Posts in Industry Drones
DJI drones helped firefighters put out Notre Dame inferno

4/16/2019 - DroneDJ
Last night, a massive fire destroyed the roof and spire of the Norte Dame in Paris. DJI drones helped firefighters put out the inferno. French firefighters used the drones, likely a DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual and an M210 borrowed from the culture and interior ministries, to aid them in tackling the blaze.

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'STEPPING STONES' FOR DRONES APPROACHING ADVANCED OPERATIONS WITH CAUTION

3/29/2019 - AOPA
On March 21, Skyfire Consulting, a drone services and training company created by Matt Sloane and certificated flight instructor Ben Kroll, announced FAA approval of the first authorization to fly drones for emergency response beyond the pilot’s line of sight. That was a significant step forward for a police “drone as first responder” program that is among 10 collaborations around the country involving local and tribal governments and drone industry leaders chosen by the FAA and Department of Transportation to demonstrate advanced missions and applications for drones.

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Consumer drones: ensuring secure communication protocol between drone and pilot

3/31/2019 - SpaceDaily
UAVs come with their own unique security vulnerabilities. As more people use drones, the risk of hijacks and thefts is rising, especially where video and photographic content is concerned. But few owners appear to know how to secure their vehicles against these attacks.

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DJI introduces new DJI Terra that captures and analyses drone data

3/28/2019 - Commercial Drone Professional
DJI has introduced DJI Terra, a new software tool that transforms drone data into digital 3D models and maps for easy analysis and decision making.

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DJI drones will not be affected by GPS 2019 Week Rollover

3/20/2019 - DroneDJ
On April 6th, an event will take place called the GPS 2019 Week Rollover and DJI just released a statement saying that their drones have been “thoroughly tested” and that the Chinese drone maker can confirm that their platforms “will not be affected by the rollover.”

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Tiny claws let drones perch like birds and bats

3/13/2019 - NBC4
Drones are useful in countless ways, but that usefulness is often limited by the time they can stay in the air. Shouldn’t drones be able to take a load off too? With these special claws attached, they can perch or hang with ease, conserving battery power and vastly extending their flight time.

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Getting Your Props: Taking Care of Your Drone Propellers

Propellers are often the most overlooked part of the drone, yet without properly functioning props, your UAS could drop out of the sky, fly away, or worse.

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Skyfire Obtains First COA With Beyond Visual Line of Sight Provision for Public Safety as Part of FAA IPP

3/21/2019 - PRNewswire
Skyfire Consulting, the country's premier public safety UAV consultancy, announced today FAA approval for the first active emergency response Certificate of Authorization with a Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) provision for public safety as part of the FAA's IPP program.

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US police embrace AI, cloud computing to boost public safety efforts

3/16/2019 - Fox Business

Police departments around the United States are turning to artificial intelligence, cloud computing and other technological revolutions to streamline everything from aging data entry systems to treatment of workplace stress.

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Phantom 4 Pro out of production according to DJI’s website

3/13/2019 - DroneDJ.com
The Phantom 4 Pro V2.0 has been out of stock since early November 2018. And, now, the regular Phantom 4 Pro is officially out of production, according to the official DJI website.

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California Police Department Earns Drone Waiver for BVLOS Flights

3/18/2019 - Robotics Business Review
The first-ever authorization for beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) operations for a public safety organization has been granted to the Chula Vista, Calif., Police Department. The police department has been working closely with the FAA, Cape, and Skyfire Consulting to finalize the COA, “which will open the doors for future drone integration across industries.”

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Skyfire Drones Secure Super Bowl

2/6/2019 - DroneBelow
Most of the attention on drones around the NFL Championship Game in Atlanta has been focused on the dozen or so drone operators snagged by the FBI for illegally flying ahead of the big game. But drones were also being used to help secure the very same event.

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DRONES DEFEND, ENTERTAIN AT THE SUPER BOWL

2/4/2019 - AOPA.COM
Days before Intel launched its Shooting Star drone formation to spell out “ONE” and “LOVE” during Maroon 5’s performance of She Will Be Loved, Skyfire Consulting co-founder Matt Sloane led a team of pilots to a rooftop near the stadium to set up overwatch with a tethered DJI quadcopter. It might not have been the most exciting kind of flying, but it was another validation that for all the trouble drones can cause (notably, disrupting operations at major airports in recent weeks), they’re also valuable tools to law enforcement and security agencies.

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DRONE SCHOOL TEACHES TECHNOLOGY TO LOCAL FIRE DEPARTMENTS

12/3/17 - Spectrum News - Hudson Valley
Fisch's company works with emergency services personnel to outfit them with new technology. He partnered with Skyfire technology to conduct a drone flight school at Cronomer Valley Firestation in the town of Newburgh and show them the possibilities of the technology in the field — and their use in big emergencies, like fires. 

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DRONES DELIVER STORM RESPONSE

9/1/17 - AOPA.com
“We actually flew in the eye,” recalled Ben Kroll ofSkyFire Consulting, a drone services company hired by The Weather Channel to accompany Jim Cantore (who is a fan of robotics, andserved as master of ceremoniesat the Association of Unmanned Vehicle Systems Xponential 2017 conference in Dallas) for live coverage of Hurricane Irma’s U.S. landfall on Sept. 10.

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THE MATRICE 200: THE PUBLIC SAFETY DRONE WE'VE BEEN WAITING FOR

6/29/2017 - Smartfirefighting.com
The Matrice 200 flagship model, available right now, is single-camera, dual-battery, and IP43 weather resistant. The battery system is fully enclosed, which means heat from the battery will help keep the drone warm, and improves performance in cold weather. The drone flies for up to 40 minutes, and also has an on-board FPV camera, for looking forward to see where the drone is facing.

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Targeting New UAS Clients

4/18/16 - UAS Magazine

Despite its unique offerings, Erdberg says his potential civilian commercial clients are still not in tune with the advantages of a tethered platform for certain situations. To help showcase DAC’s tethered platform capabilities, Erdberg has formed a partnership with Skyfire, a UAV consulting firm that serves emergency responders. “We thought they would be a great partner to get our product into the hands of first responders,” he says. Erdberg has also held discussions with first responder groups in Florida and Georgia.

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Drone Aviation Corp expanding tethered platform with partners

1/14/2016 - UAS Magazine

After time spent at DAC’s facility in Florida, the Skyfire team agreed to educate and explain the tethered system to its firefighting-consulting clients. In addition to training and education on specific platforms, the consulting group also helps to highlight potential government grants or funding options available to first responders for the purchase of UAS.

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Skyfire Consulting Tapped by San Diego IPP for FAA Airspace Experience

11/06/2018 - PR Newswire
Skyfire Consulting, an Atlanta-based UAS consultancy, was specifically tapped for their extensive experience with FAA regulations related to public safety UAS use. Skyfire Consulting has already worked to obtain the first two certificates of authorization (COAs) for the Chula Vista Police Department, one of the constituent organizations in the San Diego IPP.

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