DJI, Microsoft Partner for Machine Learning Capabilities for Drones
Wednesday, May 30, 2018 | Comments

Drone provider DJI and Mircosoft announced a strategic partnership to bring advanced artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning capabilities to DJI drones, helping businesses harness the power of commercial drone technology and edge cloud computing.

Through the partnership, DJI is releasing a software development kit (SDK) for the Windows operating system that extends the power of commercial drone technology to a large developer community. Using applications written for Windows 10 PCs, DJI drones can be customized and controlled for a wide variety of industrial uses with full flight control and real-time data transfer capabilities.

DJI also selected Microsoft Azure as its preferred cloud computing partner, taking advantage of Azure’s AI and machine learning capabilities to help turn vast quantities of aerial imagery and video data into actionable insights for thousands of businesses across the globe.

“As computing becomes ubiquitous, the intelligent edge is emerging as the next technology frontier,” said Scott Guthrie, executive vice president, cloud and enterprise government, Microsoft. “DJI is the leader in commercial drone technology, and Microsoft Azure is the preferred cloud for commercial business. 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.”

DJI’s new SDK for Windows empowers developer to build native Windows applications that can remotely control DJI drones including autonomous flight and real-time data streaming. The SDK will also allow the Windows developer community to integrate and control third-party payloads like multispectral sensors and robotic components like custom actuators, increasing the ways drones can be used in enterprise.

“DJI is excited to form this unique partnership with Microsoft to bring the power of DJI aerial platforms to the Microsoft developer ecosystem,” said Roger Luo, DJI president. “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.”

In addition to the SDK for Windows, 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. Windows developers will be able to use DJI drones alongside Azure’s cloud and internet of things (IoT) toolset to build AI solutions that are trained in the cloud and deployed down to drones in the field in real time, allowing businesses to quickly take advantage of learning at one individual site and rapidly apply them across the organization

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