Aerialtronics Takes to Skies

Launch of IBM’s new Watson IoT Center



Aerialtronics Takes to Skies at Launch of IBM’s new $200m Watson IoT Center

Katwijk, The Netherlands, 23 Feb 2017 – Aerialtronics, the Netherlands-based designer of the first commercial drones to leverage IBM’s Watson IoT platform, performed live testing and a unique demonstration of their unmanned vehicles at the opening of the new $200 million Global Watson IoT headquarters in Munich. The drones use IBM’s Watson-powered IoT platform to empower data analysis when flying search, rescue, inspect and repair missions at wind turbines, oil rigs and cellular towers.

IBM has announced a major drive in its IoT ecosystem by creating a new global center where it will join forces with existing partners such as Aerialtronics and new partners including brands such as Avnet, BNP Paribas, Capgemini and Tech Mahindra. These companies will work with IBM and its broader innovation ecosystem to identify opportunities for using data from millions of connected devices – and apply machine learning and cognitive capabilities through the Watson IoT Platform to make smarter decisions.

“Together we are building a new global IoT innovation ecosystem that will explore how cognitive and IoT technologies will transform industries and our daily lives.” said Harriet Green, General Manager, IBM Watson IoT, Cognitive Engagement and Education.

Aerialtronics commercial drones use high definition cameras and Watson’s Visual Recognition APIs to immediately gain a complete 360-degree, high resolution overview of the inspection site. Drones can capture these important images in minutes and immediately send the images to the IBM Watson IoT Platform to be analyzed in near real-time.

By putting Watson IoT capabilities into flight, Aerialtronics improves the cognitive ability of their drones – for example during aerial crowd safety inspections, the drone automatically analyzes if a large group of people is gathering near an emergency exit and alerts teams to clear the areas.

Aerialtronics participated in the opening of the new Watson IoT Center in Munich performing a live demo of a cellular tower inspection with drones powered by the Watson IoT Platform. The drones performed a full fly-over at the event, before scaling twenty nine stories to capture an image of the IBM logo at the top of the new facility with the press in full sight.

“We’re absolutely ecstatic with the opening of the new IoT centre and look forward to seeing the fruits of IBM’s major investment into collaborative innovation for the Internet of Things.” said Jeremy Wigmore, CEO of Aerialtronics. “We are confident that by working together we can make our drones much smarter and effective for performing inspections across a range of different industries.” added Wigmore.

About Aerialtronics

Aerialtronics is an international manufacturer of state of the art, high quality unmanned aircraft systems for civilian purposes. We provide full aerial data solutions to a variety of applications worldwide. Aerialtronics’ systems are designed and developed in-house according to aviation grade quality standards.

Aerialtronics defines the future of unmanned aircraft systems.

To find out more, contact pr@aerialtronics.com or go to www.aerialtronics.com

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