Professional drones flying around Indoor will in a few years become a reality within factories and construction sites – even in hotels, hospitals, schools and offices.
So far, unmanned autonomous drones have only been used under open sky, but by improving technology UAWORLD will enable drones to securely operate autonomously indoor. It requires precise navigation without GPS and more than normal reliable wireless communication with the drones. In addition, they need to be able to fly without disturbing the rest of the production apparatus, whether it consists of employees, robots or IT systems.
– Our goal is to pave the way for a massive deployment of drones in a number of different areas and applications where they do not exist today. It may be as part of a flexible logistics company production or quality control in hard to reach places, says Associate Professor Henrik Schiøler from the Department of Electronic Systems at Aalborg University, working with control systems for drones or UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles).
Researchers from the University’s Department of Mechanical and Manufacturing will be contributing with knowledge of optimization, scheduling and logistics systems. The other partners are GamesOnTrack A / S in Holstebro, which has developed an indoor system for 3D positioning of many devices in motion, RESEIWE A / S in Aalborg, which designs wireless systems and reliable protocols and Sky-Watch A / S Stoevring which are already developing drones for outdoor tasks.
The total project budget is almost 20Mill DKK, and the Danish Innovation Fund invests 11 Mill DKK making drones indoor flying safe and profitable.