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Drone Tech Conference opens its doors in London

The Drone Tech Conference in London has opened its doors to some of the big names in the industry this morning. Held at The Oval Space, organisers say they want the conference to provide an opportunity to identify how to build on the positives of the industry while examining potential threats. Speakers and guests include policymakers, innovators, corporates and representatives from drone tech groups and UAV professional organisations. A delivery drones panel with the BBC's buinesss and tech reporter Marie-Ann Russon kicks off the days proceedings. She will be joined by Duncan Walker, MD at Skyports and Andy Sage, head
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Altitude Angel launches UTM conflict resolution service in ‘world first’

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Altitude Angel has announced it is to launch the world’s first UTM ‘conflict resolution service’ as an API. The company says that in doing so, it has taken a huge step towards allowing automated drone flights to become a day-to-day reality. Using the service, Altitude Angel detailed that it gives the pilot or operator the ability to securely check for conflicts in their drone flights quickly and easily, using the firm’s tried-and-trusted safety technology. Available via Altitude Angel’s developer platform and powered by its GuardianUTM operating system services, the Conflict Resolution Service (CRS) addresses some of the key risks which
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ARPAS expresses disappointment in BBC response to drone program criticism

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ARPAS-UK has expressed its disappointment in the BBC on the broadcaster’s reaction to criticism it received on the drone program ‘Horizon: Britain’s Next Air Disaster? Drones.' The UK’s trade organisation specified how it was dissatisfied that the BBC had not responded to the issues raised and sent a generic letter to all of the complaints they received. The ARPAS statement stated that the BBC response “defends their Horizon program without admitting any fault, or offering an apology to our members. They have continued to cherry pick information in their response and have again painted a very one-sided view of the
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Loughborough University drone expert develops tech for climate change tracking

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A Loughborough University academic is developing drone technology to measure the size of small, underwater sediments in a bid to understand how rivers are responding to environmental drivers such as climate change. Physical geographer Dr Amy Woodget of the School of Social Sciences, is hoping her research using drone imagery and machine learning will allow sediments as small as 0.5cm to be measured accurately, providing valuable scientific data that will reveal how rivers are behaving. By studying patterns of sediment size, experts can understand changes that are occurring in rivers as a result of environmental factors. Dr Woodget says drones
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Kellogg’s farmers trial DroneAg’s scouting platform

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Kellogg’s is trialling DroneAg’s scouting platform as part of its Origins project, a community of grain farmers across Europe put together for sustainable and natural farming practices. The cereal giant says it wants the partnership with DroneAg to further push boundaries and assess if greater efficiency can be brought into crop analysis and inputs at the farm level using drone technology. As part of the efforts in the UK, a drone is being shared with a small group of Origins farmers in the Northampton area and DroneAg’s new software, Skippy Scout, will be put to the test in its final
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