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DASA awards £2m contracts to counter hostile drone threats

Published November 7th 2019

Funds will develop new technology to tackle rising security risks posed by Unmanned Air Systems.   The Defence and Security Accelerator (DASA) can today announce it has awarded nearly £2m to develop new capabilities to detect, disrupt, and defeat the hostile and malicious use of drones. Eighteen bids have been funded as part of the Countering Drones competition launched earlier this year by the then-Defence Secretary. Among the proposal being developed are methods for detecting 4G & 5G controlled drones, cutting edge applications of machine learning and artificial intelligence for sensors to automatically identify UAVs, and low risk methods of stopping drones through novel electronic defeat or interceptor solutions. The competition, run by DASA – the MOD’s innovation hub – on behalf of Defence Science and Technology Laboratory (Dstl), is the latest stage in Dstl’s ongoing research programme into countering unmanned... Read More »


Small Business Funding Options Simply Explained

Published November 5th 2019

We set up Swoop to help businesses grow, and one question we hear again and again is “where can I get access to funding for my small business?”.  In order to grow, your company is likely to face the need for additional capital, which can be obtained in one of three main ways: equity, debt, or grant. This blog aims to simply explain these options to enable you, as a small business owner in UK or Ireland, to make better decisions about your company’s financial future.  Equity Finance for SMEs Equity financing involves the sale of your company's shares, and giving a portion of the ownership of the company to investors in exchange for funds. The proportion of your company that will be sold depends on how much has been invested in the company, and what that investment is worth at the time of the financing.  In the very early stages of business, the most likely route to equity funding is through Angel investment and those investing through the... Read More »


Percepto Autonomous Drone-in-a-Box Shortlisted for Prestigious Security Technology Innovation of the Year Award

Published October 30th 2019

Percepto, the global market leader for autonomous industrial drone solutions, has revealed its Drone-in-a-Box (DIB) solution is a finalist for the prestigious Security & Fire Excellence Awards 2019, in the Security Technology Innovation of the Year category. The winners will be announced on Wednesday 20th November at the London Hilton on Park Lane. Percepto’s artificial intelligence powered DIB delivers aerial surveillance by navigating pre-defined patrols, providing real-time detection and tracking of humans and vehicles, as well as anomaly identification, all without the need for a pilot or on-site operator. It is currently being used in security operations by large industrial organizations around the world to improve security and safety, reduce risk, improve regulatory compliance and optimise operations. Speaking at IFSEC International earlier this year, where Percepto premiered its next-generation DIB to security professionals in Europe, the Co-Founder and Chief Com... Read More »


Percepto at AUTOMA 2019 to Show How Autonomous Drones Improve Inspection, Operation Security and Safety at Oil & Gas Refineries

Published October 30th 2019

Percepto, the global market leader for autonomous industrial drone solutions, today announced its participation in AUTOMA 2019 – The Oil & Gas Automation and Digitization Congress. The company will share with key players from the upstream, midstream and downstream segments, real cases of how its artificial intelligence-powered drone-in-a-box (DIB) solution is able to automate inspection, operations, security and safety for organisations operating oil and gas refineries. The oil and gas sector has been one of the earliest to recognize the potential of autonomous drones and earlier this year the American Petroleum Institute published its Guide to Developing an Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program in which it suggests ‘These systems have the potential to significantly reduce safety risks to personnel, cut operational costs, and increase efficiencies across a variety of tasks.’  These benefits mirror the experience of Percepto’s Chief Commercial Officer,... Read More »


A journey with drones

Published October 28th 2019
A journey with drones

A journey with drones

Published October 28th 2019

The story of a CEO, who believed that you can be a successful entrepreneur and still maintain a healthy work-life balance. Once upon the magical year of 2009, a fresh-faced graduate named Ken Isobe Falk left school with high ambitions on his shoulders, and a computer science degree in his hand. In the following years, he walked a winding road, that would eventually lead him to his unlikely destination. At this point, Ken was working 80-hour weeks, developing mission critical systems for the defense industry, at a CMMI5 certified company. “I had the kind of mindset, where I believed I had to take on everything, solve everything myself. When I worked the most, it was around 80 hours a week, and I had three hours of transportation each day. That didn’t seem like a lot at the time.” Ken Falk, CEO Scopito Eventually, this take on work left Ken severely stressed. “Today I’m glad it happened. It gave me a chance to consider, w... Read More »


