Independent study shows that DJI security and privacy practices are sound

Independent study shows that DJI security and privacy practices are sound

Pilots, companies, and governments have all wondered how DJI's apps collect and share data, and now an independent study paid for by DJI Research LLC shows that the company's practices are quite sound. Users have complete control over the types of data collected, stored and transmitted by the drone, remote controller, and GO 4 mobile app, according to research done by Kivu Consulting of Denver, Colorado (PDF file download)

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Apple Park drone videographer: "Don't fly your drones over The Park, it's frowned upon!"

Apple Park drone videographer: "Don't fly your drones over The Park, it's frowned upon!"

Since construction started on Apple Park years ago, the world has been treated to beautiful aerial imagery of the corporate campus from drone pilots Duncan Sinfield and Matthew Roberts. Today, Sinfield posted the video seen below on his YouTube channel along with a note that indicates that Apple might be using anti-drone technology to detect sUAS and that it's "only a matter of time until the campus becomes shut-off to drones completely."

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Transport Infrastructure Ireland acquiring drones for infrastructure inspections

Transport Infrastructure Ireland acquiring drones for infrastructure inspections

Keeping a country's transportation infrastructure in working condition is a constant job, and often requires road or rail closures in order to perform checks and surveys to see what needs to be prioritized for repair or replacement. In Ireland, Transport Infrastructure Ireland (TII) is looking at acquiring one multi-rotor drone and a fixed-wing craft to perform inspections remotely without needing to shut down roads.

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Coachella testing drones for security, traffic monitoring

Coachella testing drones for security, traffic monitoring

After last October's gunman attack that killed 58 people at a Las Vegas music festival, organizers of the annual Coachella Valley Music and Arts Festival are making their number one priority public safety. Part of the detailed plans that will be in place for the festival, which runs April 13-15 and April 20 - 22 in Indio, California, include the use of drones for security and traffic monitoring.

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Zipline's speedy drones may be used for US medical product deliveries

Zipline's speedy drones may be used for US medical product deliveries

Zipline is a drone company that has been saving lives in Rwanda with a pilot program that delivers blood, plasma and other medical supplies to clinics in rural areas. Since its pilot program started in 2016, the company's drones have flown a total of more than 185,000 miles and the blood deliveries account for 20 percent of Rwanda's blood supply in rural areas. The successful test has now been expanded to Tanzania, and now Zipline may offer services in the US starting this year.

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The truth is out there: "mysterious lights" turn out to be drone show test

The truth is out there: "mysterious lights" turn out to be drone show test

No, it wasn't a coordinated attack by UFOs. A Flint Township, MI woman, Kaylin Adams, was driving north on I-75 returning home when she noticed "mysterious lights" in the sky. The sight was so impressive that Adams and other motorists pulled over to watch the lights, and Adams captured video of the floating colored lights. Her video grabbed over 200,000 views and 5,700 shares on Facebook, but it turns out the lights were 30 drones being tested for a drone show.

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Verizon's flying femtocell drones could restore communications quickly after a disaster

Verizon's flying femtocell drones could restore communications quickly after a disaster

While drones have been used in Puerto Rico to help begin the installation of new power and telephone lines in the wake of Hurricanes Irma and Maria, Verizon has been testing a 200 lb. (90.7kg) drone that carries a femtocell -- a small cell tower, so to speak -- over an area that has lost coverage due to a storm or other disaster. 

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Chinese officials arrest group using drones to smuggle refurbished iPhones

Chinese officials arrest group using drones to smuggle refurbished iPhones

Shenzhen is the place where a lot of the world's technology is manufactured -- smartphones are made by Foxconn and other companies, drones are designed and built by DJI, and so on. The technology hub is located just north of Hong Kong, which is a special administrative region of China and is treated somewhat like a separate country...although it's not. Recently, drones were used in a smuggling ring in which almost $80 million of refurbished iPhones were transported from Hong Kong to Shenzhen, in what appears to be a "coals to Newcastle" operation.

