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Intel’s Drone and Artificial Intelligence Technology to Help Restore China’s Great Wall

Wednesday, May 2nd, 2018
Intel Great Wall Signing

Representatives of Intel Corporation and the China Foundation for Cultural Heritage Conservation hold a signing ceremony at the Mutianyu section of the Great Wall on Wednesday, April 25, 2018, to announce a partnership to protect and restore the Great Wall of China. (Credit: Intel Corporation)

What’s New: Intel and the China Foundation for Cultural Heritage Conservation have created a partnership to protect and restore the Great Wall of China.

“Using drones, we are able to inspect 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 our technology to aid in the preservation of more world heritage sites in the future.”
–Anil Nanduri, vice president and general manager, Intel’s drone team

Why It Matters: The Great Wall’s Jiankou section is among its most famous stretches, as well as its steepest. Located in thick vegetation, the section of the wall, which dates to the third century B.C., has naturally weathered and requires repair. Intel’s AI and Falcon 8+ drone technologies will be used to remotely inspect and map the Jiankou section, which has been difficult for repair teams to reach.

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