New Amazon Patent Reveals Details of Possible Drone Delivery Location Verification System

New Amazon Patent Reveals Details of Possible Drone Delivery Location Verification System

An Amazon patent recently published online entitled “Drone Marker and Landing Zone Verification” reveals the system the company might use both for guiding delivery drones to their destination and for verifying that the location where a delivery is made is the correct one. Image credit: Amazon The patent was first filed in 2016 but approval for it was apparently not granted to Amazon until just a few weeks back, on February 5th. The system described in the patent looks like it would be able to recognize landmarks at a package recipient’s address, which could help verify the recipient’s location. The system could also spot obstacles to the delivery, such as a grill, a basketball, or tree branches (examples taken from an image included in the published patent). Detection of obstacles like these would trigger the system to send a message to the recipient’s mobile device asking him or her to remove the obstacle. But one lingering question remains: how would the package actually be delivered once the drone is close enough to the recipient’s location to deposit it? Methods for this step in the delivery process—a crucial step, which has been described by some as one of the biggest technological hurdles yet to be overcome in order to make drone deliveries feasible—include dropping the package with a parachute attached, lowering the package on a tether, or having the drone itself land and set the package down. Some aspects of completing the package handoff could also include having the drone communicate

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Artists Paint with Drones at Live Event for Mexico City Art Week | Tech Startups and Art Studios Collaborate on Drone Graffiti Project

We’ve seen drones put to creative use in various drone light shows, but never before have we seen drones used for artisitc expression like during this year’s Mexico City Art Week. Last weekend, modified drones completed the world’s first live urban art installation powered by blockchain during the annual Mexico City Art Week. The event took place February 8-10 and marked the launch of the Drone Graffiti Project—a creative initiative to unite communities across virtual and physical worlds, empowering them to create unique artworks with drones in a collaborative manner.   View this post on Instagram   A post shared by Drone Graffiti (@drone_graffiti) on Feb 11, 2019 at 3:53am PST Drones Provide a New Art Medium Three artists were selected to work with the Drone Graffiti Project, including American pottery artist Tom Edwards, Mexican urban artist Mr. Kone, and Mexican sci-fi artist and illustrator Smithe. These three artists tested their abilities to interact with technology while creating incredible pieces of art in their own style. In an interview with All City Canvas, a network for Mexico-based urban art legends, Edwards said he was excited about the experimental nature of the project, and that the novelty of using drones fueled his creativity. As an artist, “it really opened up my creative thoughts about what I could be doing,” Edwards told All City Canvas. The drones were modified by SPH Engineering to be able to paint artwork via an app. SPH Engineering specializes in the research and development of custom drone

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Transform Data from Drone-based Images into Actionable Insights for Your Business | About Delair’s New, Cloud-Based Software, Delair.ai

Transform Data from Drone-based Images into Actionable Insights for Your Business | About Delair’s New, Cloud-Based Software, Delair.ai

Delair, a leading supplier of commercial drone solutions, this month unveiled Delair Aerial Intelligence (delair.ai)—software that helps businesses process the large amounts of data they collect with unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)/drones. With delair.ai, companies can simplify the process of analyzing the massive amounts of data that drones are capable of harnessing. The software can leverage drone data in a wide range of use cases, with analytics optimized for specific industries such as mining, quarries, construction, power and utilities, and agriculture. These powerful, industry-specific data analysis tools introduce new levels of efficiency for UAV workflows. Data Analysis Tools Built Specifically for Your Industry The delair.ai platform supports the largest suite of analytics packages for specific applications in different industries. For mines and quarries, delair.ai allows efficient ways to control and report on inventory, ensure site safety compliance, and optimize and maintain haul roads. For construction projects, analytics tools are available to monitor job progress and earth moving operations, as well as to import and compare survey designs to as-built. For agriculture, precision ag practices are enabled with the analytics options for agriculture and forestry. Tools are available to perform detailed analysis of fields and to run filed inventory to characterize crops and monitor them. For power and utilities, use case analytics can classify point clouds and vectorize conductors, analyze vegetation growth, and prioritize maintenance activities. Visualize, Measure, and Share Data with Your Whole Team The delair.ai platform also provides enterprise teams with the tools they need to increase their productivity. Teams can

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PrecisionHawk and Skylogic Research Explain the Economic Benefits of BVLOS in New, Free Whitepaper

PrecisionHawk and Skylogic Research Explain the Economic Benefits of BVLOS in New, Free Whitepaper

The newly available whitepaper from PrecisionHawk and Skylogic Research, The Economics of Using Drones for BVLOS Inspections, is a must-read for enterprise and commercial entities considering integrating beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) flights into their operations. The paper walks the reader through how to determine whether BVLOS is or isn’t economically viable for their company using four main factors. We’ll share exactly what these four factors are shortly, but first we want to highlight another key element of the paper—real-world case studies of companies who are using BVLOS in their operations. In the paper, multiple case studies document actual applications of BVLOS in oil and gas, utilities, and insurance. In a majority of cases, the companies are able to use BVLOS drone technology to reduce the costs and increase the safety of their operations. Some other companies determine that visual line of sight (VLOS) or extended visual line of sight (EVLOS) provided a better path for their operation. Download the free whitepaper, The Economics of Using Drones for BVLOS Inspections, here. Read on for highlights, key findings, and an exclusive interview with the authors. Highlights and Key Findings on The Economics of BVLOS The whitepaper reveals four driving factors that would motivate companies to explore/adopt BVLOS operations: 1. Safety—Drones flown BVLOS can prevent fatal helicopter crashes and worker accidents that occur due to having to manually climb towers to take readings or conduct visual inspections. 2. Cost—Updating your inspection strategy with BVLOS drone flight can reduce technological and personnel

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Yuneec Rolls Out RTK Satellite Navigation for Their H520

Yuneec Rolls Out RTK Satellite Navigation for Their H520

Yuneec recently announced that their H520 hexacopter will now be available with an RTK (Real Time Kinematic) system, provided by the Swiss company Fixposition. Photo credit: Yuneec According to Yuneec, the RTK system will ensure maximum precision for mapping and inspections. The RTK integrated satellite navigation allows for centimeter-precise positioning, with accurate recurring images and faster 3D mapping. This increased reliability will benefit drone operators flying in tricky GPS conditions, such as in cities or canyons. Benefits of the RTK System RTK systems help support commercial drone applications that require maximum precision. By using RTK technology, the H520 will now be able to fly closer to objects for inspection, thus resulting in the collection of more precise data. Photo credit: Yuneec How much closer? According to Yuneec, while the H520 can currently fly within the meter range for inspections without the RTK, with the RTK it will be able to fly within the centimeter range (1 cm + ppm horizontal / 1.5 cm + ppm vertical). This improvement in accuracy is most important in those applications where several images need to be taken at the same location on different days. Some examples of these kinds of scenarios include: Documenting progress on construction sites Inspecting mountain landscapes to prevent natural hazards, such as rock falls or avalanches Forensic accident scene reconstruction The RTK satellite navigation system also makes it possible to significantly reduce image overlaps, which means fewer photos, shorter model calculation times, and maximizing efficiency in workflows. The H520 RTK

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