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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. Read More »


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

1. Picking a marketAre 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. Read More »


Exactly how much is visual inspection data worth?

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. Read More »


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

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. Read More »


NAV CANADA signs strategic agreement with Unifly

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 airspace.The system is designed to supp... Read More »


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

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 and a stationary base (ground) station to more accurately correct image location, in real time as it flies Satellite... Read More »


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

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-to drone when customers require a VTOL solution f... Read More »


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

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 data is defined by reference to their human... Read More »


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

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. Read More »


SkyWatch.AI Drone Insurance Launches Partnership with ParaZero Drone Safety Systems to Benefit Safer Drone Pilots

SkyWatch.AI Drone Insurance, a prominent risk-assessment and InsurTech platform for the drone industry and ParaZero, the leading developer of advanced drone safety systems, announced today a collaboration that will allow drone pilots, using the SafeAir Parachute to receive reduced rates on their drone insurance. The companies have teamed up in order to further benefit safe pilots who take extra measures to reduce drone risks. Pilots with ParaZero’s SafeAir system can now share their flight data with SkyWatch.AI and receive a higher Safety Score that will provide them with a unique reduced rate. The collaboration between SkyWatch.AI and ParaZero will allow drone operators to dramatically mitigate risk through the ASTM compliant ParaZero system, reduce their insurance costs with SkyWatch.AI, and also apply for a Flight Over People waiver with the FAA. This cooperation brings with it added value to drone operators, and is another great advancement in the development of the commercial dron... 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.  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 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, Ariel Avitan, who explains: “Our DIB... 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 Commercial Office... Read More »


5 steps to mastering your commercial drone operations

Electric Transmission & DistributionEveryone 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 oftrial 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.    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.  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 overla... 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, what is important in my life. What my pri... 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 Read More »