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Taiwan tests Terra Drone and Unifly’s drone traffic management system

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Taiwanese government officials with Terra Drone crew at Fukushima Robot Test Field in Japan

Tokyo, Japan – June 7, 2019Terra Drone Corporation, one of the world’s largest providers of industrial drone solutions, has successfully demonstrated to Taiwanese government officials an unmanned traffic management (UTM) system developed jointly with Unifly, a leading drone traffic management provider from Europe and a portfolio company of Terra Drone.

The test run of the UTM was conducted at Fukushima Robot Test Field in Japan in the presence of more than a dozen officials from Taiwan’s Ministry of Economic Affairs, Ministry of the Interior, Industrial Technology Research Institute, National Chung-Shan Institute of Science and Technology, and Taiwan Association of Information and Communication Standards. Several leading private companies, such as Drone Dynamics and C-Link Technology, were also a part of the delegation.

The demonstration showcased how real-time tracking and controlling of multiple drones could help to bridge the gap between manned and unmanned airspace and ensure safe drone operations for all. A brief outline of the demonstration is illustrated in the image below:

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Note: Simulation data was used due to strong wind

As industrial drone solutions gather steam in the Asia-Pacific region, many countries are quickly realizing the importance of having a robust UTM system in place. Taiwan also understands that poorly-handled drone operations can lead to severe economic losses. In December 2018, drone intrusions caused hundreds of flight cancellations at the United Kingdom’s Gatwick Airport, while a drone loaded with explosives led to a fire in Saudi Arabia’s national oil facility last month. 

Yosuke Kaneko, Head of UTM at Terra Drone, said, “The Taiwanese government realizes how important UTM is for safe and efficient drone operations, and is exploring the possibility of deploying our UTM system in the country. In the future, no country will allow drone operations without knowing who is flying the drone and where.”

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Yosuke Kaneko, Head of UTM at Terra Drone, explains the UTM system to Taiwanese government officials
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Taiwanese officials at Fukushima Robot Test Field in Japan

About Terra Drone Corporation
Terra Drone Corporation is one of the world’s largest industrial drone service companies with more than 500 employees, established in 2016. The company’s head office is located in Tokyo, Japan, with more than 25 branches globally throughout APAC, the European Union, Africa and South America. Terra Drone provides innovative industrial drone technologies empowered with LiDAR and photogrammetric surveying methods for construction, electricity, energy, and oil and gas sectors. Terra Drone specializes in high-performance hardware, cutting-edge software, drone services, and drone traffic management systems (UTM).

For news and information, visit our LinkedIn and Twitter.

Visit Terra Drone Website: https://www.terra-drone.net/global/

New Keynotes, Sessions & STEM Program and Announced for the Energy Drone & Robotics Summit Next Week

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The Energy Drone & Robotics Summit, taking place June 12-13 (with additional workshops June 10 – 11) at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott in Texas, has updated their agenda to include additional programming and exciting announcements.

The Summit is excited to announce the keynote session for the release and rollout of API’s Guide to Developing an Unmanned Aircraft Systems Program. This is a new guide specifically tailored to the use of drones in the energy industry and provides insight on best practices and critical thinking for asset owners and operators in adopting and running unmanned aircraft programs. The presentation will take place on Thursday, June 13 during a keynote given by API Manager, Suzanne Lemieux. 

Also recently added to the agenda, Sudhir Pai, Managing Director of Schlumberger, will be discussing how technology has changed the landscape of the energy industry in his Thursday keynote, Autonomous Systems and Robotics Technology – Demonstrating Value to the Energy Industry: Challenging our Normal. Pai will provide a deeper insight on the evolving oil industry and how this technology is being used to produce greater ROI. 

Once again, the EDRS is proud to host several middle and high school STEM / Robotics and UAV student groups to experience and learn about unmanned systems and their role within the energy industry. Tech Talk updates from Shell, Duke Energy, BP and other major energy operators / technology providers are on the schedule. STEM provides funding to help encourage, inspire and educate young innovators within the fields of Science, Technology, Engineering and Math. 

“It’s exciting that less than a week leading up to the event, we are continuing to gain momentum. The API Guide will be an exciting announcement that solidifies unmanned systems and robotics as vital technologies within energy and engineering operations,” said Sean Guerre, Director, Energy Drone & Robotics Coalition, powered by InnovateEnergy. “We are also thrilled to connect our community and future innovators with the education and tools for adopting these technologies and programs.” 

