Drone platform is 5G and AI enabled

August 30, 2021 // By Rich Pell
Drone platform is 5G and AI enabled
Wireless technology company Qualcomm Technologies has announced what it says is the world’s first drone platform and reference design to offer both 5G and AI-capabilities.

The Qualcomm Flight RB5 5G Platform is designed to help accelerate development for commercial, enterprise, and industrial drones. The solution, says the company, unleashes innovative possibilities for industries looking to adopt drone solutions and realize the benefits of the intelligent edge.

Powered by the the company's QRB5165 processor, the Qualcomm Flight RB5 5G Platform upon Qualcomm Technologies’ latest IoT offerings, delivering a solution thst is designed to drive the next generation of high-performance, low-power, 5G drones. It brings cutting-edge capabilities to the drone industry by condensing multiple complex technologies into one tightly integrated drone system to support evolving applications and new use cases in sectors including film and entertainment, security and emergency response, delivery, defense, inspection, and mapping.

“We have continued to engage many leading drone companies, enabling 200+ global robotics and drone ecosystem members in addition to consistently driving and promoting worldwide drone standardization and transformative 5G capabilities in organizations such as 3GPP, GSMA, the Global UTM Alliance, the Aerial Connectivity Joint Initiative (ACJA) and ASTM,” says Dev Singh, senior director, business development and general manager of autonomous robotics, drones and intelligent machines, Qualcomm Technologies, Inc. “We are proud to continue our momentum of enabling the digital transformation of global industries by unveiling the Qualcomm Flight RB5 5G Platform, a solution that is purpose-built for drone development with enhanced autonomy and intelligence features, bringing premium connected flight capabilities to industrial, enterprise and commercial segments.”

The platform’s high-performance and heterogeneous computing at ultra-low power consumption provides power efficient inferencing at the edge for AI and machine learning (ML) enabling fully autonomous drones, while its camera capabilities deliver premium image capabilities and performance. With 5G and Wi-Fi 6 connectivity, the platform enhances critical flying abilities beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) to support safer, more reliable flight.

In addition, safety controls alone can no longer assure industrial and commercial drone safety, especially when scaling to Beyond Visual Line of Sight operations. The Qualcomm


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