Source: News Journal
By: Mark Caudill
MANSFIELD – Two area police officers hope their new business will save lives with a little help from above.
Ryan Anschutz and John Bartolucci recently formed HYSight Technologies to provide unmanned aerial vehicles — better known as drones — for law enforcement, fire and public safety agencies.
“These are going to save a bunch of lives all around the country,” – Anschutz said.
Bartolucci offered examples:
“This can reduce the time it takes to find an autistic child or an elderly person with dementia.”
The drones also have thermal imaging, which could help firefighters locate victims more quickly.
The partners at HYSight Technologies say drones also can help with foot chases and marijuana eradication, among other services.
Anschutz said the advanced technology involved with drones makes them easy to learn to operate.
“They (users) will be able to set these up in minutes, if not seconds,” – Bartolucci added.
Anschutz and Bartolucci emphasize they are offering the drones strictly for humanitarian purposes. They say they are not interested in invading anyone’s privacy.
“One of the hurdles we have is public perception,” – Anschutz said.
“They (some people) see the eye in the sky as negative.”
Ryan Anschutz and John Bartolucci fly one of their drones Friday during a demonstration for their new company HYSight Technologies in Marshall Park.
HYSight acquires and equips purpose-built drones, provides flight training, guides agencies through Federal Administration Agency authorization and offers ongoing support.
Anschutz and Bartolucci put on a demonstration recently at Ontario’s Marshall Park. A light rain fell midway through the demonstration, but didn’t bring it to an end.
“These will fly when a helicopter won’t,” – Bartolucci said.
With a combined 30 years of public safety experience, Anschutz and Bartolucci have life-saving know-how. They’re both trained pilots.
Anschutz also is certified for incident command systems and has experience as a police operations instructor and certified firefighter. Bartolucci also owns and operates Ad Hoc, a longtime computer repair and consulting business.
A drone during a demonstration by HYSight Technologies Friday in Marshall Park.
“It started as a hobby,” – Anschutz said.
“A buddy of mine had a more advanced drone. We (Bartolucci and I) kind of got together, and an idea sparked.
“These are affordable pieces of equipment that are going to save lives.”
Packages start at $2,500. Photo galleries, video demonstrations and more are available at HYSightTech.com. For more information, call 419-528-5963 or email info@HYSightTech.com.
Ryan Anschutz demonstrates how the camera can pick up heat signatures during the demo of their new drone company Friday at Marshall Park in Ontario.
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Source: Light Reading
By: Dan Jones
Commercial drone startups are flying high in 2015.
High-profile startups such as 3D Robotics have, between them, already raised a significant $50 million in funding this year. Major companies such as General Electric Co. (NYSE: GE) and Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM) are investing to help fund the take-off of commercial unmanned vehicles (UAVs). Venture capital firms have already started to get on the drone bandwagon in 2014.
CBI Insights says that venture funding reached $108 million in 29 deals in 2014, more than double the previous year.
“Year-over-year funding increased 104% as venture firms including Lightspeed Venture Partners, GGV Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, among others, jumped into the drone space with sizeable bets,” – the analyst firm notes on its blog.
Drones in the Field
Drones are already being used in the farming sector — just ask this cow!
Not all of these bets will pay off, of course. There are still wide differences in how commercial drones are regulated around the world. Issues such as how to set up traffic control systems for this new class of aircraft are yet to be fully resolved and are particularly crucial in the US, which has a number of privately owned aircraft flying in its airspace that are not equipped with the type of sophisticated location equipment used by military aircraft or commercial jet-liners. (See FAA Lays Out First Proposal for Small Drones .)
Standards around developing and programming drones are also an issue. (See Qualcomm, Intel Back Drones Code Project.)
Drones, however, are already starting to claim their place as the aerial wing of the Internet of Things (IoT): Initial applications include capturing footage for movies, TV, and documentaries, and data collection for agricultural and construction projects.
Early communications-specific applications will include using drones to provide ad-hoc, temporary wireless coverage for first responders. This could expand into more ambitious networking projects in the coming years, with Facebook and Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) pushing ambitious plans for high-altitude communications drones. (See Forget the Internet, Brace for Skynet.)
As this market develops, which startups are making their mark? We picked out ten to watch:1. 3D Robotics
San Diego, Calif.-based 3D Robotics is the best financed startup in the commercial drone space at the moment. It has pulled in $85 million in three rounds of venture funding so far.
Qualcomm Inc. (Nasdaq: QCOM)’s venture arm led the latest $50 million round, which was announced in February. The chipmaker is partnering with 3D Robotics to give its Snapdragon chip platform wings as the smartphone silicon moves into the world of unmanned airborne vehicles (UAVs).
Founded in 2009, 3D Robotics is a leader in the hobbyist drone market but is using its funding to expand into the commercial arena. The firm has also developed a line of open-source software for command, management and tracking of various types of drones.2. Airware
San Francisco-based Airware has attracted a lot of interest from VC companies and other investors because it has developed a software and hardware platform that companies can use to develop their own commercial drones.
Airwave’s work has also caught the attention of NASA. The US space agency partnered with the company in September 2014 to develop an air traffic management system for unmanned aircraft that will deal with both high- and low-altitude operations.
