Drone Federation of India and Amazon Web Services sign MoU to drive India’s drone industry

Drone Federation of India and Amazon Web Services sign MoU to drive India’s drone industry

The Drone Federation of India (DFI) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with Amazon Web Services (AWS) to accelerate India’s drone ecosystem by enabling DFI’s partners with access to Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud services, open data sets and technical expertise.

The Drone Federation of India (DFI) is a not-for-profit, non-government, industry-led body that works towards promoting and building a scalable and safer autonomous drone aviation industry in India.

DFI has chosen Amazon Web Services (AWS) as its preferred cloud service for providing application developers, drone manufacturers and operators with an agile, scalable, secure and robust cloud infrastructure so they can develop drone applications and accelerate time-to-market in India.

The MoU was signed at the Drone Festival of India 2020 held in New Delhi.

DFI and AWS will work on use cases for drones in India across various application areas such as precision agriculture, land survey, disaster management, search-and-rescue missions, and creating custom cloud-based solution for them.

DFI will set up a drone innovation and operations hub in India to drive drone-based innovation in India, in partnership with AWS cloud services. This will involve prototyping and developing drone applications with startups, policy makers and government bodies.

DFI plans to drive the Indian drone industry by building industry-leading proof of concepts and cloud workflow related programs. The collaboration will provide technical expertise in data processing, data collection and Internet-of-Things (IoT) use cases, and transform the way organisations collect, store and process drone data.

“If we want to see food and medicine deliveries, autonomous aerial transportation, large scale business transformation in mining, roads and disaster management via drones, we will require the power of cloud computing and strong data-based workflows. We believe this collaboration will help enable stakeholders of the drone ecosystem and build solutions for the future,” said Rahat Kulshreshtha, President, DFI.

Drone deployments are integrated with heavy requirements in warehousing and data processing. With map-based analytics becoming the next thing in artificial intelligence (AI) and machine learning (ML) based decision-making, reliable data warehousing capabilities for on-demand access to decision-making data is critical.

DFI and its partners will make use of AWS’s s storage devices, computing devices, database services including Amazon DynamoDB and Amazon Aurora for drone applications.

Some peculiar innovations are happening in the drone industry around vision-based navigation systems which enable drones with Machine Learning and vision-based features like spatial and indoor navigation to enhance safety feature in advanced collision avoidance. These use cases require Machine Learning (ML) and Internet-of-Things (IoT) based workflows by leveraging Amazon SageMaker, Amazon Rekognition services and AWS IoT Greengrass.

“We are excited to collaborate with the Drone Federation of India, and serve as their cloud infrastructure provider to help shape the drone ecosystem in India,” said Rahul Sharma, President, India and South Asia Public Sector, Amazon Internet Services Pvt. Ltd.

“With the breadth and depth of AWS Cloud Services across industry-leading compute, storage, database, IoT, artificial intelligence, and machine learning, drone developers and operators can now test new ideas quickly, and accelerate innovation in the application development that better serve citizens and impact society positively,” he added.

About The Drone Federation of India

The Drone Federation of India (DFI) is a not-for-profit, non-government, industry-led body that promotes and works towards building a scalable and safer unmanned aviation industry in India. DFI collaborates with Industry Experts, Thought Leaders, Policymakers and Visionaries to share their expertise and build a sustainable UAV Industry in India. The Federation addresses the issue of UAV industry and provide solutions by extensive research, technology and knowledge transfers, forging global industry partnerships, pilot projects, business case studies, engaging with policymakers and providing members with access to industry insights.

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