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Helsinki, Finland – 31st March 2023 – A new white paper has been released exploring the use of augmented reality (AR) technology in industrial drones, with a focus on adding AR to the criteria of the Specific Operations Risk Assessment (SORA) to minimise risks when flying drones.

The white paper, titled “Augmented Reality in Industrial Drones: Enhancing Safety Through SORA,” was produced by Anarky Labs who create software for drones. Anarky’s software AirHUD superimposes AR on the real world environment using AR glasses like HoloLens 2 so that pilots can see their drones, even if flying beyond the visual line of sight. The paper provides an in-depth examination of how AR can be used to enhance the safety of drone operations in industrial settings and improve situational awareness of the pilots.

Industrial drones are increasingly being used in a wide range of applications, including law enforcement, search and rescue, inspection of infrastructure, surveying of large areas, and defence. However, the use of drones in industrial settings can pose significant risks to people, property, and the environment. 

The SORA is a risk assessment regulatory procedure that helps drone operators and lawmakers identify and minimise these risks.

The new white paper argues that the addition of AR to the SORA criteria can further enhance the safety of drone operations. By providing real-time, real world information to drone operators, AR can help them make more informed decisions and avoid hazards that may not be immediately visible.

Augmented reality technology has the potential to revolutionise the way industrial drones are operated, making them safer, more efficient, and more effective. By integrating AR into the SORA criteria, we can take a major step forward in enhancing the safety of drone operations in industrial settings. We call upon industry stakeholders to join us in supporting the integration of AR technology into the regulatory process, and to work together to unlock the full potential of the drone industry.

Hannu LesonenFounder and CEO - Anarky Labs

The white paper also examines the current state of AR technology and its potential applications in the industrial drone industry. It provides case studies and examples of how AR has already been used to enhance drone operations in various industries.

The white paper is available for download here.

For more information, contact:
Emilie Cohen (CMO)
Anarky Labs
+358 401 722 590