Intel at the ongoing AUVSI Xponential 2018 in Denver, Colorado has come up with Intel drone software solutions and updates to its Falcon 8+ system. The system can capture 42 MP images and is based on full-frame Sony RX1R II camera, generating high-detailed inspection data.
At the event, the company demonstrated Intel Mission Control – the next-gen flight planning software, alongside the new updates for Intel Falcon 8+. Besides payload addition for improved data-capture capability, the updates include the abilities of distance hold and distance ground for obstacle avoidance.
The event also came across details on Intel Insight Platform that’s a cloud-based digital asset management system. This enables users to ‘store, share and manage the rich data’ collected by the drones. The aerial data will be used for generating 2D and 3D models by the platform. Other capabilities include taking measurements, sharing, collaborating across teams, and running data analytics.
Furthermore, Mission Control Software is designed to drive Falcon 8+ drones via flight planning, project management, and data handling. It can enable the drone operators for creating 2D and 3D flight planning that can be purposeful in commercial surveys, mapping and inspection missions. There are advanced preset mapping modes for automated file planning.
As for payload, there are three new kinds announced by Intel: for inspection, surveying, and mapping. Both the Imaging Payload and Dual Imaging Payload bear the 20 MP Sony UMC R10C camera and can deliver real-color, geo-referenced and time-stamped images. The Dual Imaging Payload features two cameras on one gimbal, offering simultaneous thermal imaging and RGB image capture.
Intel’s Imaging Payload and Intel High-Resolution Imaging Payload will be available within the present quarter of the year. The Dual Imaging Payload will be available in the next quarter.
By the help of RealSense Technology of the company and using the feature of obstacle avoidance, Falcon 8+ drones can detect as well as avoid potential obstacles. It even allows drones to maintain and hold a set of distance from any asset while inspecting. As a mission is carried out, objects get constantly identified in real-time, while a 3D depth map of the surrounding is ‘maintained in memory.’
Intel’s Falcon 8+ drone has received the first-ever UL 3030 certification of the world to establish the safety of the unmanned aerial systems. The certification is based on ‘electrical safety protection of batteries, chargers, and end products against electric shock and fire.’
Therefore, performance scales have improved and safety assurance has been established for Intel Falcon 8+ drone that will find usefulness in various business industries on the aspect of aerial transportation.
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