Thermal orthographic vs individual images

Published October 28th 2019

We thought it would be interesting to compare thermal orthographic (stitched images) versus individual images, to examine flight times of data collection and resulting deliverables. Thermal orthographic vs. individual images When conducting a thermal survey of solar pv by UAV/drone, the data can be collected in a variety of formats (video/stitched images/individual image). It can also be processed in different ways, all of which have pros and cons. We thought it would be interesting to compare thermal orthographic (stitched images) and individual images, examining flight times of data collection and comparing resulting deliverables. The testing ground We start in a small field of approx. 1.5MW, which has a selection of anomalies. The following results are an illustration of the types of differences, that can be observed between methods and heights. Not all solar farms are the same, and so results can vary. Thermal Orthographic (6GSD) By collecting many ov... Read More »


Why you should be outsourcing your data analysis

Published October 28th 2019

Are You spending unnecessary resources on in-house analysis, or are you right to hold off when it comes to outsourcing? Trusting an external company with Your data analysis might feel daunting, but in many cases, it can actually save You a lot of time and even increase the quality of inspection results. However, sometimes it just isn’t right. So how do you know? Read on.   There are many factors to consider, before deciding whether to outsource your data analysis. We aim to aid that process, by breaking it down, and presenting the key points, enabling you to make the right decision for Your company.   The advantages There are tons of advantages to external data analysis, and with specialized companies popping up left, right and center, there are also plenty of options to choose from. You will be saving a lot of time outsourcing. And time is money. But data analysis is not cheap, and you should always consider if it is a viable solution, compared... Read More »


5 steps to mastering your commercial drone operations

Published October 28th 2019

Electric Transmission & Distribution Everyone with a stake in the Electric Transmission & Distribution industry, are aware of the rapidly growing adoption of commercial drones. However, successfully integrating drones into your operations can be a long process of trial and error if you do not have the necessary knowledge beforehand. This article comprises the 5 most important points to consider, in order to maximize value gained from drone operations.     1. Consider the benefits Using drones for inspections provides a sea of benefits. Identifying and understanding the ones essential to your business, will help you gain the most value from your investment. Reduced inspections times “Every time we fly, we’re literally saving 2-3 days of work. Without the drone, you’d have to obtain approval before even sending someone up in the truck, a process that could take days.” – Stephen Dorsett, Indianapolis Power &... Read More »


Are you ready for the forthcoming ISO Standard for Unmanned aircraft systems - Operational procedures

Published October 23rd 2019

  Are you ready for the forthcoming ISO Standard for Unmanned aircraft systems —Operational procedures      Invitation to participate   The forthcoming ISO standard outlines requirements for UAS operational procedures which form part of a robust UAS safety and quality standard. This document applies to all UA regardless of size, categorisation, application or location and represents the international best practice for the safe operation of all UAS. It is the first international standard in the world to address such procedures and specifies the requirements for safe commercial UAS operations. The aim of the standard is to provide a framework to ensure operational procedures meet the required standard - which enables operators to demonstrate that their approaches not only comply with the relevant regulations but meet industry best practice.  This document is structured in a way to provide a logical pathway from c... Read More »


DROWNING IN DATA

Published October 10th 2019
DROWNING IN DATA

DROWNING IN DATA

Published October 10th 2019

It used to be more data = more problems. But for Jim and Fenix I.S.R, one tool changed it all. Jim Timberlake. Director of Field Operations at Fenix I.S.R.; a US based drone operator. Jim’s goal is to deliver an end-to-end service for the customer, but it isn’t always easy. All aboard the drone Drones are new in all markets. And so are the challenges of adopting this new technology. Talking specifically about electric cooperatives in the US, Jim says:  “Few cooperatives are using drones. For the most part, they are still in the exploring stage; figuring out what this technology is, and how they can use it.” However, Jim knows that it is only a matter of time, before drones are accepted as best practice among coops. There is a simple reason for this, he says: “drones make it a lot more affordable to do aerial inspections, compared to helicopters.” Drowning in data As a player in a growing market, Jim has faced m... Read More »


