5G and Drones

5G and Drones
October 3, 2019 15 Comments Uncategorized Jack Stephens

5G and Drones: The Wonderful World of Drones

I remember when my brother got his first drone a few years ago. It was large – about 2 feet square – with a body of Styrofoam and equipped with a camera. His intention was to use it to check the area around his house for hindrances/blockages around his ham radio antenna. I never saw it get more than a few feet off the ground. At that time, drones themselves were just “getting off the ground” so to speak.

Later, I tried navigating a smaller one – the popular toy kind you can pick up at any Walmart – but I didn’t have the “pilot” experience to keep it going in the direction I desired. It ended up in a neighbor’s yard. Repeatedly. But, oh, how drones and their uses have improved! Watch this:

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Similar performances have been seen at the Super Bowl and the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics. So how did drones go from being simple toys, ending up in trees or lost in the woods, to developing into machines of astounding versatility and usefulness in so many ways? And what correlation is there between 5G and drones?

More Than a Curiosity or Toy

I think we are all familiar with drones in regard to certain commercial business uses. We understand that Amazon has been “toying” with the idea of using drones for some package deliveries. I have even seen a video segment, meant as a joke, that showed someone supposedly receiving a delivery by drone outside their front door. But what are the actual bona fide uses of drones that are either currently employed or soon will be?

Real Work by Real Drones

Right now, drones are used in a multitude of ways. They are being used for aerial photogrammetry, both photo and video. This use is valuable for industries that must survey and maintain large areas of land for pipeline inspections, large fields of solar panels that need inspection, and even agricultural oversight of crop growth and health. Others are used for land surveys, television commercials and cinematic projects. Still others are even used for wedding photography and videography.

In the field of agriculture, they are proving helpful in detecting and treating crop diseases. In industrial applications, they are able to inspect equipment, machinery and facilities that are too time consuming or dangerous to be done by humans. But the current commercial robotics paradigm is inefficient and limits the growth of many industries. That has led to the creation of a new company, Soar Robotics, founded by Kerem Ozkan, which specializes in the utilization of drones for many of these kinds of applications.

Soar Robotics

Soar Robotics, Riding the Wave

Soar Robotics uses cloud-based robotics to turn standard drones into mission-executing autonomous robots. Using their cloud-connected robotic intelligence platform gives their drones the ability to perform their duties autonomously whether providing security surveillance or industrial equipment inspections. Their outside drone units are housed in a weather resistant module that opens to release the drone into the air and enables it to return to this “base” for landing and recharging, at which time the mechanized roof closes over it for protection. These fully autonomous systems will be up and running by the end of 2019.

Check out this synopsis video from Soar Robotics: Soar Robotics video

According to Soar Robotics’ co-founder, Deniz Kalaslioglu, “Thanks to our brilliant team, we were also able to finalize the layout designs for our Cloud-connected Intelligence (CCRI) board version 2. Our new boards will sustain a much healthier and higher bandwidth connection with the cloud and with other aerial vehicles directly, even in remote areas and places with high electromagnetic interference. Another upgrade to our previous board design is the ability to control the power of and communicate with any peripheral device on the aerial vehicle.”

Deniz also points out that their cloud interface “enables us to manage organizations, users, robots, and lets our clients monitor their job sites, visualize, and analyze the collected data. We are revising our cloud interface front-end design to better address our clients’ requests regarding usability and user experience”.

Investing in the Future

So how does Soar Robotics benefit from 5G? Once again, read what Deniz has to say: “Another application we are still working on is the soft real-time control of an aerial vehicle using an external computational unit or cloud, where the ping should be definitely under 20 ms [milliseconds]. Improved bandwidth and latency will open up a huge range of possibilities for us, as well as the ability to use software-defined networks to create custom network architectures under 5G”.

5G is the key. It provides all the above – improved bandwidth, latency and increased data capacity – for Soar Robotics and companies like theirs to succeed and help their clients.

If you know of a company that could use the services of Soar Robotics, I would highly recommend that you have them do some research on this vanguard industrial/commercial drone programming company. This is one of the ways that 5G is benefitting our economy, by saving businesses money while providing safety, security and maintenance at a lower cost.

To do what Soar Robotics is doing requires amazing computational ability. 4G has helped get them off the ground, but 5G is a necessity going forward. And since they are a new business, enabled by these advances in rapid transmission and increased data capacity, their future is bright. There is nowhere to go but UP!

As we have seen, the advent of 5g and drones along with the plethora of new applications for them has changed our lives and will continue to change the way we do business, commerce, industry and life in general. If you want to invest in the future whether 5G has impacted your cell phone yet or not, consider companies like Soar Robotics. This is part of the wave of the future.

