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Why we do blade inspections, the way we do blade inspections

Published March 24th 2020

Writing is ambiguous. It misreads, misdirects, and paves the road for misunderstandings. Though the written word holds endless opportunities, when it comes to communicating the big picture, text alone is a clunky tool at best. Here, we prefer to let the visuals talk. After all, you know what they say about an image. If you believe in that sort of comparison, our new wind workflow is worth 100010 words, or something near that. We’re not mathematicians. I’d rather describe us as software magicians, and this new feature goes beyond text and above images, to bring together all your data and create that big picture, we’re all looking to communicate. Enough fancy words. Let’s have a look at this new blade inspection workflow. This is a little preview. To get the full picture, sign up and try it yourself. We have been working closely with Natural Power to create this workflow. The goal was to support the p... Read More »


A Scopito White label

Published March 17th 2020
A Scopito White label

A Scopito White label

Published March 17th 2020

Has the thought of building your own analytics platform ever crossed your mind? Here’s a little exercise for the next time it happens. Grab some paper and a pen. Now scribble down all the features you need. Then how those would work together. How someone might use them, how they should be used and how to communicate that. Once you’re done, grab a blank sheet and draw all of it. This is just the first draft. That is what we did seven years ago, and the result didn’t look anything like it does today. Quality takes time. Scopito today is worlds apart from Scopito in 2014, both in terms of features, design and backend infrastructure. The analytics platform has been formed by thousands of users over millions of hours and as a result, has become extremely stable and secure, even in extreme conditions. It has been updated, upgraded and refined constantly, since the day in 2014 when it first saw the light of day. At that point in time, the industry mo... Read More »


Exactly how much is visual inspection data worth?

Published March 16th 2020

It can be easy to look for a one-and-done solution, when it comes to pole-maintenance. But is it worth it? In most cases, cooperatives are missing out on huge benefits, by not using their inspection data properly. This article investigates the short- and long term advantages of using drones for inspections, coupled with Data Management software for analysis and storage. 1. Short term benefits We consider short term benefits immediate; the benefits that you will see during the inspection and analysis. Time saved Pedernales Electric Cooperative has seen the following numbers from their use of drones and Data Management software: Inspections carried out 88% faster on average. Each pole inspected in 10 seconds with drone vs. 15 minutes for lineman. Whole process of inspection was at least 80% cheaper with a drone. Return on investment was 97% for the first year. The data was provided to us by Eric Bit... Read More »


Succeeding with using drones/UAVs to optimize maintenance operations, in 4 steps

Published March 16th 2020

This article builds on the premise, that using drones for maintenance inspections, provides significant value. If you are looking to harvest the value of drones for your own organization, you are in the right place. Frequent inspections and predictive maintenance goes hand in hand, and UAVs are the way to go if keeping costs low is a priority. 1. Start yesterday 70% of all utilities are already using drones as part of their operations. Start small When trying to change the ways of a large organization, you will experience push-back. Even if management OK’s your project, colleagues might have concerns about your project’s implications. Your first job is to prove the concept with concrete results. A common mistake is thinking, that you need to implement drones on a semi-large scale, to see results. This is what gets most projects shot down before they even take flight. Not a lot of companies are willing to risk a big investment, without concrete pr... Read More »


How to create UAS jobs for yourself. Starting a DSP in 4 steps

Published March 16th 2020

1. Picking a market Are you stuck looking for UAS jobs in your area, but finding nothing? Have you considered starting your own company? It is easier than you might think. We have broken it down into 4 crucial steps. The first step for any budding entrepreneur, should always be to pick a beachhead market. Most entrepreneurs are head over heels in love with their business idea; so much in fact, that they often forget to consider, if there is a market for it, and how to win set market. But, thanks to this article, you won’t make that mistake. Let’s begin. The commercial drone industry is large. It is growing rapidly and crawling with competition fighting for those UAS jobs. It is a market bursting with opportunity, but also one where you (as a supplier) is easily replaced. So upon entry; Do your research. Any good business starts with a great idea, closely followed by a lot of investigative work. Something which is less fun than, say,... Read More »


InsurTech SkyWatch.AI and Starr Insurance Companies launch a Usage-Based Drone Insurance Product in Canada

Published March 2nd 2020

SkyWatch.AI and Starr offer on-demand hourly, monthly and annual drone insurance solutions based on a proprietary safety platform   SkyWatch.AI, the world’s first on-demand, telematics-based insurance platform for commercial drone pilots, launched its drone insurance product in Ontario, Canada. SkyWatch.AI’s dedicated drone insurance allows professional drone pilots to easily set and manage their coverage through their mobile or desktop devices. The policies are underwritten by a member of Starr Insurance Companies, the leading aviation insurance company in North America, which has insurance carriers rated “A” (excellent) by AM. Best.   Through Skywatch.AI, commercial and recreational drone (RPAS) pilots rapidly receive flexible liability insurance by the hour, month or year. The telemetry-based risk analysis platform provides a best-in-class risk map to help pilots plan their flights, get real-time quotes, proactively avoid potential hazar... Read More »


