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Drones for Good: The Lake Victoria Challenge

Published April 16th 2019

Drones have been getting a bit of bad press as of late, with most coverage focusing on malicious use and dangerous applications. It can be difficult to see the positives and the possibilities amidst the negatives – so, welcome The Lake Victoria Challenge. The Lake Victoria Challenge (LVC), taking place 25-30 November in Mwanza, Tanzania, is a place for drone technology innovators and suppliers to showcase the benefits of their technologies in a real-life scenario. Focusing on air drones with delivery capabilities, the LVC is utilising the rural, infrastructure-lacking region of Mwanza to highlight drones’ ability to “transform mobility through technology.” The goal of the challenge is to discover the most applicable, sustainable air drone technology that can safely and reliably connect the people of Lake Victoria – one of the most densely populated rural areas in the world. An infrastructure based on drone flight would be used to deliver necessi... Read More »


Intelligent Energy leads UAV fuel cell power market with launch of 2.4kW module

Published April 16th 2019

Intelligent Energy is to launch a market leading 2.4kW fuel cell power product for the commercial UAV market at the largest industry show, AUVSI Xponential 2019, Chicago (30 April – 2 May). In just 18 months, Intelligent Energy has launched four products specifically designed for commercial UAVs. These products provide a solution to the constraints of battery power and offer minimum downtime and fast refuel, making them a compelling option for the commercial UAV market. Recently, Intelligent Energy’s 800W Fuel Cell Power Module – launched just eight months ago - was used to achieve a new Guinness World Record for the longest multi rotor flight time, conducted by South Korean company MetaVista. The multi-rotor UAV flew for 12 hours, 7 minutes and 5 seconds using liquid hydrogen to fuel the module. This record greatly exceeds the previous one held for 2 hours, 6 minutes 7 seconds, demonstrating just what can be achieved. Lee Juby, Chief Sales Officer at Intelli... Read More »


The Importance of Branding: Make a Statement... Or a Video?

Published April 4th 2019

Drone Major Group’s 5 tips for successful start-up and SME branding:  Starting a new company can be a challenge. Day to day tasks are innumerable, shareholders can be hard to please and profitability may seem like a myth. Regardless of the validity of the concept or the expertise of the leadership, small businesses are vulnerable to market conditions, consumer demands and advertising trends. For any number of these reasons, 90% of small businesses fail within the first few years. Some of these can be attributed to unforeseen market conditions, but the majority of failures are due to a lack of consumer interest, which Drone Major believes can be successfully remedied, given the right tools. Consumers today are distracted, fragmented and, consequently, hard to reach. How can you distinguish your business and your products/services from the competition? To resonate with consumers, a successful brand (or product) needs to tell a story, give the consumer a why. Seems eas... Read More »


Fly Your Drone Safely with Moonrock Insurance and Consortiq

Published April 3rd 2019

Moonrock Insurance, a Drone Major Group supplier, is excited to announce a new partnership with Consortiq to promote safer drone flying for all of Moonrock's customers.  The details of Moonrock's news are below:  Drone safety hit the news in dramatic style in December. Christmas travel plans for thousands were disrupted and ruined, following sights of a drone flying in restricted airspace around Gatwick Airport. Following that incident, calls for greater restrictions on the use of drones resulted in the government announcing new powers for the police when it comes to drone use including the use of fixed penalty notices. What impact the new rules will have is unclear with further disruption experienced at Heathrow on 8 January following more drone sightings. While commercial pilots are already subject to regulations from the CAA and are required to have liability insurance, it seems inevitable that all drone pilots – whether they fly for a living or... Read More »


How to optimise value, leverage assets and foster business relationships… together

Published April 1st 2019

Consultancy is about collaboration – blending together ideas, strategies and expertise to create a product or service that matches the unique user requirements of the client(s). In theory, collaboration is clearly superior. In reality, however, genuine co-working can be taxing on all parties. One of the main reasons for the stress stems from the fear of competition between suppliers or stakeholders. To mitigate this fear and facilitate positive relationships among parties, TEAL Consulting integrates highly successful co-working models aimed at optimising customer values, leveraging current assets and building (or maintaining) positive internal and external business relationships. Their recent case studies highlight their positive responses in an array of applicable situations, such as critical improvement skills amongst high-potential managers and cross-functional analysis of customer profiles in relation to large public authorities. As the world’s leading independent... Read More »


