2018 PROGRAM REVIEW (25-26 September 2018)
Bring your tools to the sky with DJI Payload SDK
The Future of Commercial Drone Customisation: DJI’s new Payload SDK enables non-DJI cameras, sensors, and payloads such as air-to-ground communication tools and devices to be mounted and integrated directly into DJI’s Matrice 200 Series drones. By opening this layer of DJI’s core technology to the commercial drone ecosystem, any manufacturer, developer or researcher can create a drone that is customised for a specific purpose or industry.
Enabling BVLOS flights through Cellular Connectivity
Nokia Bell Labs
BVLOS flights enable many exciting new use cases for drones, but require a reliable command and control (C2) link. C2 over cellular networks is an obvious way forward due to the almost ubiquitous coverage. From research conducted in the SESAR DroC2om project, we will show the differences between communication to drones and ground users based on measurements with drones flying in VLL air space, and show that interference mitigation techniques such as interference coordination, beamsteering and hybrid access may well lead to a reliable C2 link even in highly loaded cellular networks.
Push the boundaries of what drones can do
We promote the concept of omnidirectional drones, which means that position and orientation of the drone are completely independent. Therefore, the Voliro drones can fly horizontally, vertically, upside-down and in any orientation in between, while generating forces in all directions. This allows it to apply a constant contact force on objects, independent of the drone's orientation. With this unique capability, Voliro platforms can conduct physical interaction with the environment in a safe and reliable manner. Currently on the market there are many drones that can perform remote sensing tasks, such as mapping, inspection and videography. However, none of them can assist in tasks that require physical contact. This is where Voliro's "Hand in the sky" becomes important by providing solutions in applications where physical interaction using drones is needed.
1000 Payloads/1000 Operations
In the drone industry the most important device for the success of the operation is the payload. As manufacturer, Dronetools has develop few different payloads for a variety applications, from typical visual cameras for rescue or border control to payloads for environmental measurements, or payloads for spry solid or liquid for treatments applications. On the presentation we´ll show the experience gained on the develop of the payloads for our customers and pictures and example of use of those payloads.
Unleashing the power of collaborative drones
Insyab Wireless Limited
Let’s face reality … Moore’s Law is indeed coming to a close. As such, it seems inevitable that there will be soon a gap in terms of the computational horsepower available for machine learning and computer vision applications, especially those running at the edge. Such a limiting factor will particularly impact unmanned robotic systems deployed in mission-critical operations (e.g. law enforcement, public safety, security). The wisest route to avoid falling into the aforementioned gap is to resort to distributed processing. It is not so challenging to portray the criticality of low latency and robust communications for pushing the envelope of distributed processing. In this talk, we will outline the key wireless elements required for unleashing the power of distributed processing, low-latency communications in particular. We will also discuss how incumbent over-the-counter technologies fall short of meeting the objectives, especially as the number of collaborating robotic nodes grows.
Self-organizing UAV Networks for Providing On-demand LTE Connectivity to First Responders
NEC Laboratories America
The presentation will highlight one of the first system efforts (SkyLiTE) to realize a self-organizing network of UAVs that can be deployed on-demand and un-tethered (to ground stations) to provide multi-cell LTE network connectivity over a wide area. SkyLiTE incorporates a novel, redesign of the LTE core to deploy a stand-alone network of LTE base stations (RAN+EPC on UAVs) in the sky. SkyLiTE can be deployed to supplement existing stationary cellular deployments. More importantly, it can be deployed in a stand-alone manner to provide LTE connectivity in first responder situations.
Air-to Air, Air-to-Ground Laser Communications Systems for Drones
Drones are collecting enormous amount of data using smart payloads. There is a need for down-stream large volume of data at high speed from Air-to-Ground and between Air-to-Air in near real time. Small drone operators offered to use LTE, 4G, 5G to transmit collected data. Lasercom is an independent solution, is exceptionally secure as the laser beam is extremely narrow compared to RF signals, it cannot be tapped, jammed or spoofed, free from ITU regulations, low cost per bit, eye safe at short distances. Henceforth, Lasercom solutions will be going to play an important role in bridging this technology gap. Mynaric developing Free Space Optical Communication (FSOC) system to be used on drones of various sizes.
Smart FC(R) - Customized flight controller
When developing a proprietary drone, a well working flight control is key for safe operation. While commercial solutions provide the basic features necessary to fly new drones, a commercial solution tailored to individual drone characteristics is still missing. At TU Berlin, we have developed such an integrated flight control system with a customizable flight controller (Smart FC®). Drone dimensions are collected with a camera system and the information is complemented through an online toolbox. The flight controller is programmed automatically. The presentation will review the logic behind the Smart FC® system and discuss applications and benefits for the drone community.
Meteodrones - Aiming for the perfect weather forecast
Since 2012 Meteomatics has developed the Meteodrone system that gives precise weather measurements of the planet boundary layer up to 1.5km and far beyond. The Meteodrone has been BVLOS approved and has already demonstrated its capabilities in more than 2’000 flight hours. The direct readings of temperature, humidity, pressure, wind speed and direction reveal not only details of the lower atmosphere but also contribute to modern numerical weather forecasts. Therefore, the data are assimilated in real-time into high-resolution weather models. As the talk will show, these data can significantly improve fog, low stratus and thunderstorm forecasts.
Project DiAvEn - Indoor Delivery Drone
Project DiAvEn - Digitial Aviation Engineering would like to present a novel Indoor Drone Delivery System. The main focus is our self-developed Indoor localisation system which is optimised for drones. The system is 16x more precise compared with normal GPS. This accuracy enables the use of drones in smaller areas. We use Beacons to localise the drone. Our current aim is to develop an Indoor Delivery Service with the use of this localisation system. With the presentation, I would like to present the localisation system and raise awareness for the use of drones indoor.