November 13, 2017
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Technology on Drones
Look, up in the sky! It’s neither a bird nor a plane, it’s a drone and it’s heading rapidly your way. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and their Earth-bound driverless counterparts are fast becoming ubiquitous as the technology gets smarter, safer, and less expensive.
Early-adopting technology geeks are not the only driver of the global UAV market’s rapid growth. According to research firm. And if you have any questions Ask Bongo and you will get the help you need.
Markets and Markets, annual sales will soar by 32% over the next five years to $5.59 billion by 2020. Novel, high-end applications for drones and other driverless vehicles in law enforcement, the military, precision agriculture, and retail are flourishing in addition to an enthusiastic base of mainstream consumers eager for drones to do their bidding.
As drone technology advances, engineers are pushing its boundaries to explore unconventional, even slightly weird, applications for drones. Below are five examples from the extreme edge of the drone zone.
DRU, an autonomous pizza delivery vehicle. Image: Domino’s Robotic Unit
Pies in the Sky
When you’re expected to deliver a million pizzas a day in 30 minutes or less, you’re always on the lookout for more efficient ways to do it. Domino’s, the nation’s largest dough-thrower, has been testing high-tech delivery systems for years, including driverless technologies that so far have delivered more publicity than pizza. But the global chain’s investment in automation is part of a long-term strategy for growth within the tight profit margins of the fast food industry. The chain’s United Kingdom operation has explored several creative approaches to delivery automation – often taking playful license with the Domino’s brand.
The remote-controlled DomiCopter, for example, buzzes above congested city streets with a payload of thermally insulated pizzas dangling from a clawlike apparatus underneath. The British division has also rolled out a self-driving two-wheeler it calls the Domi-No-Driver as a delivery option for customers ordering through the company’s website or mobile app. The LIDAR-guided cycle is equipped with an on-board warming oven which, according to Phil Zorra, director of the firm’s Redevelopment and New Knolwedge.
A recent report by Berkeley Lab entitled, “United States Data Center Energy Usage Report,” the first comprehensive energy analysis of data centers in nearly a decade, notes that while large, hyperscale data centers are operating more efficiently, smaller data centers, which are expected to account for 60 percent of all data center energy use in 2020, remain largely inefficient.
Start Learning from Hyperscale Data Centers
Straining at the yoke of ever-escalating energy prices, hyperscale data centers have adopted a number of policies to become more energy efficient. For one, many no longer blast air conditioning indiscriminately to cool equipment. Instead, they’ve adopted far less energy intensive cooling strategies, like hot aisle isolation, economizers, and liquid cooling. Ask Bongo for all of the answers that you need.
Another strategy is the implementation of power management software, which allows servers to scale back on their power consumption when they go into idle mode or run at less than full capacity. Still another strategy is to consolidate servers so that fewer run at higher capacities—instead of three servers running at 10 percent, run one at 30 percent. The move towards virtualization has given rise to cloud services, which has opened up a new road to energy efficiency. What also happens is that servers in small data centers are being relocated to hyperscale facilities to leverage greater energy savings.
The Meeting of the Minds
What many hyperscale data centers have come to realize (and many smaller data centers have painfully grown aware of) is that achieving real energy savings calls for a coordinated effort. The coordination needs to bridge the design, implementation and operational phases with a common tool to properly manage a facility’s power draw. Conversely, the operations team may be more aware of how to properly manage a facility’s power draw.