Suntuity AirWorks Awarded Multi-Township Governmental UAV Bid in Southeast Florida

Suntuity AirWorks, the UAV and Drone Services division of the Suntuity Group of Companies with offices in multiple US states including Florida, has been awarded the RFP to deliver UAS training, equipment and services for the Town of Davie and other members of the Southeast Florida Governmental Purchasing Co-operative.  This includes 56 townships, agencies and counties that constitute members of the Co-operative Group.

 

As part of the RFP, Suntuity AirWorks is positioned to supply, train and maintain commercial drones for various divisions of the Co-op members including but not limited to police, search and rescue, and firefighting. The drones supplied by Suntuity AirWorks leverage technologies ranging from infrared cameras for Search and Rescue to artificial intelligence for first responders and crowd control. Suntuity University’s AirWorks Academy will provide both on and off-site training for members of the Co-op.

 

The Suntuity AirWorks proposal incorporated multiple packaged solutions from global companies like drone market-leader DJI and prestigious Suntuity University trainers that are former US military and graduates of aeronautical universities.  The in-depth proposal curated for the Town of Davie and other Co-op members will optimize the safety and security of various departments throughout Southeastern Florida. The Suntuity AirWorks solutions also stand out from its competitors by incorporating not just hardware and software solutions but also training, financing and best practices that are delivered by best-in-class executors.

 

“We’re excited to be selected by the Town of Davie and the Southeast Florida Governmental Purchasing Co-operative Group,” said Charmie Pujalt, Director of New Business Development at Suntuity AirWorks. “Our full scope of solutions for training and equipment purchasing, paired with extensive talents and resources through our user-friendly online platform, positions us as a unique choice for Co-op members. Our services further streamline processes for law enforcement, first responders, search and rescue, security, crowd control, civil engineering, and marketing.”

 

Packages and solutions offered through Suntuity AirWorks can be customized to include training on various UAV platforms and payloads in addition to professional services like UAV program development and FAA Certificates of Authorization.

 

Municipalities can participate by reaching out to Charmie Pujalt at 833.424.7957 or [email protected]. More information on the Co-op is accessible here: https://www.nigpsefl.org.

 

About Suntuity AirWorks

Suntuity AirWorks is the UAV and Drone services division of the Suntuity Group of Companies, with drone and UAV service offerings in multiple countries and across the US. Its hardware and software platforms deliver state of the art industry-specific solutions from DJI, FLIR, Berkley and other reputable organizations. Suntuity Airworks recently acquired BirdsiVideo and Osprey Assessments, two of the largest UAS service networks across the United States.

 

About Suntuity University

Suntuity University is the comprehensive drone and solar academy training program for the Suntuity Group of companies. Students of AirWorks Academy can receive a Certified Drone Professional (CDP) certification through curriculum that covers a wide range of drone regulations, processes, technologies and solutions.

 

For more information on Suntuity AirWorks, please visit:

https://www.suntuityairworks.com & https://www.facebook.com/SuntuityAirWorks/.

 

For more information on Suntuity University, please visit:

https://SuntuityUniversity.com

 

 

Disclaimer:

The information in this release has been included in good faith and is for general purposes only. It should not be relied upon for any specific purpose and no representation or warranty is given as regards to its accuracy or completeness. No information in this press release shall constitute an invitation to invest in neither Suntuity AirWorks nor any of its affiliates. Neither Suntuity AirWorks nor their affiliates’ officers, employees or agents shall be liable for any loss, damage or expense arising out of any action taken on the basis of this press release, including, without limitation, any loss of profit, indirect, incidental or consequential loss. All Trademarks are the property of their individual owners.

Drone Inspections vs Deliveries

The drone revolution has been happening for quite some time now, and while drones have replaced traditional inspection techniques in agriculture, real estate, telecom, and energy, there’s one industry that has yet to take off with the rest of them – deliveries.

Even niche industries that use drones sparingly (such as filmmaking and surveying) have updated their practices with drones, but companies like FedEx and Amazon have yet to fully integrate drone deliveries into their business operations.

So why are drones excelling in some industries, but unable to deliver in others? 

Well,it comes down to one simple thing – logistics. 

When a drone is used for a typical inspection, it’s flown by a trained pilot who’s on-site with a controller in hand. A full flight usually takes less than a half hour, and the pilot ensures that take-off, data capture, and landing are all done with the client’s assets in mind. This is to minimize risk to both the drone and the client, while simultaneously ensuring that the inspection is being processed correctly.

Now, consider the risks added to the equation when the pilot is taken out of the equation.

Add in miles of flight over people/property, weather changes, and landing specifications all automated with a 10 pound payload, and you start to get the logistical nightmare that is associated with using drones for deliveries.

Drones are not toys, but that doesn’t mean they should be treated like autonomous computers. Take what happened in Switzerland, for instance.

Swiss Post and Matternet teamed up for about a year to transport lab supplies between hospitals in three different Swiss cities. However, in January one of their drones malfunctioned and crashed into Lake Zurich. Diagnostics were run and updates were put out to all of their drones, but just 5 months later, a second autonomous drone crashed – this time mere yards away from a group of kindergarteners.

When drones are flown autonomously (without a human pilot), we’re introducing a myriad of risk factors that aren’t seen in drone service industry. That’s why insurers have yet to back any drone delivery attempts in the US. The risks in drone delivery are greater than in industries that use pilots for planned flights. 

But that isn’t to say the laudable goal of faster emergency services or efficient aerial delivery is unattainable. After all, even the Department of Defense is working to help expedite crisis response times with the help of drone deliveries.

But as of now, the logistical concerns associated with using drones to deliver parcels still need to be ironed out before the industry can catch up to what’s happening with drone inspections.