VALQARI LAUNCHES THE FIRST SOLUTION FOR DRONE DELIVERY’S LAST INCH LOGISTIC PROBLEMS

Published April 1st 2019

The Smart Drone Delivery Mailbox holds U.S. and international patents for safe and secure drone deliveries. Valqari, a Chicago-based start-up, has solved the last inch logistic problems associated with drone delivery with its patented Smart Drone Delivery Mailbox, a universal drone receptacle for package delivery and pick-up. Backed with a strong international patent portfolio, the smart mailbox features agnostic capabilities to ensure seamless integration and communication with any drone manufacturer during a fully-automated delivery process. It is a concept that gives Valqari the ability to revolutionize drone deliveries for industries including pharmaceuticals, meal delivery and grocery services, governments and residential e-commerce. This technology also puts Valqari ahead of major players, like Google, Amazon and Uber, when it comes to the end process of a drone delivery. To date, it is the only drone delivery solution to be issued utility patents in 13 countries and territ... Read More »


What 5G Means for the Drone Industry

Published March 22nd 2019
the drone industry and how it will change with the introduction of 5G technology

What 5G Means for the Drone Industry

Published March 22nd 2019

5G has been the subject of significant recent media scrutiny, with critics claiming that the high frequency, ultra-fast service is dangerous to overall health, while supporters assert its potential to revolutionise life as we know it by offering 10-20x faster internet speeds than its predecessor, 4G. Regardless of what side you may fall on, it is important to understand the basics of what 5G is and how, if implemented, it could affect activities like drone use. So, what is 5G? In the most basic sense, 5G is the next generation of internet connectivity. It dramatically increases the efficiency and effectiveness of the pre-existing radio spectrum, allowing more users to access the network simultaneously, whilst maintaining a strong and fast connection. Essentially, 5G means a stronger mobile internet connection, lightning fast web searches and almost immediate connection between users, especially in condensed urban areas. The applications are vast, ranging from seamless data sharing b... Read More »


BAPCO Expo 2019: In Case you Missed it…

Published March 22nd 2019

The BAPCO Public Safety Communications Expo 2019 was a great opportunity to learn from and network with many industry leaders – from Samsung and Airbus to H-Robotics and Airvis. This year’s Expo included the first ‘Drone Zone’ and Drone Major Group was delighted to be one of the featured providers, with our own Chief Executive, Robert Garbett, presenting on two important topics: Perpetual surveillance and the future of drones. For those of you who missed the event, this podcast episode explores the highlights of Garbett’s presentations, as well as other insightful takeaways from the two-day event. A great event with a great turn out, Drone Major Group is excited to continue the enthusiasm and bring out even more suppliers to the 2020 BAPCO expo. >> LISTEN HERE TO THE LATEST PODCAST << Read More »


Are Drones the Farm Aids of the Future?

Published March 21st 2019

The days of small, recreational drones are long behind us, with commercial applications of drone technology expanding at an exciting, and often unforeseen, pace. It seems that every day there is a new prototype, a new business or a new application for drone and counter-drone technology, further sparking public interest in the true capabilities of this revolutionary technology. A recent, and very applicable, development comes in the form of crop monitoring. In previous years, monitoring large crops fields required large-scale piloted aircraft and bulky sensors; however, the so-called “Fourth Industrial Revolution” has introduced technologies that promise to make personal and professional tasks far more accessible. Drones are an important component of this revolution, as their applications in farming are producing substantial benefits for both farmers and the wider population. UAV’s equipped with advanced imaging sensors are now able to scan expansive fields and g... Read More »


Revolution.Aero Europe 2019: Learn and Network with the Best

Published March 7th 2019

Revolution.Aero Europe is coming to London next week (11-12 March 2019 at The Royal Garden Hotel, Kensington) and Drone Major Group, along with other industry leaders, are excited at the opportunity to connect and network with a professional set of speakers, organisations and innovators. Revolution.Aero Europe is a new London conference – bringing together the people shaping the aviation industry. There is an inspiring agenda of sessions planned, to be delivered by insightful speakers from industry leading companies in eVTOL and electric aviation, as well as from key influencers from across the aviation skyscape. A blend of high-level industry professionals from the traditional aviation sector will convene with start-ups and entrepreneurs set to disrupt the aviation space with the evolution of electric and unmanned aviation. Stakeholders will have the chance to discuss future regulation and how we might work together to unlock the potential of future aviation. Wit... Read More »


