IOT – short for Internet of Things – the smart technology that is here to stay.
Drones – flying robots or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aircraft systems (UASs)
So, what is the relation between these two?
Before we get into the relation between the two, let us first understand what exactly is meant by IOT.
A brief introduction about IOT:
IOT has certainly created a storm and is increasingly used everywhere.
So, what exactly is Internet of things?
Not delving too much into the technicalities, in simple terms, IOT is nothing but connecting everyday objects and devices to the Internet and to one another. The main aim is to provide the users with smart, efficient experiences.
These devices or objects could include anything and everything from cell phones, washing machines, coffee makers, headphones, wearable devices etc. IOT also applies to components of different machines like a jet engine of an airplane or the drill of an oil rig etc.
IOT is applied to a broad spectrum of things. It gives rise to virtually endless opportunities and connections.
The scope of IOT is vast and sophisticated.
And under this scope come the drones, which are a captivating example of Internet of things in action.
A little something about drones:
I believe there would be not many who must not have heard of drones and drones with cameras. Especially after Amazon tested the drone delivery system, many are aware of what drones are.
Drones are now being increasing used in different fields such as photography, videography, surveillance, military uses, weather monitoring, traffic monitoring etc.
These unmanned aircraft systems can access even the remotest and most impossible locations.
So much is the growing popularity of this technology; there are universities in the US which have courses in Unmanned Systems Applications, both at the bachelor’s level as well as the Masters’ level.
Photography and videography
Drones with cameras have become very popular for hobby enthusiasts and candid photography enthusiasts. Drones with different specifications and camera and video settings are available in the market today. There are many top notch products that come with some amazing features. These drones help in aerial photography and videography and get you excellent shots of beautiful locales, which are otherwise difficult to access.
As a hobby, drone photography is exploding in its popularity worldwide. All you need is the right equipment, hours of practice and patience. In fact, there are many hobby clubs, online resources and user groups for the same.
Both are the future
A fact that cannot be ignored is that both drones and IOT are evolving technologies that are the future. They have endless possibilities to be explored.
Drones are critically dependent on sensors, antennas, and the embedded software. This provides the two-way communication for the monitoring and remote control operations. And this is where IOT comes into play.
Even though the commercial use of drones is restricted, a day will not be far when the advantages of these overpower these restrictions.
There are many industries that will benefit from the commercial integration of drones with IOT. Precision agriculture, mining, infrastructure inspection, construction sites, surveying, monitoring, oil and gas, delivery, healthcare etc. are a few examples where drones and IOT could work very well.