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New app aims to automate drones for good

Researchers at Cranfield University have developed a smartphone app which can connect with off-the-shelf drones and send them to autonomously inspect multiple locations using coordinates received by SMS text message. Controlling drones in this way could be useful for a variety of applications in the future including the collection of crop health data in specific…

ARPAS-UK talks to DJI about data security

On June 11th 2019, the Science and Technology Committee were joined by the Defence Committee to continue their Inquiry into Commercial and Recreational Drone Use in the UK. DJI presented oral evidence, along with other key stakeholders in the drone industry, including ARPAS-UK. DJI’s representative, Brendan Schulman, Vice President for Policy & Legal Affairs, was…

Surrey Search & Rescue talk to Jason Bradbury about using drones

Dangerous Jobs: can tech make them safer?   Earlier in the year, ARPAS-UK was approached to help find people and companies to feature in the following podcast. We’re delighted that ARPAS-UK member, Surrey Search & Rescue were successful.   Listen to James Russell talk to Jason Bradbury and Stuart Witts about using drones in dangerous…

Running a Drone Programme for UK Police Operations

Interview with Tom Shainberg, Senior Drone Pilot of Devon & Cornwall Police According to an independent study from HMICFRS (Her Majesty’s Inspectorate of Constabulary and Fire & Rescue Services)1 conducted in March 2017, over 65% of UK ‘police forces ‘had either purchased at least one drone or had ready access to one,’. However, with the ever increasing…

DJI Challenges Accuracy & Balance of BBC Drone Report

As the world’s leader in civilian drones and aerial imaging technology, we feel it is our duty – on behalf of the millions of responsible drone users around the globe – to express our deep disappointment at the BBC’s negative portrayal of drone technology and one-sided reporting based on hearsay. This now seems to be…

A Week in the Life of… Simon Stickland: Dragons Eye Filming

Wednesday – Trying to beat the weather in a remote Scottish hill to inspect wind turbines with a unique 13.5kg Alta 6 special rig (I also fly this offshore with appropriate GWO qualifications). Launching in ATTI from the sheep poo laden gravel track the rocket powered elephant takes off with a roar, I fly the…

Drone Management Platform integrates business and technical tools for the first time to halve operating costs

 ARPAS-UK Member, Dronecloud, the drone management software company, today announced the launch of its Drone Management, cloud-based software platform. The platform can halve project overheads by simplifying end-to-end workflow. It integrates all drone operations, from client communications to flight planning and it automatically creates a regulation-compliant audit trail through partnerships with global leaders in drone and…

Flock launches first ‘real-time’ insurance and risk management product for drone fleets

‘Flock Enterprise’ will help drone fleet operators take proactive steps to reduce drone flight risk, and reward them with cheaper insurance premiums.  London, 18 June, 2019 – ARPAS-UK Member, Flock, the London-based insurtech startup, unveiled today ‘Flock Enterprise’, a first-of-its-kind insurance and risk management solution for drone fleets. The product leverages real-time data to provide highly…

Drone Evolution wins Sir Michael Moritz Start-Up of the Year Award

Caerphilly-based start-up Drone Evolution have been announced as the 2019 winners of the Sir Michael Moritz Start-Up Award at the Welsh Technology awards organised by ESTnet.  Drone Evolution are also an ARPAS-UK member. The Sir Michael Moritz Tech Start-up Award (sponsored this year by GoCompare) recognises those who have achieved success in a short space of…

Building Trust in Drones

Drone technology presents an unprecedented opportunity for businesses and society. From reducing traffic on our roads, to speeding up the delivery of aid and urgent medical supplies, there is much drones can do. They are already proving an excellent tool for businesses, who are using drones to better manage and maintain their assets and reduce…