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Use of drones to assist 911 explored by Manatee County officials – Manatee County in Florida could be breaking new ground for the drone industry with a new type of emergency response that involves the use of unmanned aircraft. The county is only a few approvals away from becoming the first county in the nation to use drones to assist 911 during an incident.
Altitude Angel establishes “Drone Zone” for drones and planes – In the United Kingdom, the Thames Valley to the west of London will be the site of what is expected to be the world’s first commercial ‘super-highway’ drone corridor in open and unrestricted airspace according to plans submitted to the UK’s Civil Aviation Authority. Operated and managed by Altitude Angel, the site will be available to support fully automated drone flights beyond visual line-of-sight (BVLOS) from any drone company which completes a series of basic technical integrations which, crucially, don’t require specialist hardware on-board the drone.
Drone plays mother’s voice in effort to find missing 3-year-old boy – In Australia, a search and rescue crew used a drone that played mom’s voice in an effort to find a missing three-year-old boy. However, it was his granddad’s assistance that saved the day.
Safer drone flying with ADS-B DIY project from Bruce Simpson – Amidst growing concern that recreational drones may pose a danger to manned aircraft, Kiwi drone and RC Bruce Simpson has come up with an ADS-B do-it-yourself kit to ensure the risk is minimized.
FAA moves slowly on Type Certification of drones – Earlier this year the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) posted a notice on the Federal Register about the type certification of drones. 67 individuals and organizations commented among whom Brendan Schulman from DJI, and in a separate comment, the People’s Republic of China.
Future of fighting crime arrives with police and fire adding drones to toolkits – The future of fighting crime has arrived as police and fire departments around the world are adding drones to their toolkits to get the job done.
Cal Poly students use AI and drones to ‘forecast’ shark encounters – A team of students at Cal Poly is working to combine drones and artificial intelligence to ‘forecast’ shark encounters and to get beachgoers safely into the water again.
Drones are an essential part of Choctaw Nation Disaster Preparation – The third week of National Preparedness Month is “Prepare for Disasters.” in Oklahoma, drones are an essential part of the Choctaw Nation Office of Emergency Management’s preparation and can be used to provide an aerial overview perspective in times of crisis.
senseFly – Scaling new safety heights with fixed-wing drone technology – Ames Construction, one of the largest family-owned general contractors in the United States, has significantly improved the safety and accuracy of its surveying at a copper mining site in Arizona, thanks to innovative technology from senseFly, the global leader in fixed-wing drones. By using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Ames Construction can now generate detailed 3D imagery of the pit wall surfaces – a process that would be much more difficult and time-consuming using traditional topographic methods.
Australian government is ‘comfortable’ with data security of DJI drones – Over the last couple of years, various U.S. government officials and lawmakers have expressed concerns about DJI and the data security of DJI drones and possibly stored on DJI servers in China. DJI has always maintained that the drone operator is in charge of the data and can decide to use their DJI drones offline without risk of any data being transmitted overseas. Various studies some of which were paid for by DJI have not shown any evidence of data being transmitted to China. The Australian government recently conducted their own cyber vulnerability review on the usage of DJI drones for their Defense Department and concluded that it was comfortable with using the unmanned aircraft in non-classified situations.
How Reuters uses drones to bring you real-world news in real-time – At this point, it seems that almost all news organizations use aerial photos and videos in their reporting. This story is about how Reuters, one of the world’s leading news agencies uses drones to bring you real-world news in real-time and to go where journalists simply can’t.
Indiana DoC selected AeroDefense’s AirWarden drone detection system – Indiana Department of Correction (IDOC) will deploy AeroDefense’s AirWarden™ Drone and Pilot Detect, Locate, and Track System at two sites and four facilities to decrease and ultimately prevent drug, cell phone, and other drone-borne contraband delivery attempts.
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