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Drones will answer the big pollution questions

The answer to the rubbish in our oceans “is already in our hands”, Robert Garbett, CEO of Drone Major Group told Stevie Knight. To find a solution he intends to bring together a diverse range of companies which span the globe, from Denmark to South Africa, the US to the UK. There are challenges that have avoided detailed analysis till now: “How much plastic is in the ocean?  Where is it?  What effect is it having on sea animals and how deep does the issue go? Past attempts to answer these questions have proved difficult at best.” However, he believes that real answers – and solutions – are close to hand. Garbett pointed to a “new wave” of converging technologies, many of which are already in production, “that are able to operate across a number of different environments”. Not least of which are drones. The idea is to develop a true hybrid: an Unmanned Surface Vessel (USV) could be tailored... Read More »


Drones Are Transforming Our Interaction With The Oceans

Commenting on the transformative impact of drones for the world’s oceans, Robert Garbett, CEO of Drone Major Group, said: “As the World focusses on the importance of caring for our oceans, like opening a can of worms, we are faced with an increasing number of problems to solve.  How much plastic is in the ocean?  Where is it?  What effect is it having on the animals living in the sea and how deep does the issue go?  Past attempts to answer these questions have proved difficult at best.  Fortunately, we are now living in a time when drone technology has evolved to a point where it can really help. What many will not realise is that there is a new wave of drone systems emerging which are able to operate across different environments from ground vehicles that can fly to aircraft which can dive into the sea, monitor and inspect underwater and then punch out of the water to become airborne again.  Indeed, Drone Major has discovered syst... Read More »


How Drones Can Solve Environmental Issues

Robert Garbett, chief executive of Drone Major Group, explains how this technology covers a vast array of areas, from monitoring wildlife and pollution levels to replanting trees and mitigating wildfires. “That is just the tip of the iceberg,” he tells me. “The applications for drones around environmental protection and monitoring are huge, it just goes on and on.” Indeed, after just a little digging, I unearth thousands of environmental uses that the scientific community is just beginning to discover (see below). “Whatever the environmental issue that you can think of, a drone can probably be used to help solve it,” Garbett adds. “The evolution of unmanned vehicle technology (UVT) is moving very quickly.” This is one of the most exciting areas for the future of drone technology, with Garbett suggesting that the barriers limiting the reach of UVT are increasingly falling away. He describes how there are now 56ft drone catamara... Read More »


Drone Major Group Featured in Forbes Magazine Discussing The Potential of Drones

'I recently sat down with Robert Garbett (Founder and CEO of Drone Major Group - 'the global commercial trade organisation for the drone industry' and got some answers about where drones are doing in the next ten years and how businesses can take advantage of the technology now and later on. Overall, Garbett was clear that there is 'no one-size fits all' solution or framework when it comes to implementing drone tech. Businesses should focus evaluation on; "...their current technological position; the purpose for adoption; the environment of operation; it's associated risk and the mindset within the business which is often the deciding factor between adoption and stagnation".' Garbett believes businesses are missing a lot when it comes to the potential for drone technology; "...the possibilities and benefits always go far beyond what is generally understood or expected. [Drone technology] represents a paradigm shift in capabil... Read More »


Drone Major Chief Executive Robert Garbett is Featured in The Daily Telegraph Discussing New Drone Applications

As Covered in The Daily Telegraph. "The huge rise in patents revealed by the latest data does not necessarily herald the arrival of masses of skybound packages, experts suggest. Instead, it signifies the likely rise in the use of drones across a burgeoning number of industries. Robert Garbett, chief executive of Drone Major Group, said: “It’s more to do with the widening applications of drones. The whole thing about delivering packages is a PR campaign. It is a great concept and gets the media excited but I don’t think it is where the industry is going.” Drones are now widely used in the film and TV industry, for surveillance purposes and for increasingly complex tasks such as performing digital scans of large vessels or oil rigs to search for any damage. The word “drone” tends to conjure up images of a quadruple-propellered flying object but those in the industry suggest it really means any unmanned vessel. Garbett says autonomou... Read More »


