Swift Navigation gives drones more precision and control with Piksi Multi

Swift Navigation, a GPS positioning technology provider, wants to give drone operators precise navigation with the release of the new Piksi Multi. Piksi Multi is a multi-band, multi-constellation high-precision GNSS receiver.

Oct 25, 2016 4:18:38 PM

Topics: Releases, Control Systems

Hangar brings the power of drone data to the commercial industry

A new drone data software company wants to build an automated technology ecosystem for drones. Hangar specializes in autonomous drone data capture, and it aims to provide industries with high-quality, consistent and affordable drone data.

Oct 20, 2016 4:02:18 PM

Topics: Releases

Amazon patents voice-controlled miniature drone

Amazon is bringing its Alexa technology to unmanned vehicles. The company was recently awarded a patent for an “unmanned aerial vehicle assistant.”

Oct 19, 2016 4:20:05 PM

Topics: Patents

DroneDeploy helps businesses manage flights with new tool

DroneDeploy is giving businesses the ability to automatically manage time, monitor fleets, and ensure regulatory compliance with a newly announced tool. The company has revealed its flight log solution designed to eliminate manual and tedious tasks.

Oct 19, 2016 10:33:15 AM

Topics: Releases, Control Systems

Intel releases its first branded commercial drone: The Falcon 8+

Intel has already been making a name for itself with the Aero drone and its Yuneec drone investments, but it’s ready to head into the commercial space for itself. The company announced its first branded commercial drone for North American markets at the INTERGEO drone conference in Hamburg, Germany. The Falcon 8+ drone is a ready-to-fly drone for industrial inspection, surveying and mapping.

“Drones are an important computing platform for the future, and Intel is positioning itself at the forefront of this opportunity to provide the compute, sensor, communications and cloud integration for the growing drone ecosystem,” wrote Josh Walden, senior vice president and general manager of Intel’s New Technology Group, in an announcement.

According to Intel, the Falcon 8+ focuses on safety, simplicity, performance and precision. It includes the Intel Cockpit, a water-resistant user interface for ground control, and the Intel Powerpack for smart battery control. It features a V-form octocopter, AscTec autopilot, aerial sensors, and waypoint automation, as well as similar features to its predecessor , the AscTec Falcon 8.

“With the introduction of the Intel Falcon 8+ system, Intel is setting a new standard for commercial-grade drones, incorporating full electronic system redundancy, and automated aerial-sensing solutions with best-in-class onboard sensors,” Walden wrote.

Oct 12, 2016 3:40:00 PM

Topics: Releases

DroneDeploy introduces a free drone-mapping marketplace

DroneDeploy wants to help businesses ramp up their drone operations. The company announced the Drone Mapping Directory, a free marketplace designed to connect businesses with drone service providers and experienced drone pilots.

Oct 11, 2016 11:28:57 AM

Verizon takes flight with airborne LTE operations

Verizon is taking its Internet of Things (IoT) initiative to the skies. The company announced its new Airborne LTE Operations (ALO) initiative designed to provide in-flight wireless connectivity.

Oct 6, 2016 10:58:45 AM

Topics: Releases

GE unveils new oil and gas drone

GE is planning on helping customers in the oil and gas industry when the introduction of a new drone. The company unveiled Raven, a prototype drone designed to reduce environmental impact, improve operational efficiency, and help customers be more cost-efficient.

Oct 6, 2016 10:37:50 AM

IBM Watson to power drones

It was recently announced that the IBM Watson Internet of Things (IoT) Platform would be used to give Aerialtronics’ drones cognitive computing abilities. But IBM doesn’t plan on stopping there. The company is investing US$200 million in a new global headquarters for Watson's IoT business in order to help businesses draw insights from IoT technologies, such as drones.

Oct 5, 2016 10:53:40 AM

Topics: Releases

New Product Announcements Triple at InterDrone 2016

42 New Product Announcements Underscore Vibrant Commercial UAV Industry

BZ Media LLC announced today that 39 companies had announced products or initiatives at InterDrone The International Drone Conference & Exposition held at the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas, Sept 7-9. InterDrone drew attendees from 54 different countries around the world as well as all fifty states and featured 155 exhibiting companies, an increase of 56% over the prior year. Major players Intel, Yuneec, Epson, Parrot/SenseFly and Flir led the parade of product announcements to the more than 145 members of the worldwide press in attendance.

Oct 3, 2016 8:25:16 AM

Topics: InterDrone