Robert Garbett to Speak at BAPCO-CCE Event 12-13 March 2019

Published March 7th 2019

Drone Major’s Chief Executive, Robert Garbett, is honoured to be speaking at BAPCO-CCE’s Public Safety Communications event occurring next week (12-13 March) at the Ricoh Arena in Coventry, England. While exhibitor slots are now closed, it is not too late to attend…   A critical time in drone innovation and standardisation, Garbett will be addressing two pressing topics: Perpetual Surveillance and The Future of Drones.   Perpetual Surveillance: Perpetual (or persistent) surveillance drone systems are a key element in the evolution of security systems. Utilising the available technology, companies, governments or other organisations can detect, locate, characterise, and even track various subject matter with the end goal of improving current safety measures. The systems are intended to be long term, lingering idle until commanded or perpetually surveying an area – depending on the user needs. Additionally, the technology is functional acro... Read More »


Robert Garbett on Start-Up Funding and Business Planning

Published February 18th 2019

The world today is fast paced, innovative and highly competitive. At times it seems that regulations cannot keep pace with inventors and at other times it is the case that inventors cannot keep pace with each other. Everyone is scrambling to create their own break through, hoping to bring to life a concept never before thought possible. Having recently gone through the Start-up phase ourselves, Drone Major knows that creating unique ideas is challenging… but finding funding should not be. To merge this gap and help other new, young companies, Drone Major has partnered with financial services provider, Swoop. LISTEN HERE TO THE PODCAST> In this episode of The Drone Major Podcast, Robert Garbett, the Chief Executive, discusses his own experience with building a Start-Up from a simple idea to a formalised business plan. He speaks on the importance of a full-spectrum team – people to produce the creative ideas and people to logically consider the financial consequenc... Read More »


Join Drone Major Group in the 2019 Elma Sperry Yachting Challenge

Published February 6th 2019

Supporting PTSD Resolution   Drone Major Group is proud to be the lead sponsors of this year’s Elma Sperry Challenge, a unique and exciting sailing regatta that brings together members stakeholders of the drone industry in an informal, philanthropic setting. The event provides the perfect opportunity for both internal team building, as well as offering key moments for networking with other industry members and professionals – all whilst supporting a great cause and one close to Drone Major’s heart.   The event itself is to take place 8-9 May 2019 at the Royal Southern Yacht Club. It is an experience full of leisure and fun, starting with a BBQ dinner on the eve before the race and finishing with an award ceremony to celebrate the winning team. The race is fully supported by excellent training staff, making the event enjoyable for experienced sailors and novices alike. Truly an irreplaceable opportunity for your company to grow together and make... Read More »


Robert Garbett Named “Expert Speaker” For 2019 AeroPodium Event

Published February 5th 2019

Robert Garbett Named “Expert Speaker” For 2019 AeroPodium Event 2019 well very may be the Year of the Drone, with the technology advancing at hyper-speed and new applications emerging on a daily basis.  With a mass of information and various initiatives entering the public eye, it is not often that an opportunity to learn the industry from those who started it comes around – until AeroPodium.   The event, taking place on 4th March 2019 at the Pestana Chelsea Bridge Hotel in London, UK, offers a perfect opportunity to explore both drone technology, as well as the rules, regulations and social cause associated with them. This event takes a comprehensive look at topics from social responsibility and non-military drone use to insurance, liability, safety and concerns.  At a sensitive time in this technological revolution, an opportunity for current, relevant education should not be overlooked.   As a proud sponsor, Drone Major Group&rs... Read More »


A SKYCORP announcement - e-Drone Zero - 2019 Deliveries

Published February 5th 2019

A SKYCORP announcement - e-Drone Zero - 2019 Deliveries   Almost 3 months have passed since the unveiling of Europe’s first commercially available hydrogen powered drone e-Drone Zero in London’s Commercial UAV Show last November by SKYCORP and we would like to start off by thanking everyone for the tremendously overwhelmingly positive feedback and response. As 2019 is the first official year of production and deliveries then feedback & tight cooperation with first integrators is extremely vital to fine-tune the interoperability between the drone, the AI and the payload for maximum benefit in varied use-cases and environments. This means that not only can everyone who want to be in the top priority list of incorporating an advanced hydrogen Smart-Drone into their workflow enjoy a very tight knit relationship and have feedback based custom tailoring and other added benefits, but they of course also get to enjoy the perks that come with the technology such... Read More »


