Innovation

New drone camera system developed to help search inside buildings

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A new camera system that aids in the search and rescue of people trapped inside buildings by allowing operators to see inside high rise buildings has been revealed. The new WideSee system was developed in collaboration between engineers at the University of Leeds, University of Massachusetts and Northwest University in Xi’an China. WideSee has been designed for use by emergency workers to aid in the rescue of those trapped inside high rise buildings. Researchers say that the prototype device is capable of scanning deep into a building by using long-range radio waves, which can penetrate concrete walls. Dr Zheng Wang,
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Riegl unveil new video of rail mapping system

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Riegl has revealed a new look at its VMX-Rail triple scanner mobile mapping system in a new video. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MfuZjz5uDQM The scanner system allows for the most efficient capture of accurate, dense and feature-rich data. The Riegl VMX-RAIL was designed for rail applications including surveying, track and infrastructure monitoring, clash detection as well as railway planning and engineering. The new video shows the scanner system in action, with its detailed and accurate data scanning system, rugged measuring-head and three VUX-1HA High Accuracy Laser Scanners. The system also has, what the company describes as, a unique crossed point cloud pattern and a
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SeaWorld to light up the skies with drone show test

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SeaWorld San Diego has been granted approval by the California Coastal Commission to test a new night-time drone show in the skies over its park. A report from the San Diego Union-Tribune notes that the park will test a show that involves using up to 500 of Intel’s ‘Shooting Star’ drones to produce a synchronised light show in the sky. The park was granted permission by the California Coastal Commission to test the show over 15-nights in February with each test lasting for no more than five minutes. SeaWorld will also have to review any potential hazards and impacts that
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Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma tests drones in power line inspections

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The Choctaw Nation of Oklahoma (CNO) has completed transmission power line inspections using drones in collaboration with AiRXOS and the Public Service Company of Oklahoma (PSO). The inspections were carried out on the Pittsburg-Valliant 345-kilovolt transmission at a CNO-owned property in the southeast of the state as part of the FAA’s UAS Integration Pilot Program (IPP). These recent inspections have focused on safe, automated flights that make use of visual observers and data capture where future planned tests will incorporate Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS), without any visual observer in operation. Executive director of advance technology initiatives of Choctaw
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