This computer visualization shows the warmth for NASA’s modified design of a complete DJI Phantom 3 quadcopter settings in hover mode. (NASA Ames Graphic / / Patricia Ventura Diaz) Amazon is famous for growing delivery drones, also for delivering information through Amazon Web Services — so it had to be only a matter of time before somebody at Amazon came up with the concept of delivering information through drones. Actually, Abdul Sathar Sait created the concept back in 2014, when he had been a primary product manager at AWS. The patent application for”Unmanned Aerial Vehicle Data Services” refers to a method by which system users can put in an arrangement for enhanced information services, and have a drone flown from the user’s location to supply these services. Here’s how Sait put it in the patent application:”The UAV may include a large-capacity [info ] storage apparatus and a high-speed data interface. If the consumer computing device is located in a distant location where system bandwidth may be scarce, or if the number of information is too big relative to bandwidth, a partner user may turn into the UAV.” The drone may carry equipment to beef up a wireless information network’s throughput when bandwidth would otherwise be rare. Or it could upload information from the user’s computer and take it somewhere else for transfer into a central data server, like a honeybee carrying loads of pollen into the hive. This schematic demonstrates how an individual using a connected device (left) could send a request to a central server (correct ) to set up a drone capable of supplying beefed-up information services for the user’s device. (Amazon Illustration through USPTO) Of course, there’d need to be a strong authentication system — to verify that customers are who they say they are, that they’re in the correct location for transmission, and also which the information streams are being sent safely to the perfect places. The patent application involves an extra suggestion for foiling hackers. “Multiple UAVs could be deployed to give security. By way of example, rather than supplying a whole block of information from the recipient computing apparatus to the UAV, the information might be split into sub-blocks. Each of those blocks might be provided to one of those UAVs. As such, if one of these UAVs is compromised (e.g., the corresponding computing process is obtained by an unauthorized third party), only the corresponding sub-block of information might be at risk, in place of the whole data block” Users of these drone data services could be charged a commission based on several aspects. “For example, the more complex the amount of UAVs, the more distant the recipient computing apparatus, the larger data level, or the faster delivery might be, the more complex the cost may eventually become,” Sait writes. Could this idea fly? And for whatever it’s worth, not one of those 10 federally approved drone demonstration jobs mentions on-demand information services as an application that is being tested. Amazon generally does not comment on its own rivals, and there is no guarantee that the company is going to turn this one into fact. Nevertheless, we have achieved to Amazon and can pass and anything we listen back. Little drones plus big data… that is difficult to resist.