Opinion

Fix it before it breaks: Predictive maintenance

Khalid Al Breiki EDGE
Predictive maintenance is a proactive maintenance strategy that evaluates and predicts when a component might fail so that maintenance work can be scheduled at a time that minimises adverse impact. It differs from reactive or preventative maintenance in that the predictions are based on the exact condition of the equipment rather than average or expected life statistics. In addition, the maintenance teams no longer have to wait for the flight to land to capture data – predictive maintenance happens in real time, enabling workers to analyse data insights and algorithms while the aircraft is still airborne. This precision is proving
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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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BEST PRACTICE: What every drone business needs to know about GDPR

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The EU General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) came into force on 25 May 2018 with great fanfare, and rightly so. It is the most significant change to data protection legislation in Europe for over two decades and puts individuals back in the driving seat of how their data is used. However, there continues to be a lot of confusion within the business community on the steps that need to be taken to ensure compliance. Consequently, many businesses are suffering from ‘GDPR fatigue’ caused by overexposure to security and legal rules. Joe Collinwood at CySure addresses misunderstanding surrounding cookies and consent in
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OPINION: How high-tech monocles can solve the camera feed viewing dilemma for drone operators

As UK regulations tighten around drone safety, Andy Johnson, head of product and solutions management at business technology solutions provider Brother UK, explains how monocular head mounted display (HMD) technology is helping commercial drone pilots to comply with regulation, and to position drones while viewing camera feeds simultaneously. Regulatory bodies have fallen behind the UK’s rapidly expanding drone industry in recent years. But last month’s new drone laws coming into force was a sign that authorities are beginning to step up the pace – much to the delight of commercial drone pilots, with many in the industry rightly believing that
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