DfT Transport-Technology Research and Innovation Grants

Published October 9th 2019

The Connected Places Catapult supports the DfT’s Transport-Technology Research and Innovation Grants (T-TRIG) programme. T-TRIG bridges the early stage, proof-of-concept funding gap in transport innovation, where small investments can de-risk emerging solutions. An Open Call to fund ideas across the whole of the transport technology spectrum is now open. Apply by 29 October for grants up to £30k to prove your idea works. The 2019 T-TRIG call was announced by George Freeman, Minister of State for the Future of Transport, on 24 September and will remain open until 23:59 on 29 October.   The scope of the call is: An Open Call to fund ideas across the whole of the transport technology spectrum. Plus themed calls on: Decarbonising the Transport System Potholes and Resilient Infrastructure Age-friendly and Accessible Transport. Competition documents can be downloaded below. T-TRIG 2019 Grant Specification T-TRIG 2019 Appli... Read More »


JAPAN DRONE 2020 (International Tradeshow in Tokyo)

Published October 7th 2019

The best platform to understand and access the Japanese market!   In 2020, Japan Drone will celebrate its 5th Anniversary. This is the largest UAS trade show in Tokyo, taking place every year and opening now to foreign companies. Endorsed and supported by the Japanese government, Japan Drone position itself as an essential platform in terms of international networking and market research.   This 3 days long event showcases the unmanned system sector through conferences and networking events designed to maximize the benefits for its attendees and exhibitors.   Come visit us or become one of our exhibitors!   For more information, please contact: [email protected]   > Official website: http://www.japan-drone.com/en_la/index.html   > Japan Drone is organized by JUIDA, official partner of DMG: https://dronemajor.net/brands/juida-japan-uas-industrial-development-association Read More »


Drone Technology in the World of Entertainment

Published September 23rd 2019

Entertainment As We Know It: Since the establishment of the film industry, storytellers, screenwriters, and producers have always looked for ways to make movies all the more enjoyable. Movies and films enable audiences worldwide to feel almost every emotion, experience different cultures and develop their imaginations.   Motion picture through advanced technologies has allowed the entertainment industry to continuously advance overtime. Throughout history, cinematographers and photographers alike utilized everything from motion toys, cranes, helicopters, and planes to capture beautiful aerial shots for unique movie scenes. While these technologies paved the way, they also made movie sets all the more expensive. Getting the perfect shot always requires multiple tries and numerous hands on deck. Fast forward to today: drone technology has made aerial photography much more accessible and affordable! Almost all production sets are bound to have a drone and dr... Read More »


SkyWatch.AI Announces New Partnership with AUVSI to Provide Certified TOP operators with Lower Drone Insurance Rates

Published September 23rd 2019

Palo Alto, California, September 3rd, 2019 SkyWatch.AI Drone Insurance, a leading risk-assessment and InsurTech platform for the drone industry, announced today its partnership with AUVSI, the world's largest non-profit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems. With the rapid increase of commercial drone pilots, quality training and education are essential components in the safe advancement of the commercial UAS industry. Through the partnership, drone pilots who complete AUVSI’s Trusted Operator Program (TOP) level 2 and 3, will be eligible for lower insurance rates with SkyWatch.AI based on their flight experience and professional education. “We are proud to team up with AUVSI and support TOP pilots” said Tomer Kashi, SkyWatch.AI CEO and Co-Founder. “In the past year, we worked closely with thousands of drone pilots from multiple industries throughout the US. It is clear to us that extensive education, such as that provided by TO... Read More »


SkyWatch.AI Announces New Partnership with Drone U to Provide Flight Mastery Graduates with Lower Drone Insurance Rates

Published September 23rd 2019

Palo Alto, California, Aug 14th, 2019 SkyWatch.AI Drone Insurance, a leading risk-assessment and InsurTech platform for the drone industry, announced today its partnership with Drone U, one of the largest US professional drone training communities. SkyWatch.AI recognizes that quality remote pilot training and education are vital components in the safe advancement of the commercial UAS industry, and are essential in an industry where there is an increasing number of commercial remote pilots. With SkyWatch.AI, Drone U’s Flight Mastery graduates will be eligible for lower insurance rates based on their flight experience. “Drone U has been with SkyWatch.AI since the very beginning, and we are proud to support an educational program that is utilized by the National Transportation Safety Board as one of the required training programs for their drone pilots," said Tomer Kashi SkyWatch.AI CEO and Co-Founder. “From working closely with thousands of drone pilo... Read More »


ZeroAvia Announces £2.7m UK Government Grant for the Development of Zero Emission Aviation

