Ethical Guidelines for Remote Sensing Technology

On a rainy morning in January, an unmanned aircraft wobbled erratically over the nation’s capital before coming to ground on the White House lawn. The drone’s surprise landing sent the Secret Service scrambling and spoiled more ...
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Drones & AI: The Next Phase of Automation

What happens when drones, machine learning and video analytics unite? Next-level automation. At any point in time, there are ...
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Verisk Announces Important Remote Sensing Capabilities in Its Geomni Business

Verisk Analytics, a leading data analytics provider, today announced a range of new capabilities in its Geomni business unit. Verisk recently acquired a number of leading U.S.-based aerial survey companies and their aircraft ...
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These drones with Wi-Fi have X-ray vision

Drones can now see through walls — sort of. Researchers at the University of California, Santa Barbara, just figured out how to use Wi-Fi signals and drones to create 3D maps of the inside of buildings. The process is demonstrated in a video and is also detailed in a paper published online.
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Meteorologists Look To Drones To Improve Storm Forecasts

Unmanned aerial vehicles, or drones, could help scientists forecast where and when thunderstorms develop, before storm even occur. Experiments are ongoing, and optimism is high.
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Managing Mast Inspection with Drones: An AT&T Case Study

Commercial organisations across the globe are waking up to the power of drone technology for surveying, including the major benefits offered for mast inspections – as shown by AT&T in the United States. Before we take a look ...
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Small drones safer near people than was thought, UAH director says on Capitol Hill

Small drones are safer to operate near people than originally thought, according to research results presented today by the director of the Rotorcraft Systems Engineering and Simulation Center (RSESC) at the University of Alabama ...
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Assessing injury risk from unmanned aircraft will pave the way for new applications

Researchers at Virginia Tech — home to both a Federal Aviation Administration-designated test site for unmanned aircraft systems and a world-renowned injury biomechanics group — are developing methods to evaluate the risk posed by small unmanned aircraft to anyone on the ground. This research is key to enabling flights ...
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World View plans to map the world with balloons

Stratospheric technology company, World View, has announced the grand opening of its new global headquarters campus, collocated with Spaceport Tucson. The 142,000-square-foot facility is the world’s first purpose-built commercial gateway to the Stratosphere. World View aims to use the facility as launchpad for their ...
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Microsoft, Airbus Climb Aboard Drones Software Firm AirMap

FRANKFURT – AirMap, a start-up which has become the world's top supplier of air traffic management software for drones, is raising $26 million in new financing from a group of industry investors led by the venture capital investment arm of Microsoft (MSFT). The group led by Microsoft Ventures also includes the venture ...
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NASA drones could provide better weather data

Currently, the highest-profile example of a high-altitude unmanned aircraft is Alphabet X’s Project Loon, which is testing the use of balloons and other unmanned aircraft to provide internet access for much of the developing world. But NASA scientists are looking to develop another beneficial use of high-altitude unmanne...
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What drones did next: how flying robots will revolutionise work

Amazon’s drones might be grabbing the headlines, but right now aerial delivery of orders to your back garden is something of a flight of fancy - at least until legal restrictions are removed. In the future carrying small cargo loads may well be big business for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs). But right now there is ...
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3 Ways Drones Could Change the Insurance Industry

Drones aren't just for hobbyists and wannabe pilots. The insurance industry could soon use unmanned aircraft to reduce fraud, evaluate risks, and collect valuable data to reduce losses. It's not something out of a science fiction novel. Already, one reinsurance broker has established a drone rental service to provide ...
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Ancient Cult Site in Rugged Mountains Revealed with Drones

Ancient Roman ruins that lie hidden below the surface at the Apennine Mountains of Italy have largely escaped discovery because the rugged terrain makes them difficult to spot by foot and dangerous to find by airplane.Now, using small airborne drones, archaeologists have found that an ancient settlement in the Apennines ...
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NASA Drones Fly Into Hurricane Hermine to Improve Forecast

With Hermine bearing down on the United States, new, high-flying technology is providing critical information to those in the storm’s path.On Thursday, an unmanned drone flew through Hermine, sampling the storm and measuring its every move. Earlier this week, another drone flew into what’s now Hermine as well, and video ...
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FAA Expects 600,000 Commercial Drones In The Air Within A Year

We are in "one of the most dramatic periods of change in the history of transportation," says Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx. He was talking about all of it: the self-driving cars, the smart-city movement, the maritime innovations. But the staggering prediction of the day goes to the drone industry: The Federal ...
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New FAA Rules Opens Door for Increased Use of Drones in Insurance

The recent release of Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) rules for drones weighing less than 55 pounds will allow drones to be used in more commercial applications, like during claims inspections of individual homes. Susan Williams, content strategist with CoreLogic, discussed the FAA’s recent issuance of commercial ...
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Why Drones Are ‘Game-Changing’ for Renewable Energy

Amazon caused quite the stir in 2013 when it announced plans to launch a drone delivery service. People were both thrilled and horrified at the thought of flying robots delivering toilet paper to our doorsteps. Some drone enthusiasts hoped to see Amazon launch a drone-based solar installation service -- but alas, that ...
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China developing satellite to monitor floods, drought

BEIJING: China will launch its first geoscientific satellite by 2020 for forecasting hydrological events, including floods and droughts. China announced its plans for the Water Cycle Observation Mission (WCOM) satellite at the International Geoscience and Remote Sensing Symposium (IGRSS) 2016 which kicked off in Beijing ...
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Drone Aviation floats tethered drones as the next commercial breakthrough

The unmanned aviation vehicles manufactured by Drone Aviation Corp. on Jacksonville’s Southside are not for the casual hobbyist looking to get some video of the beach or backyard activities.Costing between $50,000 and $350,000 each, the drones at the manufacturing facility are designed specifically for high-end use for ...
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Drones Have a Role in Your Company’s Future

When a hailstorm hit San Antonio in April, Kristina Tomasetti knew it was time to call out the drones. Ms. Tomasetti is a director of innovation at insurer USAA, which acquired drones last year in hopes of using them to survey storm damage.
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More drones-for-hire coming to U.S. skies under landmark rules

The Obama administration is opening U.S. skies to more commercial drones with long-awaited regulations that the government hopes will spawn new industries for inspecting bridges, monitoring crops and taking aerial photography. In the most comprehensive set of rules yet for the burgeoning unmanned aircraft industry, the U...
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Drones have become the latest tool used by inspectors to check homes as building heights increase across our city and suburbs

Property owners are turning to drones for building inspections and pre-purchase diligence reports. Archicentre – the Australian Institute of Architect’s building design service – has introduced a drone inspection service to meet the growing demand, triggered by increased building heights across the city and suburbs.
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From underwriting to claims, aerial data can speed property workflows

A bird’s-eye view can offer valuable insights. That’s why the property insurers has used aerial imagery for underwriting and catastrophe analysis for decades. Aerial images help carriers underwrite properties remotely, set better reserves, and allocate resources more quickly after a disaster. Severe weather is responsibl...
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Brazilian company uses drones to reduce property tax evasion

A Brazilian company is carrying out a trial with drones to reduce property tax evasion in a town in the northeastern state of Pernambuco. The equipment is being used by tax collection agency Crescite, who works on behalf of the local government, to measure properties in the city of Paulista and get information needed to ...
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What to expect if the FAA releases a small UAS rule

Last month, FAA Administrator Michael Huerta said at Xponential 2016 in New Orleans that the agency’s rule for small unmanned aircraft systems—known as Part 107—would likely be published in late spring. Last week, Marke “Hoot” Gibson—FAA senior advisor on UAS integration—was quoted by the Pittsburgh Tribune as saying tha...
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Drones in construction can help, but potentially hurt your company

