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Telefónica Combines Drones with IoT Sensors for Wildfire War…

The combination of drones and wildfires isn’t usually a productive one. Emergency teams tasked with fighting them are often disrupted by opportunistic aerial photographers. But the technology has also proved to be a useful situational awareness for fire crews. Drones can cover ground quickly and provide an indication of a …

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Heliguy Allocates Huge Inventory For Full Stack: Drone Suppl…

Heliguy, the biggest DJI direct retailer in Europe, has launched Full Stack, a rolling, monthly enterprise service designed to reduce upfront costs for organizations adopting drone technology. So far Heliguy has allocated £1m worth of stock to help government bodies kick start and scale their enterprise drone programs. As part …

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Drone Spotted Over Arizona Wildfire, Forcing Setback

Photo courtesy of Arizona State Forestry Safety officials across the country continue to warn drone users “Don’t fly aircraft over wildfires.” This week, Arizona State Forestry officials spotted a drone over the Coldwater fire – a blaze that has burned more than 6,000 acres of the Coconino National Forest since being …

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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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Drones Optimize Notre Dame Firefighting Efforts

via WikiCommons licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Share Alike 4.0 International During the devastating fire last week that severely damaged the Notre Dame Paris, firefighters deployed DJI drones to help fight the blaze. According to French media, Parisian firefighters borrowed DJI Matrice 120 and Mavic Pro UAVs from the Ministry …

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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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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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Can Drone Images Be Used to Identify People? Probably Not, U…

It’s a common science fiction theme that drones and other means of surveillance may someday be used to track individuals, using AI and teams of government officials to identify people from aerial images.  There’s no need to get nervous yet, though – a paper published by two UK-based researchers says …

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Hoverfly Launches Brawny Security Drone Solution

At the recent GSX conference in Las Vegas, tether-drone firm Hoverfly Technologies unveiled the LIVESKY SENTRY UAV solution aimed at the security sector. The company describes the system as a “multiplier to augment labor costs by allowing control of multiple tethered drones from a single security operations center.” “We listened …

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National Guard Launches Drone Missions to Fight California W…

The  California Air National Guard‘s 195th Airlift Wing recently launched a drone reconnaissance mission to aid firefighting efforts in northern California. At least six people have been killed by the raging wildfires with more than 500 homes and buildings decimated. The unit deploys a MQ-9 Reaper drone to monitor and track …

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