5G and Drones
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:
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, 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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