Accurate location is the key to automation — Anil Nanduri, INTEL

Accurate location is the key to automation — Anil Nanduri, INTEL

Accurate location
Anil Nanduri, Vice President, New Technology group & General Manager, Drone Group, INTEL

Accurate location data is a key ingredient for automation. As machines including automotive cars and drones, get smarter and more self-aware, they will be using lot more location-based information, and automated processing will help provide inferences and analysis to assist us in various ways. There is already remarkable advancements happening in the field of artificial intelligence to help assist humans with lot more insights.

We have definitely entered a Fourth Industrial Revolution which will primarily be driven by artificial intelligence, robotics, Internet of Things, and biotechnology. As the integration of geospatial and 4IR accelerates, more and more large sets of data will be generated and flowing through everyday business processes. This is going to require a lot more computation and processing power, and overall investment into IT infrastructure by businesses and governments. In addition, there will be need to enhancements in security, and potentially some form of regulation and standardization so that all parties involved are meeting the same security criteria.

Not all can keep up with latest technologies

In general, large business and governments tend to be slower to adopt new technologies into their workflows. Some of the reasons are the maturity of new technology, regulatory processes. In some cases, businesses that adopt new technology could potentially disrupt the incumbents.

“Use of drones as a data capture tool has been a big technology game changer for the geospatial industry in the recent times.”

Intel recognizes that not all businesses can keep up with the latest technologies or are ready to digitize their data. We are tuning the way that we do business to offer complete drone services and solutions, as well as data analytics, processing, and reports to help
these businesses transform without needing to make the large capital investment. This includes data acquisition by drones, including the pre-flight planning, secure data storage if chosen by the client, and processing of data and analytics, and reporting.

The use of drones as a data capture tool for more effective, efficient, safer, and more accurate way to do survey, mapping, asset management and progress reporting has been a big technology game changer for the geospatial industry. As tools like drones are
d for geospatial data acquisition, vast amounts of data from high-resolution RGB sensors need to be processed and analyzed.

Data from drones can range anywhere from a few GB to over 50GB of data per flight, and a fleet of drones for commercial use could be capturing up to 18TB of data per day. Managing these vast amounts of data require lot more compute and need to be secure and fast.

As an industry, we need to partner and come together to bring social awareness to the technology that we are working on. It is important for all of to show that we are conducting business responsibly and that the technology can be used to do a lot of good for our society, for instance in areas such as disaster recovery, environmental research, animal research, search and rescue and others.