How drone management platforms are enhancing the next generation of drone technologies

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21 Sep, 2023

How drone management platforms are enhancing the next generation of drone technologies

BVLOS, swarm, and military-grade encryption will enable wider and more diverse applications of drones, while cutting-edge software platforms enable operators to improve fleet coordination with more data control

Leaps in flight mechanics, artificial intelligence, energy efficiency, and imaging technology are all enabling drones to disrupt new industries as well as continue to expand their current capabilities. As the hardware, battery technology, and software of drones evolve, so do the deployment platforms that increase the agility and practicality of deploying drones. 

Drones are only as good as their operators; advances in technology must be coupled with advances in the way drones are deployed and managed. Effective drone management is paramount in harnessing the full potential of drones, as it underpins their operational efficiency, data processing, and overall performance. 

From precise flight control and mission planning to real-time data analysis and interpretation, drone management platforms ensure seamless integration of complex functionalities, optimising drone utilisation and enhancing their capacity to deliver actionable insights and strategic advantages across multifarious sectors. Let’s examine three cutting-edge drone technologies enhanced by full-stack drone management platforms. 

Beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS)

The commercial use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or drones) has increased significantly in recent years, and the technology has become increasingly sophisticated. One of the key developments in the use of UAVs is the ability to fly them Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS). BVLOS is the ability of a UAV operator to control a drone remotely without the need for a direct line of sight between the operator and the drone. 

This technology offers a number of potential applications, including remote irrigation, disaster relief, delivery services, and surveillance. At the same time, BVLOS technology also raises serious concerns regarding safety and security. To address these concerns governments around the world have expanded their aerial vehicle regulations to include BVLOS-equipped drones. Companies that are developing technology that supports BVLOS must stay ahead of regulations and assist customers to meet regulatory requirements. 

For drone operators to meet the BVLOS requirements in their region, they may partner with a drone operator platform that can assist them with providing the correct approval process. There are many operators on the market, for example, Cloud Ground Control (CGC) is a platform that gives advanced tools to drone operators through a web browser. CGC enables drones, ground vehicles, and sea vessels to operate in tandem and communicate as a collective to central command, enhancing situational awareness and improving operational coordination. CGC maintains compliance obligations as users plan and execute autonomous, manual, VLOS, and BVLOS flights. 

Swarm Technology and Collaborative Drones

In the realm of recent drone advancements, the integration of swarm algorithms stands out prominently. This sophisticated mechanism facilitates real-time coordination and communication amongst multiple drones, optimising task execution. A salient application is in precision agriculture; drone swarms efficiently monitor crop health via multispectral imaging, regulate microclimate irrigation systems, and deploy targeted biological pest control. 

Beyond this, their use-cases span from detailed environmental surveillance, search and rescue coordination, to choreographed aerial light shows. As these algorithms become more refined, the horizon broadens for collaborative drone implementations in diverse technical sectors.

Synchronised drone management enables users to configure, monitor, and manage multiple autonomous drones and robots. Image credit: CGC.

For drone swarms or groups of drones to be able to execute their tasks, they must be synchronised by drone management software that enables them to communicate with both each other as well as operating teams on the ground. These platforms enable pilots and mission commanders to securely configure, monitor, and manage multiple autonomous drones and robots. 

The CGC platform, for example, enables drone swarms to connect via the CGC cellular micro-modem allowing the entire fleet to be operated through a web browser. This simple setup and management provides insight and control previously out of reach for most swarm operators, opening up drone use to a wider range of applications.  

Enhanced Security Features

With the increasing ubiquity of UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) in aerial spaces, the imperatives of safety and security are paramount. To this end, UAV manufacturers are embedding state-of-the-art safety measures, encompassing collision prevention algorithms, geospatial boundary controls, and remote identity verification modules. Such technological enhancements are pivotal in harmonising drone presence within regulated airspaces and reducing operational hazards.

On the security front, encryption and authentication protocols play a vital role. Modern UAVs are equipped with advanced cryptographic measures to protect data integrity and intellectual property against vulnerabilities and potential breaches. Furthermore, these protocols aid organisations and operators in adhering to stringent compliance requirements, ensuring that both the physical and digital airspace remains secure and trustworthy.

For drone operators to manage their fleets with complete confidence, it is important that their communication is protected adequately to reduce risk and meet legal requirements. Drone operator platforms must be able to guarantee an adequate level of communication security. 

The CGC platform provides military-grade encryption and authentication to safeguard data and IP from vulnerabilities and security breaches, helping users meet their local compliance obligations. This level of security makes operating drones possible even in regions with tight regulations.

Ensuring a global outlook

The advancement in drone technology is set to enable a wider range of applications for drones than ever before. These advancements such as BVLOS, swarming, and enhanced safety features have prompted governments and regulators to also add new rules and standards. These do vary significantly across different regions, however, there is a trend towards greater standardisation, and many countries are working to establish shared rules for the operation of drones. 

As the technology evolves, it is likely that the regulations will continue to develop as well, and we can expect to see more countries align with each other, making drone deployment straightforward. Drone management platforms that have a global presence, such as CGC, will be key to unlocking drones' comprehensive potential, ensuring they are compliant with emerging regulations, and optimising operational efficiency across a diverse spectrum of sectors.


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