To drone or not to drone? That’s the question facing construction contractors these days, especially as the cost of drone hardware and software falls and the advantages of using unmanned aerial systems (UAS) on construction sites become more apparent.
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How Drones Will Impact Claims

Drones may be a game changer for claims investigations and processing, said Kevin Quinley, founder and principal of Quinley Risk Associates. In a Claims Insights podcast interview with Claims Journal, he discussed the transition in the use of drones from strictly military operations to a variety of commercial applications.
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Alberta flies drones to find cause of epic Canadian wildfire

Fire-ravaged Alberta will use drones to investigate the cause of a huge blaze that has scorched the Canadian province and displaced some 88,000 people. Elevated Robotic Services, which has also deployed drones for mining and construction companies, has contracts with the Alberta government and insurance broker Hub ...
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14 things you need to know about commercial drones and insurance

The technology related to drones, or unmanned aircraft systems, is advancing at a rapid pace. A staggering 1.6 million drones were sold in 2015, and an estimated 600,000 will be sold this year for commercial use alone, according to James Van Meter, J.D., aviation practice leader at Munich-based Allianz Global Corporate ...
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Insurers adopt drones for airborne inspections

The days of the harried insurance adjuster climbing a ladder to poke at your storm-damaged roof may soon be history as insurance companies look to drones as the new wave for property inspections. State Farm, the first insurer to win approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to use drones commercially ...
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The Future of Commercial Drone Use

There could be 7 million small drones in the sky by 2020, according to U.S. aviation officials, who believe that as many as 2.7 million of them will be used for commercial purposes. These same officials predict that small unmanned aircraft systems (sUAS) or drones “will be the most dynamic growth sector within aviation” ...
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Drone close calls, sightings by airliners up fivefold, FAA says

(Bloomberg) -- Reports of errant drones flouting U.S. regulations including flying too close to passenger airliners and other aircraft surged late last year to an average of four incidents per day, according to Federal Aviation Administration data. The 1,200 incident reports in 2015 were more than five times the 236 the ...
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Drone Disruption: The Stakes, The Players, And The Opportunities

Yes. It is a revolution. But it’s still early days, so the landscape is complex. Even if you have no immediate plans to buy a drone (yet), a lot of people do. In a few years we’ve gone from a hobbyist niche to an estimated one million consumer-class or small-business drones sold last year in the U.S. alone. Such a steep ...
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So You Want to Create Maps Using Drones

The combination of light (photo), drawings (gram) and measurements (metry) are known as photogrammetry. Until recently, photogrammetry was a very specific niche within the geospatial industry: a rather complex subject, accessible only to specialized professionals. However, this field is becoming more and more broadly ...
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This is how most of the world’s businesses will use drones

Thought drones were all about delivery? Goldman Sachs isn’t betting on it. The largest use case for commercial drones in the immediate future will be in construction, according to a March 2016 report from Goldman Sachs, primarily, in surveying and mapping construction sites. Goldman Sachs estimates that total global ...
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Fingertip Sized Radar Chip Developed for Mini-Drones

A new chip designed at NTU in Singapore could make radar systems significantly smaller. The emergence of ultra-small, micro-UAVs (Unmanned Aerial Vehicles) has driven researchers to try and shrink many of the electronics systems required to carry out the tasks given to these drones. The most recent system to receive the ...
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The Master of Drones Turns Flying Machines Into Performers

The TED stage has, for better or worse, become a throne on which our society anoints its intellectual royalty. But Raffaello D’Andrea deserves your attention. At last month’s TED conference, he inspired genuine wonder with an 11-minute presentation on “the dazzling flying machines of the future”—that is, drones. His ...
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AT&T Inc. and Intel Corporation Team Up for Drones

AT&T (NYSE:T) and Intel (NASDAQ:INTC) recently announced that they would jointly test consumer drone flights on AT&T's LTE network. The partnership will focus on testing connectivity at higher altitude flights up to 500 feet. Intel declared that the companies would "test and define" how a drone connects to an ...
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Smarter contact lenses and ‘invisible skin’: Chinese scientists give next-gen wearables a boost by making circuitry invisible

Chinese scientists have built an “invisible” circuit in a layer of material used to make contact lenses for the first time, a technological breakthrough that could spur the development of new wearable devices, according to their paper published in the latest issue of the journal Advanced Materials. The research team led ...
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Drone Maker DJI to Prevent Flights Near Prisons, Wildfires

The world’s largest consumer-drone maker unveiled new software that will automatically restrict its drones from flying near wildfires, prisons, power plants and other restricted areas, a move to curb unsafe flights that worry regulators. SZ DJI Technology Co., of Shenzhen, China, which makes the best-selling $1,000 Phant...
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The future of drone delivery may be determined next week

The government is putting drones to the ultimate test next week. The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has put together a task force to test drones' ability to fly safely, which will determine the operational guidelines for not only consumer drones, but also for major companies like Amazon and Walmart. Whatever ...
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Chicago Drone Rules Approved by City Aviation Committee

The drones are coming. In many instances, they are already here taking video and photography above Chicago. But are they legal? City Council today advanced a new set of regulations that would restrict when and where they can operate. And it may put a halt on drones that operate over large outdoor gatherings like ...
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Drone register features app detailing permitted flying areas

If Santa Claus opts for drones over reindeer for deliveries this Christmas, he will only be permitted to use Irish airspace if he is on the State’s remotely piloted aircraft register. The new drone register, which will be one of the first of its kind in Europe, will be up and running by December 21st, according to Irish ...
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The FAA is about to require recreational drone registration. Here are the recommended rules.

A government task force created to recommend registration guidelines for recreational drones wrapped up three days of meetings in Washington Thursday. It plans to call for owners of drones weighing more than half a pound to register online, according to multiple members of the task force speaking on the condition of ...
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Drones Getting Badly Needed Air Traffic Control

Firefighters battling a 20,000-acre brush fire in California's San Bernardino Mountains in June had to ground their water-bomber planes after a hobby drone was spotted in the area. Last November, pilots from Virgin Atlantic (VA), Delta (DAL) and JetBlue (JBLU) reported low-flying drones near their flight paths at New ...
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Starting on top: Home inspector using drone to include roof conditions in reports

Jonathan Zeissler thought it odd that a house could pass an inspection, even if it had a bad roof. “I know first-hand,” he said. “I’ve had the paid inspector come out and didn’t inspect my roof because it was too tall. I thought that was kind of a flaw in the system.” It also occurred to him that it was a business ...
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Hurricane Patricia: drone footage shows flooding in Texas – video

Drone footage shows flooding on the streets of Dallas and Navarro County as heavy rains lash Texas on Friday. The state has been placed on a flood watch now that Hurricane Patricia has made landfall along the pacific coast of Mexico. Rains are expected to intensify over the weekend when moisture from the storm meets with...
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A Wary Drone Industry Awaits Details of Registry

Some drone industry representatives are reacting cautiously to plans by the Obama administration to combat a growing safety threat by requiring buyers to register their drones with the government. The U.S. Transportation Department is creating a task force of public and private members to recommend how to keep tabs on th...
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Federal regulators to require registration of recreational drones

Federal regulators said Monday that they will require recreational drone users to register their aircraft with the government for the first time in an attempt to track rogue flying robots that are increasingly posing a threat to aviation safety. The decision to compel drone owners to register their aircraft represents a ...
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Flying a drone near a bushfire risks $9,000 fine, aviation safety body warns

Anyone who flies a drone near a bushfire could face a $9,000 fine, the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (Casa) has warned. As part of its “Don’t go there” campaign, the authority reminded people that unmanned aerial vehicles risked colliding with firefighting aircraft or firefighters on the ground. Aerial firefighting mig...
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Construction industry embraces new technology

