Asset Management - Quick Start Guide

Discover everything you need to know on how to get started with the asset management software extension


  1. Asset Management
  2. Inspections with Asset Management
  3. Data processing with Asset Management
  4. Tips and tricks for Asset Management


Asset Management

Asset Management is an Elios 3 premium software extension that works across the latest Inspector 5 and Cockpit systems and provides users with an innovative way of organizing and analyzing their data. In order to benefit from this software extension, users will need to update Inspector and Cockpit to the latest versions (2024.02 or later) and purchase the premium software subscription (or have an active premium software update subscription).

You can see more about Asset Management here.

Premium vs free software subscription

Inspector 5 and the latest update of Cockpit will have a free and a premium option available for users. While the free version will allow you to perform all the actions previously available on Cockpit and Inspector 4 (with some added functionalities), the premium version will incorporate the new asset management software extension developed by Flyability.

These updates will provide users with the following added features:

  Without Asset

With Asset

Flights organized by asset and by inspection
Automatic data merging during capture
POIs from previous flights shown in the Live Map
Flights organized by asset and by inspection
Data visualization and reporting per flight
Data visualization and reporting per inspection
Manual data merging during post-processing


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Inspections with Asset Management

Inspection processes may look a little different following the activation of the asset management software. These are the steps you should follow when conducting an inspection with asset management:

  1. Once Inspector 5 has been installed on your PC (link) and Cockpit has been updated, turn on your Elios 3, connect Cockpit to the RC, and then wait for the Elios 3 to connect to Cockpit.
  2. Now click on "Inspect". In the inspection planning panel that opens you will be asked to select a previously created asset or to create a new asset. This will allow you to store all the inspections you do in an asset, in a single folder and visualise POIs recorded in previous flights while inspecting. Select the desired asset.
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  3. Once you have selected the asset you are inspecting, on the right side of the screen you will be able to continue a previous inspection (click on the inspection if you want to continue) or create a new inspection. An inspection will no longer be a single flight but rather a combination of different flights within an asset automatically merged together by the asset management software.
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  4. You will then be given the option to do a "mapping flight", an "inspection flight", or "handheld mapping":
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  5. When conducting two or more flights in the same inspection, to allow the software to merge flights correctly please remember to relocalize the drone within the asset before each flight. The Elios 3 drone only uses LiDAR data (and not camera data) to relocalize itself within an asset.
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    To ensure a good relocalization, try to start your flight always from the same spot and make a 360° rotation after take-off. Ideally, the area highlighted in blue (like the one you can see above) should always be scanned at the beginning of each flight.
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Watch this video to see how to conduct an asset management inspection:

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Data processing with Asset Management

Once you have completed your inspection you will want to download and process your data. To do so, open Inspector 5 on your PC, connect your Elios 3 to the PC, and import the data from the drone.

Find more information on Inspector 5 here.

Watch this video to learn how to use asset management on Inspector 5:

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Tips and tricks for Asset Management

  • Always capture a good scan of the environment close to the take-off point on the first flight in a new asset. This portion of the map will be used to relocalize the drone in the asset for subsequent flights (this part of the map is shown in blue in the inspection dashboard in Cockpit) and merge data more efficiently. For future flights try to always start within 3 meters of the previous take-off spots.
  • When relocalizing, make sure to properly capture the environment around you before clicking on the relocalize button. To do so fly the drone within the area and perform a 360° turn, just as you would do in handheld mode.
  • Please consider that only lidar scans are used in the relocalization workflow. Inspection or VIO cameras are not used.
  • Avoid relocalizing in environments that may change often. If changes are too big, the relocalization process may fail.
  • The relocalization process can always be skipped if users want to. Flights can be performed as before asset management and the data will still be stored under the selected folder for assets and inspections.
  • All data can always be manually aligned in Inspector after import in the multi-flight viewer. This option is only available to premium users.
  • A workspace is a static folder where Inspector stores data. Flight data like video and maps can be exported from the inspection view or accessed in Windows Explorer through the view in Explorer option in the action menu.
  • Inspector 4 data won't be automatically available in Inspector 5 after the update. You can manually import your .efly projects in Inspector 5 from the Inspector 4 import tab. But don't worry, Inspector 4 won't be removed after you install Inspector 5 and your data will still be available. Find out more here.
  • Your current subscription information can be found in the info tab of Cockpit or on the drone page in Inspector when the drone is connected.

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