Appian + Drones: Real-time integration for direct aerial photography feed

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In this video you can see how I’ve configured Appian to integrate with a drone and take a direct feed of information, in this case real time aerial photography.  By integrating Appian with the drone we showcase how easy it is to extend the Appian platform’s capabilities to a wide range of business applications for our clients.

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Integrating drones to work with Appian has the potential to improve business processes and create efficiencies as well as enable new ways of working altogether.

Source: Kin Yew Lee

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Kin Lee

Appian Designer

About the Author:Kin is a qualified software engineer and highly accomplished Appian developer. He holds a bachelor of Applied Science – Computer Modelling from the University of Science of Malaysia. Prior to specialising as an Appian Developer, Kin was a Linux device driver software engineer working for Intel Corporation in Malaysia. Kin is always coming up with new ideas for applications and integrations with Appian.

These days, drone-based business services are booming. Drones are being deployed in agriculture, delivery, architecture and construction, sports, environmental monitoring and management, health and compliance services and more. Drones provide a variety of potential solutions to these businesses ranging from surveillance, imagery collection, asset inspection, compliance investigation, product delivery, wildlife spotting through to emergency assessments.

Integrating drones to work with Appian has the potential to improve business processes and create efficiencies as well as enable new ways of working altogether. In this Labs demo we show how easy it is to feed photography directly to Appian and upload to the cloud for automated processing. For example, if you are running an environmental management program you could track animals such as turtles in real-time. You could upload the images to the cloud and run a process using AI and Google Vision to identify the turtles and use that information for ongoing tracking and management. This is intelligent automation in action, using Appian. You can take the pictures, upload for categorisation, processing and analysis, adding immense value and efficiency to the management of those business processes.

So how does the Appian + Drone integration work?

The idea of this solution on Appian is simple. It is built on a simple and user friendly interface, which is a controller. In order to have the full access to the drone, there is a button to connect to the drone and check if the connection is established. Battery status can be monitored from the interface via a single button click. The application will have full control of the mobility of the drone as well as the ability to capture pictures from the camera and display them directly on the application. The captured picture can be further processed by Appian for any configured business use cases. In this example, the speed of the drone ranges from 10-100cm/s. It has a maximum flight distance of 100m and height of 30m.

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Kin Yew Lee

Appian Designer

About the Author:Kin is a qualified software engineer and highly accomplished Appian developer. He holds a bachelor of Applied Science – Computer Modelling from the University of Science of Malaysia. Prior to specialising as an Appian Developer, Kin was a Linux device driver software engineer working for Intel Corporation in Malaysia. Kin is always coming up with new ideas for applications and integrations with Appian.