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Drone operators assisting with the emergency response and damage assessments for Hurricane Harvey and Irma have received free LineVision software, courtesy of Remote GeoSystems Inc. The company announced Friday that it was donating free licenses to all official agency, volunteer, and non-profit drone personnel.

The LineVision video and photo mapping software assists in mapping and viewing UAV flight tracks, helping to visualize, distribute, and share this data.

In their press release, the company writes, “This software suite is optimized for UAV, airborne and terrestrial mobile inspection, and survey projects requiring geo-referenced video playback, analysis, collaboration, and reporting using standard Esri map and data, Esri ArcMap, and Google Earth GIS applications.”

At time of the announcement, 119 UAS flights had already been conducted by the Texas A&M Engineering Experiment Station Center for Robot-Assisted Search and Rescue (CRASAR).

Photo via Remote GeoSystems
Photo via Remote GeoSystems

To any volunteer teams, first responders, and/or non-profit organizations providing response and recovery services in hard-hit regions, they are advised to contact Remote GeoSystems through their contact form to request free copies of LineVision software.

THE FIRST DUTCH FILM FESTIVAL AMAZES AUDIENCES

The first-everDutch Drone Film Festival (DDFF) was held this past week, featuring more than eighty high-resolution drone films. Across categories such as sports and cars, abstract and artistic, nature, international, FPV, and dronie, juries nominated winners for each category.

Photo via DDFF Peugot Dutch Drone Film Festival
Photo via DDFF Peugot Dutch Drone Film Festival

The DDFF was a part of the larger 2-day Dutch Drone Festival, which featured interviews with drone industry members, FPV racing, and drone demonstrations. Due to the positive reaction to the event, organizers are already planning a second edition of the film festival for next year. Voted on by the DDFF juries, here are some of the winners:

Abstract & Artistic Category: A.I. Revolt, by Maarten Slooves

Sports & Cars Category: Wakeboarding between flower fields, by Tim Burgmeijer

FPV Category: Flyboard School Amsterdam, by Chris de Graaff

INTERNATIONAL PARTNERSHIP FOR UAS POWERLINE INSPECTION

Norway’s eSmart Systems and Canada’s Kongsberg Geospatial are partnering for unmanned aircraft system powerline inspection, integrating Kongsberg’s IRIS UAS situational awareness system with the eSmart Systems’ Connected Drone solution.

Team members from eSmart Systems and Kongsberg Geospatial pose in front of an eSmart Systems powerline inspection truck. Photo via eSmart Systems
Team members from eSmart Systems and Kongsberg Geospatial pose in front of an eSmart Systems powerline inspection truck. Photo via eSmart Systems

eSmart Systems’ Connected Drone collects real-time powerline inspection data for analysis, effectively reducing power failures and lowering operational costs. Combine this with Kongsberg Geospatial’s IRIS display, which enables a single operator to manage multiple drones simultaneously, and it’s easy to see the value. The partnership between these two firms will provide operators with real-time 2D and 3D visualization of airborne track and weather data, geo-fencing capabilities, and additional information in an easy-to-use system.

Kongsberg Geospatial has been providing the military sector UAS platforms for over a decade in both the United States and Canada. The company is currently working with regulators in North America to provide a display for civilian drone operators.

HOW TO TAKE KILLER DRONE PHOTOS – THE DJI MAVIC PRO TUTORIAL

The Mango Street YouTube channel recently published a DJI Mavic Pro tutorial on how to take the best drone photos. For any drone newbies or intermediate drone users seeking to capture those same kind of iconic drone shots that are becoming increasingly popular in the media community, this quick 5-minute video is worth a watch.

SCOTLAND YARD LAUNCHES 8-WEEK DRONE TRIAL TO ASSIST POLICING IN LONDON, UK

Scotland Yard has begun an eight-week trial using drones to support policing operations across London.

Aeryon Skyranger drone, Photo via Metropolitan Police
Aeryon Skyranger drone, Photo via Metropolitan Police

The Aeryon Skyranger drone, loaned to the Metropolitan Police by Sussex Police, has been made available to officers dealing with incidents where air support can justifiably be requested, such as with high risk missing persons, serious traffic collisions, and searches for suspects.

Much like its use in military, the drone will provide aerial support to Scotland Yard and provide live footage of any operational deployments, assisting on-the-ground commanders with decision making.

Photo via Metropolitan Police
Photo via Metropolitan Police

“UAVs are already being used by police forces across the UK; the MPS [Metropolitan Police Service] currently owns one for examining crime scenes. We are committed to working with technology that can assist our officers with the wide range of often difficult and dangerous incidents they deal with on a daily basis,” said Metropolitan Police Commander Simon Bray.

Finally, give yourself a break: Take a four-Day trip across Norway through the Eyes of DJI

Captured with a DJI Phantom 3 Pro during a sixty kilometres walk, some of the places filmed include Vøringsfossen, Trolltunga, Preikestolen and Kjeragbolten.

And that’s #TheBuzz!

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