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  1. 1

    Antonio

    Hi Jack

    The drones have indeed come a long way since the beginning, as technology has clearly advanced to a level where the drone can accomplish much more. If drones are being considered for delivering  parcels then. I can see more people using them in real life. I can imagine some professionals using them, for example, roofers to check roofs or to check under sewers, where people cannot go. The possibilities are endless. 

    As ever the reliability of technology needs to be considered, as we do not want the drone dropping all over the place, or other people taking control of other people’s drones. Security is still an important issue.

    It is also may need regulation to stop people using it for unsavoury reasons. How do you do this?

    Thanks

    Antonio

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      Jack

      I don’t have a clue about how security will be maintained, but I do know that the destructive use of drones, as seen in the attack on the Saudi oil facilities, needs to be addressed. I am sure that there are ways to disrupt either incoming control signals or, if the drone is autonomous, ways to scramble the “brain” of the self-flying drone. I leave that to military and defense experts. 

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        Seng

        Since this is pretty much a centralized or managed system, one possible way to control security is the blackout certain sites or geographical coordinates on the maps, such as military installations, oil refineries, or the WH., etc. These are the types of control that can only enrich and make the system better or more attractive to potential applications.

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    Dane

    Hello Jack, thanks for sharing this amazing post. There have been quite a huge change in the development of the world, and there are still more developments coming up. Looking at the importance of drones, it importance can’t be over emphasized in our modern day world as its one of the best ways to giving viewers the coolest view when it comes to my field as a director of photography in a station that has to do with wild life documentary. There isn’t anyone who would dare go near a while even if its sleeping, so this device have really been useful.

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      Jack

      I, too, have been fascinated by the nature documentaries I have seen that use drone technology. They make the up close and personal video shots possible in a way that was never possible before. Thanks for commenting.

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    Paul

    Hey loved the article on the world of drones. As an enthusiast, racer and drone builder myself I always like to read up on new technology in the hobby. The automated light shows are so neat aren’t they ? The way the fly in sequence like that is special ! I fly FPV and am in a few FB groups as well should you ever need and tips or advice.

    You site looks well laid out, attractive and was a fun read. I may have to create a drone based site myself in future. Nice job!

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      Jack

      Thanks for your postive comments. Yes, drones are and will be taking more and more of a supportive role in many business and industrial applications. 5G is the key to providing the autonomous artificlal intelligence that will go beyond the pre-programmed choreography demonstrated in the video. It is exciting to see how this is all happening.

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    Jones

    When drone started make wave, I wanted to buy one but my pocket betrayed me, I didn’t have enough cash to purchase it but I’ve always loved to have one. Now, drones are used in diverse ways that benefits humans and somehow relief is of the stress of climbing and going places that can be assessed conveniently. Soar robotics are really making progress but I think 5g will add more to their productivity and technology. I’ve really enjoyed reading through, thanks for sharing this informative and interesting article.

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      Jack

      From toy to treasure. That is a good picture of the developing role of drones. And yes, 5G will make more and more applications possible. I will be posting about how it is crucial to the success of autonomous cars soon.

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    KingMaurey

    Drones are one of the most advancing and developing technology of this time, and it’s uses overtime are really vast, some nice ones are listed in this article. I personally, I’m into drama and screen play recording part-time and we make use of drones to capture some of the actions. I think 5g is the deal everyone has been waiting for, even Soar robotics, I like the idea of autonomous system drones and I think 5g will serve the company more, I’m looking forward to seeing more from Said robotics. Thanks.

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      Jack

      I would definitely keep my eye on Soar Robotics. They are doing amazing things and have top-notch leadership. I would even recommend investing in their growth. Ground floor is a good place to be with this and many other 5G-related companies. Look for more and more businesses and industries to incorporate the technology in the months ahead.

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    Henry

    Hi! Drones have surely taken off and gone a long way since your brother bought that first drone. I also have a quite unpleasant experience with drones back in those days (that was not so long ago) and I immediately pictured the type of drone you were talking about. It’s impressive what Solar Robotics has attained in such a short time of drone history. The improved bandwidth that 5G will bring will be a definite game changer for their business. I’m excited about it!

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      Jack

      I agree. The advances will be coming fast and furiously in the years immediately ahead. Thanks for commenting.

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    Steve

    Very extensive and informative article. I have been following trends in drones from a distance, I find the technology fascinating. Some day I would like to get deeper understanding, and your article certainly helps me out. If I am reading this right, 5G is the next step in drone technology evolution? I am definitely going to check out Soar Robotics also, sounds like an innovative company. Thanks for sharing your thoughts, this is awesome.

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      Jack Stephens

      Yes, I guess that is a good way to describe 5G’s relationship to drone technology. The tasks being assigned to drones will not be possible without the signal speed and low latency plus the increased data capacity that 5G provides. I appreciate your comments. And please feel free to send the link to this article to your social media friends.

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