Intel Enters Enterprise Drone Market with the Falcon 8+

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Today Intel announced their first branded drone targeted for enterprise markets, the Falon 8+. Intel states that “[this] advanced drone with full electronic system redundancy that is designed with safety, ease, performance and precision for the North American markets.” With this Intel is leveraging their acquisition of Ascending Technologies, the commercial drone manufacturer based in Germany. The Intel Falcon 8+ builds on Ascending Technologies Astec Falcon 8.


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Interesting.

I expect we'll see a lot more from intel in the consumer drone industry in the coming years as well, besides the somewhat lackluster Realsense tech seen in the Typhoon H. They acquired the tech used by DJI rather recently:

Movidius + Intel = Vision for the Future of Autonomous Devices | Machine Vision Technology | Movidius

A bit concerning thinking Intel seems to be taking over quite a few of these tech companies.
Concerning why?

If intel has movidius, their own proven flight controller tech, recent acquisition of a profession drone company, microprocessor and SOC manufacturing and a pile of cash imagine what they will be able to produce. DJI has some serious competition. We all benefit.
 
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Today Intel announced their first branded drone targeted for enterprise markets, the Falon 8+. Intel states that “[this] advanced drone with full electronic system redundancy that is designed with safety, ease, performance and precision for the North American markets.” With this Intel is leveraging their acquisition of Ascending Technologies, the commercial drone manufacturer based in Germany. The Intel Falcon 8+ builds on Ascending Technologies Astec Falcon 8.


Read the entire story here - Intel Enters Enterprise Drone Market with the Falcon 8+ - DRONELIFE
How much does does it cost?
 
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ial say 80k$ fully loaded.
Going to have to be a really 'healthy' enterprise to afford this guy!! And it reads like you supply your own camera and tablet. Some of their specs like cm class GSD dont really mean much with out some other info. Your Phantom does that from a few 100 feet up! I spent several years devolving laser radar (Lidar) for the DOD (no brag, but I literally wrote the book) and saw a lot of similar 'specs' that sound really good but really meant little.
 
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Going to have to be a really 'healthy' enterprise to afford this guy!! And it reads like you supply your own camera and tablet. Some of their specs like cm class GSD dont really mean much with out some other info. Your Phantom does that from a few 100 feet up! I spent several years devolving laser radar (Lidar) for the DOD (no brag, but I literally wrote the book) and saw a lot of similar 'specs' that sound really good but really meant little.
I'm not setting the price Richard, I'm guessing it would be round 80k. I saw one advertised on the used market For $40k with the suggestion it might be $100k new, that was pre intel. Hopefully they can do it cheaper. Get more market penetration. I never commented on the specs, I don't know what GSD is.
 
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I'm not setting the price Richard, I'm guessing it would be round 80k. I saw one advertised on the used market For $40k with the suggestion it might be $100k new, that was pre intel. Hopefully they can do it cheaper. Get more market penetration. I never commented on the specs, I don't know what GSD is.
No slam intended, just commenting on what is surely going to be an expensive bird. In the article, they specified cm level ground sample distance (GSD). That's how far apart on the ground the points in image are (just a fancy way of saying resolution)
 
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Concerning why?

If intel has movidius, their own proven flight controller tech, recent acquisition of a profession drone company, microprocessor and SOC manufacturing and a pile of cash imagine what they will be able to produce. DJI has some serious competition. We all benefit.
Absolutely, my only concern is that as a tech giant they acquire (Apple style) smaller very innovative companies in this field bringing them at a quasi monopolistic advantage, which ain't the best from a competition standpoint.


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Concerning why?

If intel has movidius, their own proven flight controller tech, recent acquisition of a profession drone company, microprocessor and SOC manufacturing and a pile of cash imagine what they will be able to produce. DJI has some serious competition. We all benefit.
The consumer drone market is completely different than the spare-no-expense approach to the needs of commercial drone operators, and I don't think the tech or the infrastructure is very scalable. I'd be very surprised if Intel or any of the big commercial drone migrants would cross over into the consumer market. Especially Intel, which really has virtually no retail expertise.
 
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I would think with Intel having the Companies and now the know how and with the TH I would not be surprised if they don't have a unit coming out for the CES conference this year. Or at least an announcement?
 
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The predecessor to the Falcon 8+ (Falcon 8) went for about $32,000.
That may well be the case. The deal I saw in another forum may have had a lot of extras. I have seen pro custom rigs for power line inspection and other specialist uses well over the $100k mark. Sensors and imaging equipment may have played a significant part in the total build cost.
 
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The consumer drone market is completely different than the spare-no-expense approach to the needs of commercial drone operators, and I don't think the tech or the infrastructure is very scalable. I'd be very surprised if Intel or any of the big commercial drone migrants would cross over into the consumer market. Especially Intel, which really has virtually no retail expertise.
Agreed Intel may not ultimately prevail in the direct retail space for mass consumer/hobby. If they are higher in the supply chain, where they are seemingly positioning themselves, with heavy r&d investment in develioement of tech (which they are proven to be exceptionally good at) and supply of core components into the market we should see more competition with advanced features.
 
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Absolutely, my only concern is that as a tech giant they acquire (Apple style) smaller very innovative companies in this field bringing them at a quasi monopolistic advantage, which ain't the best from a competition standpoint.


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Agreed. Unfortunately the reality is DJI, Yuneec and others need the intels of this world to progress the development of the core technology. DJI doesn't make cameras, a company in Taiwan does that for them. The vision smarts and obstacle avoidance in P4 & Mavic is enabled by Movidius hardware (now intel). The SOC's and microprocessors, probably every chip and component is externally sourced (along with design expertise). Even Apple sources key technology externally, I'm sure I read the LTE radio in the iPhone 7 is intel and that won't just be in IPhones.
 
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Agreed. Unfortunately the reality is DJI, Yuneec and others need the intels of this world to progress the development of the core technology. DJI doesn't make cameras, a company in Taiwan does that for them. The vision smarts and obstacle avoidance in P4 & Mavic is enabled by Movidius hardware (now intel). The SOC's and microprocessors, probably every chip and component is externally sourced (along with design expertise). Even Apple sources key technology externally, I'm sure I read the LTE radio in the iPhone 7 is intel and that won't just be in IPhones.
Because Intel makes a living selling key components to DJI, I suspect they will not try to enter DJIs market, and that's why they are only dabbling in the industrial drone space of the market.
 
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Because Intel makes a living selling key components to DJI, I suspect they will not try to enter DJIs market, and that's why they are only dabbling in the industrial drone space of the market.
Samsung, one of the world's largest smart phone mfgrs, makes a living selling key components to Apple, its biggest competitor.
 
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Because Intel makes a living selling key components to DJI, I suspect they will not try to enter DJIs market, and that's why they are only dabbling in the industrial drone space of the market.
I don't know what intel supplies DJI now, with the acquisition of Movidius and Intels current developement of flight controllers its likely DJI will likely need them in future. If intel gets the technological edge DJI caneither use them of have second rate product while their competitors using the latest tech enjoy increasing market share.
 
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Intel isn't the only game in town relative to drone tech. As the market heats up, and it is, other players will pop up with increasing frequency to keep the market served. I'm sure Intel will always be a big player, maybe even the biggest player, but that's OK. The Apple-Intel relationship certainly shows that that's not a problem.
 

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