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Scopito: Creating a tag line for the leading company of its field

Published January 10th 2018

In this letter, we will present some thoughts about what Scopito wants to be in relation to the rest of the drone industry. At Scopito we cooperate with UAV pilots, asset managers and maintenance people from all over the world, on developing our software platform in a direction that will make sense for the actual users of the platform. A few days ago, we threw a small employee workshop at Scopito. We set a watch timer and every employee spent five minutes writing down ideas for a new company tagline/pay off on post-its. We then spent an hour evaluating the suggestions, and within this hour we became increasingly aware of the direction that we wanted Scopito to go and the direction Scopito was going. Which luckily is the same direction. But what is that direction? It can be described in the following points: - We want to create what people need. This may seem obvious, but actually doing it means that we have to actively cooperate with customers, stay in touch and find an int... Read More »


SalusUAV have trained more people than ever and made breakthroughs in their R&D programmes

Published January 9th 2018

2017 was a strong year for SalusUAV; we trained more people than ever and made important breakthroughs in our R&D programmes. Training – Because we are all professional pilots, we train our clients to operate their drones to the same high standards as professional pilots operate their aircraft. Of course, we want to be a successful business, but we also want the drone pilots we train to be the best and most successful in the industry. Our instructors are all experienced professional airline and military pilots as well as being experts in human factors and critical decision making. Unlike most drone training courses, we instruct from the angle of Human Factors and Safety. What we have learned in manned aviation allows us to show you how to operate your drone to the highest possible standards and reduce the potential for human error, the cause of 80% of accidents. We share the CAAs belief that PfCO courses should not be tick in the box exercises, but courses which will fu... Read More »


VideoDrone announces PPK solution for precise geotagging

Published December 13th 2017

VideoDrone Finland has announced a solution which promises accuracies at the 1-3cm level. The main purpose is to minimize or even eliminate the need for ground control points, thereby reducing costs. VideoDrone tested several RTK and PPK technologies suitable for UAV use. The tests clearly demonstrated that RTK is very vulnerable to the signal loss. RTK requires a stable radio link to receive base station data, which limits the range of the operation, can be prone to GPS signal blockage and will lose correction data with radio link outages, particularly due to the UAV flight dynamics, signal obstructions or long distance. Post-processing kinematic (PPK), in turn, logs data in the UAV and processes with base station data after the flight. There is no data loss or initialization loss as in RTK due to radio link limitations. All collected data is processed with similar algorithms to RTK, but forwards and backwards through the data. This ensures the most robu... Read More »


Approaching 2018: How was the year of 2017 for Scopito?

Published December 13th 2017

Approaching a new year, at Scopito we will look back on 2017 as a good year. As a startup that started making software about one year ago, with a background of building drones a couple of years back, and after that shifting to making drone inspections, we know how much can happen in the first year of business. Our founder, Ken Falk, decided to make software for drone inspections because of he, being a drone inspector himself, felt a lack of a way to handle all the data and images captured on inspections. And even though it took longer than expected to really get the wheels going for our software company, luckily it has become clear that our founder is not the only one who sees the need for software that makes handling the inspection data simple and effective. And at Scopito we actually believe this to be the part of the value chain with the highest potential for profit margins for drone operators. Here are some of the things we will remember 2017 for - DroneDeploy contacted us... Read More »


“THE WORLD IS ON THE BRINK OF A TECHNOLOGICAL REVOLUTION”

Published December 12th 2017

“As we move into the most exciting era of the modern age, it is easy to imagine skies filled with small flying drones delivering parcels, but the truth is far more likely and far more exciting and the key is the evolution of airspace management. Imagine a future where global airspace is no longer managed in a rigid ‘airspace corridor’ way purely for the benefit of commercial and military aircraft but in a continuously flexible and dynamic way for the benefit of all. An airspace populated with vertical columns used by aircraft making subspace jumps, shifting geo-routes allowing passenger drones to pass safely at any altitude and shifting geo-fences protecting manned routes and high-value assets. The sky above us is an untapped sea of air which will have incredible value as the drone industry expands its operations into the future.  As data is the new oil, airspace will be the new gold. We are some way from taking full control of the airspace but this work is... Read More »


