drones

From Sanctions to Startups: The Role of Emotional Resilience in Building a Drone Business

Saving lives is an obvious reason why logistics is important for war-torn areas. But the importance wasn’t as apparent for other industries until we learned how firefighting logistics prohibited fire suppression. Meaning, the more firefighters focused on moving stuff, the less they spent on putting out fires. And that is why a wildfire grows from 10 acres to 10,000 acres overnight.

Percepto Launches Its Autonomous Industrial Drone Solution Across Singapore in Partnership with Certis

Percepto announced that the company has launched its market-leading industrial on-site autonomous drone solution in Singapore, through partnership with Certis. In October 2018, Certis announced that it has expanded its industry-leading ops-tech capabilities to deliver Security Plus (Security+) solutions. Today, Certis’ Security+ combines advanced security, facilities management, and customer service into a single holistic service, supported and underpinned by technology.

U.S. Army Bans DJI Drones

An August 2 memo cites ‘increased awareness of cyber vulnerabilities’ with drones from China’s market-leading DJI. The U.S. Army has ordered troops to stop using consumer drones made by Chinese manufacturer DJI, according to an Aug. 2 memo seen by Defense One and confirmed by two Army officials. “Cease all use, uninstall all DJI applications, remove all batteries/storage media from devices, and secure equipment for follow on direction,” reads the memo from Lt. Gen. Joseph H. Anderson, the Army’s deputy chief of staff for plans and operations. Why? The memo cited “increased awareness of cyber vulnerabilities associated with DJI products.” Service officials declined to elaborate.

Security Industry Veteran Establishes Autonomous Security Association

In order to promote and advance autonomous security vehicles –ground, marine, and aerial– a security industry veteran is announcing the formation of the Autonomous Security Association. This trade association is a focused venue for autonomous security technology partners and market experts working with surveillance and security robotics to advance the understanding and awareness of the autonomous security marketplace. Autonomous Security Association focuses on the unmanned vehicles and robotics industry and supports all forms of platforms including ground, air, and marine vehicles coupled with a broad spectrum of robotic initiatives including commercial, medical, military, personal, and industrial security applications.

As Drones Become Norm In Police Work, A SoCal Police Department Explains Why It Bought In

Whether the intent is to find lost seniors suffering from dementia or support a manhunt for fleeing suspects, police in Chula Vista, California, (just east of San Diego) are turning to drones for quick aerial intelligence. Alongside the city’s fire department, the Chula Vista Police Department (CVPD) is investing in the technology as a way to maximize time spent by officers on tactical operations.

FAA Deputy Administrator Says Privacy, Preemption Are Two Biggest UAS Issues

Marke “Hoot” Gibson, the deputy administrator of the Federal Aviation Administration, said two of the biggest issues facing the FAA related to unmanned aviation systems, or drones, are privacy and preemption. Gibson said the FAA is not in the business of dealing with privacy, but there is a long history of case law dealing with traditional aviation. “However, it has generally dealt with noise and airports —this is personal use— it comes right in your back yard,” he said, referring to unmanned aircraft.

US Requires Drones to Be Registered

The U.S. Department of Transportation will require recreational drone operators to register their aircraft with the federal government. A new task force has been formed to determine which aircraft should be exempt from the registration The federal government will seek to register all drones, including the lighter, remote-controlled crafts favored by hobbyists, so it can track down any drone pilots who collide with other aircraft or violate rules for safe flights. Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx said recently the new rules will apply to hobbyists as well as commercial drone operators, who already register.

Aerialtronics and Bosch Security Projects Pool Their Expertise for Security Video Drones

Aerialtronics and Bosch Security Projects have initiated a strategic cooperation aimed at making “video drones”, or drones equipped with video cameras, for improved security applications. The rationale for Bosch to choose Aerialtronics for this joint project is the high level of reliability, stability and versatility offered by our Altura unmanned aerial systems (UAS).

Few Laws Regulate Police Use of Surveillance Systems

Police across the country are using increasingly sophisticated surveillance systems to monitor daily life in their communities. Ultra-high-definition cameras, software that can read license plates and recognize faces, and systems that can alert police to suspicious behavior have given law enforcement unprecedented access to our everyday activities. Average citizens and privacy advocates say the ability to monitor and record public activity at such an extraordinary level is a threat to personal privacy.

