Brianna White

Staff member
Jul 30, 2019

What is the one thing common in high-profile wedding shoots and precision pesticide spray in agriculture? Well, drones! Drones are being used extensively across industries, today. They are assisting in various use cases in agriculture, helping in reducing search times in rescue operations, joining the fight against plastic pollution in oceans, and becoming almost indispensable in delivering aid to people in need.

Mission Possible

Oceans cover more than 70% of the earth’s surface and are one of the most valuable natural resources of our planet. However, they are being drowned with trash. Armed with artificial intelligence (AI) and high-resolution cameras, drones are helping fight plastic pollution in the oceans. AI enables the drone to distinguish between plastic waste and sea animals, such as jellyfish. Once the drone can make this distinction, it can then take high-resolution pictures or 4K videos of areas in the oceans that are flooded with trash or pollution hotspots. This allows the teams to target the right area for cleanup without wasting effort, time, and money. Later, data and images can be analyzed to help understand and identify the triggers for pollution in specific areas. This can help in correcting or fixing bigger issues and provide a better and long-lasting solution.

It is important to note that storage plays a key role in capturing, storing, and processing data to help unlock solutions. Moreover, drones need specialist storage solutions with high endurance, high performance, and high capacity. For example, a 4K video at 100mpbs over 30 minutes of operation can generate up to 22GB of data. Therefore, the 4K cameras need to be powered by high capacity and high endurance microSD cards.

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