Welsh company BCB International (Hall 6, Stand C467) has been awarded a deal to supply the world-famous Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s SENSEable City Laboratory with three remotely controlled drone systems. MIT wants the vehicles to provide a time-effective means of collecting water samples.
Originally designed to carry containers with essential survival equipment to survivors after a shipping accident, the BCB drones were built by a Formula 1 car manufacturer and are extremely light and strong. Of quad-rotor design, the vehicles measure about a metre across and weigh just 430g. What makes them unique is their ability to land on water, which is what aroused the interest of MIT. The SENSEable lab had previously used boats to collect samples to test water quality. This proved timeconsuming and had to take other water traffic into account. The BCB drones offer a ‘fly and dip’ capability that makes sampling very quick and easy.
BCB’s deal with MIT arose through the Welsh government’s membership of the university’s international liaison programme, which enables Welsh companies to attend various conferences on technology and innovation. BCB was part of an April trip to MIT, whose SENSEable lab is investigating new uses for unmanned systems.