Parrot has been in the news recently for ending their consumer drone offering, going after DJI by saying that you can’t trust Chinese-made drones as part of their ANAFI USA marketing campaign, and for having their PR Firm push data security reports to the foreground that DJI says contain ‘inaccuracies and misleading statements.’ In the midst of all this, Parrot announces that they will expand their partnership with Dronisos and use the ANAFI platform to do so.
In a series of emails to media folks, the PR agency for the French drone maker Parrot has announced that they will be releasing a new drone on June 30th, 4 p.m. CEST. However, that is not what stood out most to me and many other people in the drone industry. Nope. What stood out most were the slogans asking us if we trust Chinese drones and more specifically DJI drones.
The new Parrot Anafi may arrive as soon as June 30th, 2020 according to this announcement. The original Anafi was launched in New York in the summer of 2018, so yeah it is about time that we saw an update. However, this drone is quite different from what we have seen before from the French drone maker, Parrot.
This week new photos appeared online that show the Parrot Anafi Thermal SE outdoor tactical drone in greater detail and also side-by-side to its smaller brother the Parrot ANAFI. As we said before, this seems to be the perfect search and rescue drone.
Update with more info on the name and two different versions here.
Only a few days ago, we wrote about this tender from the department of the interior in France and how they are looking to purchase 651 drones. Part of the tender seemed to be specifically written for the Parrot ANAFI drone. Whereas another part of the document seemed written for a drone with a 30x zoom lens, which we (still) think is for the DJI Matrice 200/210. But then we learned about this drone that offers very similar capabilities but in a much smaller and lighter package. Check out the Parrot ANAFI UA from the French drone maker Parrot. Could this be the perfect drone for first responders and search and rescue operators?
Italian police used a Parrot Anafi drone to monitor the beaches in Rimini for people who defy the stay at home order. On a deserted stretch of beach, they found a sunbather who was illegally enjoying the beautiful weather. They spotted the man with a drone and in this video you can see how two police officers on quads approach him and issue a fine.
The French government plans to buy 651 drones for surveillance purposes, details of which are outlined in a tender worth almost €4M ($4.3M USD). The tender, titled “Drones” was published on April 12th on the official bulletin of public procurement announcements. It comes from the Ministry of the Interior, via the Purchasing, Equipment and Logistics Service for Homeland Security.