Parrot and Rapid Imaging bring AR situational awareness to professional drone users

Parrot, the leading European drone group, announced today its partnership with Rapid Imaging – a technology provider delivering geospatial augmented reality (AR) and situational awareness solutions to government and enterprise users.

This partnership pairs Parrot ANAFI USA, ANAFI platform drones, and the FreeFly SDK with Rapid Imaging’s SmartCam3D® SDK, the industry-leading geospatial Augmented Reality and situational awareness platform for Unmanned Aircraft Systems.

SmartCam3D® overlays valuable geospatial data such as Street Vectors, Road Names, Points of Interest, Polygons, and other pertinent map entities onto real-time, full-motion-video (FMV) provided by the ANAFI USA’s powerful 4K HDR video, 32x zoom, and live video streaming capabilities – providing mission personnel with advanced situational awareness as they perform critical drone operations. SmartCam3D® also allows end-users to interact with live drone video in the same ways they would a map display, such as dropping a pin to mark a location or geocoding a selection from the real-time video stream. These powerful situational awareness capabilities present opportunities across a variety of mission-sets ranging from Airborne Law Enforcement, Insurance, and Industrial Inspections, to natural disaster response, Real Estate, and search and rescue operations.

The SmartCam3D® SDK is easy-to-integrate, providing a turn-key solution for UAS Platform Providers seeking to enrich their offerings with geospatial augmented reality and situational awareness tools. Available features include geospatial AR, allowing users to enjoy a “Google Maps-like” experience but with live drone video as the background layer as opposed to a satellite image, granular declutter options, allowing users to select the types of map entities displayed on their live video feed, custom GIS data integration, allowing users to import their own geospatial data to display, Pin-Dropping, allowing users to mark locations within the live video with AR annotations and communicate those locations to a map display, forward- and reverse-geocoding, allowing professional drone pilots to designate a point in the video and immediately receive the geospatial data associated with that point (e.g., Lat/Long or Address) or designate a location (i.e., Lat/Long or Address) and mark the location with an AR annotation within the video display, and Cross-Cuing, allowing end-users to simultaneously navigate a full-motion-video display and map display.

“Leveraging Parrot ANAFI USA’s precise GPS coordinates and advanced flight features, SmartCam3D® provides first responders and military personnel with up-to-date geospatial AR overlays on live video, combining the benefits of both a 2D map display and a Full-Motion-Video display into a single operating picture.” said Jerome Bouvard, Parrot Director of Strategic Partnerships. “This new partnership will provide easy-to-comprehend data to better assist first responders into making quick and accurate decisions during high-stress missions.”

All data captured through SmartCam3D® during sensitive missions is secure, as Parrot drone users must opt-in to share flight data with Parrot’s secure to store footage. Parrot ANAFI USA also features Secure Digital (SD) card encryption, which ensures complete protection of photos and videos if the drone or the SD card is lost. 

“The Parrot ANAFI USA has been a great platform to work with – as a developer with a long history of providing geospatial situational awareness technologies to military end-users, platform metadata reported from the UAV is critical to mission success,” said David Geisler, CEO of Rapid Imaging. “The team at Parrot does it right, ensuring high-quality, synchronous metadata from the ANAFI and ensuring accurate geospatial information and overlays for end-users.”

Rapid Imaging has been developing and licensing geospatial situational awareness software for over two decades. Its technology was originally deployed with the NASA X-38 in initial unmanned testing and today is deployed with all US Army Tactical Unmanned Systems as a module within the US Army’s Universal Ground Control Station (UGCS). Additional efforts have been with the Federal Aviation Administration, the US Air Force, and a variety of Enterprise Customers in the Intelligence, Surveillance, and Reconnaissance space.

The SmartCam3D® SDK is available for Android, iOS, Linux, and Windows systems for use with ANAFI and ANAFI USA platform drones. To learn more about Rapid Imaging and to request access to the SmartCam3D® SDK, please contact Rapid Imaging through its contact form

For more information about ANAFI USA or for any request, please contact Parrot through its ANAFI USA contact form.


Founded in 1994 by Henri Seydoux, Parrot is today the leading European group in the fast-growing industry of drones. Visionary, at the forefront of innovation, Parrot is the only group to be positioned across the entire value chain, from equipment to services and software. Parrot, the world’s number 2 of the consumer drone market, designs drones known for their high performance and ease of use. Parrot has a portfolio of outstanding companies and interests in commercial drones, covering equipment, software and services. Its expert capabilities are focused primarily on three vertical markets: (i) agriculture, (ii) 3D Mapping, Surveying and Inspection, and (iii) Defense and Security.

The Parrot Group designs and engineers its products in Europe, mainly in France and Switzerland. It currently employs over 500 people worldwide and makes the majority of its sales outside of France. Parrot, headquartered in Paris, has been listed since 2006 on Euronext Paris (FR0004038263 – PARRO). Financial information can be found on For more information:


Rapid Imaging is a technology provider delivering geospatial augmented reality (AR) and situational awareness solutions to government and enterprise customers. Based in Middleton, WI, the Veteran-Owned Small Business licenses situational awareness technologies designed to deliver enhanced perception, comprehension, and projection to end-users, thereby promoting situational awareness and improving operational efficiency and effectiveness.

Rapid Imaging’s core technology served as the primary flight display for the NASA X38 during initial unmanned testing. Additionally, since 2003, the technology has been deployed with US Army Tactical Unmanned Systems as a module within the universal ground control stations used in conjunction with the Hunter, Shadow, and Gray Eagle UAV Platforms. This technology provides geospatial augmented reality overlays on live, full-motion-video to enhance situational awareness among end-users. Additional integrations of this technology include sUAS Pilot Apps, a plugin for the Android Tactical Assault Kit (ATAK), and a comprehensive Mission Management Application for the manned ISR market.

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