New Thermal Capability For Kespry Drones

On July 25th, 2018, Kespry announced a new radiometric thermal capability for their drone-based aerial intelligence platform. This new capability will allow new opportunities for businesses in the commercial property industry to get accurate information when they inspect roofs.

According to Kespry they offer a new solution in thermal data and roof inspections by offering:

  • Radiometric temperature analysis delivering a specific temperature at a specific point on a roof instead of just temperature trends or variations from non-radiometric drone data.
  • The combination of high-resolution visual data with radiometric thermal data to enable inspections to accurately identify the specific point of concern instead of relying on grainy, ill-defined thermal overlays.
  • Roof dimension data to allow inspectors to complete their analysis and reports much faster than waiting for manual measurements or third-party data.

Drones offering thermal data to access risk is not new, but existing technology did not do a good job of locating a thermal anomaly like leaks, pooling of liquid, or site of damage. Kespry’s new software could potentially change how workers in the commercial real estate, insurance, and management industries operate to see if a building structure is in trouble.

According to the website The Drive, “What Kespry has done here, essentially, is charge ahead of even the latest unmanned efforts in the inspection industry, by combining high-resolution fidelity with thermal imaging. It’ is this combination, that the company seems to have pulled out of its sleeve and dropped onto the proverbial table as the game-changer we’ve been anticipating.”

This new software seems to be an improvement for thermal imaging in drones. This has the potential to save workers in the commercial real estate industry and property owners time and money when they assess a building structure.


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New Drone System Could Prevent Drownings

A father in Phoenix Arizona, Lee Kambar, grew tired of hearing about child drownings on the news and used these tragedies as fuel for finding a solution. Kambar designed the Morningstar drone system, consisting of two drones equipped with 360-degree-cameras. The drones are waterproof and include facial recognition software that alerts a user of pool activity. One Morningstar floats on the surface, while the other is submerged below the water. The cameras will notify its user that someone is in the pool and stream footage to their paired device.

At the first sign of danger, the Morningstar app will notify and send photographs of the situation to local emergency services. While this system cannot possibly prevent all drownings, it gives parents and emergency service providers a head-start on dealing with dangerous situations.

The Morningstar system is currently priced at $1,000 and is expected to be released in late 2018.


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5 Ways To Use Your Drone For Profit

Have you ever wondered if you could turn your love of drones into a viable business opportunity? Many people have found creative and lucrative ways to use their UAS skills to their best advantage. Here are 5 ways to use your drone to earn an income and help humanity in the process.

  1. Photography- Aerial drone photography can be used for personal as well as industrial use.
    • Wedding Photography- Add cinematic flair and capture life events such as aerial shots of a beachside wedding.
    • Real Estate – Aerial photography of a homes exterior or landscape, beachfront or mountain views enhance the properties visual appeal and be a great tool to persuade buyers to purchase the home faster than still photography.
    • Construction companies use drone photographs for examining rooftop structures, checking the progress of a project, or examining the area for damage after a storm.
    • News outlets use drones to capture aerial footage of areas that are inaccessible after natural disasters such as a storm, flooding or fire.
  1. Cartographic Surveys – Cartographers use drones equipped with a camera and specialized software to map areas that are inaccessible by any other means. They are able to use special equipment and programs to collect data to assist them in creating maps, plots, and other legal documentation.
  1. Agriculture – Drone data can be used in agricultural settings to get the most yield from each growing season.
    With the right software, you can:

    1. Generate plant counts and forecast yield based on surveys of row-based plants.
    2. Assess tree crown health, diameter, and vegetation index values.
    3. Monitor plant health throughout the growing season.
    4. Assess crop coverage and gauge productivity and overall plant health by measuring the plant's growth.
    5. Identify and measure areas where flooding prevents crop production due to standing water.
    6. Measure chlorophyll and nitrogen content in various plants.
    7. And so much more!
  1. Security & Surveillance – Unmanned aircraft provide the ideal solution to the problems and limitations faced by previous surveillance methods. They are faster and cheaper than traditional methods. Drones can enter confined spaces with a minimum of noise and can be equipped with thermal sensors that allow it’s users to capture images otherwise undetectable by the human eye. UAV’s can cover large areas as well as places where the terrain is otherwise inaccessible. Utilizing a drone reduces the cost of additional staffing. Listed below are a few areas where a drone can be useful.
    1. Event security
    2. Maritime Defense
    3. Traffic Management
    4. SWAT Teams
    5. Anti-Poaching
  1. Search and Rescue Drone Operator – Drones are an attractive tool for Search and Rescue operators because of their ease of use and ability to reach places where rescuers have difficulty entering. They can keep rescue crews out of harm's way until the situation can be assessed and their physical presence is needed. Drones are much less costly than the services of a helicopter or plane for moving in and around disaster zones and hard-to-reach sites.  They’ve already been used in the Philippines and Haiti to after these areas experienced natural disasters. An 82-year-old Wisconsin woman was rescued after a hobbyist lent his drone to searchers. The woman could not be located by searchers, dogs or the helicopter teams who searched for three days. She was finally found in a remote 200-acre bean field after being spotted by a drone equipped with a camera.

