Category Archives: Innovations

‘Predator’ Vision Drones Get Artificial Intelligence to Spot Poachers

Poachers illegally hunting elephants and rhinoceroses under cover of darkness may soon find themselves being tracked by “Predator” vision drones armed with artificial intelligence. The new AI system that enables surveillance drones to automatically detect both humans and animals could help conservation experts and rangers protect endangered wildlife starting in 2018.

A wildlife conservation group called Air Shepherd has already tested the AI system in a field demonstration and hopes to eventually expand such operations to various national parks in Africa.

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Drone used to lay cable to provide ultrafast broadband to a remote Welsh village

Cable company Openreach used the drone to avoid having to lay cable across “challenging” terrain that included woods, a river and steep hills.

The drone was flown across a section of forest near Pontfadog, Wrexham, to help sling wires between telegraph poles.

The community’s 20 homes now have access to ultrafast broadband that can run at speeds of up to 1Gbps.

“If we tried running the cable through woods it was also very likely we’d get it caught up in branches and other natural obstructions, so we figured the best option was to fly it in over the top of the tree canopy and then lift it up to make sure it was clear of the tree line.”

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Chili powder-sprinkling drones are a first from India’s maiden drone police squad.

Aurangabad, India police aren’t the first to use drones in policing globally or in India but a unique Indian use case developed by the squad – the proposed sprinkling of concentrated chilli powder through drones to control unruly mobs – is a first. It is perhaps patent-worthy, too, says Yashasvi Yadav, an IIT graduate who is the police commissioner of Aurangabad.

The drone squad will have four drones and will carry up to 2 kg of chili concentrate. These drones will fly back to the command center before their batteries drain out or there’s any other emergency, all controlled using software.

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