In one week, the Summit will feature 100+ energy UAV / robotics speakers from around the globe as they share their expertise and experiences during keynotes, mega panels, breakout session streams and roundtables, as well as learning lab presentations on the expanded expo floor. 

Attendees include over 1,000 energy and engineering leaders in drones & robotics from companies including AES, Ameren, Anadarko, BASF, BP, Cheniere Energy, Chevron, ConocoPhillips, Dow, Duke, Energy Transfer, Eni, ExxonMobil, Florida Power & Light Company, Hess Oil, NextEra, Shell, Southern Company, Williams Energy, Xcel Energy and many more. 

The entire Energy Drone & Robotics Summit agenda and registration details are available at www.energydronecoalition.com.

About Energy Drone & Robotics Coalition

The Energy Drone & Robotics Coalition is a forum dedicated to launching, growing and scaling enterprise UAV/Robotics operations in energy companies worldwide by bringing together the major rapidly growing segments within the UAV/AUV/Robotics ecosystem, with the energy industrial complex asset owners and end users.

These are the only events and information resources exclusively focused on the business and technology of UAVs/Robotics (aerial, ground/surface & subsea) in energy operations.

The goal of the Energy Drone Coalition & Robotics Coalition is to connect fellow energy UAV/Robotics experts & specialists, energy company UAV operators & executives, regulators, UAV/Robotics hardware, software, data technology specialists all specifically aimed at efficient, successful & safe drone operations globally around critical infrastructure/energy facilities. energydronecoalition.com.

About InnovateEnergy

The energy industry is entering a period of significant disruption and opportunity as the race to find digital solutions and innovations becomes vital for success…

InnovateEnergy is your single-resource solution that delivers digital content, executive insights, thought leadership, “how-to” and “real-world” use cases in multiple channels for energy technology and innovation leaders worldwide. InnovateEnergy brings together energy leaders in industries such as VR/AR, robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles, energy digital innovation, and technology.

Multiple events/communities existing within InnovateEnergy: the Energy Drone & Robotics Summit, the Energy Robotics & AI Network, the Industrial VR/AR ForumInnovateEnergy Leadership ForumEnergy Innovator’s Council and WorkforceNEXT Energy. Through these communities, InnovateEnergy will provide the latest trends, best practices, news and solutions surrounding the advancements of technology in the energy industry. Innov8.Energy.

About Stone Fort Group

Stone Fort Group does a lot… And we do it the way you want it.

We run dynamic and transformational b2b gatherings for the communities we serve, provide digital information resources and facilitate industry communication all year round – in multiple channels. We deliver content, relevancy, audiences – and drive business.

Our brands in Energy, Technology & Workforce are about serving you, talking about your challenges, opportunities, solutions and bringing buyers and sellers for emerging markets together year-round. It’s how our b2b media channels can help improve the quality, value, and performance of the networking for communities we serve. www.stonefortgroup.com.

FlytBase White Paper on Warehouse Automation – Inventory Management using Drones

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Palo Alto, 4 June 2019 — FlytBase, Inc., an enterprise drone automation company, releases a white paper highlighting the role of autonomous drones in the digital transformation of warehouses. Driven by safety, cost and revenue benefits, warehouses across the world are adopting technologies such as Internet-of-Things, Artificial Intelligence, and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. Drones are playing a central role in the intelligent automation of warehouse operations – given their ability to fly & hover autonomously, avoid obstacles, navigate indoors without GPS, land precisely on docking stations, operate in fleets and be remotely managed.  

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The business benefits from drones are significant and immediate given low capital expenditure & infrastructure investments, access to reliable, off-the-shelf drone hardware, and SaaS offerings for warehouse automation. API-based integration makes it easy for existing warehouse management systems to onboard autonomous drone missions and data into enterprise workflows. Capabilities such as remote drone operations over 4G/5G connections, real-time high-quality video recording and unified dashboards can extend the use of drones to warehouse use-cases such as perimeter security, rooftop inspections, detecting leaks & corrosion, external surveillance, etc.

Pioneering warehouse stakeholders have successfully concluded proof-of-concept projects on multiple use-cases eg. cycle counting, real-time inventory identification and drone barcode scanning – these involved executives from R&D, innovation, digital transformation, IT, operations, and continuous improvement. They have now matured to pilot programs that involve repeatable missions of drone fleets – thus realizing meaningful value for a wider set of business cases – and intend to soon expand to large-scale production deployments of drone fleets, across their global operations.

