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Intel’s Cloud-Based Drone Service ‘Insight’ Unveiled at InterDrone 2017

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich presented the cloud-based service, which aims to more efficiently process, analyze, and report data gathered by drones.

byMarco Margaritoff|
Intel’s Cloud-Based Drone Service ‘Insight’ Unveiled at InterDrone 2017


On Wednesday at the InterDrone 2017 conference, Intel came prepared to show off some new products and solutions systems for UAVs. Most notably, the company displayed the Intel Insight Platform—a cloud-based service that processes, analyzes and reports data. 

In short, this service will facilitate the management of all that data that UAVs collect in industries such as agriculture, construction, or oil and gas services. In addition, Intel hopes to decrease a pilot’s stress with a ‘smart payload’ option, which locks a drone’s distance from an object—making the pilot less stressed and more efficient.

According to Intel's press release, the platform seeks to make all gathered data in these aforementioned industries as valuable and useful as possible. Thanks to Delair's contribution to the platform, Insight is "capable of generating 2-D and 3-D models, taking measurements, and making annotations for sharing across teams, as well as running advanced data analytics like change detection and plant counting." 

This certainly seems like a service worth considering, were one in the business of large-scale agriculture or the oil and gas industry. Optimizing and adding value to existing businesses seems to be the key for Intel here, in regards to corporate consumer appeal. This is not aimed at recreational drone users, but for people who aim to build upon their businesses by maximizing data collection and strengthening assessments. 

As vice president of Intel's New Technology Group Anil Nanduri said during the presentation, "With Intel Insight Platform, we look forward to working with customers to manage large complex data sets and help provide them with automated analytics and uncover new insights."

Intel CEO Brian Krzanich also introduced Intel's 'Mission Control' software during the InterDrone 2017 keynote. This lets users run a fully-automated mission assisted by Intel's indoor location technology, obstacle avoidance, and 2-D and 3-D models for efficient flight path automation and learning. Essentially, Intel wants to streamline a closed system of data gathering, analyzing, and general operation into their drone services. 

"With the addition of Insight, Intel is leading the way in providing an end-to-end solution to our customer from drone platforms to data analytics," Nanduri said.

The press release reminds readers that Intel has "expanded its ecosystem relationships" in the drone industry to working with companies such as "Topcon, Airbus, Delair, Honeywell, Pix4D, Aeroprotechnik, Bentley, Cyberhawk and HUVRdata." Not only that, but Intel also announced a collaboration with the Menlo Park Fire Protection District in California, intending to support their research on how to best utilize UAVs in emergency response situations. On the heels of Hurricane Harvey and an impending Hurricane Irma, logical technology-based thinking like this is always nice to hear. 

For now, feel free to sign up at Intel Insight to learn more.