Technology is changing the construction industry as contractors discover the efficiencies of such products as drones and wearable devices. Drones, for example, are permitting contractors to record on-site progress faster and more reliably than ever before. Traditionally, inspecting sites from the air has been costly in ...
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Geospatial technologies picking up greater momentum

With the advancement in Remote Sensing and development in Geographic Information System and Global Positioning System, the applications of Geospatial Technologies in various fields have picked up greater momentum, a top official said today. This will also help develop an important database on the natural resources of Ind...
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6 things to know before flying your drone

Flying drones into fireworks shows? Someone did it here last year, and now it’s illegal. But pilots should know other rules as they launch their unmanned aerial vehicles, aka drones. James Mackler, a U.S. Army veteran, pilot and lawyer at Frost Brown Todd here, has a specialty in drone law. On Tuesday, he led a 90-minute...
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Feds approve 1,500 drone flights

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved more than 1,500 applications for nonmilitary drone flights. The agency has approved 1,546 exemptions under a section of federal law that allows the Transportation Department to wave requirements for FAA approval for drone flights that are operated outside of restrict...
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Here's why drone insurance may be the industry's downfall

Last month, the Federal Aviation Administration approved its 1,000th commercial drone permit, 998 more than it granted last year at this time. For many in the nascent commercial drone industry, that momentum bodes well for an industry expected to generate billions of dollars in economic impact over the next ten years, ...
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Nevada, five other states gain new designation for drone flights

The Federal Aviation Administration's efforts to draft regulations for small unmanned aerial vehicles — those that are 55 pounds or lighter — have put the agency's work with large drones on the back burner. But for now, that's all right with the Governor's Office of Economic Development, which is heading the state's ...
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California governor shoots down drone bill

Score one for drone fans. Late Wednesday, California governor Jerry Brown vetoed proposed legislation that would have limited the use of drones (aka unmanned aerial vehicles) from flying less than 350 feet above private property without the owner’s express consent. In his note explaining the veto of Senate Bill 142, whic...
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Regulations surround drone use

Drones have been in the news a lot lately. Real estate firms are using them to film property, news organizations are using them to shoot on location, utilities are using them to inspect power lines, pipelines and cell towers, growers are using them to monitor their crops and livestock, and several companies are vying for...
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Drone sighting grounds aerial attack of 600-acre Wasatch Co. wildfire

DEER CREEK STATE PARK — A human-caused wildfire raging near Deer Creek Reservoir in Wasatch County continued to grow Tuesday, reaching 600 acres as fire crews battled canyon winds and tried to wrest control over the blaze. The Wheeler Fire remained about 5 percent contained Tuesday night, unchanged from late Monday, said...
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Monuments hidden for millennia discovered near Stonehenge

Stonehenge history is being re-written with the remains of new prehistoric stone monuments discovered beneath Durrington Walls, less than 3km from the historic archaeological site. Measuring 500m in diameter and thought to have been built around 4,500 years ago, Durrington Walls is one of the largest-known henge monument...
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Drone Pilots Can Now Learn About Wildfires And Flight Limits Using The 'Know Before You Fly' Website

The Know Before You Fly campaign has worked hard to ensure that drone operators educate themselves before flying. But until today it was difficult for operators to act on the information the campaign provided — for example, reading aeronautical charts or searching for FAA flight restrictions is difficult. Today that ...
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Drone captures Maui flash flood rescue

A drone has captured the moment a group of friends escaped from a flash flood while hiking in Maui, Hawaii. The group of five had just reached a waterfall during a hiking trip when the weather got worse.
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FAA bolsters drone outreach with new hires

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on Wednesday brought on two high-level officials to help lead the agency’s regulation of drone flights in the United States. The agency hired Hoot Gibson as senior adviser on drone integration, a new position that reports to the FAA deputy administrator. The position, first ...
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Bill To Penalize Drone Operators Near Wildfires Passes Senate

RIVERSIDE (CBSLA.com) — Legislation endorsed by Riverside County supervisors that would establish fines for drone operators whose remote-controlled aircraft disrupt aerial firefighting efforts received unanimous approval in the state Senate on Tuesday. The Riverside Board of Supervisors voted in July to back the bill, ...
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Rogue Drones

This summer, at one of California’s numerous wildfires, the appearance of a drone over Interstate 15 forced firefighting aircraft to back off for about 20 minutes until it flew away. Instead of 40 or 50 acres burning before that fire was controlled, a few thousand acres, along with about 20 vehicles, were destroyed, as ...
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Naches Heights fire official sees drone use as a tool to help firefighters

After a suspicious brush fire in Naches Heights earlier this summer, Steven Mack decided to get a better look at the fire scene. Rather than walk the charred earth or seek out higher ground to gain an overview, the Naches Heights Fire Department lieutenant used his DJI Phantom Vision 2 quadcopter to fly over the fire sit...
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L.A. City Council backs state legislation regulating civilian drone use

The Los Angeles City Council on Friday unanimously endorsed proposed state legislation that would regulate civilians' use of drones, which have come under fire on such grounds as invasion of privacy and interfering with emergency responders.Drones would be prohibited over private property in CaliforniaDrones would be ...
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Latest capabilities of satellite imaging

Images taken from hundreds of miles above the earth’s surface, of features such as well sites, damaged pipelines or remote rock outcrops are providing oil and gas engineers and geoscientists with a unique insight throughout the lifecycle of oil and gas projects, whilst also boosting asset security. Here, Michael Hall, ...
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5 risks that threaten the drone industry

The use of drones in various sectors, including insurance, has much potential. Drone technology is widely used in military applications, but is now available in agriculture (crop monitoring, precision fertilizing), public services (border control, assisting emergency services), logistics (parcel and medical supply ...
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Saratoga Co. archaeologists using remote sensing program

SCHUYLERVILLE, N.Y. (NEWS10) – Some new technology was used on Thursday at the General Philip Schuyler House. The Saratoga National Historic Park is using a geophysical remote sensing program on the grounds of the estate. It’s helping archaeologists learn more without being disruptive. The program sends a radar signal in...
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Drone no-fly zone in California will stifle innovation, say industry advocates

California lawmakers have sided with privacy advocates to pass a bill that bans drones from flying lower than 350ft (106m) over private property. If the bill is signed by Governor Jerry Brown it will create a no-fly zone and make it a trespass violation for someone to fly an unmanned aircraft or drone over private proper...
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Turn on your sensors, development is about to go 'wearable'

They range from the simple to the astounding, the familiar to the science fictional. Sensors are all around us, capturing information and turning it into something else: an electrical signal, the basis for a decision, a diagnosis, a warning. Sensors are hardly a new technological phenomenon, but their portability and ...
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Researchers develop initiative to map flowering plants in Africa

Using this methodology, which uniquely combines two hyperspectral mapping formulas, the researchers at the International Centre of Insect Physiology and Ecology (ICIPE), have produced the world’s first ever floral map. “Based on its successful testing, we now intend to upscale and adapt the methodology we have developed ...
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New drone laws start Sept. 1

SAN ANTONIO - Drone use is taking off around the United States, and the Texas Legislature is among the state governments trying to keep up. Texas lawmakers passed three laws on unmanned aircraft - more commonly referred to as drones - in the past legislative session, and they will go into effect September 1. The laws ...
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Senator to introduce proposal for mandatory drone geofencing

U.S. Sen. Charles Schumer (D-N.Y.) is to introduce a proposal soon that aims to make geofencing of drones mandatory, following a number of reports of close shaves between the unmanned aircraft and regular planes.Computerworld's Best Places to Work in IT 2015: Company ListingsThe complete listings: Computerworld's 100 Bes...
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Downing drone at beach leads to jail

