Drones as emergency ad-hoc networks
Drones prove their worth as emergency tools by bringing cellular connectivity to Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria destroyed telecom infrastructure and left the island disconnected for several weeks.
Drones prove their worth as emergency tools by bringing cellular connectivity to Puerto Rico after hurricane Maria destroyed telecom infrastructure and left the island disconnected for several weeks.
Dongguan in southern China’s Guangdong Province is known as a the biggest manufacturing hub. According to the news agency Xinhua, the number of registered factories exceeded 900 000 last year. Due to the fact that, environmental inspections are difficult to conduct from the ground, the idea of using drones appeared.
The global market in drone-powered solutions for the power and utilities industries is worth as much as USD 9.46 billion a year, PwC estimates in a new report that illustrates how creative uses of unmanned aerial vehicles are disrupting the way companies build, operate and maintain their networks
The Autonomous Air Taxi (AAT) was developed by German company Volocopter. First test of self-flying taxi took place over the city of Dubai on Monday. During 5 minutes flight, drone hovered upward 200 meters.
Special, dedicated software which uses artificial intelligence distinguishes sharks, dolphins and surfers in real time with higher accuracy than human eye. The system’s algorithm was trained by using publicly available aerial videos of sharks.
In addition to their commercial use in various areas of the economy, drones are also proving to be helpful tools for communities dealing with the aftermath of natural disasters, such as the recent violent storms that ravaged Poland leaving great devastation in their wake.
Queensland University of Technology with the State Government is introducing a two year project which will use drones and high resolution imagery in order to provide data about koalas abundance.
Drones are nowadays used for a growing number of purposes ranging from commercial application to pure entertainment. But few month ago, Japanese team started to work on a drone which will try to do a bumblebee’s job.
Facebook’s drone Aquila, which will beam internet from the sky, has successfully completed its first test flight.
Across the African savanna, 25,000 elephants and 1,000 rhinos are killed by poachers each year, according to some estimates. At this rate, they’ll be extinct within two decades.
Researchers from the University of California work on a system which allows for 3D mapping of objects inside of buildings. By using simply drones and Wi-Fi, the system allows to literally see through walls.
The West Sussex County Council is using drones to examine bridges in the county. Until now inspections were carried out by human in hard to reach and hazardous infrastructure which created the potential risk to their health. The use of drones ensures high safety standards and provide additional cost savings.
The mechanical engineers from Oklahoma State University are developing drone that will be able to examine weather conditions and predict appearance of tornado. Until now traditional methods provided alert time of 13 minutes, with drones this time could be extended to an hour.
Thanks to the new drone software farmers are provided with real time images of crops even in the places without internet connection. This solution helps to gather more detailed data while drone is still operating and quickly detect any deficiencies.
A great potential of drones for commercial, short-distance shipment is already widely known and tested around the world, but a new startup from California, may revolutionize transpacific cargo shipment as well.
Recently Walmart introduced drones in order to transport shopping around the store. The company has been granted a patent when it comes to utilizing drones for moving goods from one department to another and delivering it directly to the customers.
Police forces in Devon and Cornwall are planning to create 24-hour drone unit. Flying devices will be used to help officers to investigate crimes, search for missing people and monitor roads accidents.
In this planting season Mada (Muda Agriculture Development Authority in Malaysia) decided to revolutionize the spraying of pesticides in paddy fields and use drones for this purpose. Drones are equipped with the 10 litre tank together with GPS and will be able to spray 20 ha within one day.
While the flying indoors is strictly prohibited, companies are trying to find a way to make it more useful and solely fun activity. Since GPS signal as used in most of the drones to determine the flight trajectory cannot be used indoors scientists had to come up with different solutions. Vision-based algorithms that automatically understand the surrounding can lead to drone making its own way through automatic navigation decisions.
Thanks to the decrease in solar panels prices companies started to look for the new technologies to develop the solar power plants market. New softwares, sensors and use of drones allow them to cut costs and in the near future to be able to compete with fossil fuel power.
Thanks to the Artificial Intelligence (AI) software drones are able to perform flights without a human pilot. The new software was introduced by a start-up Exyn Technologies and allows drone navigation through dark, indoor and off-grid environments.
