Connecting Drones in Real Time

Taylor Hillman Industry News Release, Technology

New technologies for drones like the Botlink XRD can connect the device to the internet, creating real time image transfers and making it easier and safer to operate the aerial device.

Botlink has created the first cellular-connected 3DR Solo drone using our XRD device. Solo users will now have the ability to capture, process and deliver aerial imagery to the cloud in real time, even while operating beyond line-of-sight.

The Botlink XRD is an FCC-approved cellular device that allows users to send and receive data through a secure connection to the Verizon LTE network. The XRD includes antennas that pick up high-bandwidth LTE signals in rural areas as though they were in the center of a metropolitan area. This means high-resolution photos, NDVI images and more can be sent anywhere, while the drone is still airborne. Solo can also be controlled through the cellular connection or via radio control, with redundant capability through the connection not currently in use.

Users simply connect the small XRD device to their drone or purchase a pre-configured 3DR Solo from Botlink and then use Botlink’s free Android and web apps for command, control and safety functionality. The Botlink apps include mission planning, automated flight control and situational awareness tools. Advisories are displayed on a georeferenced map and show the exact location of the user’s drone in relation to restricted airspace, nearby manned aircraft and incoming weather.

“Botlink is committed to connecting drones to industry in real time”, said Botlink COO Shawn Muehler. “An Internet-connected Solo means our customers now have access to a light-duty drone for commercial use. This allows them to capture, stitch and distribute aerial imagery in real time, while flying safe and maintaining compliance with FAA regulations.”

By combining the 3DR Solo with Botlink’s existing image capture, stitching and data delivery platform, users in multiple locations have access to real-time, stitched imagery gathered from flights for surveying, mapping, remote jobsite monitoring, asset/equipment monitoring, change detection and project evolution tracking.

For more information and to request info about pre-ordering an Internet-connected 3DR Solo or a standalone XRD cellular device, visit