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The drone perspective: how Red Dot Drone is realizing Singapore’s dream of becoming a smart nation

Remember opening scene where James Bond chases a terrorist on the rooftops of Istanbul in his favorite Hollywood movie Skyfall?

The Flying-Cam SARAH, the miniature drone used for close-range aerial filming in the film, created a huge buzz in Hollywood after the film’s release that several companies filmed on was not exempted from aerial filming by the FAA (Federal Aviation Administration in the US) and saw public interest soar in the following years.

Today, drone aerial shots have become so popular that we barely notice it anymore. In documentaries about wildlife, sports, commercials or blockbuster movies, drones are wherever you want them to be.

Flying-Cam unmanned helicopter SARAH e 4.0 | Source: sUAS News

It’s easy to see how useful a drone can be in shooting traditionally done high-speed aerial shots with CGI (computer-generated imagery). In addition to their speed and maneuverability, the drone can perform dangerous feats that videographers can’t afford to try – hanging from cliffs, diving between racing cars. , or even hovering over fast currents.

In recent years, many of the best aerial cinematic footage uses drones. (Yes, I’m talking about immersive footage Jurassic World flight simulation of a Pterosaur.)

In addition to cinema, drones are also making waves in the sports space. In particular, field coverage of extreme sports such as alpine skiing or windsurfing requires the deployment of multiple drones to track athletes throughout their track. .

Before the dawn of the drones, television crews used to walk through nearby mountains to capture wide shots of the action. This means the coverage of these exciting, high-action sports becomes static and boring when viewed on a 2D screen.

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Returning home, the Housing Development Board (HDB) and the Science, Technology and Research Agency (A * Star) recently (just two weeks ago, practically) collaborated research projects evaluate the effectiveness of the use of drones and robots to enhance safety for construction sites.

The Ministry of Transport is also in the process of developing safety regulations to designate Flying space by drone for local drone enthusiasts. Our ongoing against dengue feverThe National Environment Agency (NEA) has been deploying drones to inspect roof gutters in dengue red zones. In 2017, 300 drones flew into the sky on Singapore’s birthday and made a spectacular performance. light screen with just one click.

And the list continued.

Drones in Red Dot

At BLOCK71 Singapore, Red Dot Drone (RDD), a drone software technology startup, is taking this technology further by combining the power of artificial intelligence with airplanes. rider to provide advanced services in data imaging and innovative videography.

This month, I spoke with Akira Hirakawa, a native Japanese drone specialist and RDD co-founder, to discuss the startup’s upcoming plans for the new space. This revolutionary in a niche market.

What is RDD’s unique selling point? Why is AI important in this space?

As the name suggests, we are a drone company that focuses on drone software technology like autonomous flight. In recent years, it has been encouraging to see that drones are being used by the wider community in a myriad of functions. However, commercially marketed drones require operational knowledge, are not easy to fly, and depend on manual flight operations.

At RDD, we have been developing drone software to overcome the aforementioned problems. Utilizing the power of software, AI, and ML, the result is that software technologies are easier to use and more secure. With our proprietary technology, our dream is that everyone will be able to operate a drone easily in the near future.

Are there any limitations of drone technology that we may not be aware of?

Drones are used to film and tag people automatically exist in the market. However, we think one of the most challenging components of an autonomous drone is its innovative movement.

In the sports and entertainment industries, for example, the basic expectation for video recording is no longer simply the functionality of video recording, but instead, the technique of film is expected to be creative and artistic to The audience can enjoy a vivid experience.

While humans still have a bit of an edge in this area, this is where we want to stop using AI and ML in the long run.

With the upcoming adoption of 5G technology, what changes can we expect in the drone space? How will RDD adapt to the 5G wave?

One interesting area that we are researching is the 5G drone remote control technology. Typically, a drone pilot must be onsite with a controller that uses radio frequencies to control the drone.

Due to this physical limitation of the device, a drone can only fly within a few kilometers from the position of the drone’s drone. The drone’s remote control over 5G will overcome this physical limitation.

Moreover, with the advent of 5G technology, drones can be easily used to perform a variety of other functions, such as delivery or remote monitoring. In the future, there may be drones that constantly fly in the sky and complete their missions, monitored and supported remotely by various drone operating centers.

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In this way, we can save both manpower and time, while also reducing human exposure to potentially dangerous factors.

Currently, our RDD technology is capable of remotely controlling drones over 4G / 5G connection, allowing remote control of commercial drones at various locations in Singapore. . In here videoWe fly a drone in Japan from our Singapore office via Zoom using 4G network.

Since late 2020 we have been generously supported by Singtel 5G laboratory to take advantage of their 5G environment to continue R&D and testing. We are ready and excited to incorporate 5G capabilities into our future drone operations.

What are some important industries in the world that will benefit from AI drone technology?

There are many industries in which drones can be deployed for better results. I want to say that surveying, monitoring, inspection, delivery, agriculture, sport / recreation and public safety are some of the key areas where drones can be used to create positive change.

While the regulations and expectations vary by industry, we believe those industries will benefit from RDD’s AI drone technology.

What do you envision for the future of unmanned AI?

We believe that the drone will become a popular tool and be used to serve different needs of all age groups in our society.

Even for our primary use case, we believe the future of aerial filming will use multiple drones flying autonomously at the same time to capture creative shots from multiple perspectives. . We call this the Flight Studio and we will continue to work on the AI ‚Äč‚Äčtechnology of our drones to make this dream come true.

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