AEE Technology Inc., a leading U.S.-based maker of commercial-grade UAS systems, has announced a new product and distribution partnership with Drone Harmony AG of Switzerland, makers of a drone data capture platform.

Drone Harmony will now support the full complement of AEE’s commercial aircraft. Drone Harmony software enables automated flight planning capabilities and now supports search and rescue missions. The key capability enables the drone pilot to execute an autonomous search pattern rapidly with integrated topography capability, AEE Technology says.

Drone Harmony software features preselected search patterns including expanding squares, sector searches, and track lines with the ability to add terrain aware automation. AEE Technology will be a distribution partner of Drone Harmony solutions for search and rescue, which is compatible with AEE Public Safety Drones as well as many other drone systems.

The Drone Harmony software lets the pilot select the area to be searched on a map provided by the Drone Harmony software interface, a choice of search pattern is made (depending on the type of search, including land, flat/topographic, or water) and the altitude of the flight is chosen. Adding the Terrain Aware option, allows the pilot to concentrate on the video feed (thermal or RGB), while the drone automatically flies complex topographies accurately. Advanced software features allow nap of the Earth (NOE) flying, affording the SAR team to concentrate on the thermal/RGB details needed in a rescue operation.

“This partnership with Drone Harmony will allow Public Safety Teams around the globe to quickly and efficiently execute UAV Searches with the touch of a button,” Mike Kahn, CMO/GM of AEE Technology, says.