C3 Drones and Robotics has been testing the Hextronics Global system significantly coupled with the Flybase software and as such is ideally situated to provide information on the product. If wanting to know more about the Hextronic drone in the a-box solution please do not hesitate to gain contact with C3 | Drones and Robotics to discuss or to organise a demonstration.


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Drone In a Box Solutions and their Benefits

Advantages of Drone In a Box Solutions

Drone-in-a-box (DiaB) solutions are indeed the way forward to autonomous RPAS operations. A drone that can take off and precisely land back on its docking station with automated Command, Control and Communication architectures coupled with data management and charging solutions obviously provides end users enormous benefits. The notion of autonomous drones being placed inside autonomous base stations poised and ready to conduct flight operations at a moment’s notice, in a bygone era would have been considered the pipe dream of science fiction writers. However, today the reality is that drone-in-a-box technology not only exists, but its adoption is also exponentially increasing globally. Excitingly this is occurring with regulatory approval which was once considered a bottleneck to the proliferation of the technology.

The Dawn of an Era

Drone-in-a-box technology undoubtedly has the potential to change the way workflows are conducted across the globe. The technology for industries such as mining, security, construction and public safety services seems purpose-built. This coupled with the pandemic and a requirement for these types of industries to maintain situational awareness over their sites, whilst keeping personnel onsite to a minimum has added to the expedited proliferation of the technology.

What Is Required to Operate a Drone In a Box?

To operate drone in a box technology and to maximise the full autonomy that is so sort after the following is a list of items that need to be considered for best results:-

  • LTE Connectivity or Designated Data Installed – A stable data connection is essential for all drone-in-a-box technology to operate as intended. This connectivity ensures the drone in a box has command, control and communications architectures in place all of which need to be interrogated remotely. It is desirable if a designated data line can be installed on a permanent drone in a box installation. However, this is not always achievable or practical as some drone-in-a-box manufacturers are looking to have their technology mobile, operating from the back of trailers or pickups. Alternatively, the infrastructure simply may not be in place to support a fixed data line. In these circumstances, LTE on either the 4G or 5G network is the option. Manufacturers utilise the LTE network differently from manufacturer to manufacturer. For instance, some manufacturers utilise the LTE network to control the base. From the base to the drone is then an RF link others choose to have independent sim cards in the drone as well as data to the base for an increased range.  With new technologies such as Space X “Starlink” now on the market, it enables drone-in-a-box solutions to be conducted in LTE-denied locations making drone-in-a-box technology in remote locations now a reality.

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  • Power – A stable source of power for the drone in a box is essential to maintain the system online and allow the functionality of its features including autonomous charging capabilities. For a fixed permanent installation mains power may be run underground ensuring a clean, stable supply. Otherwise, there are solar options or generators however these options may require an element of servicing at regular intervals
  • Location including an Alternate Landing Zone – The operational location of the drone in a box needs careful consideration. Firstly the drone needs to be placed where data and power can be supplied along with consideration to the localised weather conditions, particularly in relation to the wind. Ideally locating the drone in a box system somewhere onsite that may be shielded from prevailing winds may be a positive ensuring smooth take-off and landings. Personnel entering the drone in a box location may be a risk needing to be mitigated and depending on your safety requirements the area may need to be fenced off with signage ensuring all within the vicinity are aware of the drone in a box’s operating location. On top of this, an alternate landing zone needs to be defined should the base station become inoperable. This location would also need to be evident to any person that could access this location as it would be utilised in the event the drone can not land back on its base station for any reason.
  • Weather Station – Manufacturers all have the ability to integrate localised weather stations into their drone in a box systems. The data gained from such weather stations is used to mitigate the system’s ability to operate in adverse weather conditions and determines if the prevailing conditions are in fact safe for operations to commence. It also monitors if the conditions are within parameters to land back on the docking station.c3 Drones and Robotics
  • Regulatory Approval or Waivers – For many industries, it is the number one key focal point to enable autonomy across their operations. In the case of drone-in-a-box technology, this means operating the technology from a remote command centre (ROC) with Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) approval. The good news is that this has already been achieved in Australia by our regulatory partner Hover UAV. Hover UAV has worked closely with the regulator and has achieved approvals to operate drone in box systems from a remote command centre with BVLOS approval. Read about it here.

C3 Drones and Robotics – Experience with Drone in a Box solutions

C3 Drones and Robotics has years of experience operating DiaB systems ranging from the Percepto system to Hexatronic. Software solutions are also something that C3 drones and robotics are extremely familiar with. With new systems coming onto the market all the time C3 drones and robotics are committed to keeping up with industry developments ensuring our customers get only the latest information in regards to DiaB solutions. Should you have any inquiries about this technology please do not hesitate to gain contact.





Drone In a Box Software Solution – FlytBase

Automated Drone In a Box Software Solution

C3 Drones and Robotics is very excited to partner with and introduce FlytBase. A one-stop solution for automating and scaling drone operations. FlytBase provides drone agnostic software solutions that allow easy deployment of intelligent drones connected with cloud-based business applications. With enterprise pivoting more than ever toward drone-in-a-box “DiaB” solutions to provide the full autonomy so sought after FlytBase has become a preferred option for many. FlytBase autonomous precision take-off and landing technology allows for the drone to autonomously take off and land on any number of different drone-in-a-box solutions. FlytNow helps convert almost any popular off-the-shelf drone, coupled with one of the many reliable, low-cost docking stations, into a full-fledged DiaB system. This modular design allows drone service providers (DSPs) to cater to a wide range of end-user requirements and deploy DiaB systems at scale.



Mission Planning Capabilities

No matter the mission you are looking to undertake Flytbase has you covered with a myriad of functions and features for applications such as mapping, surveillance and security to name but a few. AI-assisted threat detection options and emergency response solutions assist computer-aided dispatch companies to deploy drones for situational awareness.

Connection over the 4G or 5G LTE network allows for Remote BVLOS operations from a Remotely Operated Command Centre (ROC) across multiple sites. These types of approvals or waivers have already been granted in Australia achieved by our regulatory partner Hover UAV making this a now viable option for advancing autonomous capabilities.

C3 Drones and Robotics have conducted many flights utilising the FlytBase software and are well versed in its use. This coupled with real in-the-field experience operating a number of different drone-in-a-box hardware solutions puts C3 Drones and Robotics in good stead to advise. Should you need assistance or you are looking for a simple, stable, easy-to-use and feature-packed cloud-based software solution to enhance your drone program’s autonomy then please do not hesitate to reach out for more information.


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