Web Application for Planning, Monitoring, and Controlling Autonomous Inspection Drones

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Abstract

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) or drones have been used extensively in various applications, such as linear infrastructure inspection tasks, due to their ability to monitor large areas more securely at lower cost. To perform autonomous inspection missions, we need a system that carries out at least three main tasks: path planning, monitoring, and controlling. In this study, we introduce a web application framework that covers these three tasks in the context of inspecting a particular type of linear infrastructure, power pylons. The web interface communicates with drones through a publish-subscribe messaging system and relies on a back end service for computing optimal routes along the infrastructure. We implemented the framework and validated the qualitative and the quantitative aspects of the web application and its communication link between the drone and the server in both simulated and real environments. The web interface allows the user to control and monitor the drones in real time. The overall architecture of the designed platform is illustrated along with a use case.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publication2021 10th Mediterranean Conference on Embedded Computing, MECO 2021
PublisherIEEE
Publication date7. Jun 2021
Article number9460136
ISBN (Electronic)9780738133614
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 7. Jun 2021
Event10th Mediterranean Conference on Embedded Computing, MECO 2021 - Budva, Montenegro
Duration: 7. Jun 202110. Jun 2021

Conference

Conference10th Mediterranean Conference on Embedded Computing, MECO 2021
Country/TerritoryMontenegro
CityBudva
Period07/06/202110/06/2021
Series2021 10th Mediterranean Conference on Embedded Computing, MECO 2021

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Keywords

  • Cloud services
  • Internet of things
  • ROS
  • Rosbridge
  • Routing
  • UAV
  • Web interface
  • WebSock-ets

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