AirMap has selected Microsoft Azure as the company’s exclusive cloud-computing platform for its drone traffic management platform and developer ecosystem.
“With AirMap’s airspace management platform running on Microsoft Azure, the two companies are delivering a platform that will allow state and local authorities to authorize drone flights and enforce local rules and restrictions on how and when they can be operated,” says a Microsoft Azure blog statement. “Their solution also enables companies to ensure that compliance and security are a core part of their enterprise workflows that incorporate drones.”
“AirMap’s migration to Microsoft Azure is part of Microsoft’s commitment to supporting the rapidly increasing use of drones in the enterprise,” according to an AirMap press statement.”The two companies will work together to help customers use drones to improve the efficiency and performance of existing business processes.”
“AirMap is a critical enabler for countries and companies embracing drone technology,” said Ben Marcus, AirMap cofounder and Chairman. “Microsoft Azure provides essential cloud computing infrastructure for the AirMap platform to orchestrate safe and responsible drone operations around the world.”
Last May at Azure’s Build developer conference, the company announced a partnership with DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, to bring advanced AI and machine learning capabilities to DJI drones, helping businesses harness the power of commercial drone technology and edge cloud computing.
“Today at DJI’s AirWorks conference, we are announcing 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 and control third-party payloads like multispectral sensors, robotic components like custom actuators, and more, exponentially increasing the ways drones can be used in the enterprise,” says the company. “With this SDK, we now have three methods to enable Azure AI services to interact with drone imagery and video in real-time:
- Drone imagery can be sent directly to Azure for processing by an AI workload.
- Drone imagery can be processed on Windows running Azure IoT Edge with an AI workload.
- Drone imagery can be processed directly onboard drones running Azure IoT Edge with an AI workload.
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