IBM, a company that has been instrumental to the success of the computer, especially with the Mainframe wants a piece of the drone industry. IBM is considered to be one of the leading technology companies in the world and has the largest number of U.S. patents granted in 2020. IBM has received over 2,300 Artificial Intelligence patents that can assist businesses to scale their use of AI.
Not a stranger to the world of drones, IBM is now embarking on a venture with Dronehub to automate drone inspections with the use of Artificial Intelligence. According to Dronehub's website, they "have developed a hub for drones to enable fully automated missions, conduct on-demand tasks, and fly intelligently to collect aerial data, improve security and visual data using autonomous drones in complex industrial environments".
In a digital age where data is king, this partnership between IBM and DroneHub aims to manage information and develop AI-powered technology for drone operations. Leveraging IBM's AI servers will allow DroneHub to enhance the inspection missions and ultimately reduce costs.
With flight time of 45 minutes and 24/7 availability of their hubs, the company is able to assist "companies with large infrastructure to reduce monitoring costs, get real-time aerial data, and exclude the human factor."
One of the patents that they have managed to secure is one that extends the range of drone deliveries. There is no doubt that this new relationship between IBM and DroneHub will formidably disrupt the entire drone industry.