IN DEPTH: Making smart cities a reality with integrated drone solutions

While advancements are emerging from the commercial UAV sector thick and fast, the technology is yet to break its way into the mainstream and revolutionise day-to-day life. Despite the fact that a series of road blocks, such as regulations, permissions, costs and public sentiments, have impacted the delivery of drones in cities around the world, leading names from within the industry are looking to change the game and bring drones further into the spotlight. With programmes being introduced around the world to spearhead drone integration, including Nesta’s Flying High Challenge in the UK and the FAA and Department of Transport’s
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INSIDE TRACK: An aerial view of the future of drones in the construction sector

With reports that drones are predicted to give the UK economy a £42 billion boost by 2030, Roof Stores looks into how infrastructure, the most rapid and vast adopter of commercial drones, is using the technology to bring the industry into the future.  There is an aerial revolution happening across the globe. Drones have emerged as a highly viable commercial tool with applications in numerous sectors, most notably, construction. This isn't surprising, as their benefits range from on-site safety to a level of project monitoring which wasn't previously possible. A market set to be worth billions over the coming years, there's no denying
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Commercial drone market set for steady growth until 2022

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Increased drone usage across agriculture and law enforcement is set to drive continuous growth across the commercial drone category for the next four years, new research suggests. The global commercial drone market size was estimated to be worth $552m (£410m) in 2014 and is projected to reach $2.07 billion (£1.5 billion) by 2022, with a CAGR of 16.9%. The report from market research provider Million Insights noted that while demand is significantly higher for military applications, commercial applications are gradually catching up. The agriculture sector is anticipated to become a major user over the forecast period of seven years on
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FIVE MINUTES WITH: Martin Brandenburg, DJI’s EMEA managing director

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While the airspace has become increasingly crowded and more commercial providers enter the market, one company has managed to soar higher than most. DJI, a Chinese-founded commercial and consumer drone manufacturer, first opened its doors in 2006 and has gone on to shape the industry’s hardware, software and applications in filmmaking, construction, inspection, emergency response, agriculture, conservation and other industries. While the company is only 12 years old, recent research suggests that as much as 70% of the UK commercial market uses DJI drones. Martin Brandenburg, DJI’s EMEA managing director, gave Commercial Drone Professional a sneak peek behind the scenes
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FIVE MINUTES WITH: Airbus Aerial president, Jesse Kallman

A year on from its launch, Airbus Aerial has managed to carve out a position as one of the organisations driving market within the commercial drone space. Jesse Kallman, president of Airbus Aerial, a new business unit within Airbus, the global heavyweight in space and aeronautics, stepped into the role last May. Over the course of his career, Kallman has worked across various parts of the industry including research at Georgia Tech, federal policy at the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA), commercial UAS business at Airware, and advocacy with groups such as the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International. Kallman told
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senseFly to host free webinar on using drone tech within mining industry

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senseFly is to host a free webinar to help school mine and quarry companies on using drone technology within their businesses. The drone solutions provider will broadcast the session tomorrow (Wednesday 18th April) from its online portal, exploring real-life UAV adoption stories from around the world lead by three experts form the world of mining. The webinar, titled Integrating Drone Tech into Mine and Quarry Workflows, will also look at best practice, ROI, data integration and the key things to consider before investing in drone technologies. The three experts sharing their advice will be Sean Jeffrys, a geospatial consultant who
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Drone pioneers pledge £5m into UAV development project to save swimmers in distress

A new £5m research project geared towards developing new drone technology that could help come to the aid of swimmers in distress has been given the go ahead. U-Flyte, a collaboration between researchers at Maynooth University in Ireland and a number of industry partners, is aiming to create systems that could help companies deliver essential medical supplies or rescue those in the water quicker. The systems will also overcome current restrictions that control the distance over which drone operators can fly their machines; without special permission, operators are limited to maintaining their drones within a 500m circumference and within sight
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VIDEO: Behind the scenes of the NATS and Altitude Angel partnership

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Two of the UK drone industry’s leading lights have provided an insight into one of the partnerships set to shape the future of the nation’s commercial landscape. In March 2018, NATS announced a strategic partnership with fast-growing UK-based drone traffic management solutions company Altitude Angel. The framework has been announced as the companies recognise the ability for drone technologies to support essential tasks, such as emergency health services and organ transport, policing and traffic patrols, and the increasing the pressure to safely manage the airspace. The companies are both involved in many drone research efforts and projects, with the focus
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Strong growth of commercial drone sector to drive four-fold spike in UAV camera market

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The value of the drone camera market has been predicted to see a four-fold increase as a result of increasing industry deman, a new industry report has claimed. According to a new market intelligence report by BIS Research, the global drone camera market was $5.45 (£3.85) billion in 2016 and is expected to reach $19.25 (£13.6) billion by 2021. Different types of cameras, such as Standard Definition (SD) camera and High Definition (HD) camera are used in a drone to take aerial photos and videos for various applications across commercial, military and homeland security end-users. According to the report, the
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GET TO KNOW: The police drone pilot behind a life-saving UAV operation

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A special sergeant and chief pilot has lifted the lid on his experience as the operator of a life-saving drone mission in Lincolnshire. Lincolnshire Police Drone’s special sergeant and chief pilot Kev Taylor told Commercial Drone Professional that the use of a UAV proved vital in dealing with a road traffic incident last month. Could you outline the events that took place on February 25? This incident involved a single vehicle road traffic collision which occurred at 02.20am, on The A16 near Ludborough in Lincolnshire. Following a search of the local area the injured driver could not be found so
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