Dock-One is Skydock Systems’ automatic drone battery swapping and mission planning solution for DJI Mavic, and Parrot* drones. Dock-one is an affordable drone battery swapping station developed in South Africa for the local, and international market.

It allows you to fly drone missions 24/7 in an automated fashion.

The docking station design was incubated during Covid, when a family farm near Mabalingwe Game Reserve in the Limpopo province of South Africa was struck by a spate of night-time burglaries in the surrounding lodges. Manual patrols by the reserve, using a thermal drone subsequently resulted in several arrests, and served as a deterrent for would-be criminals reducing security incidents by 99%.

The challenge with manual drone surveillance (pilots/staffing) and manual battery swapping is solved elegantly by the DockOne docking station.

  • Do you wish to count the game on your game farm for less than ZAR 30,000 per hour, which is what it costs to fly a commercial game counting helicopter?
  • Would you like to count your game every day, with a single investment, instead of recurring costs?
  • Do you have security issues on your farm, and wish to repel intruders with night-vision cameras, loudspeakers and spotlights?
  • Do you have a crop, that needs spectral analysis to optimise your pesticide spraying, and watering strategies?
  • Do you have a construction or mining site that needs constant remote monitoring?
  • Do you have an estate, that can reduce it’s costs by reducing guarding requirements?

SkydDock DockOne is the perfect solution for automating drone patrols, surveillance, and inspections.

Paired with the DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise drone, DockOne allows you to automatically patrol day and night, and using the drone’s accessories such as the spotlight, or loudspeaker nefarious activities can be stopped in it’s tracks.

Using the SkyDock/Flight Now system, you can create automated missions and monitor the drone from a centralised location over the internet.

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* Available Q3 2023

Solution Overview

The DockOne solution comprises three components, the DockOne docking station, FlytNow mission planning and remote control software, and the DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise drone.

DockOne Information

  • Fast battery swapping docking station.
  • 5 batteries on constant charge.
  • Weather resistant enclosure, 200W thermo-electric heating and cooling.
  • Built-in camera for remote monitoring.
  • External LED Landing light support.
  • 2 x 12v back-up batteries for safe landing in power-outage situations.
  • Automated precision landing.
  • Dual extended range drone antennas (up to 10km)
  • Built-in 4G/LTE, WiFi or Ethernet Internet router.
  • Remotely accessible dashboard.
  • Dimensions (H x W x Depth) : 690mm x 970mm x 920mm
  • Weight: 70kg
  • Material: Mild steel, powder coated.

Dock-One Dashboard

FlytNow Mission Software Information

  • Live, low-latency HD video feeds over 4G/LTE/5G, with support for multiple cameras (eg. thermal, IR).
  • The ability to schedule, repeat and monitor autonomous missions.
  • 24×7 drone operations, over the internet from the comfort of your home or office.
  • Fully integrated into the DockOne docking station for automatic return-to-home landing, and battery swapping.

Drone Status

Docking Station Controls

Example Automated Mission

DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Drone Information

  • The DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise drone has thermal and regular video capabilities allowing for day or night-time surveillance.
  • A loudspeaker, or spotlight attachment enhances deterrence capabilities.
  • Fully integrated into the DockOne, and FlytNow systems to perform automated patrols, return-to-home, and battery swaps.
  • Live video feed that can be shared over the internet.