The China Foundation for Cultural Heritage Conservation recently entered into a partnership with Intel for restoreration and protection of the Great Wall of China.
As the general manager and Vice President of Intel’s Drone team, Anil Nanduri, says, “ Using drones, set multiple aspects of the structure including areas that are quite inaccessible. We continue to be excited about the future of inspections being automated all the way from drone data capture to data processing, analysis and insights. We look forward to leveraging technology to aid in the preservation of more world heritage sites in the future.”
So why does the restoration of Great Wall of China matters so much? The reason is that the Great Wall’s Jiankou section happens to be one of the most popular and steepest stretches. The Jiankou section is located amidst very thick vegetation and the area dates back to 3rd Century BC. This explains the tattered condition of wall and the dire need of repairs.
Intel’s Falcon 8+ drones will patrol and inspect the area remotely and will map out the specific Jiankou section that has proved to be quiet distant and difficult for repair teams. The chairman of China Foundation for Cultural Heritage Conservation, Li Xiaojie, likes to add, “As one of the seven wonders of the world, The Great Wall has been exposed to weather erosion for thousands of years. Some parts are on steep inclines, which pose a great challenge for daily maintenance. Our partnership with Intel has opened up new avenues for preservation.”
In the coming months, the Falcon 8+ drones from Intel will be hovering over this specific section of Great Wall of China and will capture aerial photographs of walls that will lead to development of high-definition 3D images. The images clicked by Falcon 8+ drones will help the repair teams take a closer look at present condition of the wall and decide what kind of steps need to be taken for its conservation.
The Artificial Intelligence data registered buy these drones will help in creation of a visual representation of China’s Great Wall. This visual representation will help in safe identification of sections that need to be repaired first. Intel’s Global brand marketing leader, Alyson Griffin, further adds that, “ This partnership showcases how Intel’s Technology breakthroughs can benefit with the restoration off the Great Wall of China. It’s a powerful example of how Intel’s artificial intelligence and drone technology can positively impact the world.”
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