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Dutch Drone Delta: Dutch consortium is preparing for Urban Air Mobility

Drones have the potential to reduce traffic congestion, to automatically inspect and secure ports and to deliver medicines at the right time and location. To ensure that this happens in a safe, efficient and sustainable manner, leading industrial parties in the Netherlands announced the launch of the Dutch Drone Delta consortium during the Amsterdam Drone Week. Ambition for the Netherlands The Dutch Drone Delta focuses on creating opportunities for the Netherlands in the field of future passenger and freight transport through the air with drones (Urban Air Mobility). The consortium will work on the essential requirements for the successful integration of drones and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) in the Dutch society, including social embracement and safe integration into the airspace. By using drones for medical deliveries, surveillance and inspections of ports and ultimately the transport of cargo and people by air the socially added value will be shown to the general public. Th... Read More »


World Expo 2020

Do you want to showcase your world-class content to millions? We have a fantastic opportunity for UK-based companies or individuals to appear in our programme of activity at Expo 2020 Dubai, with 25 million visits expected, 70% of which will be international. Audiences will include business leaders, senior government officials, tourists, students and families.  We will be promoting UK excellence through activity such as: Events  Communications and marketing Permanent and temporary exhibitions UK Pavilion The inspiration for the UK Pavilion comes from one of Stephen Hawking’s final projects, ‘Breakthrough Message’. It invited people worldwide to consider what message we would communicate to express ourselves as a planet should we one day encounter other advanced civilisations in space. The UK Pavilion will allow people from across the world to contribute to a collective message and showcases leading British experti... Read More »


Introduction of priority rules for manned and unmanned aircrafts

Growing number of drones requires uniform European regulations The rapidly increasing number of complex flights undertaken by drones makes the adoption of further European regulations on U-Space more critical than ever. In order to integrate all the various types of drones and drone-operations into the urban airspace, right-of-way rules will apply, with manned flights generally having right-of-way over unmanned flights. The European Union Aviation Safety Agency (EASA) will present the main principles of the proposed draft regulation of the so-called “U-Space” at the beginning of December at Amsterdam Drone Week. The opinion will be proposed and clarified at the EASA High Level Conference on Drones, which will take place on the 5th and 6th of December.   It’s the first time anywhere in the world that such regulation on U-space/Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) is being drafted and implemented according to EASA Executive director Patrick Ky. This regulation... Read More »


Flying motorbikes showcased at Amsterdam Drone Week

Amsterdam Drone Week is getting ready to show two innovative flying machines designed and created by students from TU Delft University. Both are single-person aerial vehicles that look like flying motorbikes. Both futuristic vehicles are also creating waves in the international media as they are compact, quiet, and electrical. Startups Talaria and Silverwing will give visitors a glimpse of what Personal Air Mobility will look like in future.    In recent months, a team of over 30 students from the Talaria startup worked overtime to complete their electrically powered aerial vehicle. Their Hermes II prototype is now ready and will be shown to the public for the first time at Amsterdam Drone Week. The flying machine is 2 m tall and the diameter of the rotors is approximately 2.6 m. Alexander Essle, one of the students: ‘This first prototype is intended to function as a single-person flying machine. The ultimate goal is to have it fly fully autonomously’. The... Read More »


Digital Catapult announces Platinum Award winners

This week Digital Catapult celebrated the launch of the inaugural Platinum Awards and the announcement of our eight winners.  Digital Catapult's Platinum Awards is a prestigious new initiative recognising and celebrating the most impactful advanced digital technology startups and scaleups, adjudicated by an eminent, independent judging panel. The Platinum Awards celebrate the best companies that have been part of Digital Catapult’s industry-leading programmes: CreativeXR, Augmentor, Machine Intelligence Garage, 5G Testbed Accelerator Programme, LPWAN Testbed, Immersive Labs, Cyber 101 and the Future Networks Lab.  We were thrilled to welcome so many of the companies that have worked with Digital Catapult over the last five years to celebrate the 24 shortlisted startups and scaleups and to join us in recognising the achievements of the eight winning companies - the stars of Digital Catapult’... Read More »


Medical drone showcased at Amsterdam Drone Week

KPN provides communication data links for test flights  The prototype drone used for trials with medical drones will be showcased at the Amsterdam Drone Week at the beginning of December. Last week, the Erasmus MC in Rotterdam gave the green light for the trial named the Medical Drone Service. KPN is involved in this innovative project as a technology partner. The Erasmus MC and Sanquin Blood Bank, in collaboration with ANWB, PostNL and technology partners Avy (drone developer) and KPN are investigating how drones can be used for medical applications such as transporting blood, medicines, and diagnostic samples to patients and care institutions. Within a period of three years, the partners involved in this collaboration aim to determine what kind of contribution drones can actually make to society in ensuring that care is delivered at the right time and the right place.   Connectivity In the coming period, ANWB will be the party actually carrying out the test flights... Read More »


FUNDING AND SAVINGS IN ONE FELL SWOOP

Swoop is a business funding and savings platform enabling businesses to discover the right funding solutions across loans, equity and grants, and to identify and easily make savings - all in one fell swoop.   The Swoop platform simplifies and speeds-up access to finance for your business. The advanced algorithm analyses every opportunity available, so that you can be matched with relevant funding solutions in a matter of seconds. But Swoop is more than just a technology platform – we understand finding the right funding can be a daunting and complex process, so our team of experts is readily available to help manage your application from beginning to end.    We work with over 1,000 funding providers from mainstream banks, alternative lenders, venture capital funds, SEIS/EIS funds, angel investors and grant agencies, meaning that whatever your funding requirement, we’re able to offer a solution.    You can keep track of the prog... Read More »


DASA awards £2m contracts to counter hostile drone threats

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  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

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

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)

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 »


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

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 »