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Bees to inspire the new age of delivery drones

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British scientists are hoping research into the way bees adapt to their surrounding can help with the new age of delivery drones. According to a report from the Financial Times, in a presentation to the American Association for the Advancement of Science conference in Seattle on Sunday, Professor James Marshall of Sheffield University demonstrated how he and his team are reverse engineering bee brains to create the drone prototype. He explained: “Bees are really consummate visual navigators. They can navigate a complex 3D environment with minimal learning very robustly, using only a million neurons in a cubic millimetre of brain.
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COMMENT: Precision Hawk VP on the DOI’s “wrong approach to addressing drone security challenges”

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Discussing the latest from how the United States has dealt with drones and data security, Diana Cooper comments on how the approach the DOI has taken is “wrong.” Here’s what the senior vice president of policy & strategy at PrecisionHawk had to say: Policies to counter China’s economic rise have emerged as one of the few areas of bipartisan agreement in Washington, and the latest target is the emerging civilian drone industry. But in the rush to protect U.S. economic and security interests, the unintended consequence will freeze progress in one of the most promising new technologies in America: small
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COPTRZ set for second ‘Live Drone Demo Day’ in Rugby

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COPTRZ will be hosting its second ‘Live Drone Demo Day’ event to showcase its range of commercial drones, cameras and software. Taking place at the Dunchurch Park Hotel, Rugby on March 5, the event will bring together the market’s leading drones and payloads specifically designed for public safety, geospatial and industrial inspections. It will include interactive demonstrations of rapid response drone the Parrot Anafi Thermal, surveying drone - Wingtra PPK fixed-wing VTOL and game changing inspection drone – the Elios 2. COPTRZ says the Live Drone Demo Day will be the only place to see the Flyability Elios 2 free
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Public sector buying organisation launches first drone framework

YPO launches Drone and Associated Products and Services framework for public sector
A public sector drone frame work has been launched by YPO, one of the UK’s largest public sector buying and procurement organisations. Titled as the new Drones and Associated Products and Services framework, it has been designed for the emergency service and the wider public sector. Giving background on the plans, YPO detailed how it was approached by the Home Office in 2019 to discuss a gap in public procurement. The emergency services, particularly the police and the fire and rescue service were unable to purchase drones and other services via a compliant route to market. The importance of developing
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Yuneec unveils new zoom camera for H520 Hexacopter

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Yuneec has launched the E30Z Zoom Camera for its H520 Hexacopter. The 30x zoom drone camera aims to make it easy to zoom in on distant objects to gain valuable details. The compact camera housing contains a 1/2.8" CMOS sensor, which provides high-quality and stabilized recordings even in low light conditions. Its camera also offers a 6x digital zoom for flexible application options such as inspection, search and rescue operations, monitoring and people search. E30Z comes equipped with a 30x optical zoom, which can be further enhanced by 6x digital zoom. The maximum zoom speed from wide-angle to tele is
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Flock on board as exclusive risk partner for African Drone Forum 2020

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Flock has secured its place as the exclusive risk partner of the 2020 African Drone Forum. Launching this week, Flock joins the World Bank, UK Aid, the World Economic Forum and the Government of Rwanda in being involved with the event. The UK insurtech firm is providing the insurance needed to conduct beyond visible line of sight (BVLOS) flight competitions on Lake Kivu, Rwanda. Flock confirmed that all flights during African Drone Forum 2020 will be fully insured through one of Flock’s Enterprise policies. Jonty Slater, competitions manager at African Drone Forum 2020, said: “We’re delighted to have Flock on
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