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Efy Technology Develops MQ 300 Drone

By Joseph S. Margai (People's Daily Online)    13:21, August 31, 2018

Michael Li, Media Manager of Efy Technology, introduces the MQ 300 drones to foreign journalists.

Efy Technology, a company in the Tianjin Economic-Technological Development Area (TEDA), under the TEDA Industrial Park of Intelligent Unmanned Systems, has recently released its new MQ 300 drone, which is now in operation in a range of commercial areas.

The MQ 300 is a helicopter-like drone, which, according to company engineers, has been effective and efficient in its responsibilities thus far.

During a media tour of Tianjin city, organized by People's Daily Online on 27-28 August 2018, the company’s Media Manager, Michael Li, was able to further elaborate on how this new technology works.

“The MQ 300 drone can fly at a height of 3,000 meters with a maximum flight time of four hours. It is completely unmanned, and can carry a load of up to 80 kilograms. Now, employees don't need to carry heavy items from one place to another. This technology can do it for them,” he explained.

He said the drones manufactured by Efy Technology are mainly for commercial use, noting that they have also manufactured a unique system to control the drones.

The Efy Technology media manager explained that their drones are manufactured to carry out three commercial purposes, which include agriculture, logistics, and security.

“In the area of agriculture, the drones are used to protect crops. They can detect fire in the forest or farmland, as well as anything else that may be harmful. When it comes to logistics, the drones can carry luggage or deliver parcels, while in the area of security, security officials can use our drones to monitor events and help during crimes,” he said.

He noted that the drones could also be used for mapping, recalling that they recently used 400 drones to map out the entire city of Tianjin.

Joseph Margai, a journalist from Sierra Leone, posed for the camera besides one of the drones.

Quizzed as to whether the MQ 300 drones use electricity or fuel to run, the media manager revealed that their source of energy is petrol.

He went on to add that Efy Technology is a private company that has subsidiary companies in Beijing and Shenzhen. The company was established in 2015 and has already made its mark on technology around the world. “Our company was ranked first by Field of Robotics magazine. Due to the effectiveness and efficiency of our drones in the field of agriculture, we have been ranked third in the country. We are currently contributing 20 percent of work in the areas of agriculture, military and civil integration, as well as logistics,” he revealed.

However, he noted that the market is the biggest challenge that they face, adding that they are still expanding and exploring new opportunities. He said the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) project, especially in the area of logistics transportation, is still in the research and development (R&D) phase.

He revealed that there are currently 100 people working at the company, excluding those in subsidiary companies, stating that all of their engineers hold a master’s degree.


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