Innovative dynamic monitoring of water quality and ecology using aquatic drones
INDYMO is a start-up that works in the field of the management of water resources and water quality, and that develops competitive and cost-efficient technologies for environmental monitoring. By combining aquatic drones (surface/underwater) with state of the art water quality sensors it’s possible to map the characteristics of water bodies. Water quality can vary significantly in space and also with water depth, and with climate change and urban development, water systems are changing faster than ever. The mobility of sensors and cameras provide a unique 3D understanding of water bodies. Indymo deploys multiple unmanned remote-controlled underwater drones and autonomous surface vehicles in a wide variety of surveys and inspections.
Using drones for real-time data collection
Underwater drones (ROV) can dive into underwater environments and collect images of aquatic plants, fish and benthic populations, and can collect valuable information about the characteristics of the bottom. At the water surface, autonomous drones (ASV) can map water quality and the bathymetry of lakes and other water bodies using different measuring devices and sonar technology. It is also possible to collect samples remotely at any desired depth and location within water bodies.
Testing Aquatic drones in Myanmar
In Myanmar, a water quality measuring campaign was conducted in three locations: Inle Lake, Kandawgyi Lake and the Hlaing River. The Inle Lake, a famous site for its picturesque fishing activities and extensive floating gardens, is a lake in the north of Myanmar. The Kandawgyi Lake (urban lake with deteriorating water quality) and the Hlaing River are locations near Yangon, in the south of Myanmar. Drones were used to spatially map and assess water quality in these locations. For more information see: https://www.tudelft.nl/myanmar/news/mapping-water-quality-using-aquatic-drones/
Indymo uses aquatic drones to collect underwater images, water samples and water quality and ecology data for public and private entities who want to inspect and monitor water systems. Additionally, Indymo can provide unique visual insight into the condition of submerged civil construction works such as locks, quay walls or bridge foundations. To adjust to its customer’s needs, Indymo is constantly developing new prototypes and innovations. We work together with different partners in The Netherlands and have conducted research and projects abroad, including in countries such as Indonesia, Vietnam, Mali, or Peru.