Parrot, the leading European drone group, announced it is partnering with RIIS, a leading provider of mobile app, web development and IT consulting services, to develop custom applications of artificial intelligence for Parrot’s popular ANAFI drone platform. Parrot and RIIS are focused on exploring the use of artificial Intelligence and computer vision technology, combined with drone data capture, to solve countless industry challenges using an efficient and cost-effective approach.

To help demonstrate the promise of this technology and allow developers to start creating innovative apps, Parrot and RIIS have released a technical whitepaper, which provides step-by-step instruction to add AI and computer vision to the ANAFI Drone using Parrot’s open source Ground SDK.

“We are excited to explore the immense capabilities AI and drones will deliver to our clients through our ongoing partnership with RIIS,” said Jerome Bouvard, Parrot Director of Strategic Partnership. “At Parrot, we are always looking for innovative solutions to solve for our enterprise partner’s every-day pain points.”

Parrot and RIIS are actively exploring use cases which could include municipal use of drones for assessing parking lots, public parks, and streetlights; crowd monitoring; warehouse inventory counting; automated inspection of cell phone towers and solar panels; property surveillance for real estate professionals and developers, and much more. This technology is expected to significantly enhance the often-tedious processes required to complete professional projects across a variety of industries and sectors.
“Our recent collaboration with Parrot perfectly illustrates the immense potential of developing apps for Parrot’s ANAFI drone platform,” said RIIS CEO and Founder Godfrey Nolan. “Leveraging the power of AI and machine learning apps with Parrot drones promises to provide previously impossible solutions to costly and time-consuming challenges.
Parrot and RIIS’ whitepaper details one example of this technology in practice through an application called Cattle Counter. The app allows farmers and agriculture professionals to effortlessly and accurately quantify the size of cattle herds to automate the monitoring and counting process. Cattle Counter is currently available for download on the Google Play website.

Through its SDK Partner program, Parrot is working to create a global ecosystem of drone apps to serve the unique and ever-evolving needs of its enterprise and professional users. Through this program, Parrot is working with partners, like RIIS, to create and bring to market new applications, software and hardware that seamlessly integrates with Parrot ANAFI and ANAFI Thermal drones.

For more information on Parrot and its ANAFI drones, visit Parrot.com.

To learn more about RIIS, visit RIIS.com.

To view Parrot and RIIS’ recent technical whitepaper, visit riis.com/blog/parrot_cattle_counter/

Parrot:                                    
Cecilia Hage                            
Cecilia.hage@parrot.com
Tel. +33 (1) 48 03 61 92

Markit Strategies for RIIS:
Patrick McLaughlin, APR
Patrickm@markitstrategies.com
Tel. +1.734.255.6466

About Parrot
Founded in 1994 by Henri Seydoux, Parrot is today the leading European group in the fast-growing industry of drones. Visionary, at the forefront of innovation, Parrot is the only group to be positioned across the entire value chain, from equipment to services and software.

  • Parrot, the world’s number 2 of the consumer drone market, designs drones known for their high performance and ease of use.
  • Parrot has a portfolio of outstanding companies and interests in commercial drones, covering equipment, software and services. Its expert capabilities are focused primarily on three vertical markets: (i) agriculture, (ii) 3D Mapping, Surveying and Inspection, and (iii) Defense and Security.

The Parrot Group designs and engineers its products in Europe, mainly in France and Switzerland. It currently employs over 500 people worldwide and makes the majority of its sales outside of France. Parrot, headquartered in Paris, has been listed since 2006 on Euronext Paris (FR0004038263 – PARRO). For more information: http://www.parrot.com

About RIIS
RIIS is a custom IT solutions provider focused on delivering mobile apps, web development and professional services to financial institutions and companies serving the healthcare, telecom and automotive industries. RIIS specializes in delivering agile project management while leveraging AI and Machine Learning to maximize results. Based in Troy, Michigan, RIIS is dedicated to developing custom software solutions that overcome unique business challenges. For more information go to http://www.riis.com.

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