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While the business case for the adoption of drones for warehouse inventory search, counting and audit are strongly compelling, two key factors determine the success and RoI of drone investments. The first is the ability of drones to reliably, safely and repeatedly navigate indoors in an environment with no GPS, continuous human activity, high-value inventory and moving obstacles such as fork-lifts. The second is how accurately a fleet of autonomous drones can locate and identify specific aisles, racks, pallets, slots and items – despite markers (eg. barcodes) that are covered by dust, wrapped in plastic, damaged during transit, visible only at angles, or even missing. Other factors to be considered include continuous autonomous flights, ambient conditions, rate of inventory turnover, ease of integration with WMS, frequency of cycle counts, size and layout of each warehouse, time to set up and charge the drones, aisle widths, length of shutdowns, and many more.

FlytBase is pleased to share our learnings from customer engagements to help drive broader adoption of drones by warehouses, driven by intelligent software, commodity hardware, and seamless integration. With an approach that combines multi-sensor data, computer vision, deep learning, modular architecture, hardware-agnostic OS layer and multiple fail-safe mechanisms, software providers can accelerate the Warehouse 4.0 trend towards true and full automation.  

The ‘Drone Automation For Warehouse 4.0’ white paper can be downloaded, for free, from http://bit.ly/flytws-paper.

About FlytBase

FlytBase is an enterprise drone automation company with a powerful platform to automate and scale drone applications. The software enables easy deployment of intelligent drone fleets, seamlessly integrated with cloud-based business applications. FlytBase technology is compatible with all major drone and hardware platforms. As an IoT platform with enterprise-grade security and reliability, it suits a variety of commercial drone use-cases, powered by Autonomy.

To learn more about FlytBase solutions for warehouse inventory, inspection, security and surveillance, visit https://flytbase.com/warehouse-management, or write to [email protected].

Drone Technology Meets Manual Soldering

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(Wertheim, 31.05.2019) “Drones are safe and reliable when, among other things, all components are correctly soldered”, Jörg Nolte, Product Manager Soldering Tools, Rework and Inspection Systems, started his introductory lecture at the two workshops on manual soldering at the University of Zielona Gora in Poland and at the Technical University in Chemnitz. The idea for these two workshops was born during the CURPAS International Annual Conference in the summer of 2018, where Nolte spoke to drone experts about solder joints for the first time. “We discussed the topic of electronics in unmanned systems with Mr. Nolte right from the start. The assembly of the UAS stands at the very beginning of the value chain that we defined. Since we at CURPAS see our task in bringing together experts from various disciplines, it was obvious that we wanted to bring the expertise of Mr. Nolte and Ersa to the association and its members to ensure a transfer of know-how to the next generation of engineers,” explains Dr. Christina Eisenberg, treasurer and network manager of the GRW network CURPAS.

Both in Zielona Gora (Poland) and at the TU Chemnitz more than 30 students from different technical studies participated in the workshops. These consisted of a presentation in which Manfred Wolff, soldering specialist from Ersa, gave a detailed lecture on electronics production and in particular on the importance of solder joints. In a second presentation, the participants were given an insight into the application areas of drones, which was concluded in Poland with a flight demonstration by the Zielona Gora fire brigade. At the Technical University in Chemnitz, the German drone manufacturer Tholeg Robotics, a member of CURPAS e.V., presented its drone for police and fire brigade operations and answered students’ questions about flight times, possible applications and legal framework conditions. The workshop ended with a live demonstration of manual soldering, in which the students were able to try Ersa soldering tools themselves. In addition, students in Poland and Germany were able to win an Ersa soldering station.

“Drones are flying robots jam-packed with electronics. We wanted to show the students in the workshops how important electronics are and what they have to pay attention to when it comes to their development. Unmanned systems will take over many tasks in the future and many of the workshop participants will work in these areas. That is why we have been running these events with CURPAS because we want to share our know-how with the future developers of such systems,” said Nolte after the workshop in Chemnitz. Eisenberg adds: “We see these two events as pilot projects for further opportunities to work with Ersa. The number of participants proved us right and I was surprised at how many young women took part in the workshops. I therefore assume that we will intensify the cooperation. It is also important that a reference is made to real applications. That is why we also involved users and drone manufacturers in the events.”

