FAA Grants Waiver to Fly over Crowds to CivitasNow

Hard-nosed commercial operators might not recognize Aerotaine's Skye helium-filled drones as a UAS, but that's more than likely one of the reasons CevitasNow of Ohio received permission from the Federal Aviation Administration to fly them over crowds. On September 14, The FAA granted a waiver for CevitasNow to fly the Skye with no location limitation, allowing it to operate anywhere in uncontrolled airspace.

Nov 14, 2017 2:57:59 PM

Topics: Releases

DJI Releases Two New Enterpise-grade Airframes and Drone Management Software FlightHub


DJI released new software and two industrial-class drones at its AirWorks user conference in Denver this week, answering to the needs of the growing enterprise segment of the drone market. FlightHub, a web-based drone management application, allows for the monitoring of multiple drones during operations. The DJI Wind 4 and Wind 8 are the latest additions to DJI's line of commercial-use drones. The new airframes are foldable, portable (relatively), and made custom to order.

Nov 9, 2017 10:42:16 AM

Topics: Releases

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

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

DJI announces new drone

DJI is adding a new drone to its product line. Spark is a new mini camera drone designed to lift off from the palm of your hand and capture moments on the go.

May 24, 2017 12:36:40 PM

Topics: Releases

Intel expands its drone offerings

Intel is looking to advance its position in the commercial drone market with new capabilities and solutions. Brian Krzanich, CEO of Intel, kicked off AUVSI XPONENTIAL this week with the unveiling of the Intel Falcon 8+ drone. This new unmanned aerial vehicle is designed for professional drone service providers.

May 10, 2017 11:39:22 AM

Topics: Releases

Parrot takes on the commercial drone industry

Parrot is widely known in the drone industry for its consumer drones, but the company wants to start making a name for itself on the commercial side.

May 9, 2017 2:07:08 PM

Topics: Releases

Edgybees brings augmented reality to drones

DJI drone pilots can start testing their skills in a new safe, immersive and fun way. Augmented reality technology company Edgybees announced a new AR mobile app created specifically for DJI aerial platforms.

May 2, 2017 11:09:49 AM

Topics: Releases, Software

Sentera gives agriculture drones more precision

Agriculture data solution provider Sentera is on a mission to turn commercial drones from toys to high precision tools. The company announced the Multispectral Double 4K Sensors in five spectral bands: Blue, green, red, red edge and near-infrared. The sensors are designed to provide greater insights into crops and identify issues earlier.

Apr 27, 2017 10:21:18 AM

Topics: Precision Agriculture, Releases