Amazon granted patent for UAV docking stations

Amazon is looking to cover all its bases as it builds out its Prime Air drone delivery service. The company was recently granted a patent for “multi-use UAV docking station systems and methods” that would provide drones with operations such as a recharging station, navigational aid, and routing information. The company sees existing structures such as buildings, cell towers and light poles being used as docking stations as well as standalone structures.

Jul 20, 2016 4:43:45 PM

Topics: Patents

Eighteen-year-old launches his own drone company

There is a new drone company in town, and its CEO is just 18 years old. While this might seem unusual to some people in the industry, for George Matus, CEO and cofounder of Teal Drones, drones are in his blood.

Jul 20, 2016 3:38:31 PM

BZ Media and Skylogic Research Release “The Truth About Drones in Public Safety and First Responder Operations”

In-depth assessment reveals significant opportunity with distinct cost and safety advantages over traditional competitive approaches

BZ Media LLC announced today the third in its series of critical examinations of the hype and reality behind certain vertical commercial drone markets, “The Truth About Drones in Public Safety and First Responder Operations.”  The free report was commissioned by BZ Media and written and produced by Skylogic Research.

Jul 18, 2016 2:21:22 PM

Topics: Search and Rescue

AT&T envisions drones for LTE service

Have you ever been to a concert or sporting event and had trouble uploading pictures, making calls or sending messages? Network outages or poor connections at crowded events happen all the time. AT&T is looking to address that problem with the help of drones.

Jul 13, 2016 2:15:02 PM

DJI and DroneDeploy bolster drone thermal imagery capabilities

DJI and DroneDeploy want to help businesses and drone operators get more out of thermal mapping. The two companies have announced a new partnership to increase the effectiveness of solar panel installations and inspection through drone thermal imagery capture and analytics.

Jul 12, 2016 1:45:24 PM

Topics: Software

UAV Mapping & Surveying Workshop by Pix4D to Kick Off InterDrone

Market-leading software provider to offer special training session on day prior to North America’s largest commercial drone conference

BZ Media LLC today announced that Pix4D would be bringing a half-day technical workshop to the Paris Hotel in Las Vegas on September 6 to help educate and train professionals in the use of drones for mapping and surveying. InterDrone is being held September 7-9 and expects more than 4,000 commercial drone experts to attend.

Jul 12, 2016 8:19:50 AM

Topics: InterDrone, Mapping

Preparing for an autonomous drone industry

The FAA recently released a rule for commercial use of small unmanned systems: Part 107. But noticeably missing from it was the use of beyond line of sight. While the FAA is still trying to figure out how beyond line of sight will become a factor in the drone industry, other companies are already working on the technology. Iris Automation for instance is working on an autonomous and situational awareness system for drones so that when beyond line of sight does become reality, drones will be ready.

Jul 6, 2016 3:38:59 PM

Topics: Regulation

Measure adds new tool to its arsenal

Drone-as-a-service company Measure is adding a new drone to its commercial drone portfolio. The company announced a new partnership with DJI as an effort to be a one-stop shop for drone operations.

Jul 5, 2016 3:54:47 PM

Topics: Releases, Software

DJI advances geofencing technology

Drone manufacturer DJI is updating its Geospatial Environment Online (GEO) geofencing system to bring more safety features to its drone operators. The latest version of its geofencing technology is available in the most recent release of its DJI GO app for Phantom and Inspire aerial platforms.

Jul 5, 2016 3:42:12 PM

Topics: Control Systems

Iris Automation gives drones the ability to see beyond line of sight

Iris Automation, a drone technology startup, wants to be the eyes in the sky for drones. The company has been building an advanced collision-avoidance system for industrial drones for the past year, and it is currently looking for more companies to join its early adoption stage.

Jun 30, 2016 10:42:38 AM

Topics: Updates