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Recent News: Graduates of SalusUAV Training Win National Recognition

Published October 29th 2017

The First University to Win a Clean Sweep of Awards Team Bath Drones were the first attendees of the SalusUAV Higher Education and Research Course. We are proud that they have gone on to be the first team ever to achieve a clean sweep at the IMechE competition, winning the following prizes: Innovation (sponsored by QinetiQ), Design (sponsored by GKN Aerospace) and Overall Grand Champions (sponsored by Northrop Grumman). Read More »


Nation Prize for Innovation Upper Austria - 2nd place for Aero Enterprise GmbH

Published October 25th 2017

Linz, 25.10.2017. With its “Airborne Quality Assurance” service package, Aero Enterprise was awarded 2nd place at the Nation Prize for Innovation 2017 in Upper Austria. The award ceremony took place on 24th October at the Upper Austrian Studios of the ORF in Linz. The Innovation Award, which is awarded annually by Business Upper Austria and the state of Upper Austria, was selected in four categories: small businesses – including Aero Enterprise-, medium-sized companies, large companies and research institutes. Furthermore, two jury awards (for radical innovations and/or business model innovations) were chosen. “We are extremely pleased to be ranked second in the SME category and are proud to be a driving innovation force in Upper Austria, together with all nominees,” said Robert Hörmann, CEO and CTO of Aero Enterprise. “The prize is especially for our team, which makes such submissions possible with unprecedented work and a high level o... Read More »


1000 drone pilots covered (and counting...)

Published October 23rd 2017

Just 18 months since take-off, Moonrock Drone Insurance – which specialises in drone insurance, underwritten by Hiscox, for commercial pilots – has safely landed its 1000th insurance policy. For Moonrock’s CEO Simon Ritterband, the growing success of the product vindicates what he saw as a potential opportunity when his builder turned up with a drone. “I was working in property when I had a call from my builder who said I had some roofing issues with one of my buildings. He sent a drone up to take a closer look. That sparked my interest in drones so I went to a drone expo, caught the buzz and immediately signed up to get my commercial pilot’s licence.” Limited insurance choice Licence secured, Ritterband realised that the market to buy liability insurance – a legal requirement for all commercial drone pilots – was limited. “Existing policies could be 60 pages long and were largely adapted from more general aviation insurance c... Read More »


TAKE YOUR DJI MATRICE 600 TO THE NEXT LEVEL WITH PARAZERO SAFEAIR

Published October 23rd 2017

DJI’s Matrice 600 (M600) is DJI’s high-end commercial drone designed for professional aerial photography and various industrial applications. M600 is DJI’s heaviest drone can carry up to 6 kg of payload reaching a maximum take-off weight (MTOW) of 15.5 kg, carrying various payloads worth up to thousands of dollars. The M600 itself comes equipped with several redundancies such as the A3 autopilot self-adaptive flight systems that adjust flight parameters and six batteries that can be turned on and off with a button and the drone will stay in the air if one fails. However, the M-600 drone is still prone to many other risks both mechanical and software, that could lead to a potential crash. That is why an expensive investment like the M-600 requires a safety net – a backup system that would provide recovery when all else fails. Parazero is a drone safety solutions company, specializes in the development and manufacturing of innovative safety systems f... Read More »


Air Control Entech: PM visit – UAV technology opportunity to transform Oil and Gas Industry

Published September 18th 2017

This is a move to strengthen Public-Private partnership aimed at tackling the high costs and complexity of carrying out high quality inspections of facilities. A visit to the Oil and Gas Technology centre (OGTC), presented Air Control Entech’s (ACE) managing director Kieran Hope with an opportunity to showcase an innovative solution. Kieran demonstrated that with support from the OGTC, Air Control Entech can provide low-cost high quality inspections using Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV). Managing Director of the Aberdeen based Start-up said: “It was great to present one of our existing technologies to the UK PM. The Oil & Gas Technology Centre (The OGTC) have been a great support to the company since we engaged with them. Today marks another fine example of how the new technology centre can help get the hidden technologies within Aberdeen out there, into the market and help to make our industry great again” Read More »