The tech that will power the 22nd century

Published December 12th 2017

The tech that will power the 22nd century

Published December 12th 2017

If predicting the future is dumb, then predicting advances in technology is even dumber. Challenges will appear that we've never contemplated, and knowledge we now hold dear will in many cases be proven false. The prediction game can soon become more a reflection of 'us' in the 21st century rather than 'them' in the 22nd century. And yet, as we enter a period of hyper-adoption of new technology, we have more data than ever before to give us an idea of what the world could look like in 100 years. And we know one thing, it's that the future is going to be home to some amazing technologies. Beyond both driverless cars and Amazon wanting to use drones to deliver parcels, the far-flung future could have a completely new kind of airspace. At present, global airspace is managed in a rigid 'airspace corridor' way, purely for the benefit of commercial and military aircraft, but that could change. "Global airspace could be managed in a continuously f... Read More »


UKRSpecsystems Future Plans: PD-1 Fixed-Wing VTOL Upgrade

Published December 12th 2017

I am looking at the drone market and wondering where we should move next. When we were creating the PD-1 UAS, it was something that our country was lacking at the time. The concept was almost 20 years old, but something Ukraine was missing at that point. Later on, we got our concept proven when the PD-1 become a one of a kind UAV in service in the Ukrainian army. Now we are moving forward. We are starting to enter civil markets, offer services to agriculture companies and now we are currently working on an inspection project for one of the biggest gas and oil companies in Ukraine. We are getting great results and positive feedback from our clients, comparing to smaller drones we do more with better quality and simply faster. The biggest issue, however, is takeoff and landing. Even while we are using pneumatic catapult launcher and parachute recovery it takes additional time for flight preparations and involves additional risks, which we are currently trying to eli... Read More »


Isis use of hobby drones as weapons tests Chinese makers

Published December 12th 2017

Chinese consumer drones figure prominently in the arsenals of terror groups for the same reasons they have grabbed market share all over the world, according to Robert Garbett, chairman of Drone Major, a UK-based consultancy: “They are cheap and readily available.” DJI has taken the lead among Chinese drone makers since 2013 in installing geofencing — which uses GPS to prevent drones from working in certain parts of the globe. However, experts say the technology is easy to bypass. Another security measure would be to require buyers to identify themselves and to require drones to carry UDIMs, SIM card-like devices that are a form of digital licence. Chinese drone makers are actively promoting this technology through the International Standards Organisation, where a committee is developing a global registry for drone users, Mr Garbett says. Read more.  Read More »


WingtraPilot Release 1.6 – a Huge Step in Mission Planning

Published December 11th 2017

In November 2017, Wingtra brought their users a game-changing software update. “The latest flight planning improvements will make a big difference for our customers. Especially those who rely on WingtraOne for complex mapping and surveying missions in difficult terrain” – says Armin Ambühl, CTO of Wingtra. And that is true –  extended flight planning possibilities, simplified operations and increased safety make the recent WingtraPilot 1.6 release the most significant software upgrade ever. Swap the batteries during long missions WingtraOne already comes with an area coverage of 400 ha in a single flight. But now it is possible to fly even longer with just one planning session. With the new “Swap and Resume” battery feature, our users can plan large survey missions without worrying about the range or flight duration. During the mission, WingtraOne automatically returns to home position once low on the battery.... Read More »


12 things to look for when buying a drone this Christmas

Published December 7th 2017

So, if you are planning to buy a drone for a loved one (or yourself) this Christmas, here are a few things you need to consider first:   1. What will they want to use it for? If you say the word ‘drone’ to some people, it instantly conjures up images of incredible aerial photos. Others may see racing potential. Consider how the person you are buying for would use the drone. Most drones fit into two categories: large camera-bearing drones and small, light drones built for speed or indoor flying. There are a few drones that purport to do both. However, it’s worth checking the megapixels on any inbuilt cameras. Some less expensive units may leave you wanting more from your aerial shots.   2. Who are you buying for? Are you buying for an adult or a child? Is it their first drone? If you’re buying for a child, check out reviews to ensure that the drone you are considering is sufficiently robust. Consider where they will fly thei... Read More »


