Drone Research Lab Comes to Life in Cincinnati


Tata Consultancy Services (TCS), a global IT services, consulting and business solutions organization based out of India, has opened a Drones Research Lab in Cincinnati.

According to the company – part of the Tata group, an industrial conglomerate in India – the TCS Drones Research Lab addresses the rapidly expanding demand for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) across industries. The lab is located at the company’s Seven Hills Park Innovation Center, which was established in 2008 and is located on 223 acres of wooded land.

TCS says the new lab provides a rapid experimentation and co-innovation environment for customers to build solutions for specific industry problems. Commercial drone pilots certified by the Federal Aviation Administration are based at the lab to fly UAVs for collecting data for specific industry uses cases. Then, advanced computer vision, machine learning and deep learning algorithms enable fully automated processing of the drone-captured images.

The fully operational lab is now demonstrating solutions for insurance, manufacturing, logistics and transportation industries, as well as specific environmental applications.

“Forward-thinking companies worldwide are at different stages of exploring drone technology to reimagine existing operational processes and transform the way they do business,” comments K. Ananth Krishnan, executive vice president and chief technology officer of TCS. “The Drones Research Lab combines the latest in drone technology with cutting-edge research from our labs and enables our customers to rapidly build innovative solutions.”

The TCS Drones Research Lab is an extension of the global TCS Research and Innovation ecosystem, which brings the combined expertise of its labs, start-ups, academia and technology partners closer to customers.

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