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Student practices manual soldering

SimActive Releases Version 8.2 for Processing of Multispectral Imagery

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Montreal, Canada, June 4th, 2019 – SimActive Inc., a world-leading developer of photogrammetry software, announces the release of Correlator3D™ version 8.2 with advanced processing capabilities of multispectral imagery.   Supported sensors include the MicaSense RedEdge / Altum and the Parrot Sequoia.

The new version allows to register multispectral as well as infrared images automatically.  The resulting fused data can be used in the software to produce DSMs, DTMs and generate multiband orthomosaics with perfect co-registration.

“There is a growing need for multispectral sensors in agricultural applications such as crop management”, said Louis Simard, CTO at SimActive. “The new version allows our users to profit from the multiple bands available, seamlessly.”


About SimActive

SimActive is the developer of Correlator3D™ software, a patented end-to-end photogrammetry solution for the generation of high-quality geospatial data from satellite and aerial imagery, including UAVs. Correlator3D™ performs aerial triangulation (AT) and produces dense digital surface models (DSM), digital terrain models (DTM), point clouds, orthomosaics, 3D models and vectorized 3D features. Powered by GPU technology and multi-core CPUs, Correlator3D™ ensures matchless processing speed to support rapid production of large datasets. SimActive has been selling Correlator3D™ to leading mapping firms and government organizations around the world, offering cutting-edge photogrammetry software backed by exceptional customer support. For more information, visit www.simactive.com.

Zing Launches Public Beta for Free Drone Delivery iPhone App

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Zing is inviting drone pilots around the globe to beta test their new Zing Drone Delivery iPhone application. The application allows drone pilots to use any DJI drone to make autonomous deliveries.

To use the Zing Drone Delivery application all you have to do is connect your drone, tap a coordinate on the map, then tap launch. The drone will fly ascend to 200 feet then fly to that location autonomously. After arriving at the location, the drone will descend to about 30 feet before giving the pilot manual control for a safe final descent. Once the delivery has been completed, the pilot taps a button to return to home as usual. The app includes an abort button to resume manual control at any time during the flight.

The app is integrated with AirMap to keep all drones using the Zing application away from schools, prisons, TFRs, and controlled airspace. The drone pilot is not able to launch if any part of their delivery passes through these areas.

Zing sells aerodynamic and lightweight delivery devices to attach to popular drones like the Mavic and Phantom, but they also encourage drone pilots to test their free app without a payload attached.

“Drone deliveries are right around the corner in the United States. NASA is finishing up their final phase of UTM testing in Reno and companies are being granted air carrier certificates. We’re taking this opportunity to gather data and get as many pilots as possible familiar with our platform,” says founder Ian Annase. “There are over 100,000 Part 107 certified drone pilots in the United States, and they are all looking for a ways to fly their drone commercially. We’re providing a new and exciting solution for them.”

In the future Zing aims to allow pilots to pick up meals from local restaurants and deliver them to our users. You can think of it like Uber Eats, except their drivers are drone pilots taking off from their front yards. It may seem far fetched, but drones currently have the technological capabilities to make these small deliveries already.
“In my experience online ordering systems are painfully slow, expensive, and wasteful. Drones travel as the crow flies at maximum speed, making them far more efficient than traditional delivery systems. Plus they are fully electric, making them more eco-friendly than any delivery platform out there today,” adds Annase.

You can download the Zing Drone Delivery application at https://bit.ly/flywithzing

About Zing

Zing is building a drone delivery platform utilizing a massive pre-existing network of consumer drones. The company builds autonomous drone flight software as well as drone delivery devices which are compatible with DJI drones. The team at Zing is on a mission to make quick, convenient, and eco-friendly deliveries by drone the new standard.

For more information on Zing please visit http://zingdrones.com/

Energy Industry UAV & Robotics Expert Speakers Announced for 2019 Energy Drone & Robotics Summit

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Houston, Texas, May 30, 2019 – The Energy Drone & Robotics Summit, taking place June 12-13 (with additional workshops June 10 – 11) at The Woodlands Waterway Marriott in Texas, is excited to announce its speaker roster for 2019. 

Over the span of two days, the Summit will feature 100+ energy UAV / robotics speakers from around the globe sharing their expertise and experiences during keynotes, mega panels, breakout session streams and roundtables, as well as learning lab presentations on the expanded expo floor. 

A few highlights from the conference’s extensive speaker lineup include:

  • Dean Barefield, UAS Program Manager, Southern Company
  • Larry Barnard, UAS Coordinator, Chevron
  • Jill Brown, Senior Technical Manager, Honeywell
  • Tony Cinson, Senior Technical Leader, EPRI
  • Kerry Fleming, Airspace Security Specialist, FAA
  • Mark Hutcherson, Director, Operations Excellence – Knowledge / Innovation Lead – UAS Advisory Team, ConocoPhillips
  • Tracy Lamb, VP of Regulatory and Safety Affairs & Chief Pilot, AUVSI
  • Suzanne Lemieux, UAS Lead and Manager, API
  • John McClain, Security Specialist/ Chief UAS Pilot, Shell
  • Heath McLemore, Data Systems Engineer, NextEra
  • James Pierce, Supervisor UAS Operations, Ameren
  • Martin Robinson, Global Robotic Systems Engineer, Dow
  • Wayne Rodieck, Corporate Spatial Data Manager, Anadarko
  • Jacob Velky, Manager, Unmanned Aerial Systems, Duke Energy
  • Barrett Walker, Manager UAS Program, Cheniere
  • Dustin Waller Sr., UAS Analyst / Developer / Photogrammetrist, Anadarko Petroleum
  • George Williamson, Manager Upstream Engineering, BP

“We are thrilled to have such a great group of industry experts on board to share their first-hand insight on the successful integration and expansion of drone and robotics programs in their energy operations,” said Sean Guerre, Director, Energy Drone & Robotics Coalition, powered by InnovateEnergy. “As the Summit continues to rapidly expand each year, we will continue to facilitate the collaboration of the best minds to help advance the industry.”

Attendees include over 1,000 energy and engineering leaders in drones & robotics from companies including Ameren, Duke, BP, Dow, Chevron, BP, Southern Company, Cheniere, AES, Shell, ConocoPhillips, Anadarko, FPL- Florida Power & Light, Xcel Energy, Eni Petroleum and many more.

The entire Energy Drone & Robotics Summit agenda and registration details are available at www.energydronecoalition.com.

For information on getting involved with the Energy Drone & Robotics communities to showcase use cases or display technology and services, view available opportunities here.

About Energy Drone & Robotics Coalition

The Energy Drone & Robotics Coalition is a forum dedicated to launching, growing and scaling enterprise UAV/Robotics operations in energy companies worldwide by bringing together the major rapidly growing segments within the UAV/AUV/Robotics ecosystem, with the energy industrial complex asset owners and end users.

These are the only events and information resources exclusively focused on the business and technology of UAVs/Robotics (aerial, ground/surface & subsea) in energy operations.

The goal of the Energy Drone Coalition & Robotics Coalition is to connect fellow energy UAV/Robotics experts & specialists, energy company UAV operators & executives, regulators, UAV/Robotics hardware, software, data technology specialists all specifically aimed at efficient, successful & safe drone operations globally around critical infrastructure/energy facilities. energydronecoalition.com.

About InnovateEnergy

The energy industry is entering a period of significant disruption and opportunity as the race to find digital solutions and innovations becomes vital for success…

InnovateEnergy is your single-resource solution that delivers digital content, executive insights, thought leadership, “how-to” and “real-world” use cases in multiple channels for energy technology and innovation leaders worldwide. InnovateEnergy brings together energy leaders in industries such as VR/AR, robotics, unmanned aerial vehicles, energy digital innovation, and technology.

Multiple events/communities existing within InnovateEnergy: the Energy Drone & Robotics Summit, the Energy Robotics & AI Network, the Industrial VR/AR ForumInnovateEnergy Leadership ForumEnergy Innovator’s Council and WorkforceNEXT Energy. Through these communities, InnovateEnergy will provide the latest trends, best practices, news and solutions surrounding the advancements of technology in the energy industry. Innov8.Energy.

About Stone Fort Group

Stone Fort Group does a lot… And we do it the way you want it.

We run dynamic and transformational b2b gatherings for the communities we serve, provide digital information resources and facilitate industry communication all year round – in multiple channels. We deliver content, relevancy, audiences – and drive business.

Our brands in Energy, Technology & Workforce are about serving you, talking about your challenges, opportunities, solutions and bringing buyers and sellers for emerging markets together year-round. It’s how our b2b media channels can help improve the quality, value, and performance of the networking for communities we serve. www.stonefortgroup.com.

How Drones Are Revolutionizing Wind Farm Maintenance

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With blades longer than football fields, wind farm technology is growing and advancing in leaps and bounds. New wind farms are being built all the time, both in the United States and around the world, but this introduces some practical issues. Like any complex machinery their size, wind turbines have to be regularly inspected for potential damage and wear.

As wind turbines grow larger, failure becomes ever more spectacular and catastrophic – the myriad of “wind turbine failure” videos on YouTube with hundreds of thousands of views attest to that. As wind farms get bigger, it becomes prohibitively difficult to inspect the entirety of the space. Today, wind turbine inspections are done by human inspectors — but drone technology is fast revolutionizing the industry. 

The Current State of Wind Farm Maintenance

Wind turbine inspections are typically done by human inspectors. Inspectors will walk from turbine to turbine, running a visual inspection. Sometimes they will inspect from the ground, other times they will need to climb the turbine for a more thorough inspection. Understandably, this is both time-consuming and risky – even with proper safety equipment, putting a human hundreds of feet above the ground always carries some danger.

Inspecting the entirety of a wind farm in this manner can take weeks. As inspections are time-consuming and costly, wind farm owners will not do them frequently. As world continues expanding into the wind energy sector, there needs to be more efficient options for inspection.

This is where drone technology enters the picture. UAVs provide many advantages in the area of wind farm maintenance. While human inspectors can still be involved in the event that actual damage occurs, drones can be used for preliminary scans, data, and reporting. 

The Advantages of Drones for Wind Farm Maintenance

There are many advantages to using drones for wind farm maintenance. They are fast, nimble, and programmable: Imagine a fleet of linked UAVs swarming through wind farms, taking photographs, acquiring LiDAR scans, and even interacting with sensors on the turbines themselves. The data they collect can be delivered back and analyzed, so that any issues with the turbines can be viewed by experts on the ground. 

Anything that appears to be damage can be manually inspected once discovered, dramatically reducing the amount of time necessary while also ensuring a comprehensive scan. Through the use of drones, the inspection process will be able to cover the entirety of a wind farm within days or even hours rather than weeks. 

When integrated into the Internet of Things and sets of sensors, drones will also be able to detect issues such as over-heated components or components that are operating erratically. All of this information can be used together to predict whether a turbine might experience issues, meaning that preventative maintenance can stop issues before they become something you might see in one of those YouTube videos.

Due to its inherent advantages in cost and speed, drone inspections can be conducted far more frequently than traditional inspections can. Further, if any issues do arise, drone inspections can be used to show that it wasn’t regular wear-and-tear. This comes into play when reporting claims to insurance and investigating potential safety issues. For instance, you can demonstrate to your insurance provider that the drone scan performed one week before the thunderstorm clearly showed no damage, whereas the scan performed after it shows visible thunder scarring.  

Key Takeaways

The wind industry is only growing, both in the size of its equipment and the size of the farms themselves. It’s absolutely vital for there to be a way to affordably and efficiently inspect the equipment. 

Here are a few core takeaways:

  • As wind farm technology becomes larger and more complex, it becomes necessary to complete inspections more frequently. Without inspections, devastating mechanical failure can occur. 
  • In the past, inspections have been completed through manual inspection, with inspectors having to cover large amounts of land and manually climb the equipment.
  • Drones can fly close to the equipment safely, performing visual inspections and identifying potential risk factors. These risk factors can then be followed up by inspectors.
  • When integrated with sensors and the Internet of Things, drones can predict potential issues with wind farm technology before they emerge, thereby offering the chance for proactive maintenance. 
  • Drone technology is a faster, safer, and cheaper method of inspection, and will be able to revolutionize and support the emerging wind farm market. 

 It’s exciting to consider what the future may hold for both drone-based and wind-based technology. For many applications, including wind farm maintenance, drones will be able to improve upon existing maintenance schedules while reducing cost, time, and risk. 

 

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Guest post by Dustin Price, a licensed land surveyor and the Operations Manager at Landpoint. He leads the company’s technical approach to delivering professional surveying services by providing tailored solutions using UAV technology.  

$3 Million in funding for Startups focused on Unmanned Systems

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SYRACUSE, NY – GENIUS NY, the world’s largest business competitions focused on unmanned systems – is accepting applications for the fourth round of the year-long business accelerator. The program will invest more than $3 million in five finalist companies, including a grand prize of $1 million.

Applications are currently being accepted through October 1, 2019 from entrepreneurs and early- stage businesses focused on unmanned systems, including unmanned aerial, ground, and marine systems; internet of things, and data-to-decision and cross-connected platforms sectors. Subsets may include precision and remote sensing, data collection and analytics, guidance or communication systems, and sensors, among other technological categories.

More than 50 applications from around the globe have already been submitted following AUVSI Xponential, the world’s largest unmanned systems conference, where GENIUS NY and partners from UAS Central, New York’s unmanned systems sector, were represented.

Applications are evaluated by a panel of judges, and 12 semi-finalists will be selected to present demos and pitches this fall. Five companies will advance to participate in the competition, which is structured as a unique programmed incubator and accelerator experience. These five teams will enter the in-residence accelerator at CenterState CEO’s Tech Garden in 2020, and will be immersed in the incubator’s events, resource pool, and mentoring. Participants are required to operate their business in Central New York for one year during the competition.

GENIUS NY, which is funded by Empire State Development in a model similar to Buffalo’s highly successful 43North program, and administered by CenterState CEO, is the largest business accelerator competition for the unmanned aerial systems industry in the world. The advancement of the GENIUS NY program builds on the progress of CNY Rising, the region’s award-winning strategic plan to generate robust economic growth and community development. The program also offers company stipends, housing, resources, programming and networking opportunities.

GENIUS NY finalist, Sentient Blue, of Parma, Italy, recently took home the $1 million grand prize in round three of the competition. With this investment the company plans to accelerate product development and grow its local presence to firmly establish the company in Central New York.

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GENIUS NY is an in-residence business accelerator program at The Tech Garden in Central New York that goes beyond substantial direct investment. In addition to $3 million in total investment for five teams, the program also offers incubator space, company stipends, resources, programming, and connections, making it among the largest competitions of its kind across the globe. The program is made possible by $5 million in funding support provided by Empire State Development, New York State’s chief economic development agency.

To apply and learn more about GENIUS NY visit, www.geniusny.com

FPVStyle launches campaign for mini FPV racing drones with mixed reality

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(Los Angeles, May 28, 2019) – Today, FPVStyle launched a Kickstarter campaign for ZinkyUFO, an FPV mini racing drone that links to your phone with zero delays, includes mixed reality, and only takes five minutes to learn to fly. It is now available for the early bird price of $119 USD.

Zinky weighs just 25 grams, has in-app video recording and supports IOS and Android. It also includes VR and an AR camera. It has a range of 100 feet, can reach top speeds of 35 mph, has six minutes of flight time and a 65,000 RPM motor. The mini-drone is tiny but waterproof and durable – and was test-crashed 300 times with zero damage. Zinky is super easy to fly, has one-button landing and takeoff, and can flip, spin, loop, and auto hover.

“ZinkyUFO is a fun, gamified racing drone experience that’s easy to use for first-time users, and offers something special and new to the market for experienced drone racers,” said CEO and founder of FPVStyle, Max Ma. “While the drone world is typically divided into different groups: drone racers, casual users, photographers, etc., ZinkyUFO is for everyone.”

Zinky’s unique mixed reality feature lets users play Game of Drones – the first ever mixed reality, AR-based, mini-drone racing game. Players can control the drone to shoot down mixed reality characters like ghosts, monsters, and dragons via AR – turning any space into a vast terrain teeming with enemies to conquer. Developers will be able to access an API to design modules and expand games, and buildable, 3D printed accessories are on offer.

ZinkyUFO comes packed with features including unlimited flight time (4 pcs batteries with fast USB charger, about 15 mins charging battery).

“ZinkyUFO has been a project in the making for three years now. With a team assembled internationally, our goal is to bring something new to the drone world that is lots of fun, easy to use for everybody, and implements top of the line tech with innovative new features,” said Ma. “Our team has established ourselves as experts in the drone racing space, and we’re excited and thrilled to bring a new experience that all people, even beginners, can enjoy.”

Founder Max Ma previously worked for DJI, created the first Brushless Gimbal with Russian drone company Alexmos, founded FPVStyle, and led Team China in the World Drone Prix in Hawaii and Dubai. He also organizes FPV racing events in China.

The drone kit available now for $119. For more information on their rewards and pledges, see Zinky’s Kickstarter page. Media wishing to interview their personnel should contact PR agent, Rosemary Newton at [email protected]

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