The drone will allow secure data collection
TOKYO >> A new small drone jointly developed by the Japanese government and private companies gives the country the opportunity to strengthen its data protection.
While China currently dominates the drone market, Japan is scrambling to produce domestic models to keep data collected securely in highly confidential situations. Chinese companies account for about 80% of the global market share of small drones, and information such as communication data, images and flight routes are often stored on Chinese servers through special applications, which raises concerns. concerns about information leaks.
Released in December, the Japanese Soten drone measures 2 feet wide and weighs nearly 4 pounds. It was developed by Tokyo-based startup ACSL, NTT Docomo and Yamaha Motor, in partnership with the government and the New Energy and Industrial Technology Development Organization.
Soten can fly for about 30 minutes and has a camera designed for maneuvering as well as photographing. It can fly even in strong winds of 33.5 mph.
Drones are used in a wide range of fields, including ground surveys and the inspection of bridges, roads and other infrastructure. The Soten drone immediately encrypts its flight routes and the data it collects, and the data is stored on national servers, features meant to prevent third parties from stealing data or hijacking the drone. Soten will be used to monitor remote islands in the waters around Japan and conduct search operations in the event of a disaster.
Anticipating a halt or slowdown in parts supply during the pandemic and other future disasters, Soten was made primarily from parts made in Japan.