Drone on Drones: New Court Decision Reflects Shifting Views on Privacy in Public

Whenever drone policy is raised as a topic, privacy concerns follow close behind it as a discussion point. The idea of aerial surveillance that is cheaper, less time-intensive, and requires fewer man hours to get off the ground leads immediately to concerns about the development of a surveillance state, where individuals can be monitored round the clock, and every public action can be recorded for posterity.

Could Police Drones Be an Unexpected Guest in Your Yard?

Legislation passed by the N.C. General Assembly would allow drones to take pictures of an open-invitation gathering, even if it’s on private property, without a warrant. North Carolina is figuring out the boundary between expectations of privacy and the use of surveillance drones by law enforcement agencies.

Aviation Experts Address Drone Fears at GTA Conference

Airport investigators, fresh after marking the 9/11 anniversary, are gathering in the GTA to share information on the latest security threats to the flying public. Police said threats made on social media against Pearson airport, other airports, and the threat of attacks by unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), or drones, are some of the issues facing investigators at a conference next month.

Device Knocks Surveillance Drones, Google Glass Off Network

While tech aficionados get ready to shell out cash for smart watches and other “smart” wearables hitting the market, developer Julian Oliver is looking to quash the potential surveillance capabilities of such devices. Oliver, an engineer, artist, and open-source advocate based in Berlin, aims to do that with a new device called Cyborg Unplug. Expected to be available for pre-order on September 30, Cyborg Unplug is described as a “wireless anti-surveillance system for the home and workplace.”

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) Market: Economic Case For Drones

Market Reports Online Market Reports Online Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), colloquially known as drones, have attracted criticism given their role in military operations. However, there is a burgeoning market for commercial applications, with the US government asking the Federal Aviation Authority (FAA) to draft plans for civilian airspace integration by 2015, as required by the […]

The Public Calls For No Drone Zone: The City Council Dithers

It was supposed to be a night to "Ground the Drones" but, as Berkeley, CA., Peace and Justice Commissioner Bob Meola put it, "it was more like the movie, Groundhog Day " — an experience of being trapped in a maddening rerun of past events and unable to move forward. It was back on December […]

Washington State Moves To Outlaw All Photography From “Drones” Even In Public Places

http://www.king5.com/news/politics/C…247311131.html Two drone bills passed the House Wednesday morning and were making their way through the Senate in Olympia. One bill sets rules on how state government can deploy drones; the other bill aims to protect citizens’ privacy. If passed, it would be illegal to fly a drone with any recording device over a park or over your home. “This bill deals with how it’s deployed, not saying drones are bad and should not ever be used,” said Rep. Jeff Morris, (D) 40th Legislative District.. House Bill 2178 would make it illegal in Washington for drones to record any personal information in unregulated air space. The second drone bill, House Bill 2789, sets rules and restrictions how state government can deploy drones. Under the bill, law enforcement must get a warrant to use a drone for surveillance on a suspect similar to getting a wire tap. There is one exception: drones can be used for natural resource management, such as controlling wildfires. But with companies like Amazon and Netflix testing out drone deliveries, lawmakers say the bills would not prevent drone deliveries in Washington. “A drone that’s just delivering a package to use the Amazon example, unless they’re collecting facial recognition from you or taking random video tape, they wouldn’t be impacted by the laws we’re talking about,” said Rep. Morris, (D)- 40th Legislative District. Rep. Morris says later down the line, lawmakers will work on a commercial drone bill specifically for businesses. But for now, the two bills […]

A Legal Victory For Drones Warrants A Fourth Amendment Discussion

A recent legal decision in North Dakota that used evidence against an American citizen using a drone – and gathered without a warrant – raises some interesting arguments about the Fourth Amendment in the 21 st century. Rodney Brossart was sentenced to three years in prison in January for a June 2011 incident involving police, a neighbor, and six cows. (In the end, he will serve three months in prison and three months at home. ) At some point, local police borrowed a drone used by the border patrol to take photographic evidence during a confrontation between Brossart, his family members and a police SWAT team. Brossart’s lawyer wanted the case thrown out because the drone surveillance was conducted without a warrant.  The attorney, Bruce Quick, said in March 2012 that, “it’s bizarre to me they would be using military drones for that purpose. … I don’t think those things are intended to be used for that.” State prosecutor Douglas Manbeck countered the anti-drone argument, saying there is “no existing case law that bars their use in investigating crimes.” In July 2012, State District Judge Joel Medd allowed the drone evidence to stand, saying, “there was no improper use of an unmanned aerial vehicle.” Brossart and his sons threatened and fought officers at the scene, in an armed standoff that was witnessed by the drone as it was used to show live video to police.  The drone was also used to locate Brossart’s family before the confrontation. The Brossart […]

