April 9, 2023
A new robot-drone communication system provides emergency response relief, in a method that looks to take emergency responders out of risky situations.
Created by Australian-based Advanced Navigation, the new mobile modem dubbed Cloud Ground Control uses 4G and 5G networks to link drones and robots, enable live streaming and provide remote control capabilities from a web browser.
The company says its design can “securely connect unlimited drones and vehicles into one holistic autonomous fleet across land, sea and air, regardless of manufacturer or model.”
The platform is intended to provide autonomous capabilities to operators in emergency and search-and-rescue missions and take human workers away from unnecessary danger.
The system has already undergone testing in the U.S. and Australia, with the company saying it could be used to mitigate damages from natural disasters such as flooding or bush fires, and even identify sharks.
“In the drone age, humans rely on drones and robotic vehicles to achieve physically demanding and even unattainable tasks,” said Xavier Orr, Advanced Navigation’s CEO. “For all the high expectations for what drones can do, there isn’t a simple solution developed for multi-drone operation, which is becoming more and more commonplace in our lives.”
“We are thrilled to bring forward our state-of-the-art technology CGConnect to demystify multi-drone operation,” Orr said. “By making the process more accessible for everyone, we are enabling optimal security, communication and coordination in drone operations.”
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