ENCINITAS — A confrontation over a drone flying above beachgoers ended with damaged equipment, a man behind bars and lingering questions over the line between public air space and personal space. Augustine Lehecka, a Carlsbad electronic engineer, said he was enjoying the ideal summer afternoon at Moonlight Beach in ...
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Ky. lawmaker proposes drone legislation hoping to define the rules

FRANKFORT, Ky. (WDRB) -- Just weeks after a Kentucky man gained national attention for shooting down a drone in his backyard, a state lawmaker is proposing new legislation. State Representative Diane St. Onge (R-63) is hoping to define the rules and set new boundaries. "I think that this is something which we need to ...
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Congress Considers Measures to Curb Illegal Drone Flights

U.S. lawmakers are considering steps to reverse a disturbing rise in illegal drone flights, including new government enforcement tools to crack down on rogue flyers, especially near airports, according to people familiar with the matter. Discussions in the House of Representatives and Senate gained new urgency this week,...
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Top 3 Emerging Technologies That Will Positively Impact Claims

Drones, artificial intelligence (AI) and the Internet of Things (IoT) are considered the top three technologies that will impact claims, according to a new report by Boston-based insurance research firm Strategy Meets Action. The report, The Impact of Emerging Technologies in Claims, outlines why the three offer the most...
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Boeing has patented a flying drone that turns into a submarine

Early this year, the US Patent and Trademark Office approved a patent application from Boeing's Nathan Hiller for a "rapid deployment air and water vehicle." In other words, Boeing's has patented a remotely operated flying drone that can transform into a submarine. Here's how it works. According to Boeing, the patented ...
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Are Canada's drone regulations too permissive?

VANCOUVER -- Experts say Canada's permissive approach to regulating commercial drones has made it a world leader in the burgeoning field, while others warn that inadequate enforcement of the soaring number of amateur flyers is putting the public at risk. People have been increasingly taking to the skies now that ...
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Proposed California drone legislation at a glance

SACRAMENTO – California lawmakers are considering bills to draw the lines on where drones can fly in California skies and what limits they must abide by. The rising popularity of the unmanned aircraft also raises concerns about privacy and unchecked surveillance. A look at drone legislation introduced this year: CAN ...
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Is It Legal to Shoot Down a Drone Hovering Over Your Property?

Lawmakers are responding to controversies involving drones in neighborhoods, where increasing use (even for pizza delivery) is raising national debates over rights to privacy, property and self-defense.Advertisement One operator flew his drone dangerously close to a passenger plane on its final approach to a Dallas airpo...
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Wearables in Insurance: Balancing Value and Vulnerabilities

We hear a lot about wearables these days … smart watches, glasses, fitness trackers, helmets, and a myriad of other smart devices. These wearables incorporate sensors and chips for data collection, real-time analytics, gamification, and other features. But as the use of wearables increases, so do the concerns about ...
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FAA considering new drone registration rules

Washington, D.C. The Department of Transportation is reviewing whether the FAA has the authority to require drones be registered at their point of sale, Transportation Secretary Anthony Foxx told CBS News on Friday. "That's what we're looking at, the question is what can we do on our own and where do we need Congress to ...
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Commercial drone market ready for takeoff

For Andy Putch, drones aren't just fun. They're vehicles that will redefine how American companies do business. The 22-year-old is CEO of FreeSkies, a start-up that creates software applications for drones. The FreeSkies app, which launches in October, allows operators to program a flight route. The drone, flying on ...
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China blasts video: drone footage shows devastation in Tianjin

Drone footage recorded by a member of the public and originally published by Chinese news site, The Paper, shows the aftermath of huge explosions in the port city of Tianjin on Wednesday night. So far Chinese authorities have confirmed 50 deaths, including at least 12 firefighters, and say 701 people have been admitted t...
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Verisk Insurance Solutions Announces Expansion of Imagery Database

LEHI, Utah, Aug. 4, 2015 — Verisk Insurance Solutions, a leading data analytics provider to the property/casualty insurance industry, today announced it has reached long-term agreements with a range of leading U.S. aerial imagery and data-capturing firms to accelerate the collection of high-quality imagery and data for Property InSightTM. By ramping up the collection of imagery and data, Verisk Insurance Solutions and its Xactware business are ensuring robust geographic coverage with high-quality imagery and data captured specifically for the needs of the property insurance industry and other building professionals. Verisk Insurance Solutions is a Verisk Analytics (Nasdaq:VRSK) business.

Xactware uses proprietary algorithms to process the high-quality imagery and data to provide property professionals with detailed information about the exterior of a structure, including roof and exterior plans with all dimensions; 3D property models; hazards, property conditions, and analysis of building materials; a landscaping plan; plans and information for windows, doors, decks, swimming pools, and outbuildings; high-resolution aerial images; and much more.

Property InSight can be used by all types of building professionals for a wide range of purposes, including remote exterior building inspections and risk assessment; creating reconstruction estimates after a damaging event; determining the squares of roofing for roof replacement; and much more, including information used to estimate siding, rain gutters and downspouts, soffit and fascia, awnings, and so on.

Property InSight helps significantly reduce the time property professionals typically spend at a site measuring, determining quantities, and assessing the types of materials used.

“This accelerated timetable will significantly speed our work to expand the reach and quality of Property InSight,” said Jim Loveland, president and CEO of Xactware. “The demand for high-quality imagery and for data captured specifically for property workflows continues to grow. This initiative strengthens our coverage in many key areas in the United States with higher-quality information at a faster pace.”

This latest initiative is the most recent step in ongoing efforts to extend Verisk’s leadership in multispectral, multitiered imagery solutions to serve the needs of property professionals, and it builds on the addition of world-renowned geospatial experts from AMS Geomatics to the Verisk Insurance Solutions geospatial team earlier this year.

“Collecting high-quality, reliable data for Property InSight is a key component of the database,” said Jeffrey C. Taylor, vice president of Geospatial and Pricing Solutions at Verisk Insurance Solutions. “This latest initiative illustrates our long-term commitment to the highest-quality imagery and data that will provide our customers with the best possible information about structures for making robust decisions in a cost-effective way.”

Property InSight data can be requested through the Xactimate® claims-estimating solution, the XactAnalysis® claims management network, or the 360Value® insurance-to-value underwriting solution.

To learn more about Property InSight, visit Xactware.com/property-insight.


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Aerial images are rich with data just waiting to be interpreted and converted into knowledge, perhaps even actionable knowledge. Given the unimaginable amount of imagery being collected by satellites and other aerial devices each day, even relying on automated pattern deciphering by computers doesn’t provide the capacity...
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Drone industry expands over Virginia

WHITE STONE — The buzzing drone hovers 80 feet in the air and beams down a video so clear that each thread on a bolt 15 feet away is distinguishable. With the dual blades on each of its eight arms spinning furiously while hoisting a high-tech video camera, this 25-pound flying contraption is replacing bucket trucks and ...
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San Jose council approves policies for police drone

SAN JOSE -- The city's police drone will not be used to spy on people, San Jose leaders assured the public before approving new policies for use of the controversial device Tuesday. The City Council unanimously accepted a list of procedures recommended by the Police Department that will allow the department to use the ...
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Research grant paves way for weather drone studies in Oklahoma

NORMAN, Okla. —Researchers at the University of Oklahoma call drones the future of forecasting and say they could predict a tornado’s path before anyone even sees it. For years they’ve been limited to gathering weather data from the ground, but new money now promises a new generation of tools. “It’s collecting data ...
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California's Drone Trespass Bill Goes Too Far

California legislators are looking to tackle the perceived problem of drone trespasses with a modified version of a bill that was introduced earlier this year. Unfortunately they’ve gone too far in the most recent version of the proposed legislation. This bill was originally a privacy bill, and it was innovative when it ...
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Am Fam Cleared for Drone Testing

American Family Insurance has received approval from the Federal Aviation Administration to test drones to facilitate catastrophe response. “When disasters strike, every moment counts when it comes to helping our customers recover,” said Paul Choi, claims national product director for American Family. “Drones could suppl...
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Rogue drones a growing nuisance across the U.S.