How Spiderman is helping scientists extend drone flight time

Published December 6th 2017

Flight time is one of the biggest limitations on drone usability that we face. However, teams at Imperial College London’s Aerial Robotics Labs are working on a solution. They’ve developed a drone that can shoot synthetic web-like material out to nearby walls to act as an anchor. If you’re thinking Peter Parker, you’re on the right lines. The modified drone shoots out this material using compressed gas. Once anchored, drones can reduce the amount of energy they use to stay in the air. The drone, a modified DJI Matrice 100, can be fitted with one of two different modules; one for stabilising and one for perching. Then, once it has located a magnetic surface to perch beneath, it launches an anchor using a launcher and a spooling system packed with polystyrene thread. SpiderMAV then reels in the thread to make it taut. Fully anchored, the SpiderMAV can slow or shut off its motors to save power. The stabilisation module enables threads to... Read More »


Do robots or humans make better drone pilots?

Published November 28th 2017

This was a question that was vexing researchers from NASA two years ago. After 24 months of hard work, culminating in a head-to-head challenge on one of the toughest courses imaginable, they may finally be close to an answer. The challenge saw world-class drone pilot Kevin Loo take on an AI-powered drone to see who was faster and more accurate over a set period of time. Loo averaged 11.1 seconds for the dense circuit designed by NASA researchers, whilst the autonomous drone was a whole 2.8 seconds slower, completing the loop in 13.9 seconds. However, when the performances of both drones were analysed, the robot drone maintained a more consistent speed and a more accurate course. Over the 2 years, NASA researchers at NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory in Pasadena, California, developed 3 AI drones: Batman, Joker and Nightwing, funded by Google. Read More »


12 ways your world will be changed by drones

Published November 28th 2017

‘The world is on the brink of a technological revolution’ Last week Philip Hammond, Chancellor of the Exchequer, announced the Government’s intention to embrace the technological revolution. The Autumn Budget held promises to overhaul regulatory frameworks to enable safe testing of driverless vehicles. These changes are essential if the Government is to meet its target of getting self-driving cars on UK roads by 2021. Whether we like it or not, drone technology is transforming our world. Gartner reported a 65% increase in drone sales in 2016, and with a further 39% increase this year, there’s no sign of any let-up. Featured on Geoconnexion.com, Drone Major Founder, Robert Garbett, says: “The sky above us is an untapped sea of air, which will have incredible value as the drone industry expands its operations into the future.  As data is the new oil, airspace will be the new gold.” He explains how “developments in... Read More »


Connected Intelligent Drones through Precise Prediction's IoT Cloud

Published November 22nd 2017

About Precise Prediction Our experienced team has been working with Big Data & Machine Learning before most people had ever heard of these concepts. There is a lot of talk about leveraging Big Data, Data Mining, Predictive Analytics and Machine Learning. We will guide you through all aspects and pitfalls along the way, and help you make YOUR drone or drone-project more profitable. We have been solving the world’s analytics challenges since big data was just a stack of floppy disks. Introduction to Connected Intelligent Drones Imagine if your drones were connected to a Machine Learning cloud that made them intelligent - the solution for that is the Precise Prediction IoT cloud. With our sensors and IoT cloud, we can make your drones intelligent, by building and installing Machine Learning models on the drones. It could be that the drone will automatically fly back for maintenance if needed. If, for example, the drone... Read More »


How drones are making surfing safer

Published November 19th 2017

How drones are making surfing safer

Published November 19th 2017

Since the year 2000, 15 people have been killed by sharks off the West Coast of Australia, and many more surfers and swimmers have been injured. However, it’s possible that drone technology means that’s about to change. This autumn has seen the rollout of Shark Spotter ©. Shark Spotter © uses battery-powered drones to identify sharks up to a depth of 30 feet below water. Live video feed is sent back to the drone operator who, using identification software, is able to identify the sharks in real time. The software uses a sophisticated Deep Learning Framework (artificial intelligence) for shark detection and recognition. The system’s algorithm is dependent on information collated from videos of sharks available publicly to help it ‘learn’ to differentiate sharks from other marine animals, surfers and swimmers. The use of identification software increases the accuracy of shark identification in real time, enabling operators to identif... Read More »


Is it a drone or is it an RPA? What’s really in a name?

