Drone technology is unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that fly on the air without human intervention. UAVs resembles a small aircraft robot that can be remotely controlled by a computer software, a remote control. Drones technology is increasingly used in today’s business and can revolutionize our economy and lifestyle in ways we couldn’t think of in the past.
Drones must be close enough to the remote pilot and should remain within the visual line of the remote commander and the person manipulating the flight controls.
Initially, drones technology was applied in the military operations for scanning unreachable military base or hard-to anticipate military strikes. Read more on military drones here.
Not only used for scanning inaccessible areas but also to carry out research and development activities, a target-decoy for combat missions and offer supervision to all military processes worldwide.
A recent report by Goldman Sachs indicated more than $70 billion will be spent on drones by 2020. These drones will provide resolutions to future conflicts in the global military forces.
DRONES USES AI-ENABLED RADAR TECHNOLOGY
You don’t have to worry about crashing into commercial jets and small airplanes. Radar systems are used to detect the surrounding areas and track other aircrafts meters away. UAVs are usually blind and they rely on the remote controller to spot obstacles while navigating inaccessible areas.
As the drones navigate, the command center can track objects hundreds or thousands of feet in the radar image on the left and accommodate them. The radar can also detect another drone in the surrounding perimeter and tracks its progress.
Drones are fitted with AI radar system to provide identify, monitor and tow away rogue drones. They notify about any potential aerial threats in real time. Artificial intelligence enabled radar systems to have autonomous guidance systems with open command and a control platform to detect and identify any rogue drones within a specific perimeter.
The radar system uses radio waves to scans the upcoming air traffic, especially when using high-altitude drones.
UAV LiDAR system
LiDAR systems are being integrated into the lightweight and compact drones to provide a 3D mapping solutions for the surrounding area. Lidar (Light Detection and Ranging) systems are changing the way imagery and data are being captured. UAV Lidar systems can easily scan an area in the cloud, gather distance points within an aggregate of points and compute a 3D image of objects detected.
They use laser scanners to provide a wide field of vision and provide a safe navigation as well as an exact position of identified objects on the surface. Lidar sensors have obstacle detection mechanisms to detect, monitor and avoid automobile collisions over a wide area.
Reasons why drones are becoming popular despite various controversies.
1. They increase efficiency in the workplace.
2. Increase productivity.
3. Reduces workload and production costs.
4. Increase accuracy of transactions.
5. Used to refine services and customers relationship.
6. Solves security issues.
7. Capture and analyze data in real time.
Many industries have started to realize the benefits of implementing drone technology in the daily business processes. Their ability to be used in remote areas with little effort and time makes them adopted worldwide for commercial activities, personal, military and for developments of future technologies.
Recent technological advances in the Internet of Thing (IoT) and mobile computing helps build stable drones that are easy to control. The technology is being used in both private and public sector for autonomous delivery of services.
How are drones being used for business operations?
1. To gather essential information for disaster management.
2. To collect data and analyze a cloud-based infrastructure.
3. To map geographically inaccessible locations.
4. To build safety inspections in various industries.
5. To carry out shipping and delivery services for short distances.
6. To provide aerial photography to Journalist and filmmakers.
7. For rescue and search operations in inaccessible areas especially using thermal sensor drones.
8. Border surveillance as a control system or a tool to enforce laws.
9. To provide unmanned cargo transport and traffic monitoring.
10. To forecast hurricanes, tornadoes, track storms and monitor weather conditions.
11. Helps agricultural industries monitor land and crops.
12. To survey power lines and energy operational equipment’s.
Drones are being customized for commercial activities in a variety of industries. More sophisticated drones are being developed in different sizes and shapes and this will open doors for new functionality of drones in different niches.
Just like using any other technology, there is a positive and negative impact on the technology but what matters is what you decide to do with the technology. Drones can also be used as tools for terror attacks and technology companies should always be on alert on how the product can be hacked and manipulated by people with malicious intentions.