Rogue drone operators are rapidly becoming a national nuisance, invading sensitive airspace and private property — with the regulators of the nation’s skies largely powerless to stop them. In recent days, drones have smuggled drugs into an Ohio prison, smashed against a Cincinnati skyscraper, impeded efforts to fight ...
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Want to go fly a drone? Here's what you need to know to stay legal

A hobbyist may fly a drone for fun if they follow certain federal safety guidelines, which say to stay away from planes and airports. But federal officials say they're receiving a growing number of reports from pilots spotting unmanned aircraft systems violating the rules, including several recent incidents in the ...
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Close Encounters of the Drone Kind On Rise, Raising Concerns

A significant increase in close encounters between passenger aircraft and drones is prompting demands from U.S. lawmakers for tighter regulation and enforcement to avoid a fatal collision. Pilots on four airliners spotted an unmanned craft on Sunday as they approached Newark Liberty International Airport, the Federal ...
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Firefighters get OK to down drones under California measure

(Bloomberg) -- California firefighters could knock drones out of the sky when they endanger aircraft making low-altitude runs to drop water on wildfires, under a bill lawmakers proposed. The legislation comes after unmanned vehicles forced planes and helicopters out of the sky during a July 17 blaze that trapped people ...
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Pasco County wants your drone video of flooding

Pasco County is asking anyone who owns a drone to contact the county. Emergency Management Director Annette Doying says drone video she has seen provides a better look at the flooding than anything they have. “I saw on Facebook the drone footage of the Thousand Oaks area, and I was wowed,” Doying said. “The drones can ge...
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Feds approve 1,000 applications for drone flights

The Federal Aviation Administration has approved 1,000 applications for nonmilitary drone flights. The exemptions were granted this week under a section of federal law that allows the Transportation Department to wave requirements for FAA approval for drone flights that are operated outside of restricted airspace and bel...
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How researchers are using a drone to discover connected devices in Austin

Given the explosion of connected devices, also known as the Internet-of-things, it’s natural that people would want to know just how many such devices are out there. But how do you go about figuring out just how many of these devices—like thermometers or light bulbs hooked to the Internet—are being used in a given city? ...
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China to launch remote sensing system similar to Google Earth

Beijing, Aug 5 (EFE).- Chinese scientists announced they will launch China's first remote sensing satellite for commercial use in October on the lines of the popular Google Maps and Google Earth. The Jilin-1 satellite will put into orbit two satellites for videos, one for photographs and a fourth to test new space ...
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Recreational Drones: Do Homeowners’ Insurance Policies Provide Coverage?

The rise in recreational uses of drones (more accurately described as Unmanned Aerial Systems or just “UAS”) has sparked much debate, including concerns over safety and privacy. The scenarios are rather simple to envision: Suppose a person insured under a standard homeowners’ insurance policy uses a small camera-equipped...
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Recreational Drones: Do Homeowners’ Insurance Policies Provide Coverage?

The rise in recreational uses of drones (more accurately described as Unmanned Aerial Systems or just “UAS”) has sparked much debate, including concerns over safety and privacy. The scenarios are rather simple to envision: Suppose a person insured under a standard homeowners’ insurance policy uses a small camera-equipped...
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Insurers Warned to ‘Think Before You Snap’ as Florida Drone Privacy Law Takes Flight

The new Florida drone privacy law could have some unintended consequences for insurers looking to use or insure unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technology. The Freedom from Unwarranted Surveillance Act (FUSA), which took effect in Florida July 1, prohibits a person, state agency or political subdivision from using a dron...
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Broking Break: Take flight on drones

Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (drones to the uninitiated) continue hit the headlines and the commercial drone industry is predicted to grow exponentially over the next 5-10 years. Dedicated drone insurance policies will therefore become increasingly important as the industry grows. With that in mind here are the five key main...
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Aerial drone survey reveals missing stonework

A recent aerial survey by Overdrones on a church in North London has revealed missing stonework right at the top of the spire - where the lightning conductor meets the weather vane - previously invisible to even the most powerful binoculars. The commissioning surveyor, Ryan Bunce & Co, praised the flexibility of the ...
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NASA is working on drones that can fly in space

NASA is building robots to explore other planets, and drone technology for Earth. The logical next step: robot drones in space. New research out of NASA’s Kennedy Space Center shows that the agency is working on ways to explore other planets and asteroids using robots that can fly to places its rovers can’t reach. Their ...
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Dispute Emerges Over Drone Shot Down By Kentucky Man

A Kentucky homeowner is arrested for shooting down a civilian drone he said was invading his family's privacy. The drone's owner insists that he did nothing wrong, in the latest case that highlights both confusion and concerns over the legal use of drones. William Meredith, 47, of Bullitt County, Ky., was arrested after ...
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Drone training company to offer flight classes in Central New York

Syracuse, N.Y. — A company that trains aerial drone pilots across the country is launching classes in Central New York. Dartdrones will offer a free, two-hour introductory class on Aug. 8. Its full-day classes cost $500 and cover a variety of drone-related topics. Registration for the free class is available online. The ...
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Suffolk legislature bans drones over county beaches

Fearing that drones with cameras could intrude on residents’ privacy, the Suffolk County Legislature voted Tuesday to ban drone use over county public beaches during the summer and require operators to get permits to fly the devices in county parks. County Legislator Al Krupski (D-Cutchogue) voted with 15 other county ...
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San Bernardino County to drone fliers: Shoo!

SAN BERNARDINO >> San Bernardino County Board of Supervisors Chairman James Ramos and the county’s top law enforcement and fire officials Wednesday sent a blunt message to illegal drone operators who hinder firefighters: They will not tolerate it, and offenders will be prosecuted to the fullest extent of the law ...
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NASA imagines a drone of your own

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Forget getting the latest, greatest cell phone. The next indispensable tech tool may be a drone of your own. And daily life may never be the same. "I see a time when every home will have a drone. You're going to use a drone to do rooftop inspections. You're going to be able to send a drone to Home...
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California Guard uses drone to search for missing teacher

SAN FRANCISCO — The California National Guard is using a drone to search El Dorado National Forest for a missing San Francisco teacher, marking the first time the Guard has used a drone for a search-and-rescue mission. The drone will collect images in real time, allowing searchers on the ground to make faster, more ...
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Researchers demonstrate practical use of drone technology in emergency response

Drones scanning the banks of rising rivers in the Texas Hill Country earlier this summer during record flooding gave a glimpse into the future of emergency response. Coitt Kessler -- manager of the Austin Fire Department's Robotics Emergency Deployment program, which oversaw some drone operations after the floods -- said...
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Mapping great rivers

Scientists are swapping topographic maps for satellite images as part of a new NASA mission to create the first global inventory of the Earth’s surface waters.North America river map They recently finished compiling 1,756 satellites images of North American rivers and streams, including undocumented arctic areas north of...
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Amazon Proposes Drone Highway As It Readies For Flying Package Delivery

It’s been well over a year since Amazon.com AMZN +0.43% CEO Jeff Bezos announced Prime Air, a drone delivery service that was supposed to revolutionize how his company would send packages to its customers. While the world has yet to see a flying Amazon robot make a live delivery, the company moved one step closer to that...
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Drones: a force for good when flying in the face of disaster

