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FLIR Systems completes strategic investment in AI sensor system developer

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FLIR Systems has made a strategic investment in CVEDIA, developers of machine learning applications that are used to efficiently enable sensor systems with artificial intelligence. The strategic investment by FLIR in CVEDIA will create opportunities for the companies to accelerate the development of thermal spectrum-based deep learning training tools for use by FLIR and selected partners in integrating artificial intelligence into FLIR sensors and systems. CVEDIA’s SynCity simulator software tool provides multi-modal, digital environments for autonomous system OEMs and related sensor makers to train its systems in a much faster, safer, and more affordable manner than by utilising traditional data
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Airbus Aerial provides back up during California’s Carr Wildfire

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Airbus Aerial, the drone subsidiary of European aerospace corporation Airbus, has pledged its support to insurance providers following a natural disaster in America.  Powered by Airbus Aerial’s data analytics and high-resolution satellite imagery from Airbus Intelligence, insurance companies are helping policyholders begin to recover from the tragic Carr wildfires in California. Thanks to Aerial’s cloud platform, insurance damage triage tool kit, and suite of analytics, blended with satellite imagery of targeted areas from Airbus Intelligence, insurance companies can usually process a claim and inform their customers before the customer even knows a loss has occurred. The Airbus Aerial Data Portal showcasing
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Boeing completes autonomous synchronised flight tests

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Boeing has completed its first suite of synchronised UAV flight tests using new onboard autonomous command and control technology developed by the company in Australia. Conducted at a regional Queensland airfield, the test flights saw five UAV test beds equipped with Boeing’s new on-board system safely complete in-air programmed missions as a team without input from a human pilot. The milestone comes six months after establishing the company’s largest international autonomous systems development program in Queensland. “What we’ve created here in Australia has the potential to transform the use of unmanned vehicles for civil, commercial and defence applications – whether
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Skylark Aerial Photography soars above targets

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Lake District-based Skylark Aerial Photography has announced it exceeded its targets for the first half of the year. This September looks to be the busiest month of the year with 12 confirmed bookings and two provisional bookings. On average Skylark has taken a commission every week during the winter months and at least two during the summer months. Skylark Aerial Photography has also moved into a new bespoke office and has added another high-speed PC drone to cope with the demand of work projects. The company has been commissioned by VisitBritain to provide aerial filming for an Indian Film Crew
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Rusta rewards loyalty with launch of first membership package

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A Lincolnshire-based drone academy has launched its first membership package for loyal and new customers. Rusta’s ‘Alumni’ membership offers exclusive benefits and discounts across a whole range of drone training services. The benefits of the Alumni include ongoing support with operations manuals, networking events, discounts on products & services. Sion Roberts, managing director of Rusta, said: “We’re very excited to launch our Alumni membership package today. Anyone who takes part in one of our courses and decides to join the Alumni, will now enjoy a number of amazing and exclusive benefits.” “As well as future discounts and additional support services,
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British UAV firm secures bumper round of investment to fuel expansion strategy

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SenSat, a British technology company that simulates reality, has announced that it has secured a bumper round of investment to further its expansion strategy. The company has confirmed it has received £3.3m in seed funding in a round supported by notable investors, including Force Over Mass, Round Hill Venture Partners and Zag, the venture arm of global creative agency BBH. The investment will be used to develop SenSat’s technology, including its novel 3D computer vision workflows and cutting edge dimensional interpolation, both core ingredients for building intelligent simulated realities. The company is also looking to invest in its San Francisco
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Altitude Angel ramps up flight reporting features for safer missions

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Altitude Angel has ramped up its support for the popular ground-station controller, Mission Planner, and ArduPilot community. The company has now incorporated the flight reporting features of its global UTM platform to Mission Planner version 1.3.57 onwards. For over a year, the UK-based start-up been providing its airspace and ground hazard data to Mission Planner users so that they can make better informed and safer decisions about where to fly their drones. A Flight Report is a voluntary declaration by a drone pilot to share information about where and when they are flying their drone in real-time, which in turn is then
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Lanxess expands commercial drone portfolio with lightweight solutions

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An international technology manufacturer has expanded its presence in the commercial drone market by offering lightweight solutions for the UAV industry. The Lanxess High Performance Materials (HPM) business unit has introduced a range of high-end material solutions, including a drone propeller made of short glass fibre-reinforced Durethan, at Chinaplas 2018 in April this year. Thanks to its balanced material properties, the injection molded parts are lighter while offering good strength and rigidity. The material is resistant against ageing by UV rays and is therefore well-suited for use outdoors. Drone propellers made of Lanxess plastics. As well as wings and propellers, the high-performance plastics
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Airbus and International SOS sign MOU on drone cargo delivery systems

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Airbus and one of the world’s leading medical and security risk services companies have inked a partnership agreement in a bid to further drone development. International SOS and Airbus have signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to jointly study the viability of using aircraft or unmanned systems to deliver medical cargo and supplies. Under the agreement, Airbus will help to define and install reliable aircraft or unmanned aerial medical cargo deliveries as part of International SOS MedSupply services. MedSupply deploys medical supplies, specialist medical care and equipment to meet the requirements of preventive health programme or in support of a
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Worldpay pins future of fraud-free deliveries on drones

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One of the world’s largest payment processing companies has harnessed the power of drones in a move to stamp out fraud and streamline its payment systems. Worldpay has developed Drone Pay, a proof of concept which delivers online packages and checks the recipient is who they say they are. Worldpay’s Drone Pay proof-of-concept uses EMV contactless payment card technology to verify the identity of the recipient, ensuring a parcel is delivered to the right person at the right address. This technology is embedded into a drone landing pad. When the drone lands to drop off the package, the card details
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