Drones in enterprises, whether in surveying and mapping or asset inspections, have become fast-growing productivity-enablers. Understanding why drones help
FREMONT, CA: Drone technology is continually evolving as an innovation, and big investments are bringing advanced drones to the market every few months. Unmanned aerial vehicle technology covers everything ranging from the aerodynamics of the drone, elements in the manufacture of the physical UAV, to the circuit boards, chipset, and software that are known as the brain of the drones.
Drones, in some sense, are like flying computers. With an operating system, flight controllers, and mainboards with programmable code, they can also be hacked. Drones are developed to fly around, seeking other drones and hacking into the drone's wireless network, disconnecting the owner, and take over the drone. Nevertheless, there are some practical ways to protect the drone from hackers.
Drones have so many uses. When the enterprise management mounts a camera or sensors like the LiDAR, Thermal, ToF, or Multispectral, then the range of uses for the drones keeps expanding. Over the coming years, drones tend to transform the cities and enterprises, changing how people travel, how goods are delivered, and how the buildings look and are constructed.
Another use case is for lidar and photogrammetry mapping, the UAV is programmed to fly over an area autonomously, utilizing the waypoint navigation. The camera on the drone will help to take photographs at 0.5 or 1-second intervals. These photos are stitched together using the specialized photogrammetry software to create the 3D images. Drones can carry various sensors with the software integrating the data for better results.
Sensor fusion is software, which combines the data from different sensors such as a thermal camera and a regular RGB camera sensor to improve application or system performance. Integrating the data from multiple sensors corrects the errors from individual sensors to calculate the accurate position and orientation information.
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