Drones are becoming increasingly popular in numerous industries. But till now, they were purely unmanned vehicles, and carried only equipment, never humans. The situation may soon change as Dubai plans to introduce drone taxis.
It is clear that drones are widely used in industries such as agriculture, transport and infrastructure. But nowadays drone technology has a big potential to revolutionize professional sports. Sport industry is worth billion dollars which encourages the implementation of new technologies that will help to gain additional benefits.
Last weekend the eyes of majority of Americans turned to the Super Bowl Show. Apart from the game itself, the advertisements are big part of the whole event. As drones become increasingly popular, they were present there as well.
The Cloud Security Alliance (CSA) and Securing Smart Cities released the Establishing a Safe and Secure Municipal Drone Program report about the use of drones in urban agglomeration. The authors of the report emphasized that drones will play a significant role in smart cities.
The European Commission is planning to implement rules for operations of small drones within European Union area. The goal of EC is to “make drones part of the European citizens’ daily lives by 2019.”
Avalanches in ski resorts are one of the biggest dangers to safety. Triggering controlled avalanches after heavy snow falls is a commonly used practice, but it is actually more difficult than it seems. The new idea is to use drones for that purpose.
Global warming and melting Arctic see ice are growing concerns around the world. Drones will be used to explore the Arctic, better understand the problem and support research on climate change.
Hi-tech gadgets are present in any industry nowadays, and it is no different with those for fishermen. Fishing enthusiasts already have electronic bite alarms, carbon-fiber rods or specialized clothing, but a swimming drone which aids fishing itself, is a novelty.
During the last few days the eyes of the whole world turned to Davos, where all most important decision-makers, politicians, academics and influential leaders of today’s world met.
Recently, we released a new movie showing how we combine best in class experience in strategy consulting with specialized knowledge regarding advanced image data analytics and newest innovations offered by artificial intelligence or machine learning.
Until now, Google has been the major player when it comes to maps. Apple launched its own services a few years after Google, but couldn’t catch up on that market. However, now it may change, since Apple plans to use drones to improve its maps.
The variety of drones available on the market is constantly growing and so is the amount of commercial application of them. A tethered drone is another interesting one.
The brand new Elbphilharmonie in Hamburg is designed to be a new landmark of the city. It combines modern architecture, amazing designs and classical performances. The place has opened to the new technologies so much, that it even offers a virtual tour powered by a drone.
Recently, Amazon made its first ever drone delivery to an actual customer. It took place on December 7th, near Cambridge in the UK, in a zone which was designated for test drone flights.
Trees in Whitaker’s Forest, California are objects of precise studies of Berkely University scientists. In last 6 years more than 100 million trees drought, what caused great upset among researchers.
One of the biggest limitations to drones is their relatively short battery life-time. Average UAV can fly for around 30 minutes, and creation of a one, that can be in the air for much longer, became the main challenge for the industry.
Yesterday, the Foundation Mikromakro Institute (Fundacja Instytut Mikromakro) published a report about Polish drone market. The value of Polish drone market in 2016 is estimated for PLN 201.31m and it grew by 22% in comparison to 2015.
A new study released by PwC entitled Clarity from above: transport infrastructure describes the immediate possible applications of drone technology in the road and railway sectors.
The market for drones is growing steadily and so is the one for anti-drone systems.
On 23rd and 24th November 2016 in Warsaw we could witness the High Level Conference on Drones titled “Drones as a leverage for jobs and new business opportunities”
American scientists developed a drone which is controlled by a human brain. The discussion about robots controlled simply by brain activity is out there for quite a while, but now the technology came into existence.
Drones can not only fly, but also swim! An entrepreneur from South Africa invented a drone called WasteShark which has a taste for garbage.
Commercial usage of drone technology is growing and number of drones in the air is constantly increasing. Apart from numerous advantages, drones also pose a challenge e.g. for airports. A missing drone in a no-fly zone around the airport cause delays, huge loss of money and incredible danger.
Application of drone technology is becoming more and more popular. It seems that drone lights can be used to increase safety and lighten the way for pedestrians.
