New Software Allows Fleets Of Drones To Be Controlled By The Cloud

 

New Software Allows Fleets Of Drones To Be Controlled By The Cloud
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The future of the drone industry will be typified by a mixture of hardware and software innovation. Entrepreneurs working on the hardware side of drones have proven they can rapidly innovate and push their products to market. The products are easy to use with most present applications featuring a single user controlling a single aircraft to perform a specific task. Realtors use drones to photograph homes. Scientists are using drones to document fish and wildlife development. Industry uses drones to inspect critical infrastructure. But what happens when a realtor wants to document multiple homes at once, or a scientist wants to simultaneously evaluate multiple research sites? Enter PixiePath, a software as a service solution designed to manage fleets of drones from the cloud — a relatively new innovation that proves the future of drones may be in the software, not the hardware.

PixiePath, is designed around the idea that software based management of multiple drones is an emergent market need. It is an idea that makes sense as drones are really nothing more than flying computers, and a human pushing control sticks on the ground is a basic (albeit useful) operation that fails to utilize the full potential of a flying computer. PixiePath founder Bryan Field-Elliot says, “Our software system allows fleets of drones to communicate with the cloud to efficiently execute workloads.” What that means is that the drone, through a 4G uplink, receives tasks and flight plans from the cloud and also uploads data to the cloud.

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