FAA approves long distance drone flight to aid Hurricane Florence victims

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The Federal Aviation Administration has approved long range drone flight to pilots helping victims from Hurricane Florence. According to a report by Bloomberg, insurance company, State Farm Mutual Automobile Association, was the first to be granted permission to fly long distance over a populated area. The FAA approved routine commercial drone operations two years ago, but has since restricted flights to short journeys at low altitudes away from people, all within sight of an operator on the ground. The reason for this exception to the rule this time is due to the destruction caused by the Hurricane, however, it could
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Farmers affected by Hurricane Florence offered discounted technology to assess damage

Precision agriculture company Aerobotics has offered discounted access to drone technology to farmers affected by Hurricane Florence to check tree crop damage. Aerobotics, based in Cape Town, South Africa, has made its tree crop scouting technology available to farmers affected by Hurricane Florence for free or at a discounted rate. The discount will depend on the acreage and specifics of each farm. Aerobotics uses proprietary software and imagery from drones to assess damage caused by pests, diseases and other external factors. The Aerobotics team has said it understands the pain, stress and damage weather can cause farmers and hopes its
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Agriculture tech provider secures £10.8m investment to accelerate AI and drone platforms

Sentera, a digital agriculture technology provider, has announced it has raised around £10.8m in Series A funding for further development.  The company’s sensors and AI technology help to rapidly detect nutrition, disease, and plant status issues, in applications ranging from corn and soybeans to vegetables, fruit, and nuts. Sentera information integrates directly with most integrated data management platforms, including John Deere Operations Center and Climate FieldView. Eric Taipale, CEO at Sentera, said: “We have seen outstanding customer traction with our real-time digital analytics, sensors, and data platform. That has translated to accelerating commercial and enterprise customer and revenue growth.” He
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