China is a perfect country to test drone delivery solutions. While in e.g. US or other countries regulations limit the opportunities, in China the government allows for testing new usages of drones despite not fully regulated drone environment.
New startup - Sunflower Labs, plans to substitute traditional alarm system with drones. It wants to turn drones into private guardian angels for homes.
Lack of adequate medical products can affect even more than 2 billion people around the World. Zip is new medicine and blood delivery drone invented by Zipline International Inc.
Just after 16 days on the market, GoPro recalls its Karma drone.
Flying billboards, drones instead of fireworks, new generation of light shows… It will all soon be possible thanks to drones.
Domino’s Pizza together with Flirtey – independent drone delivery service, are testing the first commercial drone deliveries in the world.
This year, the inaugural Drone Grand Prix took place in Dubai and in June 2017 it is coming to London, to the iconic Alexandra Palace.
From now on, you do not need to use a selfie stick or your hand to take a selfie. Perfect selfies can be taken by a drone which is flying right above you!
It looks like weapon of destruction but in fact it is highly developed machine, designed by company specializing in interactive and modern live performances
Researches have recently experimented with usage of near infrared (NIR) technology together with drones to search where buried bodies are.
As commercial drones are becoming more and more popular, the threats related to them also increase. During the final US Presidential Debate The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department decided to address the safety issue.
Recently Supreme Administrative Court of Sweden made decision that all camera-equipped drones are illegal to fly. Flights will be permitted only to prevent crime or accidents
Researchers from Imperial College London announced last week that they created a drone which does not have to land to recharge. The wireless charging technology opens numerous opportunities for wider use of drones. ---
U.S. Patent and Trademark Office published patent application of “Unmanned aerial vehicle assistant”. Application was submitted by… Amazon Technologies. It shows that Amazon is not ceasing on drone deliveries
Africa is the most underdeveloped continent in the world. Since infrastructure is very limited, transportation of anything becomes a challenge
German drone producer – Microdrone presented new life-saving drone application. In promotional video we can see a drone delivering floating device to drowning man
Since pilot license is no longer needed to operate a drone, the number of devices active in commerce will grow significantly. FAA estimates that number to hit 600 000 within a year.
Chinese Company MMC UAV has launched groundbreaking, hydrogen-fueled drones this year. Majority of drones run on batteries and thus their flight-time is limited to around 30 minutes.
Usage of drones in emergency and life threating situation is becoming more and more popular. Recently the police in Minnesota has conducted a successful mission and found the man who stacked in swampy area
Drones are finding new applications every day. Few days ago Roberto Martinez - coach of Belgium football national team decided to introduce new technology during training session.
As the next big companies like Amazon are testing drones’ solutions in commercial use it is becoming obvious that soon they are going to enter our everyday life for good. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) predicts there will be 7 million drones in use by 2020.
Hope College graduates raised ca. $200k at Kickstarter project of developing underwater vehicle that can be easily used by everyone. Drone is capable of reaching 50m depth
Last month, the Amsterdam Institute for Metropolitan Solutions (AMS) announced a new, five-year research initiative to explore the possible functions of self-driving floating robot vehicles.
An amphibious drone has been designed to absorb trash in harbors and along shorelines before it drift out to sea. The drone also collects data including water quality, depth and weather with real time transmission
Engineers at Urban Aeronautics are working on a large drone capable of both civilian and military applications, weighing in at over one ton
Not yet, but a drone startup named DroneSeed is working to make that a possibility. The vision is that fleets of drones will be able to plant saplings, spray them against invasive species, and monitor the forest’s growth
Prodrone is back with a new drone capable of lifting 10 kilograms of cargo with its mechanical talons. The drone is large, as it needs space for its six propellers, compared to a typical four prop layout
Asides from their military and commercial capabilities, drones are becoming a popular toy for both hobbyists and children – because flight is fun! Drones now meet probably the best known toy brand in the world: Lego
GoPro has uncovered its first drone, which is set to hit the stores in late October. It was only a matter of time before GoPro capitalized on the trend of designing drones for GoPro cameras.
