Cloud Ground Control is the brainchild of tech company Advanced Navigation and drone company Ripper Corporation, and is the result of four years of development.
The revolutionary cloud platform allows users to connect their drones over 4G or 5G networks and their cameras can then be controlled on an online dashboard.
“When we had the NSW fires that was a really big moment. We’d already been developing it for two years and we thought wow this could really make a difference here” Advanced Corporation CEO Xavier Orr told 9News.
The technology is already being used by Little Ripper drones to monitor our beaches but is expected to be a game-changer when it comes to search and rescue operations.
“Say in a rescue situation where we need to be able to have multiple agencies or multiple vehicles involved in that rescue. We can control and view all that live,” Ripper Corporation CEO Jason Young said.
Today the companies launched drones simultaneously along a 1000km stretch of Sydney coastline – taking off in Manly, Newcastle, Port Macquarie, and the Gold Coast – the technology isn’t limited by distance.
“You could be all the way on the other side of the world in Montreal controlling the drone’s camera from right here in Sydney,” Mr Orr said.
It can also link more than 1000 drones at the same time.
Artificial intelligence is the next frontier for drone technology.
They can prevent shark and crocodile attacks in real time by detecting them from above.
Trials are also underway using drones fitted with infra-red and thermal cameras to monitor the health of koala populations.