KazUAV, a group company of Japanbased Terra Drone Corporation, has been supporting the World Bank in its initiative to build sustainable school infrastructure in the Republic of Kyrgyzstan. As part of the General-Purpose Simulation Program (GPSS) under the Global Facility for Disaster Reduction and Recovery (GFDRR) grant-funding mechanism of the World Bank, KazUAV has surveyed and mapped Kyrgyz schools for a pilot project. A highly-detailed database of the educational infrastructure facilities – consisting of geographic coordinates, aerial imagery, orthophotomaps, and 3D models of the school buildings – has been created to help the World Bank make better decisions for improving the safety and functional conditions of schools in Kyrgyzstan. www.terra-drone.net
The Leica Aibot AX20 promises high precision
Leica Geosystems positions Aibot AX20 as “a complete UAV solution for land surveying, civil engineering and construction.” Its biggest advantage is that its photogrammetry is “high resolution, high precision—it’s possible to achieve better than one centimeter accuracy, depending on how accurate your ground points are and how high you fly.” Maximum area coverage is 150 acres per flight, but project coverage more typically runs 25 acres, in line with Aibot’s surveying and construction missions. The result is highly accurate information through 50 percent fewer photos covering the same sample area, at lower cost, using fewer staff.
Correlator3D™ version 8.4 by SimActive
SimActive Inc. has released Correlator3D™ version 8.4 with significant accelerations. The new version leads to speeds that are multiple times faster compared to previous releases. It allows a dynamic allocation of hardware resources, reducing potential bottlenecks from PC components. For example, solid states drives (SSD) are used more efficiently by the software, as well as additional CPU cores and extra RAM. www.simactive.com
DJI introduces the Zenmuse XT S
DJI has introduced a new thermal imaging camera, the Zenmuse XT S, for DJI’s Matrice 200 Series drones. The camera features an infrared thermal imaging sensor with high thermal sensitivity and resolutions for clear and detailed thermal imagery. It enables firefighters, police officers, inspectors and more to gather intel beyond the capabilities of visual data, and act on them quickly to save money, time and lives. www.dji.com
Indiana drone startups Pierce Aerospace and DRONEDEK LLC have teamed to advance commercial drone delivery.
The collaboration unites Pierce Aerospace’s Remote Identification expertise and technologies and DRONEDEK’s patent portfolio in last-mile logistics, including a drone mailbox system. The teams’ combined systems provide the infrastructure that enables scalably of authenticated package delivery to government, commercial, institutional, and residential locations throughout the world. www.dronedek.com
Blue innovation Co., Ltd. and Kyocera Corporation have announced that the companies reached an agreement to jointly develop a new drone solutions.
By flying multiple drones with mobile relay station functions in areas where mobile phone signals do not reach, such as disaster sites, the “moving communication relay station system” enables reliable mobile phone communication as if under normal circumstances. By combining technologies from both the companies, it will develop a moving drone-enabled communication relay station. https://global.kyocera.com
UPS and Henry Schein sign agreement
UPS and Henry Schein, Inc. has announced an agreement to explore and test a variety of drone delivery use cases. The use cases would examine unmanned aerial vehicles within business-to-business operating models.
The initiative to explore drone deliveries will begin in 2020 and will focus on testing the transport of essential healthcare products by UPS to customers of Henry Schein, a provider of healthcare solutions to office-based dental and medical practitioners. www.nasdaq.com Hyundai Motor and Uber partnership
Hyundai Motor Company and Uber have announced a new partnership to develop Uber Air Taxis for a future aerial ride share network and unveiled a new full-scale aircraft concept). Hyundai is the first automotive company to join the Uber Elevate initiative, bringing automotive-scale manufacturing capability and a track record of massproducing electric vehicles. The air vehicle concept Hyundai released recently was created in part through Uber’s open design process, a NASAinspired approach that jump-starts innovation by publicly releasing vehicle design concepts so any company can use them to innovate their air taxi models and engineering technologies.
Draganfly releases new payloads
Draganfly Inc. has announced three new specialized payload offerings, which are intended to expand agricultural research and environmental monitoring using drones.
It has developed these new payload options in collaboration with research experts in agricultural and water resources fields. These new camera packages, are intended to increase efficiency and improve the spatial and spectral quality of actionable data collected. www.draganfly.com