Air Control Entech achieve world first live stream offshore inspection from UAV

Published September 18th 2017

Air Control Entech, a leading UAV (drone) based Service Company to the Oil and Gas industry has delivered a world’s first in offshore inspection. Air Control Entech UAV inspection team successfully streamed the world’s first live offshore inspection. The live inspection from a North Sea FPSO operated by a UK headquartered Oil and Gas Company was successfully streamed directly to the client’s onshore offices in Aberdeen. This new development, co-funded by investment from Aberdeen’s Oil & Gas Technology Centre aims to cut the cost of inspecting and maintaining offshore infrastructure. By using the UAV to complete the inspection and live stream, the operator obtained a real time view of the asset, removing the need for a shut down and rope access teams mobilizing to inspect the flare. This successful trial leads the way for future trials and a final refined product that stakeholders are eagerly awaiting due to the safety benefits and combined cost a... Read More »


Airborne Rotor Blade Inspection goes offshore

Published September 6th 2017

Aero Enterprise will be presenting its latest development at HUSUM Wind 2017: Airborne Inspection Service - now also for offshore wind turbines. The combination of the advanced SensorCopter and AERO-Lyse software ensures efficient and safe detection, analysis and classification of damage, even in harsh weather conditions. With this technology - already in use on onshore systems - Aero Enterprise is again one step ahead of the competition: especially in the harsh operating conditions at sea, the SensorCopter proves its strengths: stable flight behaviour, longer flight duration and continuous, high-resolution image material - even with stronger wind. Aero Enterprise is a specialist in ‘airborne quality assurance’ for the inspection of wind turbines. With the self-developed system - consisting of a helicopter drone, a ground station, a database and a client-based analysis software package - Aero Enterprise is the perfect partner for service providers, system builders and... Read More »


DJI Drones Save the Day During Texas Flood Rescue

Published August 10th 2017

While floods endanger the lives of thousands in Northern Texas, DJI is proud to play part in the rescue and safety of these victims. This was apparent in Johnson County, Texas where local drone operator Garret Bryl turned his DJI Inspire 1 on saving others in his neighborhood. The Kastel Family was left adrift on their house-turned-island as waters flooded the area. Bryl was able to affix a rope to his Inspire 1 and fly it across the raging waters, delivering a literal life-line to the Kastel Family. With the Kastel Family secure, the rescue team waited for a Texas National Guard helicopter to arrive and carry the couple away from danger. In this case, attempts were made to access the family by speed boat or hovercraft, but rescuers deemed the raging river too dangerous. The Inspire 1 was able to remain incredibly safe and stable in a journey where one slip into the water could spell disaster for the Kastel Family. It is a testament to the reliability of DJI products that they ca... Read More »


DJI Introduces M200 Series Drones Built For Enterprise

Published August 9th 2017

DJI, the world leader in unmanned aerial technology, Sunday unveiled the new Matrice 200 drone series (M200), which is purpose-built for professional users to perform aerial inspections and collect data – making drone technology an affordable and easy-to-use tool for enterprises that recognize how aerial imaging can transform their operations. The M200 series’ folding body is easy to carry and easy to set up, with a weather- and water-resistant body, ideal for field operations. It offers DJI’s first upward-facing gimbal mount, opening up the undersides of bridges, towers and other structures to inspection. It is compatible with DJI’s powerful X4S and X5S cameras, as well as the high-powered Z30 zoom camera and the XT camera for thermal imaging. It has a forward-facing first-person view camera, allowing a pilot and a camera operator to monitor separate images on dual controllers. Its safety features include obstacle avoidance sensors facing forward, up and dow... Read More »


The Beck Group Builds Better with Skycatch

Published July 23rd 2017

The Beck Group Builds Better with Skycatch Drone Data With a seamless integration using automated drone flight and cloud-processing, construction tech pioneer The Beck Group saw efficiency improvements in the first few weeks across 5 different job sites. Beck Senior Project Engineer Shella Chainaranont helps superintendents by producing a concrete pour sequencing plan. With a few clicks, imports the pour plan and places it on the 2D sitemap using the Skycatch Overlay feature. Shella and her team can now precisely analyze and communicate exactly where and when the work needs to be done. After processing, Shella logs on to the Skycatch viewer and uses the 2D map as photo documentation to track progress against the sequencing plan. The team can see exactly what work is completed and what still needs to be done, and can immediately update team schedules and plan logistics. Shella no longer has to wait until accounts receivable invoices roll in... Read More »


