Supplai receives the MIT AI R&D subsidy for our project – Real-Time Video Analytics on Drones

July 5, 2023


Ridderkerk, South-Holland, June 08 2022

We are proud to announce that we have been granted the MIT AI R&D subsidy for our project ‘Real-time Video Analytics on Drones’ from the Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO; [Eng]: Netherlands Enterprise Agency). Our project focuses on the development and application of edge-based Artificial Intelligence algorithms to automatically detect any temporal and spatial events in video footage by the use of drones. Some use cases for this project include:

  • Time-critical and remote aerial inspection of infrastructure
  • Wind turbine inspection
  • Power line/power pylon inspection
  • Assist during Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flights and operations.

A collaborative effort to achieve a common goal

These real-time solutions are provided with the combination of Drones or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV’s), and Machine Learning algorithms. Our AI-based Real-time Video Analytics solution for Drones monitors various objects and distinguishes certain activities or behaviours that may result in an alert or a reaction from the user by detecting and analysing attributes such as movement or behavioural patterns as well as events such as sudden burst of flame or smoke, suspicious moving individuals, anomalous driving behaviours and so much more. Details and facets in the sheer volume of data can be missed by human eyes. This project will see us work together with Dutch Drone Company, one of the few companies situated in The Netherlands that is fully approved to operate Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs).

Our Real-Time Video Analytics Solution for Drones makes Computer Vision and Machine Learning accessible to businesses and infrastructure with drones. Amongst the many benefits of Real-time Video Analytics on Drones are:

  • In depth analysis of Aerial footage, which may be missed by the human eye. A large amount of data is collected by these drones. With the help of AI-based Machine Learning algorithms, the collected data is efficiently analysed.
  • Reduction of latency and errors during analysis.
  • Reduction of labour costs.
  • Excellent Return on Investment (ROI.
  • Increased frequency of inspection without any downtime.
  • More efficient employee deployment.
  • Used to gather long-term degradation data of assets, goods, land, and materials.

AI-integrated Drones can also be deployed to provide assistance during Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flights and operations. This is where a drone is operated without the need for a pilot keeping constant visual line of sight on the aircraft. However, the Drone is operated by using Remote Pilot Station (RPS) / Ground Control Station (GCS) sensors. Drone inspections, when combined with machine learning algorithms gives operators greater insight into data which, otherwise may remain undetected when inspected by the human eye. This ensures efficient data processing.

MIT AI R&I Subsidy for Collaborative Projects

The MIT AI R&D subsidy is awarded to companies for the creation and innovation of products, product services, or services in collaboration with other SMEs which contribute to developing Artificial Intelligence (AI).  The European Commission defines AI as ‘systems that display intelligent behavior by analyzing their environment and taking action (with a certain degree of independence) to achieve specific goals’.

a welcome boost

“We are honoured to be on the receiving end of this subsidy, and we are extremely appreciative of the support from the Rijksdienst voor Ondernemend Nederland (RVO). This will help us commence our next step in the quest to revolutionise business operations”, exclaimed Koen de Jong, CEO and Co-founder of supplai. “The integration of AI and machine learning algorithms is the future of automation and robotics. This partnership approach with Dutch Drone Company will help provide the most efficient aerial solutions for drone operators and business processes”, commented de Jong.

Learn more about the MIT AI R&D subsidy here


Our focus lies in the development of cutting-edge artificial intelligence (AI) algorithms for all kinds of businesses. We are therefore a partner that can help with various current and future transactions with the focus on the long-term relationship. Our AI-based algorithms enhance business processes by reading (document automation), seeing (real-time video analytics), analysing, and predicting (data predictions) – providing you with more valuable data and statistical insights into your business processes.  Our algorithms are trained to handle repetitive tasks, enhance quality, and free-up valuable time for more practical tasks.

In this way we help companies and employees to thrive in more complex tasks! Our extensive knowledge of logistics, chemistry and agriculture helps us  understand what is important for companies and business operations. This makes us the ideal sparring partner to improve your processes with the help of this new technology! At our office we produce 8000 kW of solar power per year. We heat electrically and train our algorithms with our 100% solar power. As a company, we have zero emissions and we get sustainable solutions. With a growing number of customers and partners, we provide ideal solutions to help scale your business.

For more information on supplai and its state-of-the-art, ultra-modern AI-based solutions, please visit our website at

Dutch Drone Company

The Dutch Drone Company was founded with the objective of providing solutions to the industry for faster and safer inspections. One of these solutions is the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). DDC is specialised in digital inspections, surveying and analysis of industrial assets with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or robots and processes this data into, for example 3D models and point clouds. With the generated digital twins and artificial intelligence, organisations are able to plan and manage their industrial assets immediately, accurately, safely and efficiently. To provide the highest level of service to their clients, Dutch Drone Company partnered with multiple specialists who enhance UAV deployment. To find out more about Dutch Drone Company, please visit: