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DJI, the world’s largest drone manufacturer, has announced it will extend the warranty service period for products with an original warranty ending from March 14, 2020 to April 30, 2020. They will have the warranty extended to April 30, 2020, in response to customers’ inability to leave their homes during the COVID-19 outbreak. “We want to ensure our valued customers can obtain warranty service for their products during this difficult time,” a DJI statement noted, adding “some customers may not be able to quickly and safely send their products in for repair.” The coverage area of the warranty service will remain the same. Last week, the company announced a partnership with Rosenbauer International AG, a global leader in the manufacture of firefighting vehicles and equipment. “From today, the two companies will work together to bring the benefits of digital emergency response management to anyone involved in being called to tackle an emergency situation,” a DJI spokesperson said. A DJI media statement noted about data security: “Data safety is paramount and all information that is delivered to the Rosenbauer operation management system in real-time, and from DJI’s FlightHub, is stored on a server in the highly secure computer center of a well-known European telecommunication firm. The data traffic is secured and encrypted. During deployment, the data is also synced with all mobile end devices so that every operational team has the same information, and it is kept in a closed loop.” Jason is a longstanding contributor to DroneLife with an avid interest in all things tech. He focuses on anti-drone technologies and the public safety sector; police, fire, and search and rescue. Beginning his career as a journalist in 1996, Jason has since written and edited thousands of engaging news articles, blog posts, press releases and online content. Email JasonTWITTER:@JasonPReagan Subscribe to DroneLife here.
The aerospace market is evolving quickly and merging with other segments of tech, making it an exciting space for both startups and investors — but the complications of the global pandemic are being felt by both.
Bessemer Venture Partners investor Tess Hatch has been helping guide companies in their portfolio through these strange times, and has been rolling with the punches herself.
Hatch recently […]
In this most recent podcast, Ian Smith of Commercial Drones FM spends some time with Adam Bry of Skydio on the recent release of Skydio 2, the latest in their line of autonomous drones for commercial application. The show has an interesting twist: Ian is both interviewing Adam and also happens to be a client of Skydio with this inventory management enterprise named, Ware. Ian describes the podcast as follows , “Skydio CEO, Adam Bry, joins the podcast to discuss the company’s newest product, Skydio 2—the world’s smartest drone. Bry explains the big differences between R1 and Skydio 2, the underlying technology, and commercial applications from partners like Ware, who build on top of Skydio 2 to automate warehouse inventory tracking. In the second half of the episode, Host Ian Smith is joined by Guillaume Delépine, Skydio’s Public Safety Lead, to discuss the company’s focus on public safety and first response.” CEO DroneLife.com, DroneRacingLife.com, and CMO of Jobfordrones.com. Principle at Spalding Barker Strategies. Proud father of two. Enjoys karate, Sherlock Holmes, and interesting things. Subscribe to all things drone at DroneLife here. Make Sure that you WhiteList us in your email to make sure you get our Newsletter. [email protected]
In a recent press release, SimActive Inc., a world-leading developer of photogrammetry software, announces that their Correlator3D™ product is being used by Dutch company NEO B.V. to assess solar potential in multiple cities. Digital surface models (DSMs) are generated from WorldView and GeoEye satellite stereo images and serve to calculate solar panel capacity. DSMs covering hundreds of square kilometres are quickly generated by the software. Key metrics to estimate solar potential are then derived, including roof orientation, pitch and shaded areas. “We have been impressed by the quality of SimActive’s DSMs, especially considering the limited spatial resolution of the imagery”, said Rob Beck, Managing Director at NEO B.V. “Another definite advantage of Correlator3D is the simplicity of the workflow, making it easy to use by our team.” About NEO B.V. NEO is an innovative independent Dutch company established in 1996. The focus has always been on the automated production of image-based Calls-to-Action for customers, enabling better decisions and increasing efficiency. NEO operates in markets for information services in agriculture, environment, infrastructure management (pipelines, etc.) and the updating of map-based registrations. Most of our turnover is created in The Netherlands, but NEO works on 