A wonderfully "green" use of real-time monitoring and distributed sensor networks. The implementation was truly ecologically friendly because Microsoft did not create waste in replacing their curren system; rather, they were able to make use of all the hardware and sensors they aleady had.
Drones are, in essence, flying autonomous vehicles. Pros and cons surrounding drones today might well foreshadow the debate over the development of self-driving cars. In the context of a strongly regulated aviation industry, "self-flying" drones pose a fresh challenge. How safe is it to fly drones in different environments? Should drones be required for visual line of sight – as are piloted airplanes? Join EE Times' Junko Yoshida as she moderates a panel of drone experts.