One of the greatest challenges to commercial drones today is the limited distance that they can fly away from their operator. Legislators in the United States have acknowledged this and limited commercial drone flight to line of sight
A startup called Intelligent Flying Machines (IFM) has set its sights on fully automating the process of taking inventory in warehouses. The aim is to greatly reduce the cost while increasing the accuracy of taking inventory
The Japanese drone startup Prodrone has designed a drone specifically for infrastructure maintenance targeted at civil engineers. While in recent months civil engineers have been ever more often testing drones for maintence purposes; however, their current capabilities can be limiting for the task.
X, a subsidiary company of Alphabet, is testing a Chipotle aerial burrito delivery system at Virginia Tech. At this point, the delivery system will not be available to the public
Mercedes-Benz has revealed a concept van which will be able to automatically deploy delivery drones, while it is on the road. The project was valued at over half a billion dollars.
Researchers at Murdoch University in Western Australia were able to spot an extremely rare whale with the use of drones. It was a young white whale called the Migaloo which has not been spotted since the 1970’s
Champs-Elysees in Paris was the site of a high speed airshow this week, with participants from different countries coming together to run an obstacle course as well as show off their drones
The companies Eversourse has begun using drones in their regular inspections of powerlines in the United States. This is the process that traditionally reserved for the helicopter
A drone operator filming a historical building in the Netherlands captured the moment his drone was knocked out of the sky by a goose in a mid-air collision
Military grade drones are now being used by the NASA in the United States as storm watchers. Last week, one of these drones managed to identify that a tropical storm was in fact a hurricane
New regulations concerning the use of commercial drones came into effect yesterday in the United States, replacing the need for an expensive Pilot License, with a drone specific knowledge exam
A drone in New Zealand last week made history when it landed the first ever pizza delivery at its destination. Dominos teamed up with the drone start up Flirtey to make this delivery possible
In the event of a natural disaster, rescue and cleanup crews have to use manned aircraft, such as helicopters, to assess damage. However, there already are drones which have the technological capability to take over the helicopter in these tasks
Apollo Shield is a new anti-drone system which will detect drones flying where they are not legally allowed to do so, and send a command to return them home. The shield contains a radio antenna paired with software.
Intel unveiled a new drone targeted specifically at software developers. This drones is the first inbuilt drone at a chip manufacturing firm, an industry that has already been heavily involved in the drone market via sale of microprocessors.
The sci-fi office of tomorrow will include holographic-video conference drones, and tomorrow is just around the corner. Google has patented a new drone for video conferencing.
Car racing is about to get a lot more exciting for the viewer. Nissan partnered with the racing drone startup Tornado XBlades Racing to design a drone that can keep up with the superfast Nissan GTR
A handful of developing nations with difficult access to remote areas are currently experimenting with drone powered solutions. The Dominican Republic, Malawi, Papua New Guinea, and Rwanda have all signed contracts with Silicon Valley based startups to establish a drone based medicine delivery system in their countries
The Rio Olympics have introduced no-fly zones around their events, and they are the not the first. These were introduced during the G7 summit in Japan, UEFA Euro 2016, and the major political conventions in the US
The United States Fish and Wildlife Service (USFWS) is launching an operation to save the endangered black footed ferret, which plans to drop vaccine covered M&Ms carried by drones.
Facebook launched its first flight of its giant, solar powered, internet delivery drone, which plans to bring relatively cheap internet to remote areas of the world.
A Dutch kickstarter launches a minesweeping drone that claims to be twenty times faster and up to two hundred times cheaper than conventional methods of clearing drones. The aerial drone contains a metal detector, 3D mapping technology, and a robotic grip which holds and places detonators.
Drones have helped tax authorities in Spain to uncover over 1.69 million homes not complying with tax law in the last two years. That is approximately 8.9% of all homes in the respective municipalities.
Since the 1980’s, Japanese farmers have been utilizing drones to air spray fertilizer and pesticides on their crops, originally introduced by Yamaha. Today, around a third of all rice produce has been air sprayed by agricultural chemicals
It seems that even before we have gotten used to the form of drones we know today; new ideas are already being developed in order to revolutionize the yet developing industry
On one side, many fear that a drone could collide into an airplane and cause it to crash. On the other side, airplane producers such as Airbus starts to implement the technology in its day to day operations.
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