The cognitive drone and the promise of IoT

By | 3 minute read | June 1, 2017

A drone in flight

In ten short years, the Internet of Things has made the leap from conceptual to actual. Early predictions for IoT that once seemed out of this world are starting to feel more like an understatement. As the IoT becomes ubiquitous, we see a steady push to adapt IoT technologies to industry-specific applications to save money and time, and simplify operations complexities. Unique industry applications are enabling enterprises to deliver solutions and services that give their clients and partners distinct operating advantages.

Case in point, the autonomous drone can now gather data from cell towers and other structures at the push of a button – eliminating the cost and danger of human inspection. A decade ago, tower inspections with drones would have seemed like something out of a science fiction movie. Just a few years ago, a drone autonomously mapping its flight path and gathering data would have seemed a far-off promise. With recent developments in cognitive computing, an autonomous and situationally aware UAV is a reality – and Aerialtronics has been working with IBM to realize the promise of drones for IoT.

IBM Watson IoT is partnering with several other drone providers and operators to build out an ecosystem that realizes the potential of commercial drones. These drone applications are having an impact in many industries, including telecommunications, energy & utilities, oil & gas, insurance and public sector. I want to call out some of the innovative partners we’re working with to illustrate the impact commercial drones are having across industries.

Sensurion Aerospace

Sensurion Aerospace designs, builds, and provides operational services and training for the mobile detection, remote sensing and Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) markets. They manufacture and integrate sensor platforms and subsystems, including ground-based and aerial systems. Sensurion actively advises the FAA and NASA in developing regulations to ensure the safety in beyond-of-line-of-sight operation. Their current list of customers includes the FAA, NASA, Raytheon, and Lockheed Martin.

Sensurion is working towards drone-based asset classification and tagging solutions that integrate with IBM Maximo® for Asset Management.

H3 Dynamics

Singapore-based tele-robotics company H3 Dynamics is expanding the capabilities of commercial drones by broadening the impact of how commercial surveying services are performed. Jointly ideated and designed at the IBM Watson IoT™ Center in Munich, Germany, the solution connects H3Dynamics’ drone base stations to IBM’s Watson IoT Platform to analyze data collected in remotely located fields without an operator. It provides insights to companies looking to optimize operations, improve productivity, resource allocation, as well as enhance safety and security.

Datawing Global

DataWing helps companies integrate drone data into routine operations. They leverage expert competencies in aviation, project management, industry compliance, and data analytics. The company is led by Air Force fighter pilots who set the highest of flight safety standards.

IBM and Datawing are partnering on rooftop inspections to help insurance companies provide more timely and accurate insurance estimates and responses. IBM technology is aiding USAA and Liberty Mutual in ensuring homeowners and business owners get the best service possible whenever the weather or other events lead to rooftop damage.

Industrial Skyworks

Industrial Skyworks provides drone-based inspection solutions to mitigate the dangers of inspecting plants and refineries, buildings and confined spaces. They can deploy UAV that inspects the entire asset with a fully trained and insured pilot, process all of the drone data in the IBM cloud and analyse the entire dataset with a Subject Matter Expert, and produce a customized report that can be viewed anywhere.

Learn more about the cognitive drone

When it comes to possibilities for commercial drones, the sky’s the limit. We’re excited to work with these partners and expand our ecosystem to change the way industries work with cognitive drones.

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