Percepto and Orange Silicon Valley Showcase Advanced Autonomous Drone Platform with 4G/LTE Connectivity

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Companies Partner to Add Artificial Intelligence Into Commercial Drones

“Percepto and Orange Silicon Valley are taking their drones to new heights with Jetson, highlighting the strength and flexibility of our embedded technology," said Deepu Talla, vice president and general manager of the Tegra business at NVIDIA

Percepto will demonstrate its advanced computer vision capabilities for autonomous drones using 4G/LTE connectivity at Orange Silicon Valley’s Drones Connected Conference.

Using the NVIDIA® Jetson™ TK1 embedded supercomputer, these drones can perform autonomous functions beyond-line-of-sight (BLOS), including real-time object identification, target tracking and structural inspections. Machine vision and data from other onboard sensors also enable autonomous collision detection and avoidance. The 4G/LTE solution is available in PerceptoCore, Percepto’s computer vision module, first demonstrated at the GPU Technology Conference in April.

Working with Orange Silicon Valley, the Silicon Valley Business Innovation Center of global telecommunications operator, Orange, Percepto will integrate high-broadband mobile connectivity with embedded computer vision to validate the performance and capabilities of connected AI-powered drones in various flight scenarios. The project will enable commercial drones to connect to a 4G/LTE network to handle long distance security, safety and inspection tasks autonomously. Communications, flight and mission control, and video streaming will be always on. The team is also in the process of upgrading to the NVIDIA Jetson TX1 to embed the 4G/LTE module for faster inference capability based on real-time sensor fusion data.

“The Jetson platform brings supercomputer performance for deep learning and computer vision to battery operated autonomous machines and intelligent devices,” said Deepu Talla, vice president and general manager of the Tegra business at NVIDIA. “Percepto and Orange Silicon Valley are taking their drones to new heights with Jetson, highlighting the strength and flexibility of our embedded technology.”

“Adding 4G/LTE communications to our onsite, multi-mission drone solution solves long-range communication and control challenges that many of our clients face,” said Dor Abuhasira, CEO of Percepto. “Autonomous commercial drones need access to live video and an analyzed data feed. This solution provides high-quality, always-on drone communication, enabling more inspections and surveillance applications at a fraction of the cost.”

Sofrecom, an Orange subsidiary, is one of the world’s leading specialists in telecommunications consultancy and engineering, and is exploring how companies could use these technologies, particularly in Africa and the Middle East.

“With state of the art artificial intelligence technology and high-speed mobile connectivity, we envision a future where a network of autonomous unmanned systems can perform complex functions with minimal supervision,” says Jacques Moulin, CEO of Sofrecom. “This has the potential to significantly reduce the operational costs of our customers and partners, particularly in the EMEA region. Reliable low latency connectivity across assets will be one of the key enablers for mission robustness for unmanned systems.”

For more information, visit Percepto’s website at or contact Percepto at media(at)percepto(dot)co

About Percepto
Percepto develops on-site, multi mission drone solutions for commercial use. Percepto’s technologies and applications enable drones to conduct security, safety and inspection tasks fully autonomously. Percepto also offers high computing modules for small UAVs, vision applications for different commercial uses, and a software system that can manage the drone remotely.

About Orange
Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 40 billion euros in 2015 and 154,000 employees worldwide at 30 June 2016, including 96,000 employees in France. Present in 29 countries, the Group has a total customer base of 250 million customers worldwide at 30 June 2016, including 189 million mobile customers and 18 million fixed broadband customers. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services. In March 2015, the Group presented its new strategic plan “Essentials2020” which places customer experience at the heart of its strategy with the aim of allowing them to benefit fully from the digital universe and the power of its new generation networks.

Orange is listed on Euronext Paris (symbol ORA) and on the New York Stock Exchange (symbol ORAN).

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About Sofrecom
Sofrecom, an Orange subsidiary, has developed over 50 years a unique know-how about operator businesses, making it a world leading specialist in telecommunications consultancy and engineering. Its experience of mature and emerging markets, combined with its deep understanding of the structural changes affecting the telecoms market make it a valued partner for operators, governments and regulators. Sofrecom offers its expertise in Business Consulting, Networks and Services and IT, to carry out strategic projects: digital transformation, innovation and development. Sofrecom is a human and powerful network of know-how which binds its personnel to its customers, Orange experts, industrial and local partners.

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