Arms Industry Shows Off Next-Gen Drones In London Expo

Reconnaissance gadgets and robotic warfare devices are getting smaller by the year, with James Bond like technology being offered to a wide range of buyers, from police forces to special military units. The market place for such technology has become Defence Security and Equipment International (DSEi) exhibition held at ExCel London. The international exhibition has established itself as the leading platform to view and purchase state of the art equipment from the world’s defense and security industry. Held from September 10-13, it showcased 1,391 exhibitors to almost 30,000 visitors from 121 countries. This year, the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) conference was also held as part of the DSEi and has focused on future capabilities, including civilian applications of drones as well as technological innovations. The UAS 2,000 m2 event became a one-stop store for anyone seeking to work with the Remotely Piloted Air Systems industry. The Unmanned Systems Showcase held number demonstrations of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and Unmanned Ground Vehicles, as well as other gadgets that are to be deployed in various security environment and scenarios. “Technological advances, operational imperatives and budgetary constraints are driving ever greater reliance on UAVs in military operations. UAVs are increasingly being depended upon to deliver capabilities that formerly relied on manned platforms. As their strategic importance increases, the UAS industry must respond to deliver systems that are ever more cost effective, dependable and survivable,” one of the sponsors of the event, Cranfield University, said at the conference. As unmanned drones continue to […]

Tiny Recon Robots Herald New Generation Of Drones

London: Ex-U.S. Marine Ernest Langdon pulls a pin and throws a small black object onto the ground. But it doesn’t explode. Instead, the robot rights itself and swiftly scuttles away, feeding infrared video back to a small radio control screen. Unmanned drones have become an almost ubiquitous presence on the battlefield for U.S. and other high-tech forces. But the market for remote controlled vehicles is evolving from the sometimes multi-tonne craft that patrol the skies over Afghanistan or Yemen, carrying out reconnaissance and targeted strikes, to tiny robots that police and even film companies can use. The top end of the market continues to be dominated by U.S. companies such as Lockheed Martin , Northrop Grumman and General Atomics, formerly a division of General Dynamics and creator of the Predator and Reaper drones. Other major defence firms such as BAE Systems are pushing forward with next-generation drones with stealth and other features. Smaller companies are increasingly redefining the industry, however. Drones on display at this week’s DSEI defence fair at London’s Excel exhibition centre include undersea robots that can act as mini submarines or simply drive along the surface of the seabed to clear mines or conduct reconnaissance. Remote control “quadrocopters” with four or more rotors can be launched from backpacks. Even conventional military vehicles are becoming increasingly robotised. The stand of U.S. truck manufacturer Oshkosh Corp showcases a picture of a convoy of military trucks it says are being entirely remote-controlled. Critics of the use of drones controlled […]

NEA Looking To Drones In War On Mosquitoes… And Other Nuisances

Neo Chai Chin Today Online 14 Sep 13; SINGAPORE — A monitoring system to detect noisy vehicles on the roads and unmanned aerial vehicles to inspect high spaces like roof gutters for mosquito-breeding spots. These are two of the solutions being explored by the National Environment Agency (NEA), as part of efforts to better detect and tackle a myriad of bugbears, ranging from illegal hawkers to mysterious ambient odours. A Noisy Vehicle Monitoring System, for instance, is being piloted at an undisclosed location. It aims to use directional microphones installed on road lanes and video technology to capture the licence plate numbers of vehicles that make excessive noise. The pilot will go on for at least another year, given the extensive tests needed to get a shipshape system in place, said NEA Deputy Chief Executive (Technology and Corporate Development) Joseph Hui Kim Sung. Outlining new detection capabilities being developed by the agency yesterday at the World Engineers Summit, Mr Hui said it is now operating in a more challenging environment. The Republic is getting more compact and urbanised and feeling the impact of climate change, and the NEA has to deal with extreme events and crises like mass food poisoning, oil spills, the haze and nuclear incidents happening in Singapore and other countries. At the same time, the authorities are facing the need for greater transparency, accountability and public consultation, said Mr Hui, who was giving a presentation on integrated environmental management systems. Speaking to TODAY, Mr Hui cautioned […]