Technologies for starting a drone business

Learn how cloud, Internet of Things and artificial intelligence (AI) support drone operations and drive your business forward.

What’s covered in Step 2

Drones and cloud computing
Get a comprehensive understanding of cloud technologies — from architectures and service models to benefits and business outcomes — and how they apply to starting a drone business.
Wireless connectivity and IoT
As drones become more autonomous, they become part of the Internet of Things (IoT). Learn how LTE connectivity and an IoT platform can realize the full potential of your drone business.
Drones and the role of AI
Cognitive computing is quickly moving to the forefront in the drone industry. Explore how artificial intelligence (AI) and deep learning can enhance your drone business through flight control and data analysis.
Drone operations setup
Modern drone ecosystems reach beyond the drone-pilot combination; operations management and FAA compliant mission planning are also critical. Learn how the cloud makes that possible with hands-on training.

Knowledge tree

Connect the dots by learning about key technologies that have converged to transform commercial drone operations.


Introduction to Total Planetary Protection

Welcome to Step 2 in Flight to the Future. In this step, you’ll discover the powerful digital technologies that are poised to transform the commercial drone industry.

See how cloud computing and LTE communications are becoming the catalyst for technological convergence, bringing in artificial intelligence and edge computing to deliver a 21st century Internet of Things.

Cloud technologies have revolutionized the way business operate. By offering a wide array of on-demand computing services, cloud computing helps organizations save money, improve scalability and expand their portfolio.

In this lesson, you’ll learn about the different cloud architectures and the types of service models that are available to small and large businesses alike. As you’ll discover, the value propositions within, have significant implications for the UAV industry.

In some ways, these are two sides of the same coin. With widespread cloud connectivity and the Internet of Things or IoT, a convergence of data can occur. Via proper analysis, meaningful insights can be gleaned from this data, often in real-time.

AI driven data analysis is key to this scenario, where an ever-increasing amount of information is being generated by both user interactions in the digital space and physical IoT devices. By analyzing large data sets, increasingly sophisticated algorithms can help in decision-making.

The modules of AD Cloud

The AD Cloud is a specialized, hybrid cloud, tailored for UAVs. It offers full life cycle service platforms for anything related to UAVs, including training, flight control, operations management, MRO services and more.

By employing a modular approach, tailored services can be provided to UAS businesses in a very flexible manner. A range of industry-leading service platforms are being launched on the AD Cloud for UAVs in 2021.

Mission planning

The core module for UAV missions and flights is AD Command and Control or C2. This module is fundamental for flight control and the overall pilot experience. It is also FAA compliant and will be LAANC enabled for UAV missions.

The core component is the C2 dashboard, available through a browser. The secondary component is the C2 Pilot app, which is the on-field framework for pilots. Both components work in tandem to deliver an advanced UAV management platform.

Managing your operations

Managing your operations

Operations managers will use the main C2 dashboard to view details about their UAV missions. With LTE capability, the C2 Pilot component will sync data from on-field operations with the main dashboard, allowing real-time oversight of larger, more complex missions.

With cloud connected hardware, the power of C2 is unprecedented in the industry. In this lesson, we’ll take a tour of the C2 dashboard from the perspective of operations and asset management.

management with TPP

Full life cycle management with TPP

Total Planetary Protection or TPP is a grand connectivity initiative, powered by the AD Cloud. As crucial components of any ecosystem are cloud connected, the stage is set for more advanced features.

Cloud connected drones will be part of a larger construct involving communication networks, smart cities and connected transportation. With the coming advances in wireless connectivity and more powerful AI agents, a great disruption is on the horizon.