Opinion

BEST PRACTICE: What every drone business needs to know about GDPR

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The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on 25 May 2018 with great fanfare, and rightly so. It is the most significant change to data protection legislation in Europe for over two decades and puts individuals back in the driving seat of how their data is used. However, there continues to be a lot of confusion within the business community on the steps that need to be taken to ensure compliance. Consequently, many businesses are suffering from ‘GDPR fatigue’ caused by overexposure to security and legal rules. Joe Collinwood at CySure addresses misunderstanding surrounding cookies and consent in
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OPINION: It’s time for drones to be seen as an extension of the engineering inspector’s eyes

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There is still some scepticism and misunderstanding around the capabilities and deployment of drones in inspection situations. But they can elevate the inspections process and lead to a safer, faster and better-blended approach if they are utilised correctly, writes Kyle Veitch at Bureau Veritas. Ten years ago, the use of UAV technology – drones – was limited to the military arena and wasn’t something that was readily available from a commercial or industrial perspective. Fast forward to 2018 and whilst it is certainly not commonplace, the strategic deployment of drones as part of blended approach to inspection is now being hailed as a
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OPINION: How high-tech monocles can solve the camera feed viewing dilemma for drone operators

As UK regulations tighten around drone safety, Andy Johnson, head of product and solutions management at business technology solutions provider Brother UK, explains how monocular head mounted display (HMD) technology is helping commercial drone pilots to comply with regulation, and to position drones while viewing camera feeds simultaneously. Regulatory bodies have fallen behind the UK’s rapidly expanding drone industry in recent years. But last month’s new drone laws coming into force was a sign that authorities are beginning to step up the pace – much to the delight of commercial drone pilots, with many in the industry rightly believing that
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OPINION: Consortiq’s Paul Rigby debunks drone industry myths

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When bespoke unmanned vehicles specialist Consortiq first opened its doors in 2015, it set out with the ambition of carving out a position as one of the UK’s leading pilot training entities. In the three years that have passed since the company took flight, CEO Paul Rigby has been well-placed to observe some of the main misnomers that challenge the industry. Here he explains how drones can be serious business and where the industry is heading. Let’s be clear about one thing. Drones are not just for enthusiasts — they’re also for serious business. But there are a few preconceptions
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OPINION: How the drone attack on the Venezuelan President could have been prevented

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The recent assassination attempt against the President of Venezuela has underlined the importance of drone detection systems. News broke on Sunday that President Nicolás Maduro survived an assassination attempt involving explosive drones while speaking at a military event in Caracas. According to the BBC, communications minister Jorge Rodriguez said two drones loaded with explosives went off near the president’s stand. Leeds-based drone specialist, Coptrz, DJI's AeroScope, which is designed to identify drones which enter the protected airspace, is a suitable system for major events, and would have been a helpful addition to Sunday's event. Steve Coulson, managing director and founder
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EXCLUSIVE: Fortem’s Tim Bean sheds light on protecting the world’s airspace

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Radar technology is the key to ensuring safe drone operations as UAVs become more prominent around the world, claims Fortem CEO. Following the assignation attempt against the President of Venezuela, Nicolás Maduro Moros, on Sunday, Tim Bean, the CEO of Fortem Technologies and expert on airspace safety and security relative to drones, provides insight into protecting the global airspace. Threats drones present Drones present an imminent threat to sensitive ”no fly zones” not properly secured. The recent assassination attempt on President Maduro presents an unfortunate example of the potential harm that can be caused and the need for increased airspace awareness
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FIVE MINUTES WITH: The drone pilot behind nationally-acclaimed Norfolk rescue mission

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Sergeant Danny deployed a UAV last week to search for Peter Pugh, after his family raised the alarm when he did not return home from a walk. Sgt Leach, who was flying a DJI Inspire I, spotted Mr Pugh stuck in a dense reed beds and marshland and was credited with saving his life. Following the rescue, which was a collaboration with Norfolk Fire and Rescue, Commercial Drone Professional spoke to the sergeant about the mission, as well as how drones have already aided the force and how he sees potential for growth. What equipment and software did you use
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FIVE MINUTES WITH: Airbus Aerial president, Jesse Kallman

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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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FIVE MINUTES WITH: Consortiq’s Miriam Hinthorn on cracking the UAV industry’s glass ceiling

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A lack of women working within the UAV industry has been offered as an explanation for the double-digit pay gaps revealed in recent weeks. Ahead of April deadline, by which time any private sector company with more than 250 employees needs to publish data on their gender pay gap, along with details on the proportion of male and female employees and their gender bonus gap, a selection of key players within the drone industry have disclosed pay gaps of approximately 20%. Alongside the disclosure of the mean and median difference in pay, it has also been revealed that men occupy
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OPINION: Has Artificial Intelligence really arrived in the commercial drone world?

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As the technology industry continues to debate the importance of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and how it could alter the drone sector, Sky-Futures’ co-founder and COO Chris Blackford offers industry insight about the development in relation to UAV use… There is chatter aplenty on Linkedin and other media sources about Artificial Intelligence (AI) and its application in the drone-based inspection and data analysis market. The purpose of this blog is to dispel some of the myths and shine a bit of light on the realities of AI. I am the co-founder of a drone-based technology company but my background is not
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