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.
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.
Facebook’s drone Aquila, which will beam internet from the sky, has successfully completed its first test flight.
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.
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.
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.
Domino’s Pizza together with Flirtey – independent drone delivery service, are testing the first commercial drone deliveries in the world.
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
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.
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.
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.
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 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
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.
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
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.
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.
The Economist has published an article about the future of drone Taxis, confirming that the idea is not as crazy as one could think some years ago. Moreover, there are already ‘dronecopters’ undergoing tests
Have you ever wondered where the heat in your flat comes from? Well, if you live in New York city there is a high chance that it comes from one of the largest steam systems in the world.
Harvard Business Review has published an article on how drones will impact the way we make business. The magazine believes that the drone market will surge to nearly $7 billion by 2020 globally.
It’s not the first time that we come across an idea of connecting both drones and 3D printing. This time, we have read about a project done together with University of Glasgow and BAE Systems.
Surprisingly, North Dakota is increasingly seen as the new Silicon Valley for drones. Compared to other new technologies, due to their bad PR and overall public fears drones have received little support by the US government.
For all those travellers who do not enjoy to spend their holidays in a hotel room but rather go sightseeing, a new hotel concept was introduced this week that mixes both.
In the US, the amount of packaged deliver by drones to prisons is constantly increasing. The most frequent delivered objects are drugs, tobacco, rolling papers, and porn. Furthermore, delivery is usually made directly to the cells window.
It seems like one more mail company is considering to implement drone delivery. The Canada Post Office spokesman Jon Hamilton has admitted that the firm is quietly exploring the possibility of unmanned aerial vehicles to help deliver mail.
Finding the perfect flat is not only time consuming but may also be extremely frustrating. Furthermore, going from one house to another simply does not seem to be the most efficient way either.
Business Insider is yet another news provider who believes in the importance of the drone industry and thus published a 32- page report on the growing business. The paper describes the overall drone ecosystem, including its impact on other industries such as agriculture, land management, energy, and construction as also the current US regulations.
Michael Perry, who is DJI’s director of strategic partnerships gave an update for CNN Money not only on DJI’s strategy but more importantly on the firm’s view of the whole industry. Perry thinks that the industry has come to a defining moment and will continue develop depending on how the consumers will start incorporate the technology into their daily lives.
China's EHang has received permission from the Institute for Autonomous Systems to test fly its passenger 184 drone later this year. This might be the first step towards drone taxis, hence it could define the whole future of the industry
At the beginning of this year Maersk Group launched a video in which it uses a drone to deliver a bucket of cookies to a tanker at sea. The firms aim was to support drones application in Maersk's business operations on a daily basis.
Despite Wal-Mart Stores being still far away from drone deliveries, the firm decided to use the technology for a different purpose. The company claims it is six to nine months away from using drones to check warehouse inventories in the United States.
Since its launch in 1957, the satellite has revolutionised communication, navigation, and broadcasting. However, satellites are extremely expensive to build, launch and once at the orbit hard to maintain.
One of the industries that is already revolutionised by drones, is the filmmaking one. Until now getting aerial shots always involved helicopters and thus large costs.
Last month the Federal Aviation Administration proposed a four-tiered classification system with diverse rules for how drones should interact with crowds. On the other hand, people are more worried about the technologies impact on personal privacy.
The main challenge in most of the growing economies is the lack of roads and therefore efficient transport. Until now the only way to overcome those problems was believed to be through the development of infrastructure.
With the growing negative effect of climate change, an increasing amount of regions are threatened by droughts. A team of scientists from Nevada was able to combine high-tech solutions such as drones and a meteorological strategy called cloud seeding in order to produce rain.
As clients, we usually think that delivery drones will only decrease the delivery time. For companies on the other hand, the drone technology can also mean overcoming huge costs caused by the delivery distance on infrequent routes. An example can be Royal Mail which is struggling to offer its universal services across the whole country. The main issues are connected with the daily rural deliveries, which it is legally obliged to.
The Polish government has announced to support the drone industry by allocating 50m PLN to drone related innovations. The Minister of Science and Higher Education Jaroslaw Gowin believes that the drone industry should become one of Poland’s main research field.
The European Emergency Number Association (EENA) has teamed up with one of the top drone producers in the world DJI, in order to test new ways for drones to engage in life saving tasks. DJI’s Director of Education Romeo Durscher believes that the partnership will demonstrate the power of aerial systems in first response missions and change the way rescue missions are organized.
The drone design, who has just won 1$ million in the UAE's Drones for Good competition is similar to a gimbal. It has a rotating and lightweight carbon fibre cage to protect it from damage when hitting obstacles. In the event of a collision, it will just bounce off and continue to fly. This technology will enable the drone to fly into confined spaces and also decreases the chances of the propellers causing damage if they encountered a person or animal...
Techworld has come up with a list of UK companies that already implement drones in their day to day business. According to Juniper Research, drone sales are forecasted to double this year compared with 2015. The growth is expected to be stimulated by agriculture related drones, with 48% purchase coming from this sector.
As for today, the polish law puts little restriction on commercial drones and allows drone users to fly them anywhere as long as the drone is in their eye sight. The only applicable restrictions today are for flights in the airport air controlled airspace, which for Warsaw means almost all of the metropolitan area.
It seems like most of the “good” news about drones is strongly associated with either Amazon or Google and the revolutionizing of the package delivery. Despite those news being “good drones” news, they still overshadow the real progress in the industry - an industry predicted to be worth $90 billion in a decade...
All around the world law enforcement forces are trying to prepare for the growing amount of commercial drones flying around the cities restricted airspace. Various options are being tested from hacking into the drones systems or real eagle fighters.
According to CNBC, Twitter has been granted with its first drone patent. The company has developed its own social media drone, which will take photos and videos with the possibility of being shared on their Twitter accounts. The user will be able to control the UAV’s movement and stream what it captures...
The Polish Start up “Drone Academy” is working on a software that will allow drones to generate real-time high resolution maps while flying. A software like this can be very useful in assessing newly built construction sights and agriculture...
Four ex BA pilots have opened the first UK drone training school called UAV Air. In the past, they have flown commercial airlines across the busiest airspaces in the world. They then became drone experts, working mostly for Hollywood on various film sets. Together they have 20,000 commercial flying hours logged...
Intel has made one of its biggest drone related M&A deals this week by acquiring Ascending Technologies - a German-based company that makes small drones and the software to fly them. The firm already uses Intel’s technology called RealSense, that adds depth-sensing capabilities to drones...
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