The world has been changing fast in the past few years as we move towards to what is called ‘the Fourth’ and probably the last industrial revolution. But this time, the industrial revolution will have lesser to do with hardware and invention of better machines and more about how we can utilize data and gain actionable insights from it to bring unprecedented amounts of efficiency to our modern day work requirements.
It’s great that the firm synonymous with powering the “Brain” or microprocessors of our modern day computers, i.e., Intel, is playing a big part in turning this new dream into reality way quicker than anticipated.
Drones have been around for quite some time, but up till now most people who are related to this industry know that these drones are far from realizing their full potential. Yes, they are more than just a ‘flying’ camera and can be used for a variety of tasks other than aerial surveying.
If drones are coupled with technology that can translate all of those visual streams of data into readable information, the fields of inspection and surveying could expect to gain a whole new meaning in powering the construction industry ahead.
Enter the Intel Insight Platform for Drones:
Coupling cloud-based technology and Intel’s prowess in generating revolutionary aids that help in harnessing the power of data, Brian Krzanich, Intel’s CEO, unveiled The Intel Insight Platform for Drones at the recently concluded conference in Las Vegas. Krzanich demonstrated the platform’s capabilities in allowing better inspection through detailed analysis of surveying data, using 2D models.
The demonstrations kicked off as Krzanich oversaw the flight of Falcon 8+, Intel’s latest commercial drone. This new drone is powered by 8 rotors and features Intel’s in-house Real Sense Technology.
Utilizing this new technology, Falcon 8+ will be able to avoid collisions and navigate obstacles with greater dexterity on autonomous control by using depth of field sensing. The drone, thanks to this new technology can also work without the aid of GPS, making it far more capable of handling indoor surveys and inspections, unlike its contemporaries and predecessors.
The Cross Check Inspection Capabilities:
The Intel Insight Platform got to work as the Falcon 8+ completed two ‘detailed’ inspection flights, the first one being controlled by Krzanich and the second one being done autonomously by another Intel product, i.e., The Intel Mission control, a platform that plans flight paths for drone without requiring human intervention.
The inspection was done on purpose-built façade that resembled a two-story building’s exterior. The exterior had extensive detailing – it featured windows, doorways and even mounted flagpoles.
Intel Insight Platform, then “Cross checked” the discrepancies between the two inspections and the audience was left highly impressed as it displayed the significant changes between the two drone trips made for inspection.
The Intel Insight Platform highlighted things such as a missing balcony column among various other intended changes done to the façade to facilitate the showcasing of the extensive capabilities of the platform.
To add more visual aid, the Intel Insight Platform generated 2-D displays of the inspection, making it easier to look at them with different angles, servicing a wide variety of construction survey and inspection needs. In the future, 3D displays could also be added to inspection results from the Intel Insight Platform.
This sounds exciting, well – the most impressive feature of the platform is yet to be revealed. That’s right. Even when the data from the two flights was being processed, a pre-visualization map was instantaneously generated autonomously by the Platform, which would allow operators to adjudge whether the flight had taken the planned path for inspection in a correct manner.
Automation is surely the future for every industry, with revolutionary concepts like Artificial Intelligence. Data analyzing technology can now generate more powerful insights that could power better work in a wide variety of fields.
And as Intel’s new software and hardware “Intelligent” products mesmerized everyone with their capabilities as to what this great technological innovation could help us achieve, the future looks highly optimistic. You can expect that man, machine, and ‘machine’ brain could create a world with newer, better and higher possibilities. Something that previously was unimaginable.