Europe

Parrot launches enterprise drone loan program

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Parrot has launched three new initiatives, one of which includes an enterprise drone loan program. The manufacturer created the initiative to give enterprises the chance of testing its Anafi platform within a working environment. Selected partners will receive a complete set of hardware and software to help them find out if the Anafi product is right for them and if it can be integrated into the business. The package will include the drone, controller, batteries as well as the piloting app, SDK documentation and third party apps and services. As part of its new initiatives, Parrot has also introduced the
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Spanish traffic authority deploys drones to catch dangerous drivers

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The traffic authority in Spain has started to use drones as a means of catching drivers breaking the law. It will focus on roads with a high accident rate and on those used by many pedestrians and cyclists. According to an article in the Spanish newspaper El Pais, the aircraft will also be used to monitor and provide support in operations and special events, assist the work of the DGT helicopters, and help in emergency situations that require immediate action. The DGT currently has 11 small drones, three of which have already been certified by the Spanish Metrology Center. The
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Police teams in Belgium use drones to crack down on human trafficking

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Policing units on the Belgian coast have deployed three drones to help support work within the area. According to a police spokesperson, the primary role of the drone will be to track irregular arrivals and look out for human trafficking. Belgian news source, RTBF, detailed how the drones will be employed by the Westkust police zone. The team will then use the UAVs to fly over the twelve-kilometre strip between the resort towns of Nieuwpoort and De Panne. The force also said that it will employ the drones to find children lost at the beach, support searches for missing people
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SAFIR demo project to help set rules for drone deliveries across Europe

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C-Astral, a SESAR Joint Undertaking demonstrator project lead by Terra Drone-affiliated Unifly, has confirmed its successful participation in the first practical SAFIR flight and integration tests. Held at DronePort, Sint-Truiden, Belgium, SAFIR is a large-scale demonstration project aiming to showcase the economic viability of drone use in industrial environments. As a member of SAFIR, C-Astral was tasked to take off and perform high-tension line mapping. During the process, the company was also made to perform deconflicting by rerouting the drone flight and alternatively choosing a safe place to hover until the geofencing area disappeared. During these operations, the radio communications
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