Drones move from novelty to industry tools

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Drones to the rescue! Drones have now moved beyond just a cool new technology, and becoming literally life savers. The world’s first drone rescue happened January 18th in New South Wales, Australia. Two people swimming in New South Wales were caught in ocean— with the help of one lifeguard and his Little Ripper drone, the swimmers were brought to safety. Gear Junkie reports that this drone was launched, flown to the swimmers’ location, and dropped its flotation device all in two minutes.

Marking the first drone rescue, the flying-robotics industry is making its name commercially and beyond. Drones were also able to capture footage from 2017’s natural disasters like Hurricanes Irma and Harvey. SVP of Cisco Corporate Affairs Tae Yoo writes that Peru Flying Labs created high resolution aerial images via drones after extensive flooding in 2017. 

Cisco’s passion for the Internet of Things (IoT) also goes into the world of drones.

Amit Chaturvedy, Cisco’s Director of Business Management for Corporate Development, wrote in January about the company’s investment in Kespry, a leading provider of drone-based artificial intelligence. Some of Kespry’s drones were used in recovery operations after last year’s natural disasters. Kespry’s drone solutions include flight planning, mapping, analytics, and data collection.

Vice President of Cisco Strategic Innovation Maciej Kranz says that IoT is able to make drones business-worthy, when combined with artificial intelligence and fog technologies. Much like other IoT technologies, it needs to partner with other tech to make the industry transformational. AI can make drones fly autonomously, allowing them to choose efficient flight paths. Companies can use these drones to inspect pipelines, cell towers, and warehouses.

Chaturvedy writes that in the future, drones will be adopted to many other industries. Emerging use cases and applications include sensors for night vision, search and rescue, and surveillance. Indoor drones will also be able to maneuver in warehouses, construction sites, power plants, and more.

With drone tech working cross-functionally with AI, blockchain and fog computing, we can expect these once-novel robots to evolve.

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