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Internet of Things and Drones

by Raghu B on December 14, 2015

Drone technology and Internet of Things are two technologies shaping our generation.  We will address the interaction of these technologies and how corporations can take advantage of this.

The Internet of Things consists of technologies that can make devices smart.  What we mean by smart is that devices such as thermostats, refrigerators sprinklers or cars would be connected to the Internet so that they can receive or deliver data.  These devices now have real-time properties making them multi-dimensional.

For example, an elevator equipped with sensors can detect real-time failures and instantaneously alert designated support teams. This process has multiple steps and starts with the data being transmitted from the elevator to the cloud, and ultimately to a monitoring facility. It then triggers a response from a maintenance facility to a technician so that he/she can provide support and attempt to fix the issue.  Similar cases can be demonstrated in retail shopping, automobile based children’s car seats, traffic lights, or a variety of other scenarios. This technology that captures the data, analyzes the data, and generates feedback, provides unprecedented real-time capabilities.  This is made possible by the creation and convergence of current cutting-edge technologies. For example:
  • Cloud Computing: Cloud computing offers an unlimited capacity for on-demand computing. When coupled with vast storage capacity, it provides for the collection and analyzation of huge volumes of data. This data, of course, is processed in real time.
  • Controllers, beacons, and sensors: Electronic components are getting smaller and smaller. They can be seamlessly embedded in devices.  Case in point, Raspberry-Pi manufactures a computer that can fit in one’s hand for less than ten dollars. Ultra wideband, BLE, and protocols like ZWave or Zigbee provide various important solutions.
  • Mobility: Mobile technologies have evolved to the point where they provide considerable high bandwidth coverage.  While Internet of Things technologies may not require mobile coverage, more often than not, wireless devices will mandate some type of mobile connection.

Drone technology is evolving and getting traction.  It first started as a hobby for individuals but it is making a presence in the enterprise arena as well.  At first the drones were operated by humans but the devices as well as its associated technology have matured to the point where they are now unmanned.  These drones have been branded UAV’s or Unmanned Aerial Vehicles.

The NetObjex platform merges both Drone technology and Internet of Things.  Some capabilities include:

  • Maintaining flight plans, photos, flight logs, and Drone (FAA Compliance data) in the cloud
  • Equipping drones with Internet of Things related devices
  • Drone to Cloud connectivity
  • Rapid photo modeling using images captured by drones

Drones have a variety of uses regarding industrial applications including:

  • Land/Geo Surveying
  • Inspections e.g. rail road tracks, oil pipelines
  • Surveillance
  • Delivery
  • Weather and Other Data Gathering

Drone systems were standalone and did not really utilize cloud computing.  But that has drastically changed. The NetObjex platform is a compelling and cutting edge platform. It merges technologies and provides solutions that can only benefit the Drone and Internet of Things communities as well as Corporate America.

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