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IoT-Based Drone Seeks Treasure for History Channel

From:chafanViews:212Date:2019-08-29

     When Ample Entertainment, a production company for the History Channel, launched a project to look for World War II-era hidden treasure in the jungles of the Philippines, it needed a way to see through the thick vegetation and identify roads or paths that could have led to a stash of gold and silver. The vegetation was so thick, and the terrain so potentially hazardous, that flying over the area was the safest way to map out the area.


    The solution chosen was a LIDAR imaging-based Internet of Things (IoT) system from PrecisionHawk to capture digital images from a drone that transmitted its location and status to a receiver on the ground. The remote location required the entire solution to be wireless, with 2.4 GHz transmissions between the drone controller and the drone, and satellite connectivity from the onsite computer to the cloud-based server. With that data, the production company was able to safely explore the jungles and shoot a two-part TV program, The Lost Gold of World War II, that showed off not only its investigative efforts, but also the IoT technology used. The program aired earlier this month.