The Palm Beach County Sheriff's Office (PBSO) [Florida] has received approval from county commissioners to embark on a unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) pilot program under a $1 million grant from the Florida Department of Law Enforcement (FDLE), according to The Palm Beach Post. The UAS pilot program will be used primarily for marine scenarios involving search and rescue missions, smuggling mitigation, and situational awareness for high-risk events, according to the Sheriff's
See Airborne Response featured in ECO (environment coastal & ocean) magazine on October 14 regarding the threat posed by inconsistent seawall height to Miami Beach waterfront land owners. #MediaAppearance #MediaClip #ECOMagazine #MiamiBeach #Drone #searise #Flooding #UAS #UAV
VIDEO: Click above to watch the YouTube video from the Umatilla County Sheriff's Dept. SUMMARY: Unmanned aerial systems can serve as a valuable force multiplier toward initiating a search and rescue operation while ground teams are still in the staging phase. Crucial information can also be ascertained via the drone to help the ground teams conduct their search more effectively. PROBLEM: When conducting a search of a substantial rural area, the Umatiila County, Oregon Sherif
SUMMARY: Unmanned aircraft systems can be an incredibly effective tool for companies looking to quickly and safely assess damage from major storms and disasters. PROBLEM: Exceptionally high floodwaters from Hurricane Matthew remain too deep for cars to traverse in some towns along the U.S. Carolina coast. Many buildings appear too damaged to accommodate inspections safely. SOLUTION: Companies are turning to UAS's to assist with the post-storm damage assessment and recovery e
New homes may fall victim to neglectful property owners of neighboring lots who fail to take necessary action MIAMI BEACH - The City of Miami Beach is slated to spend over $400 million over the next five years to combat sea level rise, according to the Miami Herald. A substantial portion of this funding will be used to raise streets, install new pumps, and increase public seawalls to a minimum height of 5.7 feet NAVD (North American Vertical Datum) above mean sea level. While
The rapid pace of the civil unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry will continue through 2025, according to market analysis firm the Teal Group. Analysts project the growth rate will quadruple over the next decade to $10,9 billion by 2025.
Growth will be based on both near-term, and longer-term adopters. Near terms adopters will include end users such as construction and survey firms who can reap immediate benefits from UAS technology. The agriculture, communications,
Watch Airborne Response Founder and CEO Christopher Todd speak to Glenna Milberg from WPLG Local 10 News ABC about the impact of Hurricane Matthew on Miami Beach. Airborne Response launched a UAS before and after the storm to gauge environmental impact on the shoreline. #MiamiBeach #WPLGLocal10 #GlennaMilberg #ChristopherTodd #MediaAppearance #HurricaneMatthew #Drone #UAS #UAV
SUMMARY: Unmanned aerial vehicles can be a crucial tool for oil and gas companies who need to monitor their assets for potentially environmentally damaging leakage. UAV's can quickly assess a large area safely, and cost effectively. PROBLEM: Natural gas leaks and other emission pollution that remains unchecked can emit several tons of greenhouse gas into the atmosphere causing a potential manmade disaster. Over the course of 112 days this precise scenario happened in 2016 as
Bell Helicopters (a Textron company) manufacturers of the tiltrotor V-22 Osprey that combines aspects of helicopter and airplane design into a single aircraft, is poised to cause waves with the U.S. Navy's new "TERN" vertical-landing and take-off drone program. The drone is the Bell V-247 Vigilant. It weighs eight tons empty and carries up to 13,000 pounds of munitions and fuel under it's 65-foot wingspan and 30-foot rotor diameter. Vigilant is also being designed to carry
SUMMARY: Unmanned aircraft systems can help law enforcement and first responders reduce the amount of time it takes to investigate an traffic accident by about 85% leading to economic benefits in the hundreds of thousands of dollars. PROBLEM: In 2010 there were over 2010 traffic fatalities across Canada's highways and roads. The number of major collisions was even higher. Each crash places an intense burden on first responders. Fire Rescue must suppress any hazards and extr
SUMMARY: UAV's can be a valuable tool for lifeguards to assist swimmers who are drowning or my be caught in riptides. A drone can rapidly fly out to the victim and drop flotation aid to keep the victim afloat until a lifeguard or other additional assistance arrives. PROBLEM: The water can become a dangerous place for poor swimmers who venture out too deep in a river, lake, or pond. Swift moving riptide current can suddenly pull swimmers out to sea from seemingly safe beach a
SUMMARY: UAV data combined with photogrammetry allows major infrastructure companies to survey their assets with an accuracy that compares favorable to terrestrial LiDAR, but more rapidly, with greater coverage, and at a fraction of the cost. These firms can now perform proactive asset management, and apply tools and methodologies that detect trends and problems before they become real-world safety risks. PROBLEM: Major infrastructure assets like large bridges and dams requir
While many commercial drone operators are either operating within the guidelines of existing Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Section 333 exemptions or seeking certification via the new FAA Part 107 certification process, many renegade commercial UAV operators continue to fly in national airspace without proper training or certification. This is creating a dangerous black market of drone operators that should be a priority for the FAA.