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DJI announcements show commitment to commercial drone market

DJI announcements show commitment to commercial drone market

DJI made a series of announcements yesterday (March 28, 2018) that are targeted at bolstering the drone manufacturer's position in the commercial drone market. The company is primarily known for its consumer and prosumer drones -- in fact, many people thought that DJI was going to announce a new consumer drone yesterday. But the announcement of a new thermal imaging camera and a payload software development kit (SDK) point to the company letting startups and developers integrate custom gear on stock DJI drones.

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DroneShield DroneGun used to bring down a drone at Commonwealth Games

DroneShield DroneGun used to bring down a drone at Commonwealth Games

Here's what to expect if you're being a foolish drone pilot, flying where you're not supposed to be, or breaking other common-sense rules -- your drone will be shot down and you'll face charges. That's the case in Brisbane, Australia, where Queensland police used a DroneShield DroneGun to bring down a drone breaching an aerial exclusion zone around a Commonwealth Games venue.

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Video: Aerones Wind Turbine De-Icing Drone In Action

Video: Aerones Wind Turbine De-Icing Drone In Action

When it's cold and humid, airplanes and huge wind turbines have the same problem -- they accumulate snow and ice, which disturbs the airflow over the wings or blades. On wind turbines, that accumulation can hamper the turbine's ability to produce electrical power and even stop the blades from turning. A Latvian firm, Aerones, has come up with a tethered industrial drone that is used to de-ice wind turbines, and this video shows how it's done:

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Ford proposes low-tech solution for remote drone tracking

Ford proposes low-tech solution for remote drone tracking

This week the Federal Aviation Administration held its annual drone symposium, with one of the topics being how to identify UAVs remotely. DJI’s solution was rather straightforward — have the drone broadcast its FAA ID and location over radio — and could be used by Air Traffic Control to show the precise location of any registered drone. But a surprise solution that is a lot less high-tech came from an unlikely source — automaker Ford.

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Oakland University prof brings agricultural drone tech to Malawi

Farmers in the US and other developed countries have a variety of high-tech tools on hand to help them achieve the highest crop yields possible, including drones that use aerial imagery to determine where plants are under stress from insects, lack of water or a need for fertilizers. Now an anthropology professor from Oakland University has taken agricultural drone technology to Liwonde, Malawi to help local farmers in optimizing their crop production. 

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Pilot Report: PowerVision PowerEgg Camera Drone

Pilot Report: PowerVision PowerEgg Camera Drone

What looks like a large white egg, weighs 4.6 pounds (2,100 grams), shoots 4K photos and video, and flies? Sounds like a joke, right? It's not, but if it was the punch line would be the PowerVision PowerEgg (US$1,288), a very unique camera drone that stands apart from the usual quadcopters that are so prevalent today. As you’ll find in this review, the PowerEgg is an extremely capable drone that both new and experienced pilots should consider.

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DroneDeploy introduces Live Map for real-time aerial mapping in the field

DroneDeploy introduces Live Map for real-time aerial mapping in the field

As a commercial drone pilot, I'm very familiar with DroneDeploy -- it's a platform that uses an iOS app connected to a remote controller to automate aerial mapping from drones. Last week, DroneDeploy updated its app with a new feature called Live Map, which lets drone operators create real-time maps in the field on the iOS device.

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Drone-flying tourist banned for life from South Africa's Kruger National Park

Drone-flying tourist banned for life from South Africa's Kruger National Park

Most drone pilots -- even newbies -- know that flying drones in national parks is forbidden. It's that way in the United States, and starting in 2014, in the vast Kruger National Park in South Africa. These laws are put into place to protect the often unique wildlife, flora, and geological formations that qualified these places as national parks in the first place. Recently, an ignorant drone pilot found himself banned for life from ever visiting Kruger National Park again.

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