Nokia has undertaken an interesting development activity in the UAV field. This news says a lot about the future of this important sector.
Specifically Nokia wants to carve out an important slice in drone networks. In fact, its goal is to create a technology that allows a group of drones to carry out search and recovery operations in remote areas.
The system uses the Ultra Compact Network system, which is nothing more than a LTE network on a base station that ensures connectivity between camera-equipped drones and a control center via a fast 4G LTE connection.
Nokia has realized a specific drone for the purpose: “OVNI”, which in French means ‘Objet Volant Non-Identifié’, or UFO in English.
Oporto, nov. 11 2016
The study by researchers at the University of Cagliari related to the algorithms of Categorization and Matching for drone-based services has been presented to the international scientific community in Oporto, during the 8th International Conference 3K IC 2016: Knowledge Discovery, Knowledge Management, Knowledge Engineering,
by prof. Simona Ibba and Philip Eros Pani, Department of Computer Science and Electronic Engineering of the University of Cagliari.
The algorithm is currently implemented in its first commercial application in DroneShare.club platform, one of the first Drone-as-a-service European, created by the Sardinian startup Sulcisdrone.
Not just picture taking, video shooting or data collection: drones are now also used for air analisys. Through sophisticated sensors, it is possible to detect presence of a large number of substances, with a live analytics data feedback from the drone itself, or by sending the raw data to a base station to perfom its magic. There are obviously constraints, mainly dictated by the sensor technology that still is not as accurate as it should be (hopefully a revolution will be brought by recently developed graphene sensors).
The turbulence created by the propellers it’s another issue that impose some limits, that will be overcome with time.
An interesting experiment was carried out in Poland: http://fpv.tv/mobile-platform-for-monitoring-selected-parameters-of-low-emissions/
and in Italy by the FlyingNose project: