Michael Pehel

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Commercial Drone Repair Service Launched by Fortress UAV

Jul 12, 2017 11:31:47 AM

Topics: Releases

Dual Spectrum Computer Vision Platform Revealed by Aerialtronics

This Monday Aerialtronics released Pensar, a twin-sensor computer vision platform for drones. Pensar combines a 30x zoom Sony daylight camera and a FLIR Boson thermal IR camera sensor data and parses it via a deep learning algorithm. The platform rests on the NVIDIA Jetson module for real-time processing and feedback.

With its real-time video processing, it can track objects for annotation, such as deviations in points of interest or blurring out people or signage for privacy reasons. Its computer vision algorithms are robust enough to read the characters on a license plate and virtually any other alphanumeric signage at a distance while in flight. Overall, the system decreases the time needed for post-processing and allows for in the moment emergency detection like gas leaks, or perimeter breeches when used for security surveillance.

Jun 21, 2017 12:23:00 PM

Topics: Artificial Intelligence, Releases, Control Systems

Aeropmapper Talon Completes 30km BVLOS mission

Canadian UAV manufacturer Aeromao successfully completed a mission that brought its fixed-wing Aeromapper Talon 30km away from its operators, way beyond the limits of human line of sight. The Talon maintained communications and control link over the entire flight which measured 60km back and forth.

Jun 21, 2017 9:39:08 AM

Topics: Control Systems

NASA Develops Safety System That Curbs Haywire Drones

According to Wired Researchers, Trish and Lou Glaab at NASA's Langley Research Center in Virginia have developed an in-flight diagnostic system that notifies drones about critical failures and forces them to land safely. The system, Safe2Ditch, uses algorithms to detect everything from structural failures to battery problems, and even shifts in cargo due to inclement weather.

Jun 20, 2017 2:38:04 PM

Topics: Control Systems

3DR and SoftBank C&S Partner to Drive Productivity in Japanese AEC Industry

3DR has partnered with SoftBank C&S to bring its aerial data platform Site Scan to construction and engineering professionals in Japan. SoftBank's reputation in Japan as a quality distributor of IT services and communications will play a key role in convincing companies within AEC industry to adopt 3DR's software and drones to manage their construction, architecture, and engineering projects.

Jun 20, 2017 1:20:35 PM

Topics: Startups and Partnerships, Construction

EY Institutes Drone Use in Manufacturing and Retail Warehouse Audits

Industry-leading professional service network EY plans on utilizing drones to improve the accuracy and inventory during its audits. They have started a pilot project to test the reliability and efficiency of UAV data collection with EY's Assurance global audit digital platform.

Jun 14, 2017 9:58:27 AM

Topics: Releases

GE Eyes Using Drones for Inspecting Factories, Refineries and Rail

GE may jump into the drone inspection market as it has already begun trial testing autonomous robotic "crawlers," for use in refineries, factories, and railroads according to Reuters. GE hopes to take a chunk of the $40 Billion global inspection industry.

Jun 13, 2017 11:06:07 AM

Topics: Inspection

Map the Planet: How Drones Have Mapped 5 Million Acres

Drones have mapped 3 million acres in the last four months, more than doubling the amount over the previous 16 months, according to an industry report by DroneDeploy.

Aug 16, 2016 2:07:01 PM

Topics: Mapping

Disney Patents Projection Drones

Disney filed a patent for a UAV based projection system, which it intends to use in its extravagant light shows held nightly at its theme parks.

Aug 9, 2016 3:19:39 PM

Topics: Drone Development

Amazon Secures Partnership with British Government for Delivery Drones

Amazon struck a deal with Britain’s Civil Aviation Authority to start the development of drone deliveries that operate beyond line of sight (BLOS). This puts the U.K. ahead of the U.S. in paving the way for safe package delivery by drone.

Jul 26, 2016 11:15:44 AM

Topics: Startups and Partnerships