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AirMap selects Microsoft Azure platform for drone traffic management

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AirMap has selected Microsoft Azure as the company’s exclusive Cloud-computing platform for its drone traffic management platform & developer ecosystem, says Microsoft.

We all know how the use of drones has grown in leaps & bounds across industries. Data from these drones has intelligence value but concerns about regulatory compliance, privacy, & data protection still prevent organizations from adopting drone technology at scale.

AirMap works with civil aviation authorities, air navigation service providers, & local authorities to implement an airspace management system that supports & enforces secure & responsible access to low-altitude airspace for drones.

At DJI’s AirWorks conference held recently, Microsoft also announced the public preview of the Windows SDK, which allows applications to be written for Windows 10 PCs that control DJI drones. The SDK will also allow the Windows developer community to integrate & control 3rd-party payloads like multispectral sensors, robotic components like custom actuators, etc, said Microsoft.

With this SDK, Microsoft said there were 3 methods to enable Azure AI services to interact with drone imagery & video in real-time:

  1. Drone imagery can be sent directly to Azure for processing by an AI workload.
  2. Drone imagery can be processed on Windows running Azure IoT Edge with an AI workload.
  3. Drone imagery can be processed directly onboard drones running Azure IoT Edge with an AI workload.

For security purposes, Azure IoT Edge includes an important subsystem, called the security manager, which acts as a core for protecting the IoT Edge device & all its components by abstracting the secure silicon hardware.


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