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Swiss trader makes drone aerial inspection firm acquisition

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DXT Commodities, a Swiss commodity trader operating internationally and specialized in the management of renewable power, has signed an agreement for the acquisition of a significant share of WESII S.r.l. WESII S.r.l. is an Italian start-up, established in 2016 by a team of people with extensive international experience in optical and multispectral analyses. The company carries out aerial inspections using drones equipped with thermal and infrared sensors capable of high-quality analyses that are mainly exploited in the renewable sector. With the acquisition, DXT Commodities says it intends to expand its range of services to meet the increasingly complex requests of
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South Dakota signs public agency drone participating addendum with Avion Unmanned

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Avion Unmanned has signed a participating addendum with the State of South Dakota and its State Agencies, Political Subdivisions and Institutions. The contract opens the door for Avion Unmanned to provide UAS services to state and local government agencies in South Dakota. Commenting on the move, Taylor Abington, senior program manager of Avion Unmanned, said: “Providing a simplified, direct path for government agencies at all levels to request unmanned aircraft operations is finally a reality.” Adding: “With the signing of this Participating Addendum with South Dakota, Avion Unmanned has been selected to provide critical data collection services to organizations who
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Heliguy secures seat on £8m YPO drone framework contract

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Heliguy has been awarded a major contract with YPO, in conjunction with the Home Office, as part of an £8m national framework agreement. The framework is to supply drones and services to public sector organisations, primarily to blue light clients and the emergency services. As part of its work, Heliguy will provide drones, offer associated services and carry out repairs and maintenance. The company has secured a place on three parts of the four-lot contract and has been selected to provide drones; offer associated services, such as drone hire, lease options, and bespoke package bundles; and carry out drone repairs,
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Public supports drone usage rise in return for stricter safety measures, Vodafone survey suggests

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More than 4 in 5 people in the UK support an increase in drone use by the emergency services, as long as stringent safety, security and monitoring measures are put in place. The new data has been presented as part of a Vodafone commissioned report. It shows how 86% of those taking part in the survey supported the idea of using drones to support emergency response. While 79% supported the idea of drones being used to assist the police and 61% to help with monitoring as part of environmental conservation. Sky News reported on how the ‘Cellular Connected Drones’ report
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