4.2.19 - FDIC 1

"First responders all over the world are the unsung heroes who act with courage and answer the call of duty every day for people in need. I have great respect for these men and women." — Conor McGregor, not so great boxer


Visit us at Booth #3257


The biggest fire rescue show of the year is just a few days away, and we're gearing up for our biggest FDIC booth ever! 400 square feet of pure UAS badassery! While we can't guarantee parakeets running away from explosions in slow motion, we can guarantee flight cage demos, client testimonials, live demonstrations by Cape telepresence, and our partners Doosan showing off their beautiful hydrogen fuel cell UAS. And if that ain't enough, we'll be raffling off a few Tellos and even giving away a complete drone program to one lucky department, with a little help from our buddies over at W.S. Darley and Co.

Here's what you need to know:

  1. We'll be hanging out with our friends Cape and Doosan at Booth #3257 at FDIC, April 8-13.

  2. There'll be a flight cage, live demos, and plenty of opps to chat up one of our team members.

  3. Oh, did we mention we're giving away a whole darn drone program!?

Why should you care?

Do you like free stuff? Do you like being the smartest person in your department? Well, then the Skyfire Booth at FDIC is going to be the greatest thing ever. Oh yeah, and we’ll be giving away a free drone program! Like freefree.



DJI gives DroneDeploy and Pix4D some hardcore side eye

DJI announced the release of their brand new software system, DJI Terra, which helps UAS pilots create 2D and 3D maps and data analytics. With real-time mapping capabilities, DJI Terra allows pilots to create 2D orthomosaic maps as the drone is zipping through the sky, making this pretty darn cool for time-sensitive missions like accident reconstruction, or emergency planning.

DJI’s Director of Enterprise, Sunny Liao, had this to say: “As the leader in the commercial drone industry, DJI continues to develop accessible and easy-to-use hardware and software solutions that help organisations transform their operations with drone technology and gain a competitive advantage in their industries.”

Basically, DJI’s sick of DroneDeploy and Pix4D making all the dough and want in on the action. Good on them!

While it’s only available for Phantom 4’s, you gotta believe this will be rolling out for other platforms in the not too distant future.

Here's what you need to know:

  1. DJI has the software and it’s called Terra.

  2. It helps you create 2D and 3D models on the fly.

  3. It just works on Phantom 4 models.

  4. You can get it now through enterprise dealers like, ahem, us!

Why should you care?

DJI makes the drone modeling field that much more competitive with what looks like a solid mapping solution for Phantom 4 pilots. DJI Terra looks like a good tool for accident reconstruction and crime scene mapping. We’ll hopefully be following up with a demo video soon, so keep an eye out for that.


Hope unsurprisingly a bad data security policy


Ever since the US Army made it official policy not to purchase any Chinese-made UAS products, the public safety drone world has been a little edgy about data security. the truth is that DJI makes pretty darn good drones, and they've made significant advances in providing options for American pilots to triage their data from Chinese servers. In addition, America software companies like Cape and DroneSense also enable data to stay in the good ole US of A. In addition, our friends over at SpaceDaily worked up a nifty op/ed about how commercial operators should treat their UAS data.

Here's what you need to know:

  1. Data security needs to be a top priority for public safety UAS operators because...well, duh.

  2. There are now several ways to secure your data, with more surely on the way.

  3. When it doubt, treat your UAS data the way you would any other digital data.

Why should you care?

As UAS become more integral to public safety operations, they'll be collecting more and better data. That means securing that data will also become important. This doesn't necessarily mean you need to invest in elaborate data security services, but integrating data security into your daily processes will go a long way toward making your UAS operations safe, secure, and efficient.



A quick thinking officer in Arlington, TX managed to get the attention and assistance of a passing tractor trailer to save the life of a suicidal teenager. In this harrowing video, the officer gets the trailer to locate under the teenager in time to catch their fall.


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