Public Safety Expo: Drone Suppliers Wanted - Exclusive Drone Major discount at the BAPCO-CCE 2019 Expo

Published February 5th 2019

Drone Major is excited to announce that we are partnering with the BAPCO-CCE (British Association for Public Safety Communications Officials and Critical Communications Europe) to curate ‘the Drone Zone’ at their 2019 industry event, taking place 12-13 March 2019. For the first time in history, BAPCO and CCE will be working together to showcase the latest in critical communications and public safety solutions.   This year, ‘the Drone Zone’ will highlight and discuss the latest developments (and issues) surrounding drone technology, providing the participants with an area to demonstrate their offerings to a large and active market. Topics are poised to include Airport security, rogue drone events (and precautionary measures), potential emergency services applications and much more.   At such a critical point in time, it is important for drone industry members and providers to come together to showcase the true benefits and possibilities asso... Read More »


Drones, Standardisation and the UK Economy

Published February 4th 2019

Drones, Standardisation and the UK Economy The drone industry is stirring up both praise and controversy, proving that rapidly developing technology sectors are never easy to control whilst underpinning the urgent need for standardisation in the industry.   In terms of the societal benefits, air drones or UAS (Unmanned Aircraft Systems) are becoming an invaluable tool within many industries, offering efficient and safe solutions to problems that previously required extensive labour and time. Additionally, as externally predicted, air drone technology has the potential to increase the UK GDP by £42 billion by 2030… showcasing the potential for continued advancement and integration across all environments.   If the UK industry is to gain maximum benefit from the many advantages that industrial drones can provide, it is essential that recognised safety and quality standards are developed which can keep up with the pace at which the technology is evo... Read More »


eVTOL Milestone: Boeing’s Successful Test Flight

Published January 31st 2019

eVTOL Milestone: Boeing’s Successful Test Flight 22 January 2018, American aircraft manufacturing company, Boeing, reached a technology milestone – the first flight of their passenger air vehicle (PAV). The flight, which lasted only minutes, involved a vertical takeoff, hover and controlled landing. The eVTOL vehicle proves promising in terms of autonomous functions and ground control systems, with future flights aiming to test forward motion and transitional maneuvers.   Boeing has developed this technology as a part of their NeXt programme, which has partnered with major transportation corporations such as Uber to work towards a highly advanced vision of urban air mobility. The aspirations of both organisations extend far beyond this test flight, hoping to commercialise their PAV prototypes as early as 2023. It is not just Boeing at the cusp of this revolution; Bell, Volocoptor and Airbus are also hard at work to showcase their ideas of the future of transpo... Read More »


Artificial Intelligence, Genuine Results

Published January 30th 2019
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Artificial Intelligence, Genuine Results

Published January 30th 2019

Artificial Intelligence, Genuine Results Drone Major Group is happy to welcome UK based Drone Tracking Technologies (DTT) to our growing supplier family. A recent addition to the drone identification market, DTT builds and manages drone detection and counter drone systems. DTT’s evolving innovations are efficient, flexible and responsive – helping organisations adopt a dynamic approach to mitigating rogue drone threats.   DTT has produced tangible results in drone detection and management, utilising AI interface to plot directions and protect against polymorphic threats. With the recent events highlighting the dangers of air drone misuse, it is as good of a time as ever to consider a detection or counter drone strategy.   Drone Major provides the highest level of expert consultancy within the drone industry, working with suppliers like Drone Tracking Technologies to create and implement client specific strategies.   To learn more about Dr... Read More »


Collaboration is Key Utilising Co-Creation to Create Sustainable Solutions

Published January 28th 2019

The most successful products, the most innovative technologies and the things we use daily and could not live without are all the result of collaboration. The merging together of new visions, plans, trials and errors, allow superior solutions to emerge as a result of the cooperation between many minds. Clearly, to the consumer, collaboration is an undeniable asset.   The tendency in business, however, is to view collaboration as a threat to both financial success and the protection of intellectual property. Organisations fear losing credit for their contributions, being overshadowed by another party or fiscally suffering from the success of something that was, at the beginning, their primary vision. When businesses work together to materialise new ideas, new technologies and new theories, the risk of unequal reward is possible - A risk that some are unwilling to take, despite consumer demand.   TEAL Consulting, however, takes a progressive stance. Their representa... Read More »