Published November 19th 2017

The benefits of using drones are being recognised universally. The White House’s recent announcement of the UAS Integration Pilot Programme is just one example. They can improve safety in dangerous jobs, save lives in rescue missions, improve marketing, and provide a source of entertainment and challenge for hobbyists. But with such a diverse range of uses, can we justify using a broad-brush, catch-all name for this technology? The main problem many drone users appear to have with the term “drone” is that it is often associated with the early militaristic use of drones. This aversion seems to be inspiring references to UAVs (Unmanned Air Vehicles) UASs (Unmanned Aerial Systems) and RPAs (Remotely Piloted Aircrafts), to name a few. Why are we trying so hard to avoid the D word? But, as it seems that all of these terms are interchangeable, why are we trying so hard to avoid the D word? Drones used to be equated with military technology but times have chan... Read More »


New​ ​LED​ ​rangefinder​ ​with​ ​60​ ​meter​ ​range weighing​ ​just​ ​9​ ​grams!

Published November 14th 2017

November 15th, 2017, Saint Genis-Pouilly, France: Sensor and sensing solutions company, Terabee, has announced the latest addition to their line of lightweight, small-size, low-cost distance and ranging sensors. Ideally suited to drone use, the new TeraRanger Evo sensor weighs just 9g (12g with communication board) but can make distance readings at up to 60m range! Rather than laser, the sensor uses LED technology. Ease of use has always been a key feature of TeraRanger sensors and Evo is no different. There are no calibrations, compensations or data translations to do, so the sensor is essentially plug and play, streaming distance values in digital format. Adding to the ease of use is the clever two-part construction where the black coloured optical sensor module simply clips to the yellow coloured backboard for power management and communications. Two backboards are available; UART/I2C or USB, but custom backboards can be made on request. Greg Watts, Commercial Manager at Terab... Read More »


Is DJI’s drone ‘license plate’ reader bringing new levels of control to the industry?

Published November 10th 2017

Striking a balance between controlling and monitoring drone usage and not stifling an industry that has so much potential is a tricky one. Airspace in and around airports and cities needs to be monitored. But monitoring the movement of all drones isn’t a practical consideration. DJI believe they may have found a solution. AeroScope, unveiled by the leading drone manufacturer last week, makes critical information on a drone and its operator accessible to authorities, as and when a drone moves into the region of a prison, airport or other restricted airspace. AeroScope will be usable with DJI’s existing drones, extracting information from the radio transmissions between the drone and its remote controller. It then reveals key information such as the location of the person operating the drone, where the drone took off from, its speed, direction and altitude, to law enforcement authorities. In relation to the demo of this ground-breaking new technology, the company&... Read More »


DJI Phantom responsible for revolutionary Blue Planet II footage

Published November 10th 2017

If you’re one of the 10.3 million people watching Blue Planet II, you’ll have seen the drone footage everyone is talking about. Captivating aerial footage of sea lions hunting yellowfin tuna in the Galapagos, by forcing them into coves, has uncovered previously undocumented sea lion hunting behaviours. Just two weeks into the airing of the long-awaited Blue Planet II, the series has already earned itself a reputation for challenging the traditional concept of video footage. The series uses the latest technology to uncover what is really happening in our underwater world. Using DJI Inspire and Phantom drones, Dan Beecham and the team of cameramen for Blue Planet II were able to capture footage of this highly evolved hunting technique – a feat that previously would only have been possible using a helicopter and Cineflex. In his blog, Cameraman Dan Beecham says that “Drones have revolutionised aerial filming in natural history documentaries (as well as in... Read More »


The UAS Integration Pilot Programme: What is it and what does it mean for the drone industry?

Published November 10th 2017

The drone industry is brimming with opportunity. But whilst we wait for regulations to reflect the technological progress being made in the UAS industry, how do we make the most of these opportunities? Whilst governments around the world are wrangling this very problem, the USA has taken its first step on the road to understanding the potential of Unmanned Aircraft Systems by launching the UAS Integration Pilot Programme. What is the UAS Integration Pilot Programme? The programme is designed to support business initiatives that push the boundaries of existing recognised practices around the safe flight of unmanned aircraft systems. The programme enables state, local, and tribal governments to partner with private sector organisations, such as UAS operators and manufacturers, to apply to trial a product or service initiative that uses unmanned aircraft systems safely. Entities wishing to take part in advanced operations - such as drone flying out of the line of sight, and... Read More »