How drones are powering the future of utilities
How drones are powering the future of utilities. The rise of drones has opened up a whole new door of opportunities for the industry. These flying robots come with immense possibilities and are all set to maximize the operational efficiencies of the industries while lowering the operational costs, minimizing the service disruptions, and enhancing the safety and security of the operations. These small flying robots are able to reach areas that otherwise may be too risky or costly to reach. From collecting intelligence reports to delivering packages fast, drones are reshaping the future of all the industries.
Now, when we combine the already versatile drone technology with smart and disruptive analytics technologies like Artificial Intelligence, it opens up seemingly endless opportunities. Fortunately, we are already well into the era, where the integration of AI Dones technology is being increasingly tested and deployed by various industries for commercial, as well as intelligence use. This means that today is a good time for businesses to look out for the opportunities offered by the AI-powered drones and how it can help them improve efficiency and increase productivity.
What is meant by Drones?
In a literal sense, drones are simply robots that are capable of flying. The two fundamental functions of drones include flight and navigation. Now, if we are to look from the technological perspective, the drones are “unmanned aircraft” (you must be aware of the USAF UAVs); which are able to be operated remotely and can reach faraway places.
Now, the flight autonomy of drones may vary according to the technology and use of the machine. There are fully automated drones that are equipped with software, and drones which can be remotely controlled by humans for guidance. Drones also come in various shapes and specs, from multiple rotors to fixed wings and others. Also, drones can carry different sensors depending upon the use and requirement of the collected data. Among the general public, video photography drones are popular amongst the public, whereas, businesses like Amazon are using drones to develop a more efficient delivery system.
Even though the beginnings of the drones were military; as with many other technological breakthroughs, today these are increasingly used for commercial activities including rescue and response activities, healthcare, firefighting, recreational activities, and others.
A broad range of use cases
For better understanding, we can segment the types of drones as per their applications. These may include:
- Drones for entertainment and recording
- Drones for Livestock management
- Drones for evaluation and management
- Drones for transportation
- Drones for other recreational and sports activities.
Some of the direct applications of drones across different industries include:
- Reconnaissance including for checking the wind turbines, electrical lines, solar panels, dams, and other important installations
- Scientific and environmental: for monitoring of forests, mangroves, vegetation cover, livestock, and others
- Monitoring for criminal activities and other security threats
AI and Drones
The very nature of drones makes them ideal to produce a massive volume of data using various types of sensors, cameras, or almost any other type of equipment that may be required from them. However, the important part of the job is to process and analyze the collected data, which must be completed by transmitting it across the network, which means that there must be a bandwidth and related connectivity limitations. This limitation means that most businesses are only able to process and exploit a relatively small amount of data out of the massive volume collected by the drones.
Now, the AI-powered drones are reshaping the industry by equipping drones with superior computing capabilities. Powered with the AI technologies, the drones are not only capable of collecting the data but also to process and analyze the data onboard. This means that businesses get real-time insights and valuable information directly out of the collection date without having to worry about transmitting the data over extensive networks and overcoming various limitations.
Today, AI and machine learning are enabling the rise of smart drones who are able to collect, analyze, and transmit the information in real-time. Yes, these smart drones are fully automated machines that can fly over to any place you want and collect any type of data you may need, with the functionality to analyze and process themselves and deliver you insights which you are looking for.
We have already entered into the next evolution phase of the drones and with the advancement in AI and Machine Learning technologies, there are seemingly endless opportunities for businesses to leverage and improve their operational efficiencies, reducing the costs and maximizing productivity.