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Automate and Scale Drone Operations using Cloud (4G/LTE)

FlytCloud is an enterprise-grade cloud platform to automate and scale your commercial drone operations - Enabling you to remotely deploy, a fleet of intelligent drones.

FlytCloud provides real-time access to control, telemetry and video/payload data from your drone fleet, over a secure and reliable interface.

AI-engine and integrations with various 3rd party services, allow further extension of its capabilities.

Visit https://flytbase.com/flytcloud/ to learn more.

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Integrate PPK for your commercial UAV with ComNav K706 GNSS OEM Board

Integrate PPK(post-processing kinematic) solution for your commerical UAV with our K706 GNSS OEM Board and AT190 Helix Antenna to go for professional survey and mapping.

K706 GNSS OEM board support GPS L1/L2, GLONASS L1/L2, Beidou B1/B2, Galileo E1/E5b with 8GB onboard memory ability, will provide the most easist integration and the most robust post-processing kinematic positioning for your drone.

http://www.comnavtech.com/products-detail.asp?id=38

AT190 Helix antenna support robust signal receiving performance with very small dimension and very light weight. It is ideal choice for the small drones.

http://www.comnavtech.com/products-detail.asp?id=35

The clients could use K706 board's Rinex or Binex raw observation data format for the open source post-processing software like RTKLIB and also others common software. We could also provide our own Compass Solution Post-processing software.

If any interests, pls drop email to gnss.oem@comnavtech.com

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The What, Why, and How of Protecting Your Drones

Drone protection is essential for those who do not want their investment in this expensive technology to go to waste. Therefore, there are a few critical areas in which drone owners can make sure their drones will last as long as the owner expects and be an enjoyable experience.

Safely transporting the drone by choosing the right equipment to prevent drone damage and purchasing a case and drone supplies are both critical for ensuring the proper protection of a drone.

Safe Battery Use

To prepare a drone for safe transportation, especially on an aircraft, the battery level should be about 35-50 percent due to the increased fire risk and their susceptibility to damage. The terminals of the batteries should also be protected from short circuit by using adhesive strips or films.

Since lithium batteries are at risk of spontaneous combustion, packing the batteries in a LiPo safe bag means it will be fireproof during transportation, and there will also be not as many problems while at the security checkpoint. Additionally, it is essential to make sure the lithium batteries can be put in a carry-on bag, and since these batteries are quite large, using a carry-on bag that is large enough to fit backup batteries.

Using a Carrying Case

A quality carrying case is essential for drone protection. A hard-shell case will not only protect the drone from damage, but it will also make it easier to carry around with no worry. Many people who choose to use a garment bag that is carried over the shoulder put their drones at risk since there is no hard protection.

A hard-shell case also provides the drone owner with slots that fit the drone perfectly into a secure place in which it cannot move. Drone users will find that an investment in a hard-shell carrying case is worth the investment as it will provide extra drone protection.

Overall, using a drone comes with the responsibilities of ensuring that it will be protected while the owner wishes to transport it. Investing in equipment, such as a fireproof battery case and a hard-shell carrying case will eliminate much of the risks associated with potential damage to the drone and its batteries. It is also a matter of convenience for the user to transport the drone and equipment in cases that are specially designed for it. For anyone wanting to use their drone in travel photography, taking the proper precautions is a must.

For more tips on traveling with drones or more learning tips and usage, check out our blog!

References:

Improve Photography

SKB Store by Allcases

The World Is a Playground

Premium Beat

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New Report Benchmarks Drone Industry and Refutes Hyperbole

We just released the results of our third annual drone industry benchmark survey and it’s a kicker.

The 2018 Drone Market Sector Report examines worldwide drone sales, service providers, business and public agency users, and software services. This independent research, which is sponsored by DJI, DroneDeploy, DroneInsurance.com, and Trimble, finds a growing demand for businesses to use drone-acquired data in their day-to-day operations as well as other fresh insights on major drone industry segments.

Research

Our online market survey garnered over 2,500 respondents representing over 60 industries worldwide. Our analysis yields 10 key insights that summarize the current state of the industry, plus detailed analysis of drone adoption by businesses and enterprises.

Report

The 107-page report presents the results and analyses from each survey question. It’s organized to match our survey, with four sections that correspond to the four major segments of the drone industry:

  1. Drone aircraft and payloads purchased
  2. Service providers that offer drone-based imaging or sensing services for outside hire or sale
  3. Businesses and public agencies with drone programs
  4. Software apps or online services for drone operations and imaging

The report features more than 60 helpful figures and tables and offering insight and analysis on:

  • Who’s buying what types of drones from which makers at what prices and for what uses.
  • How large the drone-based service providers are, and how they position themselves to their target industries.
  • Who the business users of drone-based projects are, and which industries have traction.
  • How much service providers, business users, and public agencies are using flight management, mission planning, and image processing software for drone-based projects.

Findings

Among the more interesting findings are that commercial drone fleet sizes are smaller than most people think. If you believe the hyperbole, there are hundreds of thousands of drones in the airspace at the same time, but the survey finds that the average commercial user has just two drones that are only flying two projects a month and most of those flights consume less than flight three hours.

There are many other insights in the report, but these three are especially worth highlighting:

  • Professional use of drones is growing. We find that almost three-quarters of all drones weighing over 250 grams are purchased for professional purposes—either governmental or business. This is up from last year.
  • DJI continues to dominate the market and has made gains this year in every category from drone aircraft at all price ranges, to add-on payloads, to software. Survey data shows DJI is still the dominant brand for drone aircraft purchases, with a 74% global market share in sales across all price points.
  • Most businesses and public agencies are new to drones, have small programs, and perform their own services. The survey finds that nearly three-quarters of businesses or public agencies have only had a drone program in place for two or fewer years.

How to get it

You can download a complete prospectus or purchase the report here: http://droneanalyst.com/research/research-studies/2018-drone-market-sector-report-purchase

 

Image credit: Skylogic Research

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OpenMV, my favorite computer vision module, now even faster and better

Long ago, it was hard to do computer vision -- like PhD hard. Then, about ten years ago, it started to get easier with the OpenCV libraries, which did most of the hard work for you. But even that needed you to program and build a toolchain and it really only ran well on beefy PCs. But about two years ago, a series of small, cheap computer vision modules came out with camera and processor combined, making it possible to do advanced computer vision at the same cost and format of an Arduino. 

That include Jevois and PixyCam, but my favorite of them is OpenMV, which combines built-in MicroPython (super easy to program) with a powerful and easy to use IDE and a number of plug-in boards that allowe it to control everything from motors and servos to screens and WiFi, with no additional computer needed. As an example of how easy it is to use, over at our sister site, DIY Robocars, we show how to put together a full computer vision racing car using OpenMV for less than $100.

Now OpenMV is getting even better, with a new processor with twice the speed and memory, along with interchangeable camera modules that allow you to use a global shutter sensor (best for moving robots like drones and cars) and thermal vision, with the FLIR Lepton module. And now it's cheaper, too, starting at $49!

It's popular with the DIY Drones community too, and you can see examples of it being used for indoor positioning and object tracking here and here.

You can back it on Kickstarter here. Unlike many other Kickstarter projects, which are new products from new teams, this is a mature product from a team that has made and shipped thousands of the previous version and the Kickstarter is just to allow them to purchase components at volume to keep the price down. I've been using an early production version of the OpenMV H7 for a few months already, and I can confirm that it works great. 

Highly recommended.

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