Drone Major and BSI at MACH 2018

Robert Garbett, Chief Executive of Drone Major Group joins the BSI discussion panel at MACH 2018 to talk about how robotics & autonomous systems are transforming manufacturing systems, along with Dan Palmer, Head of Market Development at BSI, Prof. Dr. Stephan Cameron of Oxford University, Andrew Banks, Senior Field Application Engineer at LDRA Ltd, and Ruptesh Pattanayak, Industry Solutions Executive, Manufacturing and Resources at Microsoft. Read More »


British Science Week 2018: Tackling plastic pollution with drones

As covered in The Sussex Newspaper, Design Products & Applications, Green Energy News, Electronic Specifier, Electronic Product Design & Test, Maritime Journal and Greenport. Drone technology completely transforms the data collection process providing scientists with a new way to effectively and efficiently survey areas that are contaminated by plastic. Commenting on the use of drones in the marine environment, Robert Garbett, CEO of Drone Major Group, said: “With the announcement that British Science Week is launching a citizen science partnership in 2018 with The Plastic Tide, I was reminded of a recent trip to Thailand. It was on Ko Phi Phi that I met a group called the ‘Beach Front Divers’ who are using drone technology to survey the island’s beaches and coral reefs for plastic contamination, the state of coral decline and fish stocks from the air. I was so alarmed by what I saw that I decided to help the team by s... Read More »


Drone Major Group Featured in the Daily Express: Drones & British Business

Robert Garbett, CEO and Founder of Drone Major Group told Express.co.uk that the drone industry will revolutionise business in more ways than simply through the sale of the technology or the data that it produces. Mr Garbett cites three examples of how drones will revolutionise British business. Firstly, he said: “Drone technology will enable us to reclaim spaces which have fallen into disuse, such as rivers, or have previously been inaccessible such as low-level airspace. “Use of these spaces will generate opportunities into which business will move generating wealth and employment.” Secondly, Mr Garbett adds the use of such spaces will also dramatically change the way freight moves in and out of our cities which will have a profound effect on our city centres. He says drones will help remove much of the “low value, high volume traffic” from UK roads which will benefit our businesses through easier access by paying clients and employees, im... Read More »


New Drone Standards Expected In Spring 2018 To Transform Industry

As Covered In Techworld, Business News Wales, Natwest and Farming Monthly.  Robert Garbett, chief executive of Drone Major Group and chairman of the British Standards Institution (BSI) Committee on Drone Standards has been working on these standards for many years, working with the likes of the International Standards Organisation (ISO) with the aim of energising the industry. As announced at the House of Lords, the first draft of the standards will be released in spring, allowing for greater input and implementation 'shortly thereafter', he said. According to a 2016 report, Goldman Sachs predicted that the drone market would be worth $100 billion by 2020. Now because of the adoption of the technology in all environments, Surface, Underwater, Air and Space, this figure will be much higher. The industry's growth will depend on the public's understanding the positive impact the use of drones can have. BSI is seeking businesses... Read More »


Robert Garbett in Mail Online: Robot ploughs could be on UK streets by 2021

As covered in the Mail Online and the Daily Express. The recent snowstorms, the Beast from the East and Storm Emma mean that ploughs are needed to clear snow out of roads and public places. However, operators may struggle getting to the vehicles in the first place. Robert Garbett said that autonomous unmanned ground vehicles would be able to work without the need of an operator. He said, 'as the recent cold snap settles and we count the cost of being ill-prepared, again, my mind settled on a story which was shared with me at a business continuity meeting in Cambridgeshire. 'The story revolves around an ingenious idea to solve the issue of not being able to get snow ploughs to the worst-hit areas of the region fast enough as they were located in a central compound area.  'A plan was executed to deploy snow ploughs to strategic points around the region ahead of an expected snowstorm which arrived in force in the early hours of the next morning. &#... Read More »


Drone Major and BSI announce new drone standards at the House of Lords

As Covered In: Farming UK, Farming Online, Design Products and Applications, Global Banking and Finance Review, Tamebay, BusinessCloud, Drone Below, Electronic Specifier, East Midlands Business Link, PSI Magazine, Connecting Industry, EMS NOW Power Engineering International, Business Link, Business News Wales, Geospatial World, Professional Security Magazine, Engineer Live, M2, Smart Rail World, Commercial Drone Professional, ITS International and Supply Management. Drone Major Group and the British Standards Institute (BSI) host a drone event at the House of Lords to showcase the economic potential of the professional drone industry, its contribution to many industries and to give an insight on new drone standards that are being implemented by BSI and the International Standards Organisation (ISO) to help increase the industry's development in 2018 and beyond. New standards will lead to 'stre... Read More »


Follow me drones for travel: should you really take one on your next trip?

