Commentary

Ascentium Capital Wants to Finance Your Drone Enterprise [In…

The drone industry is new, and by any measure, still in a growth phase.  While the hype cycle might well be over, investment isn’t.  DRONELIFE interviewed Mark Guida, Vice President-Sales at Ascentium Capital, to discuss what type of clients they work with – and what the financing process looks like. Mark …

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Humanitarian Drones: Should AI Powered UAVs be Used for Huma…

image: UNICEF.  The following is an Editorial Opinion. A few months ago, I was honored to have the opportunity to speak with Camille Oren, who with Andrej Verity co-authored a paper published today on Digital Humanitarians titled Artificial Intelligence (AI) Applied to Unmanned Aerial Vehicles and its Impact on Humanitarian Action. …

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Aerodyne Acquires Measure’s Inspection Services Business

Measure’s inspection services business has been acquired by Asia Pacific company Aerodyne, forming a new joint venture entity – Aerodyne Measure – for drone services.  Measure will continue to operate independently as an enterprise software provider: Measure CEO Brandan Declet Torres comments that the partnership will significantly expand the user …

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Flawed BBC Drone Documentary Does Further Damage to UK Drone…

Commentary.  The UK drone industry has taken a beating in recent weeks. First, the head of Unmanned Traffic Management at NATS, Andy Sage, took it upon himself to categorize drone pilots as either “clueless, careless, and criminal” in a parliamentary hearing – a mistake he has since apologized for. And …

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No Major Releases from DJI in 2019? Why a Consumer Drone Slo…

Before the launch of the RoboMaster S1 earlier this month, many guessed DJI was about to unveil its first consumer drone of 2019: A Spark 2, a new line of FPV racing drones, or maybe even a Phantom 5. But that proved to be wishful thinking. The drone industry’s leading …

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PwC Research: Public Perception a Barrier to Drone Adoption

We have long suspected that the generally negative public perception of drone technology isn’t good for business. Now, with the release of PwC’s research – Building trust in drones – we have some data to back that up. PwC’s latest UK research is based on a survey of the public …

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Comparison: Parrot ANAFI Thermal Vs DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise D…

In the past six months, two interesting products have hit the market from the drone industry’s leading manufacturers, DJI and Parrot. Both aim to make aerial thermal imagery accessible and affordable. In December 2018, DJI launched the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual, an iteration of the Mavic 2 Enterprise that swaps …

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Airport Execs Want the Authority to Protect Their Communitie…

  Joe Ravi [CC BY-SA 3.0] The technology for controlling access to airspace around airports or other protected facilities is ready – but will regulations allow them to be implemented before the next damaging event? The following is a DRONELIFE exclusive guest post from Jaz Banga, CEO and Co-founder of Airspace …

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Three Forces That Shaped the Drone Industry in 2018

Guest post by leading drone industry analyst Colin Snow of Skylogic Research. This was a big year for the commercial drone industry as a whole. It saw a significant increase in the business adoption, the expansion of the FAA’s LAANC program (the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability that provides …

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