Towards an Automated Flying Drones Platform

Bruno Areias, Nuno Humberto, Lucas Guardalben, José Maria Fernandes, Susana Sargento

Abstract

Nowadays, some drone Flight Controllers (FCs) support basic automation (e.g., GPS waypoint, return-to-home, path flight, take-off/landing), although it requires direct drone connectivity (e.g., radio, base station/Ground Control Station (GCS)) and an extensive knowledge over technical details (e.g., assembly, configuration, battery maintenance, flight, etc.). This paper proposes a novel platform that offers an abstraction layer between the end-user and the drone itself, automating most of the drone flight requirements. The platform allows to perform high-level drones control (e.g., up, down, left, right, GPS go-to and stream follow, return-to-base, etc.) through end-user communications, contributing with a highly modular event-driven control platform, enabling development of more complex integrations between drones and other technologies. The obtained results show that the proposed automated flying drones’ platform is able to properly abstract and decouple the direct control, handling up to 32 drones with no significant impact on the performance. The platform is also capable of displaying and correlating sensor metrics obtained in real-time during flight.

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in Harvard Style

Areias B., Humberto N., Guardalben L., Fernandes J. and Sargento S. (2018). Towards an Automated Flying Drones Platform.In Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Vehicle Technology and Intelligent Transport Systems - Volume 1: VEHITS, ISBN 978-989-758-293-6, pages 529-536. DOI: 10.5220/0006792405290536


in Bibtex Style

@conference{vehits18,
author={Bruno Areias and Nuno Humberto and Lucas Guardalben and José Maria Fernandes and Susana Sargento},
title={Towards an Automated Flying Drones Platform},
booktitle={Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Vehicle Technology and Intelligent Transport Systems - Volume 1: VEHITS,},
year={2018},
pages={529-536},
publisher={SciTePress},
organization={INSTICC},
doi={10.5220/0006792405290536},
isbn={978-989-758-293-6},
}


in EndNote Style

TY - CONF

JO - Proceedings of the 4th International Conference on Vehicle Technology and Intelligent Transport Systems - Volume 1: VEHITS,
TI - Towards an Automated Flying Drones Platform
SN - 978-989-758-293-6
AU - Areias B.
AU - Humberto N.
AU - Guardalben L.
AU - Fernandes J.
AU - Sargento S.
PY - 2018
SP - 529
EP - 536
DO - 10.5220/0006792405290536