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Please Don’t Fly Your Drone Into Active Firefighting Operations

As helpful as drones can be, they can be harmful as well. Just ask the firefighters who were responsible for fighting the Lake Fire just south of Big Bear. In the middle of the firefight, an inconsiderate drone operator decided to fly his UAV into the the active firefighting operation. When drones fly in, firefighting [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:34-08:00April 19th, 2017|Drones, Fire Department, First Responder, Safety|Comments Off on Please Don’t Fly Your Drone Into Active Firefighting Operations

New Drone Market Projections Estimate Industry at $2 Billion by 2023

Back in October of 2015, I reported on the Omnibus Research Report Predicts Blue Skies for UAV Market which estimated "that the global commercial drones market is estimated to grow ... to reach $1.27 billion by 2020." Then just six months later, Business Insider released The Drones Report: Market forecasts, key players and use cases, and regulatory barriers to [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:35-08:00April 14th, 2017|Drone Investing, Drones, First Responder, Police|Comments Off on New Drone Market Projections Estimate Industry at $2 Billion by 2023

DJI Wants You To Know Drones Save People

Did you know that your favorite DJI drone has a secret identity as a superhero? Well maybe not really a superhero, but according to DJI their drones have been saving people and to back up that statement, they have decided to start keeping track. To date, they have tracked eighteen incidents. Curious to learn more, [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:39-08:00April 3rd, 2017|Drone Technology, Drones, Fire Department, First Responder, Police, Safety, Search and Rescue|Comments Off on DJI Wants You To Know Drones Save People

DJI Proposes New Invisible “License Plate” for all Drones

As useful and entertaining as drones are, it's important to recognize the potential risks of the technology. Drones can cause havoc in restricted airspace such as at airports or endanger first responders dealing with emergencies such as wildfires. Historically, it's often been difficult to track a drone back to its operator, but DJI would like [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:40-08:00March 31st, 2017|Drone Law, Drones, Fire Department, First Responder, Homeland Security, Police|Comments Off on DJI Proposes New Invisible “License Plate” for all Drones

$40 Hack Takes Down $30,000 First Responder Drone

First responders should be paying particular attention to this story. Mr. Nils Rodday, a security researcher recently announced a method for hacking a $30,000 drone designed to be used by police and firefighters. That's bad news. The fact that Mr. Rodday's hack works from up to a mile away and requires just about $40 worth [...]

By |2016-03-16T22:18:12-08:00March 25th, 2016|Anti-drone Technology, Drones, Fire Department, First Responder, Homeland Security, Police|Comments Off on $40 Hack Takes Down $30,000 First Responder Drone

Commercial Drone Operator Provides Firefighters With Valuable Air Support

How often do you find a story where the drone was featured as the hero (or at the very least one of the good guys)? On Maui, a remote brush fire that burned four acres created a unique opportunity for a commercial drone operator, working for Maui 24/7, to provide support to the fire department. [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:45-08:00March 20th, 2016|Conservation, Drone Services, Drone Technology, Drones, Fire Department, First Responder, Safety|Comments Off on Commercial Drone Operator Provides Firefighters With Valuable Air Support

Drones Are Becoming Popular At The Municipal Level

DJI Inspire Pro As more and more people become comfortable with the idea of drones, municipalities are starting to see the value that drones can provide as tools. You can see that reflected as more and more cities are investing portions of their budget into drones. A perfect example is the City of [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:48-08:00March 16th, 2016|Drones, First Responder|Comments Off on Drones Are Becoming Popular At The Municipal Level

How Do You Defend Against Rogue Drones?

The potential for drone technology to be misused is real. We've already seen multiple examples of weaponized consumer drones, which begs the question, "how do we defend against rogue drones?" Thankfully this is a problem that more than one company is attempting to solve. UK-based OpenWorks Engineering believes they have the solution with their SkyWall [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:23:48-08:00March 15th, 2016|Drone Technology, Drones, First Responder, Military, Safety|Comments Off on How Do You Defend Against Rogue Drones?

Google[x] Proceeding With Drone Delivery Service “Project Wing”

Google is charging ahead with their drone delivery plans in spite of a few setbacks. Unlike Amazon's efforts, Google is focusing their research and development on disaster relief. Picture UAVs flying out to hard to reach places, delivering key supplies during emergency situations. This isn't a far fetched idea, drone enthusiasts have already been using their [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:07-08:00October 20th, 2015|Drone Delivery, Drone Services, Drones, First Responder|Comments Off on Google[x] Proceeding With Drone Delivery Service “Project Wing”

Manchester Firefighers Establish Quadcopter Based Air Unit

Rachel Pick of Motherboard recently wrote an article about Greater Manchester's Fire and Rescue Service using drone technology. While firefighters in California are being hindered by hobbyist drones, in stark contrast, the firefighters of Greater Manchester's Fire and Rescue Service have established their own Air Unit. This Air Unit currently uses their drone, outfitted with an infrared camera, to identify [...]

By |2017-08-31T15:24:07-08:00October 16th, 2015|Drones, Fire Department, First Responder, International|Comments Off on Manchester Firefighers Establish Quadcopter Based Air Unit