4 continents. See www.neo.nl. There is a scoop: NEO is the first company on the planet to assimilate multiple VHR-satellite coverages per year for an entire country (The Netherlands). The imagery is used to detect changes in all buildings, trees, roads, water courses and sometimes smaller objects as solar panels. From the detected spatial changes CtA’s are produced for hundreds of customers. See www.neo.nl/SIG4EO. About SimActive SimActive is the developer of Correlator3D™ software, a patented end-to-end photogrammetry solution for the generation of high-quality geospatial data from satellite and aerial imagery, including UAVs. Correlator3D™ performs aerial triangulation (AT) and produces dense digital surface models (DSM), digital terrain models (DTM), point clouds, orthomosaics, 3D models and vectorized 3D features. Powered by GPU technology and multi-core CPUs, Correlator3D™ ensures matchless processing speed to support rapid production of large datasets. SimActive has been selling Correlator3D™ to leading mapping firms and government organizations around the world, offering cutting-edge photogrammetry software backed by exceptional customer support. For more information, visit www.simactive.com. CEO DroneLife.com, DroneRacingLife.com, and CMO of Jobfordrones.com. Principle at Spalding Barker Strategies. Proud father of two. Enjoys karate, Sherlock Holmes, and interesting things. Subscribe to all things drone at DroneLife here. Make Sure that you WhiteList us in your email to make sure you get our Newsletter. [email protected]
As the entire world scrambles to react to the global health crisis caused by the spread of the new coronavirus and the COVID-19 illness, conversations about automation and the role of robotics in society have never been more relevant. With the number of those infected by the new coronavirus passing 1,000,000 and the number of deaths passing 50,000, two main concerns sit at the forefront of government decisions: 1) How do we slow down the spread of this highly infectious virus? And, 2) How do we keep economies afloat and deliver essential goods amid the first lockdown of this scale that the modern world has ever seen? Robotics in general, and especially commercial drones, have a major role to play in both of these endeavours.
file image British UTM provider Altitude Angel is taking flight with the Netherlands’ air traffic control authority after winning a contract to provide a unmanned traffic management system. LVNL awarded the three-year contract in December. Altitude Angel will provide a full UTM platform, clearing the way for commercial drone use. This week, the company announced the completion of the contract’s first stage to include deployment of the GoDrone mobile app and web platform. The company recently won a similar contract earlier this year in Norway. The app will provide users with comprehensive airspace data critical to safe drone operations. Data will include Notice to Airmen, ground hazards, terrain and current weather conditions displayed on an interactive map with detailed area reports. The mobile app and web platform rely on Altitude Angel’s GuardianUTM O/S as the foundation technology. The platform includes multi-language support (English and Dutch), Netherlands-specific information via local datasets, such as from Waterways and “Natura 2000” parks, as well as a custom set of map layers, indicating ground elevation. The next phase will create a pre-approval for drone flights in controlled airspace as part of the procedural and collaborative interface with ATC through U-space. “I’m excited about this milestone,” said Michiel van Dorst, CEO of LVNL. “The launch of the GoDrone mobile and web apps is the first step in enabling LVNL to build the Netherlands the infrastructure it needs to open Dutch airspace for special flight operations, to commercial drone use and ultimately BVLOS flight.” Van Dorst added: “With Altitude Angel we have built a qualitative app in short time. We are looking forward to our cooperation for the coming phases, to further develop the GoDrone web and mobile app to create value for the drone industry in the Netherlands.” Richard Parker, Altitude Angel, CEO and founder said: “We’re pleased to have delivered GoDrone for LVNL and in just a few months from signature. It’s testament to the great work from both the teams at LVNL and Altitude Angel. GoDrone will be a solid, reliable foundation stone on which LVNL and the Netherlands’ can build to enable and expand the emerging UAM and drone industries. Jason is a longstanding contributor to DroneLife with an avid interest in all things tech. He focuses on anti-drone technologies and the public safety sector; police, fire, and search and rescue. Beginning his career as a journalist in 1996, Jason has since written and edited thousands of engaging news articles, blog posts, press releases and online content. Email JasonTWITTER:@JasonPReagan Subscribe to DroneLife here.