After typhoon Haiyan wreaked havoc on the Philippines in 2013, killing more than 6,300 people and destroying farms and villages, several relief groups flew drones over the affected areas to survey the damage, identify blocked roads and find displaced people. But the drone operators didn’t share the information they ...
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Agriculture's high-tech future: University of Minnesota students use drones in ag classes

CHANHASSEN, Minn. — At a field experiment last week, a drone leashed like a dog to a University of Minnesota graduate student slowly rotated, drifting mere feet above the group and capturing images of apple trees at the Minnesota Landscape Arboretum. A student nearby controlled the drone from a laptop, moving it slowly ...
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This $15,000 drone could save you from a hurricane

There’s a drone for just about everything these days from delivering pizzas to going to war, but a new unmanned aerial vehicle may save your life from a looming hurricane. The 13-pound Coyote drone developed by researchers at the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration will fly into parts of a tropical cyclone th...
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Dem asks FAA to block drones from interfering with firefighters

A Democratic lawmaker is asking the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to make it harder for commercial and hobbyist drone pilots to interfere with emergency response operations. “First responders must have the ability to address wildfire activities quickly and be uninhibited by unforeseen circumstances, such as a ...
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Guidance on flying drones and unmanned aircraft

When you fly a drone in the UK it is your responsibility to be aware of the rules that are in place to keep everyone safe. Follow these simple steps to make sure you are flying safely and legally.The Dronecode Make sure you can see your drone at all times and don't fly higher than 400 feet Always keep your drone away fro...
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Drone technology used to train Texas flooding responders

BRYAN, Texas (AP) — Drone technology will be part of a Texas A&M University seminar for emergency responders dealing with deadly flooding like the disastrous May storms. The 2015 Summer Institute on Flooding runs Sunday through Tuesday at A&M’s Riverside campus in Bryan. Memorial Day weekend flooding in parts of ...
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Google Wants a Piece of Air-Traffic Control for Drones

Google Inc., the company that brought order to the Internet, has set its sights on doing the same for the flocks of commercial drones expected to someday clog the skies. The search-engine pioneer is joining some of the biggest companies in technology, communications and aviation -- including Amazon.com Inc., Verizon ...
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A satellite mission to monitor soil moisture with active-passive remote sensing

Soil moisture is a primary state variable of hydrology and the water cycle on land, and is an initial or boundary condition of Earth science models. An assessment of surface soil moisture is necessary for applications such as weather forecasting, climate change modeling, monitoring of agricultural productivity, water ...
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Myth of pristine Amazon rainforest busted as old cities reappear

The first Europeans to penetrate the Amazon rainforests reported cities, roads and fertile fields along the banks of its major rivers. “There was one town that stretched for 15 miles without any space from house to house, which was a marvellous thing to behold,” wrote Gaspar de Carvajal, chronicler of explorer and ...
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Follow The Leader: Drones Learn To Behave In Swarms

At a restricted airfield at a quiet National Guard base in central California, researchers from the Naval Postgraduate School have loaded a drone they call a flying wing onto what looks like a giant sling shot. The drone soars up into the air and settles into a racetrack pattern. It's up so high it's hard to see, but the...
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Environmental science: Agree on biodiversity metrics to track from space

Global biodiversity loss is intensifying. But it is hard to assess progress towards the Aichi Biodiversity Targets for 2011–20 set by the Convention on Biological Diversity (CBD). Target 5, for instance, aims to halve global deforestation rates by 2020; but reliable indicators for deforestation that can be monitored ...
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Sony takes flight with drone joint venture

Sony is ready to take off with a new drone company that will offer services to business customers. Sony's mobile-devices division, Sony Mobile, plans to launch a drone company called Aerosense with Japan-based robotics company ZMP, the companies announced Wednesday. Aerosense will use drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles,...
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Growing number of near misses prompts UK warning on drones

London (CNN)The Airbus A320, a plane that can seat 150 to 180 passengers, was on its final approach to London's Heathrow Airport. The runway was dead ahead, 5 miles away and 1,700 feet down. Suddenly, the pilot was startled by a small black object flying over the aircraft's wing, between 20 and 50 feet away. He radioed a...
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Drone Disruptions Send Engineers Seeking Defenses

As commercial and private drones take off, so are instances of flying in areas they shouldn’t, such as near nuclear sites, military installations and airports. The WSJ's Robert Wall reports on counter-drone technologies.
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Wearable Technology Takes On Air Pollution And Smog With Personal Air-Quality Monitors

When Hamish Stewart bikes the streets of London, he clips a tiny digital device to his shirt collar or pants pocket. The wearable technology isn’t tracking the distance he travels or the calories he burns: Instead, it measures how many toxic pollutants from cars, buses and factories are sullying Stewart’s commute. All th...
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Attack on the drones: Legislation could allow California firefighters to take them down

If George Lucas were to make a movie about this, you could call it “Attack on the Drones.” Tired of the unmanned devices flying into the airspace of craft trying to fight wildfires, two California politicians -- Assemblyman Mike Gatto (D-Glendale) and state Sen. Ted Gaines (R-El Dorado) -- on Monday introduced legislatio...
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Who Cares About Amazon Prime Air?

  This article is part of Future Tense, a collaboration among Arizona State University, New America, and Slate. On Wednesday, July 22, New America will host an event in Washington on the use of drones for property rights, human rights, and development. For more information and to RSVP, visit the New America website ...
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Commercial Lines: Robots and Drones Taking Over?

Novarica has identified the top technologies poised to transform commercial lines insurance, and the future is coming fast and furious to the sector.
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Drone Startups Take Flight in Asia

SINGAPORE—Half a dozen men gathered around a workbench in a government building one morning as Tack Wai Wong, an engineering expert clad in a crisp white shirt and gray trousers, took his place at the front of the table. “Once upon a time all of this was military technology,” said Mr. Wong, 50 years old, as he ran his ...
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Attack of the drones

News that Amazon is ready to start commercial deliveries using drones has once again brought this new technology into the lime light. More often in the news because of interference with manned aircraft and privacy concerns it seems the UK is fertile ground for development of wider uses of drones particularly because unli...
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As commercial drone use soars, 'drone services' take flight

In late June, Massachusetts-based startup Fly4Me opened for business, joining more than 500 (and counting) businesses in the U.S. that are now cleared by the FAA to operate drones commercially. Like most of its competition, Fly4Me’s so-called Section 333 exemption allows the company to deploy drones to gather aerial data...
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Benton Harbor considers drone restrictions

Benton Habor, Mich. As commercial and recreational use of drones continues to grow, the City of Benton Harbor is looking to introduce regulations for unmanned aerial devices within city limits. After a drone spotted at a public celebration last month incited several complaints from Benton Harbor residents, the topic of ...
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Battling Wildfires from Space: NASA Adds to Firefighters' Toolkit

WASHINGTON, July 16, 2015 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- U.S. firefighters battling wildfires this year will get a clearer view of these threats with new NASA-funded satellite-based tools to better detect fires nationwide and predict their behavior. The new fire detection tool now in operation at the U.S. Department of ...
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Commercial drone business takes off in Idaho

STAR, Idaho (KBOI) -- The drone business in Idaho is taking off. Eight local companies now have approval from the federal government to use the aircraft for commercial purposes. That means per capita, the state of Idaho has more companies approved than any other state for commercial-use of drones. ADAVSO, short for ...
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Expected NC Drone Boom Presents Economic Opportunities, Regulatory Challenges

The state that boasts of being “First in Flight” is preparing for another major aviation development – an expected surge in unmanned flight. The North Carolina Department of Transportation has hired its first official to oversee the regulation of drones. The department also is developing a test that by the end of the yea...
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Drone airspace: A legal frontier

