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Drone Industry News

24/10/2019
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Drones For Solar Panel Inspections

Drones are a powerful tool for solar panel inspections, collecting data more than 50x faster than manual methods. Solar panel installations have grown massively – up by 81% in 2019, compared to 2018. More installations mean more inspections. Harnessing the DJI ecosystem, the M200 Series drones are a great solution as they can carry top-class thermal and RGB payloads. “Drones increase data quantity and quality and reduce costs and hazardous man-hours,” says DJI. Drones have become a vital tool for solar panel inspections, collecting data more than 50x faster than... Read More

23/10/2019
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Controversial UK Drone Registration Fee Reduced

Proposed annual UK Drone Registration Fee cut from £16.50 to £9 Exemptions for some drone users means they won’t have to sit online competency test Drone and Model Aircraft Registration and Education Service opens on November 5 New UK laws apply to anyone responsible for a drone or unmanned aircraft (including model aircraft) weighing between 250g and 20kg that are used outdoors A controversial plan to charge UK drone users £16.50 a year has been reduced, following pressure from the industry. In April, the Civil Aviation Authority (CAA) released a... Read More

15/10/2019
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MicaSense Launches New Drone Camera For Precision Agriculture

Heliguy’s strategic partner MicaSense has released the RedEdge-MX Dual Camera Imaging System – a synchronised 10 band solution for advanced remote sensing and agricultural research. Featuring the new RedEdge-MX Blue, this solution captures the standard bands of MicaSense’s existing RedEdge-MX sensor, plus a new group of filters to enable more analysis like shallow water environments monitoring or detailed analysis on chlorophyll efficiency. Compatible with DJI drones and industry-standard software platforms, such as Pix4D and Agisoft, this 10 band solution ensures that flying with two cameras is just as easy as... Read More

14/10/2019
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Drone Hire: Commercial Clients Say Why You Should Rent From Heliguy

Two innovative companies who are using drones to maximise their workflows say they are benefiting from Heliguy’s rental service. Texo Group Limited and the NPS Group are among the Heliguy enterprise clients – which includes global infrastructure group Balfour Beatty – who choose to hire drones from us, instead of purchasing them outright. For them, there are many advantages. These include: Accessing the latest equipment without a huge upfront bill; Stopping the problem of being left with old or redundant kit; Providing flexibility to easily deal with periods of scaling... Read More

11/10/2019
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MPs Urge Government To Properly Evaluate Economic Benefits Of Drones

MPs have urged the Government to improve public perception and awareness of drones and to properly evaluate the potential economic benefits and opportunities that they bring. The House of Commons Science and Technology Committee has recently published an in-depth document, entitled Commercial and Recreational Drone Use in the UK, which examines the rise in popularity of unmanned aircraft – by hobbyists and in the world of enterprise alike. The report calls for a white paper by summer 2020, that sets out plans to integrate drones into society, mitigating the risks... Read More

08/10/2019
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999: Britain From Above – ITV Show Spreads Drones For Good Message

ITV show 999: Britain From Above shined the spotlight on the crucial role that drones are playing in public safety, from helping to find missing people to providing vital surveillance at a derby football match. The prime-time programme was aired last night at 8pm and featured specific ‘drones for good’ case studies from numerous police forces, including Derbyshire and Norfolk who have both been supplied equipment by DJI Gold Partner and drone specialist, Heliguy. The episode showed how unmanned aircraft – including DJI’s range of drones and payloads – are... Read More

07/10/2019
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Drones Have Saved The Lives Of 279 People

Drones have saved the lives of at least 279 people – DJI announced at AirWorks 2019. The amazing statistic shows just how important drones have become for public safety and search and rescue operations. And this figure is almost certainly an under-estimate, as these 279 cases are the ones which have been documented, with many incidents sure to have been unreported or missed by popular media. 279 lives saved by drones is an amazing statistic. It shows the potential of this technology. Romeo Durscher, DJI’s Director of Public safety Integration... Read More

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DJI X-Port – Opening The Door To Fast Payload-to-Drone Integration

DJI has unveiled the X-Port gimbal – a ground-breaking fast-track payload-to-drone integration solution which will cut development time in half and help bring new and creative sensors and cameras to the enterprise industry. This universal gimbal can be quickly integrated with custom third-party data sensors, such as multispectral cameras and LiDAR sensors. I am very excited by what opportunities this presents to the eco-system. Jan Gasparic, DJI Gimbals are inherently difficult to create, design, and test, so through the X-Port DJI is providing the tools to allow drone hardware producers... Read More

02/10/2019
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Drone Manufacturer DJI Brands US Data Security Fears ‘Misleading And False’

Global drone giant DJI has reiterated its commitment to addressing privacy and security concerns which have emerged in the USA, before stressing: ‘Your data is not our business’. Over the last few months, DJI has faced harsh accusations over its data security practices, while the so-called American Security Drone Act of 2019 aims to stop federal agencies and departments from buying off-the-shelf drones from China or any other country that are deemed a national security risk. DJI has constantly rebuked allegations that its drones are being used to collect and... Read More

02/10/2019
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EXCLUSIVE INTERVIEW: Drones In Public Safety With DJI’s Romeo Durscher

Drones are saving lives, transforming the work of fire and police crews, and adoption rates are ‘skyrocketing’ – these were some of the key industry insights from Romeo Durscher, DJI’s Director of Public Safety Integration, during an exclusive interview with Heliguy at AirWorks 2019. Speaking to Heliguy’s content writer James Willoughby, Mr Durscher also set out his vision for the future of drones in public safety, addressed the challenges which face the industry, shared his tips for starting an enterprise drone programme and described Heliguy’s launch into America as ‘very,... Read More