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Drones Are The New Fireworks

Communities in Western states such as California, Colorado, and Arizona are moving towards drone swarms as a safe alternative over organized fireworks this July 4th due to droughts and wildfires.

The Aspen Chamber Resort Association in Colorado replaced their firework show with drones knowing they had a small chance of getting fireworks permit. The Travis Air Force Base in California never did fireworks because of fire danger but this year was able to feature choreographed drones that wowed viewers in animated displays such as a gigantic red-white-blue American flag and California icons in tune of different music.

Fire workers in California are happy to see drones being utilized over fireworks. “Definitely worth it to use a drone over live fireworks,”, said Lyn Tolmachoff, spokesperson for the California Department of Forestry and Fire Protection. “The drones are choreographed and programmed to ensure they don’t fall across power lines.”

Drone shows have been around for years with notable performances at the Winter Olympics in PyeongChang and Lady Gaga’s Super Bowl halftime show in 2017. China banned fireworks across more than 400 cities to help reduce pollutions and drone swarms have acted as an entertainment substitute.


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FAA: New Drone Flight Restrictions

The Federal Aviation Administration announced that drones will be prohibited from flying over federal prisons and Coast Guard facilities. The FAA flight restrictions will take effect July 7, 2018, at over 19 prisons and 10 Coast Guard facilities. The purpose of the restrictions is to keep drone flights outside of a 400-foot radius of federal facilities. Operators who violate the flight restrictions may be subject to enforcement action, including potential civil penalties and criminal charges including up to a year in prison.

It is the widespread availability of commercial drones that pose the greatest threat. There are more than one million federally licensed drone operators, and most of them fly by the rules, but not everyone. That being said, law-enforcement and national security officials added “prison breaks” as a potential ill use.

Drone incidents at prisons have been on the rise. In July 2015, a fight broke out at an Ohio prison when a drone dropped tobacco, marijuana, and heroin to an inmate. In July 2017 there was an escape from a South Carolina prison, where an inmate chopped his way through a fence using wire cutters that prison officials suspect were dropped by a drone. The inmate was captured 1,200 miles away in Texas. In September 2017, Arizona prison officials said a drone carrying drugs and cellphones crashed in the prison yard.

Most of the danger from the commercial drone boom here at home has been in the category of nuisance offenses. Under current law, hobbyists and commercial users must keep unmanned aircraft below 400 feet, and avoid flying within five miles of an airport to avoid endangering commercial aircraft. Even small drones can disable a passenger jet by getting sucked into and destroying a jet engine. Still, some recreational drone users ignore the law. In the first nine months of 2017, there were 1,696 drone sightings in illegal airspaces. The FAA expects the problem will get worse as the number of drones is estimated to triple to 3.5 million by 2021.


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LAANC Program Allows Faster Authorizations To Drone Operators

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has recently expanded an automated system in the form of a beta program that will help process airspace authorization requests for drone operators nationwide. It’s called Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC) and will be deployed incrementally to 300 air traffic facilities covering approximately 500 airports. The FAA describes LAANC as a safe integration of drones into the airspace, allowing drone operators to receive near real-time authorization.

The FAA started to roll out the LAANC capabilities on April 30 and gave specific dates for other areas in the USA:

  • South Central—April 30
  • Western North USA—May 24
  • Western South—June 21
  • Eastern South—July 19
  • Eastern North—August 16
  • Central North—September 13

Who is going to be most impacted by this development?

Industries such as commercial construction, media, and insurance will benefit from LAANC because they often require access to controlled airspace. Drone operators used to depend on manual authorization, which would take 60 days to 6 months for permission to fly, but now they can do it in seconds if LAANC is rolled out in the area.

The LAANC is an important step in developing the Unmanned Management System (UTM) and will help to set a standard for the global community in safety and efficiency.


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Drones Revitalizing Historical Landmarks

The world’s great historical landmarks often need TLC to keep them standing and sharing their beauty and history for generations to come. Restoring these treasures can be a challenge – but drones are helping with this complex work. Advances in drone technology are not only about improving our quality of life today but also providing new ways of preserving our historical landmarks.

Drones, or unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV), are performing complex site assessments and accomplishing conservation tasks that used to be extremely difficult and costly. Utilizing drones to inspect fragile, historic monuments help maintain a site’s integrity, eliminating the need for heavy and damaging scaffolding. Maneuverability and acute vision enable specialists to inspect inaccessible areas and identify vulnerabilities.

Drones gather data that can assist in the next stages of restoration planning. In less than an hour of flight time, drones can capture nearly one thousand detailed images, giving researchers data to produce an intricate, true-to-life 3D model of the structure. For preservationists, drones are revolutionizing the field and energizing a new era of historical preservation with better data, in a fraction of the time. In addition to reducing the time and resources needed for these preservation initiatives, drone deployments result in substantial savings—enabling further conservation efforts and the maintenance of cultural treasures for future generations.


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4 Drone Shots to Make Your Listing Pop

The use of drones in real estate photography has changed the game when it comes to high-quality video from the air. An experienced UAV pilot may make it look easy, but that comes with a price. You’ll have to find the balance when it comes to cutting into profits to keep up with the competition. One way is to learn how to film your own drone videos.