Jonathan Daniels, CEO and co-fou
SUMMARY: Drones are a valuable tool for firefighters and HAZMAT teams to use when responding to an incident. UAV video streams allow for fire commanders to quickly assess the scope of the incident from the air, effectively deploy resources, monitor incident operations, and capture footage for release to news and media outlets.
PROBLEM: In early 2014, a large fire has broke out at the Stony Creek Quarry in Connecticut. A supply of ammonium nitrate - fuel oil (ANFO) -- the lar
SUMMARY: The potential of drones represents a new, more efficient method for shipping an delivery companies to delivery essential, mission critical items such as medical supplies when time is of the essence.
PROBLEM: Emergency medical supplies often need to reach critically ill patients as quickly as possible. However, even the quickest of modern delivery methods can still take a significant amount of time when factors like distance, terrain, street traffic, and road constr
Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV's) solutions represent astounding market potential for the commercial marketplace, according to recent report by business consultants PricewaterhouseCooper (PwC). The firm believes the global market potential for drone powered solutions to be USD $127.3 billion.
PwC believes the infrastructure sector represents the largest opportunity at $45.2 billion. The fact that many companies in the infrastructure sector perform hazardous work and operat
SUMMARY: Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV's) can be an effective tool for monitoring large crowds and events. While drones (sUAS's) are a popular choice and effective at transiting large distances at high speeds, SmartBalloons may represent a better option for providing persistent low altitude surveillance over a fixed target. Ultimately, the two systems can be used in concert to provide effective security. PROBLEM: South Padre Island, Texas is a popular destination for colleg
SUMMARY: UAV's can help identify diseased trees from the air, and send dogs and ground personnel to specific tree for further analysis to help stop the spread of disease and infection among various crops. This can help mitigate crop damage and loss.
PROBLEM: The Redbay Ambrosia beetle is wreaking havoc upon avocado trees. The beetle is about the size of a grain of rice. Research indicates it probably first arrived as a stowaway from Southeast Asia in 2002 or 2003. The b
SUMMARY: Drones represent a valuable tool for police Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT) teams to use when responding to dangerous situations with armed suspects. It is essential for SWAT teams to train with UAV's to develop tactical proficiency between the drone pilot and the rest of the team.
PROBLEM: A 48 year-old Wisconsin man dialed 911 and told the dispatcher that he was armed with a 9mm handgun and ammunition and wanted to harm himself. After the call, the man fled
SUMMARY: Drones are an essential tool for helping Hazardous Materials (HAZMAT) response teams conduct a rapid aerial, and up-close assessment of incidents in which they respond to. UAV's can feed photos and videos back to subject matter experts located around the world to help assess dangers and risks associated with a HAZMAT response. PROBLEM: In spring 2016, a train derailment in Callaway, Minnesota had the region on edge. Potentially hazardous materials may pose significan