9/11; the moniker still continues to stir tense feelings 15 years. I had lived in Lower Manhattan in New York City for almost two years. I looked at the Twin Towers every day when I walked out my front door. I had been to events at Window's on the World, lingered in the World Trade Center (WTC) plaza, and often simply admired these iconic landmarks with quiet pride for what they represented.
I left New York on the morning of September 1, 2001 to move back to Miami. Litt
SUMMARY: Telecommunications mega-giant AT&T has embraced drones as a viable tool to aerial inspections of its cellular tower sites, and also foresees value in UAV's toward providing network services during times of peak use and disaster.
PROBLEM: Cellular tower inspections have traditionally been a relatively expensive, cumbersome, and often dangerous endeavor requiring staff to climb the tower by hand, or approach the site via an aircraft (such as a helicopter). SOLUTION: C
The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) is predicting there will be 2.5 million unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) -- also known as "drones" -- in use by the end of 2016. The FAA projects that number will triple to more than 7 million by 2020. With this many aircraft filling our skies, American cities are surly in for new challenges as to how they adapt to ever-expanding UAS operations.
Issues such as safety, privacy, nuisance, and trespassing concerns surrounding UAS' are
Flying somewhat under the radar, the the Federal Law Enforcement Training Center – part of the Department of Homeland Security – posted this solicitation late last week seeking a contractor willing to provide five small drones and an accompanying training center to teach law enforcement officers how to operate sUAS. Speculation is abundant as various pundits are attempting to read the tea leaves to ascertain precisely what the request means. However one thing is clear; DHS r
SUMMARY: Allstate Insurance, one of the largest insurance companies in the U.S., is finding that using UAS drones to survey rooftops on homes is as good, if not better, than traditional inspection methods and can actually help expedite the claims process and lead to increased cost savings.
PROBLEM: Intense hailstorms from April to June severely damaged the roofs on over 20 homes covered by Allstate. The homes are located just outside of San Antonio, Texas. Initially, Allsta