Drone: AI faster than human pilots

Here’s a new real-world application example and benefits of real-time kinematics (RTK) that can be used with drones to help them position themselves accurately, navigate obstacles, and follow waypoints based on their different applications.

Drone trajectory optimization

Often competition is at the origin of great technological advances or is also used to test already well-known solutions in the harshest conditions. The field of drone racing is no exception, as last July an AI-controlled autonomous racing drone beat human pilots for the first time. New control algorithms developed at the University of Zurich (UZH) beat experienced human pilots for the first time. Until now, the best human drone pilots have always outperformed autonomous systems in drone racing, especially because of the complexity and limitations of drones. The algorithm developed now knows how to determine the fastest trajectory to achieve for a quadrotor which must cross a series of waypoints on the circuit. But this algorithm is the first to generate optimal trajectories taking fully into account the limitations of the drone. Once the algorithm found the best trajectory, it could reproduce it, which allowed it to be faster on each of its turns and its performance was more consistent. Cameras have also been positioned along the circuit in order to transmit information to the on-board algorithm on the exact location of the drone in real time. By thus calculating an optimal trajectory to be the fastest, in the end this also makes it possible to optimize energy consumption. More generally, this advantage is essential in the various missions that we use to drones in their various missions, whether it is: looking for survivors during a natural disaster, inspecting a building, delivering a package, etc. Missions that they must complete by crossing a series of waypoints such as windows, rooms or specific locations to inspect, adopting the best trajectory and the right acceleration or deceleration for each segment.

Integration of precision GPS

Although this example of tests takes place indoors, outdoors the drones carry a precision GPS and receive corrections to refine their positions with greater precision.

Accurate GPS and mobile internet connection

Many applications exist today precisely to locate these objects but do not have the precision necessary to take a real advantage. With ± 5m of precision, a classic GPS gives an idea of ​​a position or a route, but when you want to guide a movement to avoid obstacles or you need to know in detail a trajectory, an exact position at an instant t, centimetric precision then becomes indispensable and vital. A precision GPS associated with corrections from the Orpheon network provide the desired centimetric precision. null

Corrections to gain precision

For its accuracy to be increased and usable in agricultural work, surveying, machine guidance or many other application areas (see) It requires corrections. Precision GPS We distinguish between two types of GNSS receivers:
        • Consumer receivers (Watches, phones, tablets, cars etc…) which will only work in natural mode without the possibility of improving their accuracy through corrections Precision receivers (RTK), which will be able to integrate external correction data from the Orpheon network allowing them to increase their precision.
Because it is difficult to assess your activity over a year, between the delays in obtaining authorizations or waiting for a favorable weather window, the Orphéon network offers you a flexible offer adapted to your activity which will allow you to work in the best conditions. We offer in addition to the usual GPS + Glonass packages, new Full GNSS packages as well as a post-processing option available on the same subscription form for a greater choice.

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The advantages of the network

In your professional practice, you can count on the knowledge, the know-how and the centimetric precision of the Orphéon network to meet your missions and your obligations. The network has been thought out and designed according to the rules of the art, it is constantly monitored and checked regularly. (Le réseau-Orphéon).

Everything has been thought out to allow you to benefit from increased productivityand move from one site to another without wasting time

With the Orphéon network, you work with identical precision throughout the territory thanks to a uniform distribution of stations in metropolitan France and the West Indies. Whatever your position, the distance from the nearest reference station is never more than 30 km.

100% Galileo and BeiDou correction services in addition to GPS and GLONASS:

  • more satellites (+22 Galileo)
  • faster fixing,
  • more measurement stability,
  • more availability,
  • better positioning
  • fewer multipaths
RTK precision positioning allows you to geo-reference your measurements simply and confidently in the national reference system in real time to save production time. Or even as a control tool thanks to the post-processing available online.
The availability of the service gives the possibility to work from day to night, in foggy weather etc. by focusing their attention on the GPS guidance tool and no longer on driving for an always impeccable result
Repeatability over the seasons makes it possible to always return to the same place, to keep one’s bearings or to preserve one’s crops. The working area is thus preserved.
A regular mesh and a reinforced infrastructure for you to secure data transfer, for greater reliability and repeatability on a daily basis.

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