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ADIA - Making Drones Smarter

We make software for drones, to use them for surveillance, infrastructure surveying, farming, delivery, and similar purposes.

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We believe our future will be tightly coupled with the progress of robotics; especially small to human-size robots. We believe our ability to enhance coordination, surveying, and combine simple UI/HCI with Artificial Intelligence and data analysis will be our key advantage and focus.

Following is a list of world-changing applications of our future technologies.

- Drone delivery will be more than just faster delivery: When delivery times decrease from 2 days to just several minutes, the need for private ownership almost disappears. Welcome to the *real* sharing economy.

Need a hammer? Call a drone. Want a glass of wine? The drone will bring it and return the glass, too.

This massive re-use of items means we need to produce less redundant goods, generating lower pollution and cheaper access to commodities: For example, a fancy dinner plate may be expensive to own, but may be more accessible if it is up for rent.

- Drone coordination and collaboration tool: We have a working prototype of a tool to control and coordinate the movement of multiple drones at the same time. This tool prevents collisions between drones, coordinates routes for efficient transport, and can be used for coordination with existing aircraft in collaboration with air enforcement agencies across countries.

- Swarms as a means of safety, enhanced weight capabilities and money savings: At ADIA Robotics, we have a working prototype of a swarm in which a single computer can control multiple drones seamlessly, coordinating them to a destination in a formation. If any of those drones were to fail for any reason, the other drones could still carry the dead-weight of the now hanging drone. This also means that the system can carry variable weights, as heavier weights simply require more drones to be added to the swarm. Finally, in our experiments, 4 mid-sized consumer level drones had the weight lifting abilities and range of 1 large-sized commercial drone for < 70% of the cost. Mid-sized consumer level drones are created at mass scale, making them cheaper and more efficient.

- Obstacle avoidance and protective covers: We are partnering with three of the best civil drone manufacturers (DJI, Parrot and 3DR). Therefore, at ADIA we get access to cutting edge sensor technology. Sensors for autonomous vehicles are rapidly growing more efficient, smaller and cheaper. ADIA Robotics is developing accessories to improve security: our protective shells make our drones much less likely to harm others or be damaged in the case of a collision. We will add more physical accessories and software for security to make drones 100% reliable.

- Auditing and online control: Our existing, commercially available application allows flying existing, commercially-available drones over the internet. This means that operators, and ultimately, regulators are not only able to visualize in real time the location and video footage of the drones, but they are also able to perform manual takeovers when needed. This enhances accountability and helps regulate delivery.

Describe who will use your solution (1,000 characters)

Our solutions can be used by anyone with access to a smartphone. Our 'ADIAWorld' technology allows for anyone, anywhere in the world to fly a drone through the internet. And, of course, we have bespoke solutions for diverse business owners, tailor made to suit their needs.

Describe your solution's stage of development

  • Pilot - you have implemented your solution in a real-world scenario
  • Ready to Scale - you have completed and expanded your pilot and are seeing adoption of your solution by your intended user

Insights from previous testing (500 characters)

We have found that partnering with local businesses and assisting them through guidance and safety-demos of our technology is an incredibly scalable approach. It allows us to quickly navigate various regulations without requiring local knowledge across several legislations, it helps us get to the right people faster, and it allows us to focus on our design and technology while still expanding globally.

Tell us about your team or organization (500 characters)

Size of your team or organization

  • 2-10

Team or Organization URL

Funding Request

  • $75,000

Rough budget (500 characters)

Flights / Relocating / R&D / Marketing / Salaries / Data-Analysis / Legal-Advice / Pilots / Insurance

Describe how you would pilot your idea (1000 characters)

We work on 4 fronts by: 1- Advising businesses on strategic use-cases for robots 2- Helping them integrate with existing drone or robotics providers 3- Developing the customizations, accessories and software specific to their needs 4- Partnering with third party providers of data-analysis, legal-advice, pilots, and insurance. By becoming a strategic partner with businesses, we increase barriers of entry for potential competitors. Providing both technical and strategic advice, makes it easier to retain customers and avoid becoming a provider of commodities. By building close relationships with our customers, we close the feedback-loop and learn more after each contract, helping us build a comprehensive platform that requires less customization on every new customer.

Describe how you would measure the success of your pilot (1000 characters)

Since our solutions for Businesses are bespoke, metrics to gauge the success of our pilot will depend on previous data that we are able to gather from the business applying our solution. If we craft a solution for delivery, it's likely we will look into the time it takes for deliveries to be completed, how many more deliveries are done daily/monthly/quarterly, customer satisfaction, and comparing these numbers to the previous financial reports.

Sustainability Plan (500 characters)

The software we create for every company is sold as a licence, which means that businesses will have to continue paying a fee for as long as they intend to implement our solution.

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Hey, I'm a facilitator here with the Challenge. Your idea is awesome! Really innovative with a unique take at solving mobility issues. Thank you Lucas!

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