RICHMOND — The Batchelor family was unloading the minivan outside their Fairfax County split-level when they heard a strange buzzing sound. “All of the sudden — Bam! — there was a huge impact on the front of our house,” Tracy Batchelor said, recalling the suburban scene. They locked eyes with neighbors doing yardwork. Wh...
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Here's how you get a drone into the U.S. Capitol

WASHINGTON — How do you get a drone into the U.S. Capitol? If you are a congressman convening a hearing, you make sure it's going to fit through the front door, alert the House Sergeant at Arms, and run it by the Capitol Police. That's what Rep. Steve Chabot, R-Westwood, did as he prepared to put the commercial use of ...
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How drones are helping conservation

What have drones got to do with native plants? Quite a lot when it comes to aerially capturing the unique "spectra" - or electromagnetic signatures - that are reflected by different plants on the ground. This approach allows scientists to make high-tech stocktakes of the different plant ecosystems in vast areas of ...
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Flying a drone above a wildfire could someday cost you

As flames swallowed 31,000 acres in San Bernardino National Forest late last month, a drone was spotted above a ridgeline. The unmanned aircraft flew between two emergency planes that were dropping fire retardant. It forced flights to be grounded for several hours to prevent a mid-air collision, delaying containment ...
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As Drones Rise, Insurers' Concerns Fall

In early 2014 the first commercially available drone debuted in the consumer market. From the very beginning demand was phenomenal as both professionals and consumers (prosumers) found creative ways to use this new technology. Some of those early adopters were from the insurance industry, including insurers who saw an ...
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How 3 technologies equal 1 huge step forward for Remote Sensing

Over the last several decades, great strides have been made with respect to camera and lens combinations, sensor technology and image processing software, yet, until recently, remote sensing has remained expensive and complex. Thanks to the confluence of three different technologies — inexpensive unmanned aerial vehicles...
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New policy: No drones may fly over Michigan Capitol

LANSING — A new policy prohibits drones from flying over the Capitol grounds in downtown Lansing, but statehouse officials want to toughen the ban through legislation. The Michigan State Capitol Commission voted unanimously Monday morning to ban drones from flying over the 136-year-old statehouse, "except under special ...
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US to begin talks on drone privacy standards

A U.S. government agency will start its third attempt to develop voluntary privacy standards for an emerging area of technology, this time with a series of meetings on drone privacy scheduled to begin Aug. 3. The U.S. National Telecommunication and Information Administration has already hosted similar discussions on mobi...
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Consider regulating drones, town staff says

PALM BEACH, Fla. — As drones become more popular, both for new generation model aircraft enthusiasts and for Realtors needing shots of multimillion dollar estates, the town wants to establish some rules. Who can use them? How low can they operate? Should permits be required? “Understanding that the use of drones will ...
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Predictive analytics combined with drone technology could help save South Africa's rhinos

In the wake of record numbers of rhinos slaughtered in 2014 by poachers in South Africa — an estimated 1200 — there is a glimmer of good news: a high-tech anti-poaching technique is stopping the bad guys in their tracks. The Air Shepherd Initiative uses military-style computer analytics to identify poaching hot spots, an...
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Mapping historical sites with remote-sensing technology

The State government has given the green signal to the National Institute of Advanced Studies (NIAS) to use state-of-the-art remote-sensing technology to survey five archeological sites of cultural and historical significance. The Bengaluru-based NIAS is all set to initiate this pilot project using cutting-edge satellite...
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The Future For Wearable Growth Will Be In The Workplace

Wearables in the workplace may not have the media profile enjoyed by their consumer siblings, but the market for business-facing devices is expected to reach $8.5 billion by 2020, says a recent report. According to a forecast from industry analysts Research and Markets, the market for enterprise wearables will grow ...
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York police drones to slash road-closure times

York Regional Police say they are now equipped with an unmanned aerial vehicle to help shorten the process of investigating collisions and get traffic moving again promptly after a crash. Roads are closed for a significant amount of time after a collision because of the traditional “detailed electronic mapping process” o...
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While FAA Works on Drone Rules, Exemptions Increase for Insurance Industry

The Federal Aviation Administration is issuing permits for the commercial use of drones at a rate of about 250 a month as it tries to meet the growing demand for unmanned aircraft while it develops rules for their use. Through the end of June, the agency had approved 714 permits, a 14-fold increase from 51 at the end of ...
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Drone giving Dublin builder a lift

Getting a bird’s-eye view of a building under construction used to require a crane or lift and somebody willing to go along for the ride. For Danis Building Construction, now it requires only a drone. The Dublin-based construction company has been using its so-called unmanned aircraft system since April, only the second ...
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RAW VIDEO: Louisville Fire & Rescue using drones to help in fire fighting, search missions

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Firefighters are using the help of drones to fight the fire on Whiskey Row. You can see some of their footage in the player above. Louisville Fire and Rescue has a total of four drones, but can only operate two at once. Each has three cameras attached. The drones also have thermal cameras to ...
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Switzerland begins postal delivery by drone

Switzerland’s postal service said on Tuesday it had begun testing parcel deliveries by unmanned drones, although widespread use of the flying postmen is not likely to kick in for another five years. Postal service executives showed off the drones for the first time on Tuesday and said initial tests of the machines’ ...
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Drones used to battle Whiskey Row blaze

LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - Up in the sky, drones helped firefighters battle a blaze along Whiskey Row Monday by providing a view of the inferno no firefighter could ever get. "It could help us with, you know, pulling our people back before something tragic happens," Louisville Fire Department Major Jim Frederick said Tuesda...
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Nonprofit plans drone training center at Detroit airport

DETROIT — A nonprofit is planning to invest up to $1 million to create a drone training center at Detroit’s municipal airport. The Detroit Free Press reports Base 11 funding will renovate two hangar bays and outfit them with equipment. Officials say students from Detroit’s Davis Aerospace Technical High School will be ...
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Drone supporters say ban around Georgia Capitol goes too far

ATLANTA | Drone enthusiasts are calling a ban on the unmanned vehicles within five miles of Georgia's Capitol an overreach of authority by state officials, while agency officials argue the change is necessary and follows federal guidelines. It's the latest clash between supporters of the technology and government officia...
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Is Stand-Alone Drone Coverage Necessary?

You see an increasing amount of comment on the very topical subject of drone cover. Some skeptics might argue that there is an element of self-interest at play here on the part of those initiating or promoting the discussion on this subject. However, let’s just assume that this is all driven by the very best of intention...
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Utility drones could inspect equipment, scan for outages

LITHONIA — When tornadoes and hurricanes topple power lines in the future, flying drones might be the first to pinpoint the damage. Power companies across the United States are testing whether small drones can spot trouble on transmission lines or inspect equipment deep inside hard-to-reach power plant boilers. That’s ju...
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Farmers eager for drones, but most can’t legally fly them

CORDOVA, Md. (AP) — Mike Geske wants a drone. Watching a flying demonstration on Maryland’s Eastern Shore, the Missouri farmer envisions using an unmanned aerial vehicle to monitor the irrigation pipes on his farm — a job he now pays three men to do. “The savings on labor and fuel would just be phenomenal,” Geske says, ...
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China air force uses drone for first time in Xinjiang quake

China's air force dispatched a drone to the site of an earthquake in the far western region of Xinjiang on Friday to help in monitoring work, in what it said was the first time it had used an unmanned aircraft for such a task. China is developing an ambitious drone program for use at home, and also for export, as part of...
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Drone Wars: Airspace and Legal Rights in the Age of Drones

It is only the tip of the iceberg. As technology advances, common citizens are increasingly finding themselves with the ability to obtain and fly reasonably-priced unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) known as drones. News broadcasts are only now beginning to reflect the growing problems we can anticipate as their use becomes...
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New FL drone law takes effect