Drones are banned at the Statue of Liberty and at an increasing number of tourist attractions. But with DJI’s new ‘follow me’ model offering unique photo and tracking modes, are travel drones becoming an unstoppable trend? Read more Read More »


Drones in the deep: new applications for maritime unmanned vehicles

In September 2017, an online portal called Drone Major Group (DMG) was launched to support and grow the use of unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, and other autonomous vehicles. Focused on underwater, air, surface and space drones, the online marketplace demonstrates the growing capabilities of this burgeoning technology, especially in the maritime environment. In the maritime environment, drones can be used for security, environmental surveillance, to supply vessels with spare parts, for emergency missions, such as search and rescue, as well as for ship and cargo inspection. Yet, despite the many use cases, the technology does face some challenges, such as limited battery life and difficulty operating in poor weather. But original equipment manufacturers and major shippers are keen to improve the technology further and extend the reach and scope of what can be done with drones. Furthermore, the increasing use of drones is supported by regulators such as the European Maritime Sa... Read More »


The global drone revolution with Drone Major Group

The global drone revolution is well underway, but the association between drones and space is largely unreported. Drones may seem like a relatively new phenomenon, but in fact, they have been roaming space for the last 60 years in the form of satellites. Many companies have recognized the economic potential of utilizing drones in space. UK headquartered Effective Space Solutions (Effective Space), has recently announced it’s signed an over $100m multi-year contract with a major regional satellite operator, which will see two space drones launched in 2020. The drones will provide station-keeping and attitude-control capabilities that will significantly extend the life of two communications satellites and ultimately reduce the long-run maintenance costs. With the help of drones, companies are also delving deeper into space. A team of NASA engineers have plans to put drones on Mars in the not too distant future. These flying robotic sentinels could reach more of the Martian su... Read More »


Things you only know if you're a drone expert - Drone Major founder & CEO, Robert Garbett, is featured in Time Out Magazine

Drones go back as far as the nineteenth century ‘The definition of a drone is dead simple: it’s any vehicle, ship or aircraft that’s controlled remotely or autonomously. The earliest record of an unmanned aerial vehicle is from 1849 when the Austrians used some balloons loaded with explosives in an attack. They just weren’t called drones; they were “flying bombs”.’ Driverless cars are closer to reality than Amazon drone deliveries ‘When people think of drones they tend to think of Amazon parcels flying through the air. But who cares? What are they going to do – drop it on the street outside my home? It’s a good bit of promotion, but it’s not feasible door-to-door. Whereas if I’d said to you a year ago that there would be driverless cars on the streets of London by 2021, you probably would have laughed at me – but that’s exactly what the government has announced! I think this is one of the most... Read More »


Drone Major founder Robert Garbett is featured in GeoConnexion News

“The suggestion made by Boris Johnson of a bridge across the Channel between the UK and France is totally misplaced since it takes no account of the massive impact on transport infrastructure that will be delivered by the drone industry over the next decade alone. 2018 is set to be a watershed year for the drone industry when there is expected to be significant progress on drone standards and regulation that will stimulate the development of one of the most exciting growth industries on the planet. The drone industry embraces everything from aerial gyrocopter drones, to driverless cars, marine, surface and underwater vehicles, and passenger or freight-carrying transporters. Drone technology is already being used to dramatically reduce infrastructure delivery, saving millions on large-scale projects.” Read more Read More »


Drone Major Group: Embracing opportunities for smart cities

“There are so many stories of new and innovative technologies creating irrational fears,” says Robert Garbett, founder and CEO of Drone Major Group, “such as the introduction of the first automobiles when people thought that going over 25mph would result in death. Irrational fear is normal and is to be expected but if we look at how drones are being used now, they are generally carrying out tasks that are impossible or too dangerous for humans to undertake. In essence, we believe that drones will, as they do currently, augment our capabilities and capacity – not replace them.” Read more Read More »


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

“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

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 »


Isis use of hobby drones as weapons tests Chinese makers

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 »