Here are four video drone shots you can practice so you can film your own listings and have them look just as good as the pro’s.

  1. The Fly-By The fly-by will work in almost every situation and should be used for every listing you film. The best way to film a fly-by is to set your focal point at 200 feet out. Slowly fly by your subject panning left or right. This will add drama to the shot. Fly all the way by the subject and let it leave the frame.

 

  1. The High Pan – I love to use the high pan when filming a large property, especially waterfront. This is a basic shot that shows the expanse and surrounding areas. Fly straight up to between 150 to 250 feet, depending on how far you want to show in the shot. Once you reach your desired height, slowly pan the drone in a complete circle. Do your best to keep the pan as smooth as possible. The slower the pan, the better. You can always speed it up in editing.

  1. The Orbit – The orbit is a more difficult shot, but it will pay off in the end. It involves both lateral flight and a slow pan. To set up this shot, you will want to set a distance from the structure of 25 to 75 feet. Keep this distance throughout the shot, maintaining a clear flight path all the way around the structure. This is where a spotter can really come in handy. Be sure to keep the structure in the center of the frame throughout the shot.

  1. The Reveal – The reveal is a shot that can set your video apart from every other listing on the market. It is best used when you have waterfront property. Start the drone on the opposite side of the structure from the water. Fly 15 feet off the ground and point the camera straight toward the ground. Fly up and over the building as you pan the camera up. The closer you get to the roof of the home or building the better, but keep it safe. You do not want to have to go looking for a ladder to get your drone off the roof. As you fly over the building, the beautiful water will be revealed, adding a dramatic touch to your listing video.

I hope these shots have helped in filming your own real estate listings. Be sure to practice these shots in a wide-open area before attempting them at a listing. The last thing you want to do is fly into a client’s home or commercial property. Keep it safe and have fun flying.

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How Drones are being used in Business

Drones were once thought to be used only by the military and considered top secret.  They have now have gone mainstream and are used across all sectors, from small business to large industries, public and private.

Drone technology is progressing at a great rate, and a huge part of that growth is due to the diverse fields in which drones are used. With the increase in popularity comes the growing number of positions available for properly trained and skilled drone pilots.

The future is bright for drones.  The opportunities for businesses to develop further uses for this updated technology is enormous. Let’s look at a few of the top industries that are using drones now.

Farming and Agriculture

Drone technology in farming and agriculture represents a huge opportunity. Drones can assist farmers in many ways.

  • Assessing crops and livestock
  • Marking boundaries and planning wide-scale fencing
  • To establish irrigation systems, and in agricultural consultancy 

Filmmaking

  • Drones have been changing the way movies are made, and how pictures are taken. Whether you are a photographer taking wedding pictures or a filmmaker making your next documentary, drones are allowing us to see visual media like never before. With the regulations for production companies constantly changing, we can expect to see drones used in filmmaking more and more.

Photography

  • Drones are becoming the new perfect complement to any professional photographer. They are increasingly used to capture special events. Photographers – especially those who serve at special events cannot afford to be left behind and will need to adapt to this new technology. 

Marketing and News Media

  • Drones are providing the marketing sector with the ability to develop rich content. As the demand for video content increases, agencies are under pressure to provide more compelling and productive media marketing. Drone technology allows marketing agencies to showcase even the smallest of businesses with a fresh approach. Progressive news media are also seeing the massive advantage of drones. Drones can capture news and events as they unfold, without the risks reporters could face on the ground. 

Where can we expect to see drones in the future?

Drones are here to stay, and as more businesses take advantage of this technology, we may find ourselves in a world where drones are as common as smartphones.


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Drones Provide Safety during Ramadan

During Ramadan 2018 (16 May-14 June), security staff at the largest mosque in the world will be using drones to fly high above the throngs of pilgrims to ensure public safety.

Saudi Arabia suffered a major tragedy during Ramadan 2015. During Hajj, two large groups of pilgrims traveling in opposite directions came together at an intersection near the Jamaraat Bridge. There was insufficient space for the people gathering which caused mass panic and a ‘crush’. It was estimated that at least 2200 people from 36 countries were killed. It was the deadliest event at Mecca.

Unfortunately, this was not the only tragedy to strike the holy land. The Al-Haram Mosque in Mecca, Saudi Arabia, is an enormous complex normally capable of holding 900,000 worshippers. During Hajj (the annual period when many Muslims make a pilgrimage to Mecca) this capacity leaps to 4 million! On multiple occasions, hundreds or even thousands of people were killed during stampedes.

As a response to criticism of the tragedy, Saudi Arabia seems to be taking safety more seriously. The drones will be controlled by security forces who will be on the lookout for anyone acting suspiciously, as well as helping authorities to monitor the movements of people throughout Mecca. Accompanying the drones will be 25,000 cameras, 2,400 policemen, and 1,300 security patrols.

Drone technology is changing the world of safety. In the next year, almost 2.3 million of the unmanned aircraft will be sold. Right now, is the perfect time to launch your career into the sky, starting with our FAA Remote Pilot in Command Certification Exam Prep!


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