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Fotokite Launches Tethered Drone System for Firefighters

Tethered drone provider Fotokite is equipping firefighters to help save lives during crisis situations. The Zurich-based company is partnering with firefighting-apparel firm Pierce Manufacturing to launch a UAV system that can be integrated with public-safety vehicles as well as other firefighting equipment. Aptly named the Pierce Situational Awareness Systems by …

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Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) Drone Testing Moves Forw…

image courtesy SkySkopes Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) flight is a critical component of the advancement of unmanned commercial applications.  While France has had legalized BVLOS flight since 2012, most countries and areas of the world are still working towards moving forward with a framework to accommodate BVLOS flight …

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Don’t Fly Blind: The Business of Air Traffic Awareness for D…

Image from INVOLI UTM, air traffic awareness, remote ID and tracking, and collision avoidance are all hot topics in the drone industry.  As these frameworks and technologies develop, risks will decrease, regulations will ease, and the applications that commercial drones are regularly able to perform will expand dramatically. There is …

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Drones, Components, and Services: SkyTools is Poised to Fly …

Continuing our roundup of European companies we met at this week at the Commercial UAV Expo Europe is this interview with Ivanka Koster, CEO of Netherlands-based SkyTools. SkyTools is a full-service drone company: but their unique business model addresses the issue of outside service providers competing with the growth of …

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DroneLife Exclusive: An Interview with Marc Kegelaers, CEO o…

One of the great aspects of being present at the Commercial UAV Expo Europe, held this week in Amsterdam, is the opportunity to speak directly to some of the thought leaders in the global drone industry. DRONELIFE spoke with Marc Kegelaers: pilot, thought leader, CEO of Unifly, and an important player in …

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Commercial UAV Expo Europe: PwC Names 7 Trends in the Drone …

Michael Mazur, Consulting Partner and head of PwC Drone Powered Solutions delivered one of the Keynote addresses at the Commercial UAV Expo Europe today in Amsterdam, naming 7 trends that the investment firm sees shaping the industry. 1) Telecom will be a major beneficiary of the drone industry. Mazur says …

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DBUS Denies Ties With Mota Group, Then Uses Mota Mailing Lis…

If you haven’t been following our investigation of the Lily Next-Gen, the Mota Group and, more recently, Drones By US (DBUS), here’s a very quick recap. In October, we reported that a number of customers were having issues with the Mota Group, the company that picked up the pieces after …

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Mitsubishi Hitachi Launch Boiler Inspection Drones

When compared to Amazon delivery or police operations, power-plant boiler inspection via drone may not seem sexy, but one Japanese company knows such missions can be life-saving. DroneLife Archives Mitsubishi Hitachi Power Systems, Ltd. is bringing drone-inspection technologies to check out boilers and similar large-scale indoor structures. The conglomerate plans …

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