As EXPONENTIAL 2017, the largest global community of leaders in drones, intelligent robotics and unmanned systems, launches on Monday, several key players are positioning their companies to share new technology at the expo in Dallas, May 8-11.
For example, ANRA Technologies, a provider of off-the-shelf commercial drone platforms and services, will demonstrate the DC-based firm’s drone-facing resources in mission, data and traffic management
ANRA CEO Amit Ganjoo hopes to educate other drone professional about what he calls the “3 Pillars of Commercial Drone Applications” – Mission Management, Data Management and Traffic Management.
“The upcoming issues in UAV tech are not about the drones by themselves anymore but the ecosystem, support systems and technologies needed for mission management, safe UAS introduction into the national airspace and data handling as well as security,” Ganjoo said.
“As the drone community grows and expands across multiple commercial sectors, the industry faces the challenge of providing end-to-end, open commercial platforms that address the “3 Pillars” across all sectors,” he added
ANRA plans to promote mission-management solutions that rely on autonomous missions that can be powered using operational platforms like DroneOSS™. “Effective platforms will enable quick inspections, surveys and enable secure data images and video footage capture,” Ganjoo said.
“Missions need to be planned such that the flight plan eliminates and mitigates most risk factors and accounts for constraints such as airspace, weather, and performance characteristics,” Ganjoo added. ANRA will present several such solutions at XPONENTIAL 2017 focusing on real-time flight planning, autonomous or manual missions, contingency operations, automated data collection, security and compliance.
ANRA will also present several resources to drone-industry leaders concerning data management to include data processing/analysis tools for generating datasets like orthomosaics, digital surface models and more.
“Drone-gathered data is useless without the proper analysis,” Ganjoo said, adding that platforms going forward must optimize collaboration and data sharing over multiple locations – either publicly or privately.
ANRA will also highlight its partnership with NASA and other drone-industry leaders in the Unmanned Aircraft System Traffic Management, a project with the goal of creating an independent, self-directed and scalable system that will manage and monitor the drones and their flights.