Streaming live video from underwater drones to remote viewers
Wednesday, March 18, 2020 / Trondheim, Norway
While we are bombarded with news from across the globe about the spread of COVID-19 and communities in quarantine - people and businesses are hurting. Fortunately, we have access to well developed technologies such as video conferences and other cloud based tools to help us communicate and to run most of our daily operations remotely, preventing spreading the virus further.
In Blueye, we’ve been working on a live stream solution to use together with our underwater drones, and recently decided to push this forward as the pandemic is forcing more people to stay at home, taking care of loved ones and trying to fulfill their job at the same time. The solution can reduce the need for travel as colleagues and other experts can follow underwater inspections in real time online.
Enabling remote inspections with Blueye underwater drones
During the COVID-19 lockdown in Norway, we've learned how some industries are critical for our society to keep it together. In addition to health care systems and medicine, supply of food, water and energy are critically important to keep things running "as usual". Inspecting water pipes and supervise farmed fish to secure their health is still important to take care of.
The Blueye live stream solution enables the ROV operator to stream live video feed from the Blueye App to the internet via his or hers iOS or Android device. This requires only one person with a drone on site, and provides a quick way to make decisions. The ROV pilot does not need to have much knowledge of what they're looking at as he or she can involve decision makers or experts in real time by live video broadcasted over the internet.
For industries such as fish farming and maritime, this means that even though some of their staff are unable to travel to location, they can follow a broadcast of an inspection in real time online. Watching real time opens up for experts to comment and give directions to the pilot, which enables quicker decision making which can save critical time and cost.
Tested with 1500 simultaneous remote viewers
Even though we made the live stream feature public before we can Blueye-approve 100%, we decided to give it a real good try together with our local newspaper Adresseavisen. During these difficult times our community are struggling with, it felt nice to give people sitting at home a break and something interesting to watch below the surface - while we could also test our setup at a large scale. At one point during the stream we even had 1500 remote viewers, without any major hickups!