Tallahassee, FL (WFLA) – A new law that takes effect today aimed at regulating drones when it comes to people’s privacy, may have some issues. The law states it is unlawful to use a drone to ‘capture an image of privately owned real property or of the owner, tenant, occupant, invitee or licensee of such property with the...
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Why Insurers Embrace Drones: A Special Report

As the FAA has simplified commercial drone licensing requirements, insurers have embraced the technology for claims, underwriting and customer service applications ...
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7 wearable technology roles that will change the world

Wearables, wearables, wearables. Along with words like ‘cloud security’ and ‘internet of things’ that’s all I seem to hear about at the moment. Not that I’m complaining, I love wearables and I am definitely not the only one who does. Wearable devices in the form of smartwatches and fitness trackers have taken the world b...
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Why Amazon Is Building a Google Glass Clone

If it actually plans to implement a recently-published patent, Amazon could be looking to build a more practical clone of Google Glass, the infamous pair of smart glasses whose first model was, by all accounts, a failure (albeit the right kind of failure, as ...
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Seal Beach first city in Orange County to use drone to monitor shark activity

SEAL BEACH >> With a rise in juvenile shark sightings along the coast of Surfside beach this spring, Seal Beach lifeguards are using the latest technology to protect swimmers. The Seal Beach Marine ...
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How machine learning will take wearable data to the next level

Wearables and Internet of Things devices are already creating too much data to handle. Not just too much data for humans to handle, too much data for existing software to make sense of. Enter machine learning and its mind-blowing ability to learn and grow the more data it gets. So what exactly is it and how will it make ...
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New 'Arctic-proof' drone to track the effects of climate change

Drones generally get a bad press but there's far more to them than destruction and war – for example drone technology can help save lives in disaster zones reaching places that no humans can tread. Now researchers from Laval University ...
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Getting to Know: Drones

Motorists Insurance Group’s Vice President and Chief Claims Officer Teresa King explains how the FAA’s decision to grant commercial companies permission to use drones could affect the claims industry. On why drones have piqued her interests: “There are lots of technologies that I think are interesting, but drone technolo...
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Consumers Energy to use drones for power line checks

Consumers Energy is trying out using drones to inspect power lines, equipment and wind turbines. The utility launched the first one on Monday in Jackson County, it announced this morning. It's the fourth energy company in the U.S. – and the ...
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Rent-A-Drone Service Launches In Beta

Want to have your very own drone wedding, without getting pilot's license? Fly4Me can hook you up. The Cambridge, Massachusetts-based company is designed for people who want to hire a drone and crew on a per-use basis ...
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Is Congress' new drone safety act an innovation killer?

With a wealth of aerospace engineering talent located in the south and Silicon Valley’s software programming talent up north, California has quietly grown into a hub for the growing U.S. drone industry. But, some in the industry are worried ...
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First FAA-approved drone deliveries coming July 17

Drone deliveries in the U.S. will soon be an official, government-sanctioned activity. On July 17, the Federal Aviation Administration will allow a collaboration between NASA, Flirtey and Virginia Tech to fly unmanned aircraft to deliver pharmaceuticals to a ...
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The Impact of Drones on Insurers and Claimants

Rimkus recently was one of two forensic engineering investigative firms granted an exemption by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to use unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) —also referred to as drones—in their commercial work. Claims Management sat down with company representatives to learn more about their choice to...
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Munich Re Survey Suggests 40% of Businesses Could Soon be Using Drones

In fewer than five years, the use of drones (unmanned aerial vehicles – UAVs) could become common practice for almost 40 percent of businesses, say corporate risk managers surveyed by Munich Re. What ...
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Fixed Wings, Quadcopters, and More

As one of two forensic engineering investigation firms authorized by the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) to commercially operate unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), Donan believes this technology will allow claims professionals and others in the property insurance industry to do their jobs with increased accuracy, ...
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Ready for takeoff: Drones await clearance for job site flights

The use of drones as construction tools took a big step forward on February 15, when the Federal Aviation Administration issued its Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for Small Unmanned Aircraft, which offers safety rules for drones weighing more ...
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Yes, drones really can help the planet

Unmanned aerial vehicles bring to mind the early days of the PC. Civilian drones are the darlings of hobbyists, while their potential at home and at work is still to be grasped by the public at large. Meanwhile, experts are already musing about the various ways drones can advance environmental sustainability. Internet ...
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Drone industry taking off, thanks to insurers’ willingness to write cover

According to Marsh’s research, regulation remains the biggest barrier to the widespread adoption of UAS usage. For UAS operations to fully realize their commercial potential, many experts ...
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Can I (Legally) Use a Drone?

There is more than one way for architecture firms to enlist a drone—some with the government’s blessing and many more without. In the category of small unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), which weigh less than 55 pounds, drones offer immense potential for capturing data, ...
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FAA grants two more approvals for UAV inspections

Two more firms have joined a handful of insurance carriers and received approval to use unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or unmanned aircraft systems (UASs) commonly called drones for the aerial inspection of structures. Rimkus ...
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The Era of the Selfie Drone Is Here

Wired staffer David Pierce reports on the Lily, a drone that doesn't need a controller, or a pilot. It just follows you, focused on what you want. Commercial uses for drones are still being worked out at the Federal Aviation Agency level, but ...
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FAA Announces Drone Testing Partnerships Beyond Current Regulations

Yesterday, the Federal Aviation Administration announced three partnerships with companies to expand the operation of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in an initiative the agency is ...
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Wearables to be Broadly Adopted by Insurers Within Next 2 Years

Nearly two-thirds of insurers expect wearable technologies to have a significant impact on their industry, according to a survey of more than 200 insurance executives as part of Accenture’s annual Technology Vision report. The insurance...
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Commercial Drone Use Stymied by Slow to Act FAA

As U.S. regulators study how to govern commercial drones, corporate America is plunging ahead on using unmanned aircraft in a bid to speed the process and win concessions on proposed restrictions. Large companies including American ...
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Aerial drone survey reveals missing stonework

Bill Bryson described Durham as “the best cathedral on planet earth” but when this nine hundred year old UNESCO World Heritage Site needed a grant for repairs to its Cathedral Tower, they turned to the very latest technology to help them get it. Battling 25 mph winds, tricky light conditions and turbulence more usually ...
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Disaster recovery drones: Here are 8 steps regulators should take right now

Zurich North America recently showcased the findings of a new study detailing how drones can help first responders and improve relief efforts following a disaster. Conducted by Measure, a 32 Advisors ...
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4 ways to leverage aerial data for property claims handling

Claims from severe weather such as hailstorms are increasing in frequency and severity, and insurers are taking measures to alleviate the challenges of processing those claims. Aerial data is a key tool that can help insurers reduce inspection ...
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Aerial Imaging Advancements Translate into Better Roof Claims Handling

Roof damage is one of the most time-consuming and complicated types of losses to handle, and studies show that these losses account for 30 percent of all homeowners’ claims in the U.S. over ...
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Transforming Property Claims Handling

The rising number of claims resulting from hailstorm damage over the past two years makes a strong case for reexamining the way insurers process roof claims. Through the proper application of aerial data, insurers can transform property claims ...
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Aerial Roof Measurements: A Roofing Contractor’s Competitive Advantage

In recent years, roof measurements based on aerial imagery have revolutionized the way many restoration contractors work by eliminating some of the pains involved with measuring and estimating roof repairs ...
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Late-Breaking Aerial Data Capabilities Offer New Approach to Property Claims Handling

A recent analysis by Xactware reveals that its claims assignment and management network processed more than 1.8 million estimates for roof repairs in 2012 — roughly 34 percent of the total number ...
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