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A Method and System for Managing a Fleet of Drones

IP.com Disclosure Number: IPCOM000243855D
Publication Date: 2015-Oct-22
Document File: 2 page(s) / 38K

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Abstract

A method and system is disclosed for managing a fleet of unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), herein after referred as drones. The system manages one or more tasks assigned to the drones and analytics performed on data collected by the drones as a part of the one or more tasks.

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A Method and System for Managing a Fleet of Drones

Disclosed is a method and system for managing a fleet of unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), herein after referred as drones. The system manages one or more tasks assigned to the drones and analytics performed on data collected by the drones as a part of the one or more tasks.

The system includes a marketplace for enabling users /requesters to post data collection requests. Each data collection request includes a set of data to be collected , a location from which the data needs to be collected , a pipeline of analytics to be performed on the data, a timeframe to collect the data and a budget for the data collection request. The system may assists a requestor and a service provider with an appropriate budget for a task.

In accordance with the system, a user/requestor is provided with multiple options to create a request. The user/requestor may create request in a structured format; e.g. by specifying a set of data to collect (e.g. images, video, temperature) within a specified geographic region (e.g. a polygon specified by GPS coordinates) by a certain time frame (e.g. by next week) with certain analytics performed on the data (e.g. frost detection).

In response to receiving the one or more data collection requests , the system matches capabilities of the drones, maintained in drone registry, with the requirements of the requests.

The drone registry includes hardware capabilities of each drone of the fleet . The hardware capabilities can be, for example, a drone type (quad, octo, fixed wing), flight time, payload capacity, propeller requirements, as well as the sensor payloads with

which they are equipped (e.g. optical camera, IR camera, NIR camera, temperature sensor, optical flow sensor, etc.).

Once a drone is selected for performing the data collection request , the system assists an operator of the drone with one or more applications (such as mobile apps) that facilitate the data collection operation. The one or more applications assist the operator in creating a flight plan for performing the data collection operation .

The flight plan is uploaded to the drone to begin the data collection operation . The operator is also provided with an option to manually control the drone in real -time.

The one or more applications enables the operator in receiving real -time telemetry from the drone. Further, the one or more applications can perform light weight analytics on the real-time telemetry in order to notify the operator of abnormal or dangerous flight

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The data collected by the drone is displayed to the operator . The system assists th...