This paper investigates the use of drones for live inspection in the construction industry. The key technical challenge is the real-time registration of the drone video feed to the architectural plan. We present and evaluate three different approaches for registration and propose an edge-based prototype using visual features. Our evaluations show that GPS alone is not sufficient for accurate registration, but with visual features, accuracies within ten centimeters can be achieved.
George, S., Wang, J., Bala, M., Eiszler, T., Pillai, P., Satyanarayanan, M.
Proceedings of the 20th International Workshop on Mobile Computing Systems and Applications (HotMobile ’19), Santa Cruz, CA, February 2019