Published September 23rd 2019

Project partner Intelligent Energy will optimise its higher power fuel cell technology for aviation use cases. Department for Business Energy & Industrial Strategy (BEIS), Aerospace Technology Institute (ATI) and Innovate UK back the development of ZeroAvia’s hydrogen fuel cell powertrain for commercial aviation “HyFlyer Project” puts the UK at the forefront of R&D around decarbonising aviation and represents significant opportunity to enable the UK’s 2050 Net Zero strategy Industry-leading innovators Intelligent Energy, the European Marine Energy Centre (EMEC), Cranfield Aerospace Solutions (CAeS) and Cranfield University to collaborate with ZeroAvia  CRANFIELD, UK, September 18th, 2019 -- ZeroAvia, the leading innovator in decarbonising commercial aviation, today announced that it has received a £2.7m (US$3.3 million) grant from the UK Government to support in the development of the principal technology... Read More »


The Vertical Flight Expo

Published September 5th 2019
The Vertical Flight Expo

The Vertical Flight Expo

Published September 5th 2019

New vertical technologies are about to transform the way we use the skies, driving safer, leaner, better VTOL missions.  Are you ready? The Vertical Flight Expo will empower you to reimagine the possibilities and get the edge in technology innovation, by connecting with the products, people and ideas that will transform the VTOL community over the next five years. It’s a new expo for a new era, where a passion for flight meets the power of automation. You’ll find everything you loved about Helitech International, but with a fresh outlook and a new venue at Farnborough, giving you a bold, multi-dimensional experience designed to inspire, inform and connect. As both conference and expo, Vertical Flight 2019 is the meeting point for the entire supply chain from Government, Emergency Services, CAT, Offshore, Renewable Energy to private owners, Agriculture or Construction. This is where innovators, investors, buyers and regulators come t... Read More »


Successful inspection flights in the North Sea, Germany

Published September 5th 2019

Aero Enterprise uses its new developed helicopter drone for offshore inspection operations for the first time.   Linz/Austria, 26th August 2019. In July 2019 the Austrian company Aero Enterprise inspected offshore wind turbines for the first time with the self-developed helicopter drone AERO-SensorCopter. So far, the drone operated only onshore.   High quality of images and precise analysis  The inspection flights at the offshore plants took place 70 kilometers (43 miles) from the German/Dutch coastline of the North Sea. The AERO-SensorCopter with its special sensor-head performed the autonomous inspection within a remarkably short time. “We as developer as well as our clients were more than satisfied with the results of this premiere on the high seas” explains Robert Hörmann, managing partner of Aero Enterprise. In the next step, Artificial Intelligence supports the evaluation and analysis of the image data within the AERO-Software Pa... Read More »


Airspace Access: Integrated or Segregated?

Published August 27th 2019

9 October 2019 - 10 October 2019 No.4 Hamilton Place Conference 09:00 - 17:00 It has been acknowledged that in order to enable the benefits that unmanned aircraft can bring to society, particularly in beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations, it is imperative that they are safely integrated with all other air users in the national airspace. There has been a number of recent proposals that an Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) system, or U-Space (as the EU has labelled it), either locally or nationally, will make this a reality. Several UTM solutions have been proposed and are being researched. These have the aim of providing the safe, secure and efficient integration of drones into national airspace systems with the focus on Low Level VLOS and increasingly BVLOS operations. However, each of these systems comes to both benefits and concerns. This year’s annual RAeS UAS Conference looks at the issues relating to the requirement for UTMs, which is ex... Read More »


Artificial Intelligence finds damages on wind turbines

Published August 26th 2019

Aero Enterprise is specialized in airborne inspection of damages on wind turbines as well as on other vertical objects, such as dams, chimneys or bridges. For this purpose, the self-developed helicopter drone AERO-SensorCopter acquires high-resolution image data. These image data are converted into a damage report using the proprietary AERO-Software Package. Since 2017 Aero Enterprise has been offering a comprehensive software package for the analysis, interpretation and digital reporting of damages on wind turbines. In May 2019 the AERO-Software Package has been enhanced with a powerful feature: In a record time of just 6 months, the Aero Enterprise software engineers developed a machine learning tool based on AI (Artificial Intelligence). For this purpose, a total of more than one thousand damage patterns from existing flight operations on wind turbines were marked manually, image by image. Then, the type of damage is determined according to an industry standard classification.... Read More »