eBee Drones Assess Post-Hurricane Damage

Published July 22nd 2017

A common challenge that organisations face when adopting drone technology is choosing platforms that are simple enough for several staff to operate, rather than only one technical manager having the knowledge required to put the company’s UAS resource to work. One such company, Aerial Applications of Pennsylvania, tackled this challenge by adopting senseFly eBee drones en masse, creating an operator-friendly fleet in order to service a time-sensitive damage assessment contract. Waypoint caught up with the firm’s director of policy, Jeff Brooks, to explore this adoption decision and how its system choice impacted its team’s performance on the ground (read the full case study here). Prior to October 2016, Aerial Applications primarily assigned its data collection work to a nationwide network of independent drone pilots, who would operate their own preferred aircraft on-site. However when the firm was awar... Read More »


Drone-Based Powerline Inspections In Norway

Published July 12th 2017

In many regions of Norway, access to powerlines is difficult, so helicopters are often deployed to inspect the grid. But power utilities are increasingly becoming aware of the potential of drone-based inspections as a cost-effective and powerful method of obtaining data about the condition of the grid – especially when the software to store, share and analyse the images already exists. Skånevik Ølen Kraftlag is one of the first power suppliers to test the concept in Norway along with drone operators Funtek – and the results are looking good! Funtek Is Specialised In Infrastructure Inspections Funtek is a Norwegian drone operating company, offering drone-based inspections of powerlines, wind turbines and other critical infrastructure. To store and analyse the vast amounts of data generated by drone inspections, Funtek are using software developed by Scopito, a Danish specialist IT developer focusing on making infrastructure inspect... Read More »


Aero Enterprise: Innovative concepts for the inspection of wind turbines

Published July 10th 2017

Linz, 11th July 2017. The Austrian start-up company Aero Enterprise was awarded for the "Austria's Born Global Champion" prize on 26th June for its outstanding contribution to the internationalization of Austrian business. With this award, the Austrian Federal Economic Chamber honours young, globally active companies that offer innovative products and services and are growing fast internationally. Just three days later, Aero Enterprise was ranked as a finalist in the TOP 3 for its industry-wide innovative concepts in the category "Industry 4.0" for the German Aviation Innovation Award. Pioneer in airborne quality assurance The innovative company has developed the world's first airborne quality assurance system for wind turbine inspection including analysis software. The unmanned, semi-automatic mini-helicopter SensorCopter provides plant builders, service providers and operators with high-resolution images and infrared data, which they can evaluate... Read More »


DJI AND DRONEBASE STANDARDISE REAL ESTATE MARKETING

Published June 1st 2017

Keller Williams, the world's largest real estate franchise by agent count, partnered with DroneBase to provide quality aerial images and videos using DJI drones such as the Inspire 1, Phantom 4 and Phantom 3 Professional. This partnership allows Keller Williams’ over 120,000 agents worldwide to more easily and affordably market their listings with beautiful drone photography. CHALLENGE: As part of staying ahead in the Real Estate industry, Keller Williams constantly searches for new technology to provide its associates with a competitive advantage. When it came to using drones to capture more informative photography for listing properties, Keller Williams saw DJI’s cutting edge drone technology as a possible solution. Individually, Keller Williams Associates were experimenting with drone technology. However, the early fragmented market of different systems and service providers resulted in a wide range of quality,price and turnaround times. Although agents realized d... Read More »


DJI and Datumate Map Historical Site in Record Time

Published June 1st 2017

When Israeli authorities made the decision to open up one of Jerusalem’s heritage sites to the public, the 80,000 square meter area first needed to be thoroughly mapped to aid in future restoration efforts. As opening the site was a government priority, the surveying firm would need to finish mapping the area in just 90 days and at a competitive price. The company winning the bid to map the site compared traditional processes with a UAV-based approach that leveraged DJI airframes and Datumate’s Datugram3D software. This significantly more efficient and cost-effective approach was able to complete the project in time while costing 7 times less than using solely total stations and 5 times less than using 3D laser scanners. CHALLENGE: As Israeli authorities made the decision to open up the site of an ancient village near Jerusalem of significant historical value for tourism, an accurate map of the site was first needed to in order to be able to restore it in case of dama... Read More »