AeryonLive Expands Capability For Remote User Interaction With Live UAS Operations
AeryonLive is built on the principle of “centralized management, and decentralized execution” – UAS operations can happen anywhere, but the people that need to take action on the data may be on the other side of town… or the world.
But these remote participants are not just passive consumers of the photos and video. They need to understand, manipulate, and interact with the data they receive, and use their unique perspective to inform other participants or decision makers how the mission is being carried out. For example:
- During the routine inspection of a flare stack at a refinery, a remote subject matter expert needs to be able to inspect high-resolution still images on a large monitor. He or she additionally needs to be able to direct the UAS pilot to other targets that require further or additional inspection.
- In a law enforcement/tactical response context, the chain of command is able to identify a suspect or an object, and issue directions to personnel on the ground to permit safe and effective resolution to the situation.
To enable truly distributed decision making, and enable prompt and effective response in time-critical scenarios, Aeryon deployed a set of enhancements to enable real-time collaboration between remote personnel and the UAS operator in-field.
While it is still fundamentally the responsibility of the pilot to fly the drone, these new capabilities within the AeryonLive platform allow an organization to leverage all of its resources (no matter where they are) for the optimal execution of UAS operations.
Viewer Designated Marker (VDM) – The unique ability for any remote authenticated viewer, on any device, to inject a target into the UAS operator’s ground control station. The VDM target is annotated with the username of the remote viewer, as well as user-defined text describing the desired response of the operator. For example, as shown below, as part of a tactical response scenario, senior law enforcement personnel can direct the UAS operator where to point the camera, what to look for on the ground and where to position the aircraft.
- Support for off screen commands – pilot received notification of off screen VDMs
- Consolidated notifications inbox – enables pilot to manage multiple VDMs easily and clear markers as required
- Operator controlled communication – the pilot is able to turn off (“mute”) all VDMs
Figure 1. Remote viewer marks the location for the pilot to point the camera
Figure 2. Remote viewer requests change of position for the aircraft
Figure 3. Pilot can manage multiple VDM notifications and clear markers as required
Figure 4. Pilot’s view on tablet with direction to point camera
Remote Image Request – Within the AeryonLive Video and Telemetry remote-viewer experience, each time the UAS operator captures a still image, that image is transmitted securely over the cellular link, and presented as a thumbnail. Without any action on behalf of the UAS operator, the remote user can expand and view the thumbnail image, or request a full, high-resolution image up to 20MP. This provides a remarkable ability to pause the action and review details that would be otherwise be invisible to local or remote viewers. For example, as shown below, a high-resolution image enables facial identification and reading of a license plate by a remote user.
These new capabilities build on those already present in AeryonLive, including the ability for a remote viewer to toggle between EO (daylight) and IR (thermal) camera feeds.
Aeryon will continue to push the boundaries of collaborative UAS mission execution, to ensure UAS become increasingly indispensable tools for commercial enterprises, public safety agencies, and military organizations worldwide.