Parrot and Rapid Imaging bring AR situational awareness to professional drone users


Drone group Parrot has partnered with Rapid Imaging, a technology provider delivering geospatial augmented reality (AR) and situational awareness solutions to government and enterprise users.

ANAFI USA and other ANAFI platform drone users will now have access to Rapid Imaging’s SmartCam3D SDK, allowing them to interact with live drone video in the same ways they would a map display, such as dropping a pin to mark a location or geocoding a selection from the real-time video stream.

“Parrot ANAFI USA’s precise GPS coordinates and advanced flight features combined with SmartCam3D provides first responders and military personnel with up-to-date geospatial AR overlays on live video, combining the benefits of both a 2D map display and a Full-Motion-Video display into a single operating picture.” said Jerome Bouvard, Parrot Director of Strategic Partnerships.

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“This new partnership will provide easy-to-comprehend data to better assist first responders into making quick and accurate decisions during high-stress missions.”

Parrot continues to expand its global ecosystem of drone software providers through its SDK Partner Program, offering specialised and unique solutions for the growing and evolving needs of its enterprise and professional users.

SmartCam3D overlays valuable geospatial data such as Street Vectors, Road Names, Points of Interest, Polygons, and other pertinent map entities onto real-time, full-motion-video (FMV) provided by the ANAFI USA’s powerful 4K HDR video, 32x zoom, and live video streaming capabilities – providing mission personnel with advanced situational awareness as they perform critical drone operations.

These powerful situational awareness capabilities present opportunities across a variety of mission-sets ranging from airborne law enforcement, insurance, and industrial inspections, to natural disaster response, real estate, and search and rescue operations.

All data captured through SmartCam3D during sensitive missions is secure, as Parrot drone users must opt-in to share flight data with Parrot’s secure to store footage. Parrot ANAFI USA also features Secure Digital (SD) card encryption, which ensures complete protection of photos and videos if the drone or the SD card is lost.

“The Parrot ANAFI USA has been a great platform to work with – as a developer with a long history of providing geospatial situational awareness technologies to military end-users, platform metadata reported from the UAV is critical to mission success,” said David Geisler, CEO of Rapid Imaging. “The team at Parrot does it right, ensuring high-quality, synchronous metadata from the ANAFI and ensuring accurate geospatial information and overlays for end-users.”

Rapid Imaging has been developing and licensing geospatial situational awareness software for over two decades. Its technology was originally deployed with the NASA X-38 in initial unmanned testing and today is deployed with all US Army Tactical Unmanned Systems as a module within the US Army’s Universal Ground Control Station (UGCS). Additional efforts have been with the Federal Aviation Administration, the US Air Force, and a variety of Enterprise Customers in the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance space.

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