PD-1 and Leleka-100 at UMEX 2020 show in Abu Dhabi, UAE

Published February 28th 2020

We would like to share that Ukrspecsystems and Spetstechnoexport are participating in the Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference (UMEX 2020) taking place on February 23-25, 2020 in Abu-Dhabi, UAE.  The representatives of our company will be happy to meet you at the UAE Pavilion, Stand: 05-A20 hosted by International Golden Group (IGG). UMEX is a unique event in the Middle East region offering the possibility for international defense and security companies to showcase the latest technologies and unmanned systems. The Unmanned Systems Exhibition and Conference dedicated to three areas: defense, aerospace, and the country's external and internal security. We are sure that participation in the exhibition allows us to get new contacts, better understanding of the market and start new partnerships! Read More »


NAV CANADA signs strategic agreement with Unifly

Published February 28th 2020

February 26, 2020, OTTAWA/ANTWERP – NAV CANADA has entered into an agreement with Unifly, a strategic technology partner, in the deployment of a national system that provides digital services for safely operating and managing drones in Canadian airspace. The system has an intuitive user interface and will enable Canadian drone pilots to access web and mobile applications to identify safe and legal airspace, plan flights, manage operations, pilots and fleet of drones.   This fully digitized system makes the process of requesting authorization to fly in controlled airspace easier and faster for qualified drone pilots. The app will also benefit airlines and general aviation pilots, as it reduces the risk of accidental drone incursions. As Canada’s air navigation service provider, NAV CANADA has an essential role to play in developing an operating environment that supports the innovative potential of the drone industry and ensures safety across Canadian airspac... Read More »


Wingtra and Delair sign on dotted line to offer practical business insights from large, high-accuracy drone mapping projects

Published January 28th 2020

The vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) WingtraOne mapping drone and delair.ai artificial intelligence (AI)-powered software will now be promoted in both companies’ portfolios of solutions for extracting useful business insights from large, high-accuracy drone mapping projects. Earlier this year, Wingtra and Delair announced that the compatibility of the two products was tested and evaluated. Due to the complementarity of their solutions, they recently made the decision to join forces in a sales partnership. “We tested WingtraOne data compatibility with delair.ai a while ago and were convinced by the ease of use and the functionality of the software, especially in cases where deep AI analytics and accessibility by stakeholders is important,” said Leopold Flechsenberger, Head of Sales at Wingtra. We are excited to include delair.ai in our recommended software portfolio and that they’re promoting WingtraOne as a go-t... Read More »


What’s the difference between PPK and RTK drones, and which one is better?

Published January 28th 2020

  Post-processed kinematic (PPK) and real-time kinematic (RTK) are not new technologies. They’ve been used in terrestrial surveying for years to improve the accuracy of GNSS data. Both methods correct the location of drone mapping data and remove the need for GCPs, bringing absolute accuracy down to cm (sub-inch) range. However, when you factor in obstacles and environmental conditions common to aerial surveying, the difference between a PPK drone and an RTK drone becomes more important to understand. In fact, choosing the best correction method for your surveys will save you time and project costs. But how do you know which is best? The answer can be found in learning about how each method works, including its inherent strengths and drawbacks. What is an RTK drone (and how does RTK work)? An RTK drone carries an onboard GNSS RTK receiver that gathers data from satellites... Read More »


Creative genius by artificial intelligence – but who owns the copyright?

Published January 10th 2020

Artificial intelligence, once the stuff of science fiction, is now common place in our day to day lives. This is only set to increase rapidly over the coming years, but not without a unique set of legal challenges. One key  challenge is the question of how the relationship between AI and copyright is defined. Whilst historically AI has taken over repetitive, process driven tasks carried out by humans, AI has now entered the creative sphere. Huge numbers of non-human AI artists, poets, writers and musicians have emerged, creating high level pieces of creative works. In 2018 Christie’s became the first auction house to offer a work of art created by an algorithm – the portrait, titled Edmond de Belamy, sold for $432,500. Whilst there is clearly a demand for AI as an emerging creative medium,  who owns the copyright in what is created? Under the Copyright, Designs and Patents Act 1988 (CDPA 1998), ownership of the copyright in source code or other dat... Read More »


20%-25% off SafeAir systems for DJI Mavic and DJI Phantom series

Published December 17th 2019

SkyWatch.AI recently teamed up with ParaZero to offer reduced rates for safer pilots who use the AirSafe systems.   ParaZero is now offering a major discount to the end of 2019 with 20%-25% off of their SafeAir systems for DJI Mavic and DJI Phantom series.   Please Visit>   https://parazero.com/shop/?utm_source=DroneMajor&utm_medium=referral Read More »


FUNDING AND SAVINGS IN ONE FELL SWOOP

Published November 18th 2019
FUNDING AND SAVINGS IN ONE FELL SWOOP

FUNDING AND SAVINGS IN ONE FELL SWOOP

Published November 18th 2019

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 »


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 »