Founded in 2011, Airwave has so far raised over $40 million in funding from multiple investors, the latest being an undisclosed strategic investment from GE Ventures. Other investors include Andreessen Horowitz, First Round Capital and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers.3. Skycatch
San Francisco-based Skycatch is focused on developing both high- and low-altitude data capture systems and providing the software to analyse that data.
One initial application for that capability is providing 2D and 3D image data of construction sites from the air, using remote drones. Komatsu, one of the world’s largest makers of heavy machinery for construction and mining, plans to integrate Skycatch’s autonomous aerial data capture system into its construction business.
The startup has pulled in nearly $20 million in funding. The latest $13.2 million equity round came in May 2014.4. PrecisionHawk
Raleigh, N.C.-based PrecisionHawk has aerial mapping and tracking software for drones and is pushing its LATAS (Low Altitude Tracking and Avoidance System) as a mechanism to safely deploy commercial drones in US air space. This March, the company revealed that it will also be working with NASA on its drone air traffic control system.
The company claims that “50 customers across a wide variety of industries from agriculture, energy, forestry, and government” are adopting its platform. It has accrued $11 million in funding from Millennium Technology Value Partners, Intel Capital and others.5. Sunlight Photonics
Edison, N.J.-based Sunlight Photonics can lay claim to the first commercially available drone that runs entirely on solar power. The company, which was founded in 2008, unveiled the Sunlink-5 last May.
It has reportedly raised $2 million in debt funding so far.6. Kespry
Menlo Park, Calif.-based Kespry is another startup, like SkyCatch, that has developed a drone system for aerial data collection. Kespry says that its system is aimed at the construction industry.
These industrial and agricultural applications are likely to be among the first commercial drone applications that gain traction in the US. The FAA has issued Section 333 exemptions for commerical drone use to film-makers and companies using drones to make aerial inspections: 69 exemptions have been granted so far.
Kespry was founded in January 2013. It has so far raised $12.4 million in funding.7. DroneDeploy
San Francisco-based DroneDeploy has developed a drone management platform. This can be used for aerial data capture in industries that need that kind of information, such as agriculture or construction. The startup’s software works with several popular hobbyist drones.
DroneDeploy was founded in 2013. The company has just raised $9 million in series A funding, bringing its funding to $11 million in total.8. Skydio
Ex-Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) and MIT specialists are working on a system to make drones fly more accurately than human pilots. “A drone that’s aware of its surroundings is far easier to control, safer to operate, and more capable,” the company states.
Menlo Park, Calif.-based Skydio launched in January 2015. It has $3 million in seed funding from Andreessen Horowitz and Accel Partners .9. Vires Aeronautics
Livermore, Calif.-based Vires Aero is designing “Ora,” a “high performance” commercial drone with a new type of wing. Vires says that its Active Circulation Control (ACC) design improves the lift of fixed-wing aircraft by improving the airflow around the wing.
Founded in 2013, Vires has $1 million in series A funding.10. SkyWorks Aerial Systems
Henderson, N.V.-based SkyWorks Aerial Systems can circumvent the FAA’s rules about commercial drones in US air space because it is developing a drone that can be used for industrial applications indoors. The “Qua.R.K.” is a carbon composite multi-rotor vehicle that can be used indoors and outside.
SkyWorks grew out of a student project at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas. The team is looking to pull in $1 million in seed funding this year.
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From the Guardian (via sUAS News):
A new drone-building series called Airheads is due to air on Sunday nights on BBC2 in the key Top Gear slot at 8pm.
The corporation may be hoping to recapture some of the success of the popular technology show Robot Wars with the launch of the new drone-based series.
While there is no suggestion that it is a replacement for Top Gear – it is scheduled to begin after the hit motoring show was due to finish its run before it was postponed following Jeremy Clarkson’s suspension – Airheads is likely to appeal to the same male audiences as the car show.
Robot Wars ran on BBC2 between 1998 and 2003 before moving to Channel 5 for a single season, and featured teams of amateur and professional ‘roboteers’ constructing their own machines which were then pitted against each other in an arena.
Airheads features three teams of drone enthusiasts who have to build a UAV and compete with each other in a studio and on location.
Only the first challenge – a race – has been revealed.
The programme is being made by Graham Norton’s company So Television and in its application form for contestants it says the series will be “shown on BBC2 Sundays at 8pm” – the slot that Top Gear occupies when it is on air.
Augusta National – Masters Tournament 16th hole as seen by a drone
Over the last couple of years now I’ve gotten deep into aerial photos and videos via unmanned aerial vehicles, known by most as drones. I’ve build some aerial video/photo “ships” and am loving the angles and views I can capture of golf courses.
To me a drone is a large unmanned killing vehicle used in war. Unfortunately people who don’t know much call the little copters equate them with the bigger drones. Small copters like the ones I have have a bad wrap and there are some true boneheads doing dumb things with them. These “drones” can provide so many great functions otherwise not available. One such great one is the aerial flyovers of the holes at the Masters Tournament.
You may have not realized, but when the TV or online coverage does their hole tours, the flyover videos are shot by an aerial drone similar to what I use. Here’s a screen cap of a drone shot of the 16th hole above. The dramatic views and videos are absolutely awesome. Love them.
There’s an especially cool shot which starts in a bunker and rises up to show the hole. Another one the camera starts by some trees and rises straight up over them. Very cool.
The aerial coverage and how close the camera can get to the tree lines makes the great Masters broadcast even better.
This is the hexacopter I use for golf video: