Innovation makes drones more efficient in China

To celebrate Labor Day, a lavish drone light show was held over Sania Yazho Bay Science and Technology City in the southern island province of Hainan, giving viewers a whole new sensory experience. During the show, 500 drones captivated the audience with various shapes, such as farmers working in the fields and divers planting corals at the bottom of the ocean.

The drones participating in the show were operated by a team from EFY Intelligent Control (Tianjin) Technology Co., Ltd. Tianjin based. “These drones, which include drones for aerial photography, mapping and plant protection, were built independently by our team,” said Kiwi Juntong, the company’s founder. Hundreds of drones of various sizes, ranging in size from one meter to the palm of the hand, are on display at a company’s factory.

The drones were built independently by EFY Intelligent Control (Tianjin) Technology Co., Ltd. It was exhibited at the 3rd China International Import Expo (CIIE) in 2020 These drones are mainly used for show by drones (Photo / Digital Technology Network)

“Instead of building a single drone, my team focuses more on technologies for autonomous control of intelligent drones, especially in-flight control adjustment to avoid collisions of drones with different directions,” explained Kiwi Juntong.

To ensure that drones can fly in an integrated fashion without interfering with each other, Kiwi Juntong and his team have developed a comprehensive and intelligent drone flight test system after overcoming many technical difficulties. The system has managed to limit the error in controlling the swarm of drones by a few centimeters.

On February 21, 2022, EFY Intelligent Control (Tianjin) Technology Co., Ltd. proposed to hold a drone light show in Waning City, Hainan Province (South China) to salute the Olympic spirit. (Photo / EFY Intelligent Control (Tianjin) Technology Co., Ltd.)

“We are striving for advances in intelligent drone fleet autonomous control technology, which is widely used in areas such as patrol, security, logistics and transportation,” said Qui Juntong.

Last summer, the EFY team became champions in a unique event of the high-level drone swarm system competition. According to the team leader, in order to win a race for a drone, it must be able to fly, detect and locate multiple moving vehicles, and independently track them in close range based on the modified number of vehicles.

On December 18, 2020, a drone light show was held at Tianjin University by EFY Intelligent Control (Tianjin) Technology Co., Ltd. Set a Guinness World Record for the longest animation performed by a drone. During the show, 600 drones created various images depicting the life of the famous Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh. (Photo / EFY Intelligent Control (Tianjin) Technology Co., Ltd.)

Since the team has added an ad hoc drone network (FANET), the drones can communicate with each other. Using cameras, artificial intelligence algorithms and smart decision-making algorithms, the team has enabled its drone fleet to regularly track vehicles throughout the process.

“The results of scientific research should be tested in the market. If they are not well received by the market, it will be difficult to commercialize the results of innovation,” said Qui Juntong. He founded EFY in 2015 to use technology in commercial fields such as the Drone Swarm Show because it is one of the most direct ways for the general public to understand the application of drone swarm control technology.

Spectacles by drone swarms are also the first step towards the complex application of drone swarm control technology. Last year, EFY performed 277 drone shows, including 168,730 successful takeoffs and landings.

The company has filed 257 drone-related patent applications. “Our company has built about 10,000 drones of various types in 2021, and our overall operating income has quadrupled over the previous year,” said Guo Jing, the company’s deputy general manager.

“We are fortunate to be living in the best of times,” said Kiwi Juntong, explaining that governments at all levels have prioritized innovative development, which has allowed companies to focus on technological advances to conquer markets and grow faster.

When EFY was first created, it had to share an office with another company. Today, EFY has moved into its new premises with an area of ​​more than 10,000 square meters and has become a national-level high-tech enterprise. I don’t expect our company to grow so fast, “added Kiwi Juntong

EFY is located in Tianjin Binhai-Zhangguanquun Science Park, which was once the main industry, including the chemical industry. Today, Science Park is home to more than 40 companies in the drone industry and other smart equipment industries. The park has become an industrial park for intelligent unmanned equipment.

“Science Park has entered version 3.0 of its development, providing services only from office space and then moving towards developing an innovative ecosystem,” said a science park executive.

(By Jean Bow, People’s Daily Reporter)

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