Overcoming limitations for UAVs control under harsh environmental conditions

The use of unmanned aerial vehicles is growing in every sector – from being used as a means of security across military and commercial sectors to being leveraged by e-commerce companies to deliver products to places where reaching in-person is unfeasible and meanwhile, for photography hobbyists, drones come in handy while taking aerial photographs and videos. With that said, while these automated vehicles have become a popular choice for various exploits, it becomes important to raise their endurance bar as well against extreme weather conditions.

Especially when the sector in question includes critical infrastructure that requires operation of drones under harsh environments, the need of a robust operational capability is imperative. The presence of several uncertainties can pose grave threat not only to the shelf-life and function of drones but to the entire organisation that uses them for vital purposes. In this regard, several companies and research institutes are stepping up in their efforts to offer solutions that can enable drones to endure unexpected disruptions. Companies like Internest aim to improve drones’ flight safety during the course of their operations.

The local landing system developed by the company provides a reliable landing platform that works on radio and ultra-sound wave technology and can be operated during extremely rainy or misty weather and in deserts. Backed by a number of investors and business associates – whether it is Paris Business Angels, Bpifrance or the Rajat Khare-founded Boundary Holding, Internest is seeking to push forward in its innovation to unlock its technological capabilities and expertise maximally.

On the other hand, companies like Percepto, through an amalgamation of machine learning and computer vision, provide an end-to-end drone-in-a-box solution for their customers. The recently launched Sparrow is capable of flying in any kind of weather conditions with its box that is equally sturdy. In addition to this, Percepto’s drones, during their flight, can capture data the information of which is later analysed to provide meaningful insights to their clients and let them know the status of their critical assets.

Such state-of-the-art drone solutions are not futuristic; they are already being used across various sectors. Therefore, it is crucial that organisations understand their business needs and analyse how they can leverage autonomous drones as a potential solution to enhance their organisational operations.

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