Apple and Siri. Amazon and Alexa. Microsoft and Cortana. Aquiline Drones and Spartacus. Artificial Intelligence (AI) has gained increasing popularity across industries.
Worldwide revenues for the AI market, including software, hardware, and services, are forecast to grow 40.2% annually, topping $997.77 billion by the end of 2028, according to a latest report by Grand View Research, an international consulting firm that helps Fortune 500 companies understand the global and regional business environment. (Artificial Intelligence Market Size Analysis Report, 2021-2028 (grandviewresearch.com)
Earlier today, Connecticut-based Aquiline Drones Corporation (AD) announced the acquisition of ElluminAI Labs, LLC to support further development of its AI framework called Spartacus. This is AD's second strategic acquisition in the company's pre-IPO plan. It was just last month that AD completed the purchase of 50% of Netherlands-based AerialTronics, a renowned drone manufacturer, for $9.0M USD from Paris-based Drone Volt (ALDRV). This was principally to bolster AD's in-house R&D capabilities. Drone Volt is a publicly traded French drone manufacturer and leader in AI technology with which AD has a strong, equity-based partnership.
This AI acquisition enables AD to deliver superior deep learning AI frameworks throughout its entire drone technology ecosystem which includes drone pilot training, drone manufacturing, commercial drone operations and cloud solutions on a global scale.
AD's Spartacus AI is modular, with different sets of services and proficiencies. It can learn specialized skills on a case-by-case basis, while offering broad integration ability across various environments. The AI will deliver key capabilities across AD's continuum of drone and cloud-based services, including:
"It is a true pleasure and exciting time to join Aquiline Drones; one of the most innovative and cutting-edge companies on our planet," said Dr. Scott Martin, co-founder of ElluminAI Labs and professor at George Mason University. "Joining AD to build the next-gen AI solutions together to advance the global drone, aviation and training markets is indeed transformative, and we can't wait to help launch tomorrow's groundbreaking AI driven societies."
"Our acquisition of ElluminAI will produce a powerful system that delivers a modular, deep learning cognitive framework, capable of flight optimization, training assistance and data analysis for the most sophisticated business processes involving commercial drones to essentially improve a company's profitability. This is not only ground-breaking technology, but sky-breaking technology as well!" said Barry Alexander, founder and chairman of Aquiline Drones. "What's more is the superior and scientific architecture that ElluminAI brings to the table that will monitor and manage the AD ecosystem more accurately, skillfully and successfully."
Alexander notes that a main difference between Spartacus and other digital agents is its advanced architecture, based on artificial neural networks, which provide the ability to get smarter and more efficient over time, especially with increasing amounts of data.
"Unlike traditional machine learning, Spartacus' deep learning doesn't reach a point of diminishing returns as data gets more complex," adds Alexander. "In fact, Spartacus becomes smarter with experience as individual skills are created for different use cases and conditions. This is precisely what is needed to handle real-world conditions."
Spartacus is a complete AI framework. Although initially focused on drone data analysis, drone operations, flight management and the like, it has wider applications beyond drones.
As a powerful AI framework that is easy to integrate across environments, Spartacus can seamlessly and simultaneously traverse activities at work and in the home; especially while traveling. Such activities include managing home security, energy usage, vehicle maintenance, personal schedules, and other connected devices, while offering options for anticipated activities based on 'habit recognition'.
Similarly, Spartacus can be enhanced for different IoT (Internet of Things) settings, such as factory management, logistics, construction site surveillance, precision farming, facility management and maintenance advisor - to name a few. Each role requires building the right set of skills beforehand. With both drones and IoT devices becoming increasingly popular in such environments, Spartacus brings capabilities to the table that just cannot be ignored.
Alexander highlights the role of Spartacus in the handling of UAV traffic across the National Airspace System (NAS) through AD's Command and Control (C2) capability on the AD Cloud. Here, Spartacus gathers data from the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) and other official sources, combines it with weather and additional external information, to provide crucial, real-time notifications and advisories to operation planners and drone pilots before and during the mission.
This full life-cycle support includes a comprehensive set of functions that optimize flight safety and provide skills beyond standard UAV requirements. The result is the delivery of real-time data insights from AD Cloud connected drones to AD C2, so business owners, UAV operators and operation planners have greater control of their activities.
In fact, Forbes recently featured AD in its coverage of AI:
What's next for this comprehensive cognitive digital agent? Alexander shares that Spartacus will be used as the primary interface for AD's innovative, drone-on-demand service, which will allow customers to pre-order drone services via a mobile app installed on smart phones and other hand-held devices later this year. Special features of the new technology will include Interactive Voice Command (IVC).
"From intuitive instructor and mission guide to personal assistant and business coach, Spartacus is the perfect amalgamation of both AD and ElluminAI Labs, offering maximum versatility, reliability, innovation and safety for all UAV solutions," concludes Alexander. "We are now poised to usher in paradigm-shifting and disruptive technology by providing a full lifecycle approach to all drone industry missions capable of helping businesses and individuals around the world."