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Earlier this week, Skydio announced a major inclusion to its data security compliance in the form of a SOC 2 (System and Organization Controls) Type II report, an internal audit that provides insight into the way a company stores and handles customer data based upon a set of standards and restrictions put in place by the American Institute of Certified Public Accountants (AICPA).
Gremsy has introduced the T3V3, a 2-axis gimbal solution for the enterprise, offering a smaller, lightweight solution with longer flight times. Weighing just 750 grams (about 26 ounces) with a payload capacity of 1700 grams (about 3.75 pounds) the T3V3 offers the image quality needed for industrial applications, with the longer flight times that a smaller form factor enables.
Oklahoma State University’s Oklahoma Aerospace Institute for Research and Education (OAIRE) has launched a Counter-UAS Center of Excellence (CUAS COE), as well as a new partnership agreement seeking to fortify national defense through the development of counter-measures to disable malicious Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS). The partnership was announced during a launch event celebrating the CUAS COE on Friday at the Hamm Institute for American Energy at OSU in the Oklahoma City Innovation District.
The National Public Safety Drone Donation Program (NPS-DDP) has teamed up with Autel Robotics, Foxfury Lighting Solutions, SkyeBrowse and Pilot Institute for the donation of a drone to the Seaside Park Police Department in New Jersey. The donation comes complete with a lighting kit, FAA pilot class & 3D modeling reality software.
Join Dawn and special guest Gabriel Bendheim, Pre-Sales Team Leader at D-Fend Solutionsas they discuss the counter-drone tales from the trenches to help inform and protect the various environments including military, infrastructure, urban and other sensitive sites.
Drone and camera technology leader DJIhas opened its new company headquarters in Shenzhen, China. This new building, dubbed DJI Sky City, features architectural structures not yet seen in large-scale high-rise buildings. Designed by leading architectural team Foster + Partners, the two 44 and 40 story towers are 200 meters high, with a 90 meter long suspension skybridge linking them at 105 meters. This new building brings the company’s employees together in one location, after previously being based in offices scattered across Shenzhen.
The Association for Uncrewed Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), leading trade association for uncrewed vehicle systems, announced the AUVSI Trusted Cyber Program – a collaboration with the Defense Innovation Unit (DIU) to establish a cybersecurity certification for commercial drones. The resulting shared standard, which AUVSI describes as “like the one used to develop the DIU’s Blue UAS ‘Cleared List’” will hopefully allow faster processing so that more qualifying commercial drone platforms can be added to the list.
Today, drone and camera technology leader DJI unveiled its new DJI Mavic 3 Enterprise Series. The series’ two new portable commercial drones, the DJI Mavic 3E and DJI Mavic 3T, are based on DJI’s flagship Mavic 3 series and are designed to fulfill a wide range of use cases. The highly compact drones can be carried in one hand and rapidly deployed, and boast a flight time of 45 minutes.
Japanese flying car and cargo drone developer SkyDrive Inc. announced its acquisition of 9.6 billion yen in its Series C funding round, bringing the company’s total to roughly 14.7 billion yen.
Today, Charleys Philly Steaks announced a partnership with ultrafast drone delivery leader Flytrex. The partnership will see the delivery of freshly grilled cheesesteaks by drone in Durham, North Carolina, with orders placed using the Flytrex app and delivered directly to residents’ yards with an average flight time of only three minutes.
As Hurricane Ian bears down on Florida, DRONELIFE got an inside look at Verizon Frontline’s newest tool to support public safety and first responders. Verizon’s THOR – Tactical Humanitarian Operations Response – is a superhero with a drone for disaster response, one of Verizon Frontline’s hundreds of deployable assets that stand ready to assist first responders and public safety teams.
Today, drone manufacturer Wingcopter and the Frankfurt University of Applied Sciences(Frankfurt UAS) received funding certificates for their joint project in Berlin. Known as “DroLEx – Drohnen-Lastenrad-Express-Belieferung“ (“Drone Cargo Bike Express Delivery”), the project will conduct tests to evaluate the potential of on-demand transport of consumer goods in improving local supply in rural communities. The first project of its kind in Germany, DroLEx is funded with nearly 500,000 euros by the German Federal Ministry of Digital and Transport as part of the “Innovative Air Mobility” funding program.
Twice this week, football games in the U.S. were abruptly halted while stadium security teams attempted to deal with rogue drones over the field. In a crowded stadium, “just shooting them down” is not only illegal and unlikely to be effectively, it’s also extremely dangerous. DRONELIFE gets the inside view on new cUAS technology that could help protect sporting events from unwanted drone incursions. September 25, a University of Washington Huskies game was interrupted late in the fourth quarter when Stanford coach David Shaw alerted security of an unauthorized drone flying over the field. One day later, on September 26, a Seattle Seahawks game against the Atlanta Falcons was halted in the fourth quarter as NFL security cleared all players off the field when an unauthorized drone was spotted “over or near” the stadium.
Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a professional drone services marketplace, and a fascinated observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has penned over 3,000 articles focused on the commercial drone space and is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry. Miriam has a degree from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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