Pix4D Launches Software for Large-scale UAV Mapping

Switzerland-based photogrammetric leader Pix4D has announced the commercial release of Pix4Dmatic: digital photogrammetry software for accurate and fast corridor and large-scale mapping. Pix4Dmatic has been created to meet an evolving demand as professionals map bigger and bigger areas around the world. Projects that would previously have been mapped by aircraft are now being surveyed with drones. With Pix4Dmatic, these expert projects are made possible and easier. Large Datasets Supported Drone flights beyond the visual line of sight (BVLOS), when permitted by law, are often considered the next frontier of drone mapping. Pix4Dmatic now also offers support for the large datasets... (read more)
2020-09-23 09:07:50

eBee X Approved for Operations Over People by Transport Canada

senseFly, the Switzerland-based fixed-wing UAV manufacturer, has announced that its flagship eBee X fixed-wing drone was approved for operations over people by Transport Canada, as defined by the regulatory body’s standard 922.06 Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) safety assurance designation. The designation is part of Transport Canada’s self-declaration process, which provides a path for drone manufacturers to self-declare the operational safety of their drones, provided the aircraft meets a series of strict requirements. To operate safely over people is an important milestone for the senseFly eBee X, and the news will be welcomed by drone pilots and operators in Canada as well. Operations Over People... (read more)
2020-01-28 11:02:25

Terra Drone Launches UAV and AI-based Solution for Power Asset Inspection

Terra Drone Corporation, a leading provider of industrial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV or' drone') solutions, has unveiled a new UAV and artificial intelligence-based solution set for the maintenance of power transmission and distribution equipment. The solution was developed on the basis of market gaps identified after the inspection of over 90,000km of power lines in BVLOS missions throughout the world. Acquired data is automatically processed and analysed by artificial intelligence algorithms which are trained to detect crossovers at the bottom of transmission lines, buildings and construction machinery. Error detection system The system identifies rust on bolts, loosening and missing tower... (read more)
2019-10-08 10:58:13

Aizawa Concrete Partners with Top Flight Technologies for Aerial Inspection

Aizawa Concrete Corporation has announced a strategic partnership with Top Flight Technologies, a leading provider of heavy-lift, long-range (HLLR) hybrid-electric unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technologies, as part of its broader effort to utilize new robotic technologies to proactively inspect and maintain concrete roads, bridges and infrastructures. Aizawa will team up with the Boston-based aerospace company to accelerate the operational efficiency of both Line-of-Sight (LOS) and eventually Beyond-Visual-Line-of-Sight (BVLOS) inspection of transportation roads, bridges, and infrastructure throughout Hokkaido and Japan. Joint efforts will extend to cultivating new business opportunities around commercial UAVs configured specifically for concrete-based inspections and various types of repair, leveraging both Top... (read more)
2019-06-04 02:40:45

Iris Automation Reveals Turnkey Collision-avoidance Solution for Drones

Iris Automation, an artificial intelligence (AI) and safety avionics company, has announced the launch of Casia – the first commercially available computer vision detect-and-avoid solution to enable Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) operations for autonomous vehicles. For the first time, there's a system that allows an Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) to truly understand the aviation environment around it as if a pilot were onboard. Casia detects other aircraft, uses machine learning to classify them, makes intelligent decisions about the threat they may pose to the vehicle, and triggers automated manoeuvres to avoid collisions. Casia is a combination of both... (read more)
2019-05-02 10:06:32

Kongsberg Geospatial Integrates with MicroPilot to Enhance BVLOS

Kongsberg Geospatial, a geospatial visualization software company, and MicroPilot, who operate professional UAV autopilots, has announced that the Kongsberg Geospatial IRIS UxS Fleet Control Station has been integrated with the MicroPilot MP2x28 series of autopilots to enhance the ability of UAV operators using MicroPilot autopilots to conduct safe BVLOS operations. The Kongsberg Geospatial IRIS UxS Fleet Control Station technology enables multiple drones to be monitored and controlled simultaneously by a single operator and provides real-time calculation of aircraft separation, airspace monitoring alerts and communications line-of-sight prediction to enable ‘detect and avoid’ for safe BVLOS operations. IRIS FCS integrates a variety... (read more)
2019-04-30 10:03:20

UAV-based Mapping: Safety First

While it is positive news for our industry that the use of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs or ‘drones’) is continuing to increase, the rise has brought with it a key question: how do we ensure that drone users are operating in a safe and law-abiding manner? In recent months, there have been a number of headlines about both illegal operations and the ensuing legislation. Although these news stories have been focused on consumer drone use, we must be mindful that the same issues apply to commercial activity, according to Jean-Thomas Célette – particularly within the geospatial sector as professionals such... (read more)
2019-04-03 11:40:57

IN-FLIGHT Awarded Three Guinness World Records Supported by senseFly

IN-FLIGHT Data, a Canadian commercial drone operator, has been awarded three Guinness World Records for drone (UAS) flights carried out as part of a beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) project with help from senseFly, a provider of fixed-wing drone solutions. The three world records achieved were for:   Longest cumulative beyond-visual-line-of-sight battery-powered UAV flight: 2,723.04km (Alberta) Longest cumulative urban flight for a beyond-visual-line-of-sight civilian UAV (small class – up to 25kg): 414 km (Calgary) Longest single urban flight for a beyond-visual-line-of-sight civilian UAV (small class – up to 25kg): 40km (High River)   The Guinness World Records were awarded specifically for BVLOS flights... (read more)
2019-02-26 10:20:44

Consolidation of AI and Autonomy - Commercial UAV Show 2018

The 2018 Commercial UAV show was as busy and wide-ranging as in previous years. Mapping did not have a high profile although some exhibitors were promoting photogrammetry and mapping in general and several seminar and conference sessions featured mapping. The overarching theme of the event could be characterisied as consolidation and looking to the future. Artificial intelligence (AI) and autonomy were strong themes, meaning the development of smart drones. This includes interaction with robots to manage battery change for example, although it is unlikely that we will see genuine autonomous UAVs very soon. But several exhibitors claim the use of... (read more)
2019-01-23 03:46:04

UAS Proves Valuable for Firefighters Against California Fires

Insitu, a wholly-owned subsidiary of The Boeing Company, assisted from the air in the firefight against the Camp Fire in Northern California, now deemed the deadliest, most destructive wildfire in California's history. "Our hearts go out to all of those affected by the terrible Camp Fire tragedy," said Esina Alic, Insitu President and CEO. "We are honoured to have had the opportunity to help with fire suppression efforts using our ScanEagle Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) and INEXA suite of information and analytics tools, and support firefighters in this massive battle." Insitu provided vital information to firefighters with its ScanEagle UAS, and its TacitView and... (read more)
2018-12-20 10:35:07
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