FlytBase Launches World’s First Internet of Drones Platform
FlytBase, Inc., a startup building developer platforms for connected intelligent drones, today announced the release of industry’s first Drone-API as a Service offering. While most modern businesses run on cloud-based applications, connecting drones tothe cloud has been quite challenging. FlytBase plans to change that with their FlytBase Cloudplatform.
Over last few years, IoT (Internet of Things) industry has designed communication protocols to help “things” connect to the internet. However, requirements for drones are very different from regular “things”. Typical IoT devices are deployed in very large numbers, consume low-power,and send small amounts of data spread over long durations of time.
Drones, on the other hand, are deployed in smaller fleets, have large lithium-based batteries, and send large amount of data over short period of time. Drone applications need real-time navigation, telemetry and payload access over a high-bandwidth secure link. Further, drones are often intelligent devices, taking several critical decisions onboard, unlike most IoT devices which rely on cloud for their intelligence.
To meet these specific drone requirements, FlytBase has designed a custom protocol, from the ground-up. FlytBase Cloud makes use of this protocol to efficiently connect drones to your cloud-based business applications in real time.
Drones are today being successfully used in a number of industry verticals, such as, agriculture,construction, surveys and inspections. However, most of the applications are restricted to asingle operator on the field, and do not directly communicate with the cloud. Several cloud-based drone applications, such as, DroneDeploy, Propeller and Redbird need the datafrom the drones to be downloaded manually, after the flight.
This data is then required to be uploaded to their cloud servers for post processing. With FlytBase Cloud, such applications can be completely automated.
A few vertically integrated solutions, such as those offered by Airware, Precision Hawk, Kesprydo offer higher levels of integration and connectivity. However, these are not open fordevelopers to customise and build their own integrations with business apps.
For example, if one had to build a drone that is connected over cloud and follows voice commands from Alexa, it would take several days to put it together. With FlytBase Cloud, it can be done in minutes. With FlytBase Cloud, developers can easily build applications like, automating fleet of drones toscan the warehouse and update the inventory in Salesforce every week, with no manua lintervention.
“We are moving towards an era of Internet of Drones (IoD). FlytBase is excited to offer industry’s first platform to help developers quickly build and deploy customised IoD solutions”, says Founder and CEO of FlytBase, Nitin Gupta.
FlytBase has partnered with Built.io to provide ready integration of drones with hundreds of business apps, such as, Salesforce, Box, Slack, Twilio, Cisco Spark, Zendesk, Dropbox, Nest YouTube. This allows users to easily build automated workflows, that leverage drones as part ofthe solution, without writing any code.
With little standardisation in drone hardware and communication protocols, it has been extremely challenging for developers to work with hardware from different manufacturers. Thes oftware applications designed for drones from one manufacturer, do not work with others. Dhiraj Dhule, Director of Strategic Projects at FlytBase, summarises the efforts of FlytBase to address this challenge, “FlytBase has been working on building adapters to support a largenumber of drone manufacturers, and offers an unified set of APIs for developers. This isolates the application developers from the underlying drone hardware, and makes their applications portable across drones”
FlytBase Cloud is built to support these APIs, and is, thus, compatiblewith all major drone platforms available today.
FlytBase also provides a cloud-based drone simulator, FlytSim, for developers to completelytest their applications in simulation, before deploying them on real hardware. “There are a largenumber of software developers with no prior background in drones.
FlytSim helps them buildand test their drone applications much faster, cheaper and without any of the risks associatedwith direct implementation on hardware”, says Sharvashish Das, Director of Engineering atFlytBase.
Internet connectivity is the next frontier for drone technology. With easy access to 4G/LTEnetworks across the world, Internet of Drones (IoD) is expected to unleash a new wave ofinnovation and drive further growth in this sector. FlytBase Cloud lowers the entry barrier andprovides ready tools for developers to leverage this technology for building innovative productsand for offering new services.
Besides applications that have already found wide adoption, suchas, surveys and inspections, applications that need live connectivity with a large number ofdrones, such as, use of drones for logistics and smart-cities, would greatly benefit from thistechnology.
To learn more about the FlytBase Cloud, visit, https://flytbase.com/cloud or write to firstname.lastname@example.org to schedule a call with FlytBase Drone Applications Expert, today.
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