DJI, the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, has inked a deal with Microsoft to enhance its enterprise drones’ capabilities.
The framework will look to bring advanced AI and machine learning capabilities to DJI drones, helping businesses harness the power of commercial drone technology and edge cloud computing.
Through this partnership DJI is releasing a software development kit (SDK) for Windows that extends the power of commercial drone technology to the largest enterprise developer community in the world.
Roger Luo, president at DJI, said: “Using our new SDK, Windows developers will soon be able to employ drones, AI and machine learning technologies to create intelligent flying robots that will save businesses time and money, and help make drone technology a mainstay in the workplace.”
Using applications written for Windows 10 PCs, DJI drones can be customised and controlled for a wide variety of industrial uses, with full-flight control and real-time data transfer capabilities.
DJI has also selected Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud computing partner to benefit from Azure’s AI and machine learning capabilities.
“As computing becomes ubiquitous, the intelligent edge is emerging as the next technology frontier,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president of Cloud and Enterprise Group at Microsoft.
“DJI is the leader in commercial drone technology, and Microsoft Azure is the preferred cloud for commercial businesses. Together, we are bringing unparalleled intelligent cloud and Azure IoT capabilities to devices on the edge, creating the potential to change the game for multiple industries spanning agriculture, public safety, construction and more.”
Microsoft and DJI are collaborating to develop commercial drone solutions using Azure IoT Edge and AI technologies for customers in key vertical segments such as agriculture, construction and public safety.
DJI and Microsoft are already working together to advance technology for precision farming with Microsoft’s FarmBeats solution, which aggregates and analyses data from aerial and ground sensors using AI models running on Azure IoT Edge.