CES 2021: What’s New in Drone Technology From Sony, Verizon and Skyward
The drone revolution would transform the way logistics and transportation are conceived and understood.
Drone sales are increasing every year, and more and more people are embracing the concept of owning such devices. These unmanned aerial vehicles are now seeking more practical and innovative uses and applications because of all this publicity.
As these devices have entered the field of technology and consumer use, they are no longer just for the supreme enthusiasts. Many organizations are looking forward to making full use of the capabilities of these devices. There are some really fundamental applications for drones and some very innovative concepts that you can use in your life as well.
Some of the major benefits of drones are:
- Drones can take aerial videos and photographs of high quality and gather large quantities of high-resolution data. Such data can be used to construct precise 3D maps and robust 3D models that have many important uses. For example, before entering dangerous conditions, 3D mapping of disaster areas may allow emergency crews to be better prepared.
- The geological survey is being carried out by drones. It conducts the region’s visual or thermal imaging and can assess the coverage of mobile phones, radio, or TV over any territory. Without any operational downtime, the drone pilots or operators can conveniently handoff drone controls.
- In different locations, drones can also provide various cost-saving possibilities. They can replace many staffed activities directly, saving on labor costs. In addition, since a single drone can perform tasks that would normally take several vehicles to accomplish, they can save energy and operating costs. They also cost less than standard aircraft to buy, maintain, and provide fuel.
How will they transform our future?
Drones are going to massively change our lives. Hundreds and thousands of drones will be flying high over cities and towns, circumventing crowded highways and traffic-plagued roads. The drone revolution would simply transform the way logistics and transportation are conceived and understood.
Sony unveils Airpeak to support aerial photography and video creativity
At the CES 2021 show this week, Sony unveiled its latest drone, the Airpeak. According to GS Marena, “the Airpeak can carry a full-frame Sony Alpha mirrorless camera and is the smallest drone that can do so. It is “capable of dynamic filming and precise, stable flight,” though details are scarce beyond that.
The Airpeak drone has a front-facing camera and a distance sensor, which with the power of AI will (presumably) be used for target tracking and obstacle avoidance. Sony is really keeping its cards close to its vest; we don’t even have details on range and flight time yet.”
Sony did not reveal details on pricing or availability, although it said this spring it was developing a new specialist business unit for photography and video production. In the meantime, they’re asking for input from the photo and video experts.
Verizon, UPS, and Skyward confirm the delivery of connected drones at CES 2021
According to Aithority, “Skyward, A Verizon company, and UPS Flight Forward announced collaborative efforts to deliver retail products with drones connected to Verizon 4G LTE, as well as 5G testing and integration for delivery. The companies aim to deliver retail products via connected drones at The Villages in Florida.”
“We will need the ability to manage and support multiple drones, flying simultaneously, dispatched from a centralized location, operating in a secure and safe environment. To do this at scale, alongside Verizon and Skyward, we’ll need the power of 5G,” said Carol B. Tomé, CEO of UPS.
“The low latency of 5G and edge compute is ideal for monitoring air traffic in and out of a busy logistics hub, especially those using mixed fleets of autonomous vehicles like drones, trucks, and planes,” said Mariah Scott, Skyward, President. “This year, we’ll be taking the collaboration with UPS further by testing 5G Ultra Wideband integrations to connect the sky.”