And while companies like UPS are trying to lobby the FAA for drone flight exemptions, until insurers can be convinced to back the unproven practice from delivery companies, you can bet that packages will remain in human hands.

For now.

Suntuity-Sponsored Drone Racing League Brings World’s Top Pilots Together to Compete

The IDRLC, a Suntuitysponsored drone racing organization, hosted one of the nation’s largest indoor drone racing competitions in an effort to bring more exposure and opportunity to drone racers around the world.

The competition ran from June 27th to June 30th at the Atlantic City Convention Center in New Jersey, where some of the world’s top drone racers competed for a portion of the $52,000 prize pool.

The Open Class Racing event was the first of many planned by the IDRLC to break new ground in the drone racing industry.

“We’re proud to help promote the skills of some of the world’s top racing pilots and thank our contestants and followers for their enthusiastic participation in our events,” said IDRLC Founder and President, Dan Javan.

Learn more about the winners and what else is in store for the IDRLC by clicking here.

To stay up to date on the IDRLC and upcoming events, please visit us online at https://IDRLC.com and Facebook, Instagram @iDroneRacing, Twitter @DroneRacingLC & LinkedIn.

To stay up to date on Suntuity, please visit us online at https://suntuitygroup.com and https://suntuitysolar.com, and Facebook, Instagram @SuntuitySolar, Twitter @SuntuitySolar, & LinkedIn.

Drones are Saving Money & Lives Worldwide with Emergency Response Teams

While drones continue to evolve old inspection techniques in energy and agriculture, police and fire departments are updating their practices as well to save not only money, but lives in their communities. 

That’s why aerial disaster services are becoming a crucial tool to emergency response teams worldwide.

In the past few months alone, drone use in emergency situations have made headline after headline. In April, during the Notre Dame fire, emergency personnel in Paris depended on drones to look inside the cathedral and identify critical hotspots. In May, the Finnish city of Mikkeli used drone technology in a mass casualty exercise. And just last month, at least two dozen local and state agencies gathered together to train in massive disaster response drills with drones in Colorado. 

But what does this mean for emergencies in your area? 

The answer depends on not only who’s flying the drones, but what they can do with them.

At Suntuity AirWorks, we have a fleet of drones with camera capabilities meant for a wide variety of applications. While this helps us offer the best inspection services available in energy, agriculture, real estate and more, it also provides us with a wide array of disaster relief options.

This is because a birds-eye-views of a disaster only scratches the surface of the data needed in an emergency situation. For example, a breach at a natural gas facility could put hundreds of workers at risk not just from potential fires and debris, but also from the rapid escape of dangerous gases in confined spaces.

Thanks to our work in gas inspection, our drones have built-in Optical Gas Imaging (OGI) cameras that can simultaneously identify invisible as well as visual threats, giving emergency personnel a better understanding of the problems they face. 

But even when advanced tech is not needed, Suntuity AirWorks offers disaster training to pilots throughout the country thanks to our AirWorks Academy training program. Our professional pilots were trained with disaster relief efforts in Texas, Florida, and North Carolina after hurricanes Harvey and Irma, and now they train emergency personnel to use the same life-saving technology we use to better save time, money, and most importantly, the lives of those affected by both natural and man-made disasters. 

To learn more about our training program, visit https://suntuityairworks.com/academy/.

New FAA Rules Seek to Legitimize Airspace Rights with Blanket Drone Pilot Regulations

As a company dedicated to the safe and effective implementation of commercial drone services, Suntuity AirWorks (https://suntuityairworks.com) is constantly reevaluating and updating our flight practices to ensure complete adherence to regulatory standards as governing bodies seek to grow and adapt with our new industry.

Last week, regulations shifted once more as the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) (www.faa.gov) put new rules into effect to help regulate airspace for untrained drone pilots in the United States.

In an effort to further legitimize unmanned aerial services nationwide, the new rules were set to hold hobbyist and recreational drone pilots to similar standards that trained commercial pilots operate in airspace across the nation. 

The rules state that recreational pilots can no longer fly in any controlled airspace without prior authorization from the FAA. Furthermore, these pilots are now expected to comply with all airspace restrictions when flying legally in uncontrolled airspace.

The FAA Executive Director for UAS Integration Jay Merkle explained their goal as not to hamper drone pilots, but to ensure hobbyists and commercial pilots alike are following the same blanket rules across the nation. 

“We view this as a very positive step forward for the safe integration of UAS. Including everyone under the same rules really does move everything forward,” Merkle said. 

Pilots and companies flying drones for commercial purposes are exempt from the new FAA rules due to the fact that they are already required to register with the FAA. In addition to registration, commercial pilots are required to pass a written exam before they can legally operate their Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) in the United States. 

This regulatory system has helped the FAA consolidate safe drone practices in airspace for all commercial drone operators. The new rules are applying the same standards to recreational pilots, though at this time only commercial pilots are required to pass the FAA’s exam. 

At Suntuity AirWorks, all of our UAS systems and pilots are FAA approved and up to date with all forms of state and federal drone regulations. We can’t be the best at what we do without the assurance regulatory compliance provides, and we’re happy to keep you up to date on all FAA changes as the industry grows into a bigger and brighter future. 

Read more about the FAA’s new rules for recreational pilots here.

US Warns of Privacy Concerns from Chinese Drone Companies

Chinese drone companies may be putting American drone data at risk, according to a warning issued by the US Department of Homeland Security.

Due to the growing use of popular Chinese drones by American consumers, the DHS sent out an alert to ensure American businesses are aware of the privacy risks associated with drone pilots who are improperly trained in data security.

While the alert focused on drones used in service to national security and American infrastructure, the DHS warning is being applied to all drones purchased from Chinese manufacturers.

DJI, the leading drone developer in the market, said it has taken steps to ensure all client data remains secure.

“We give customers full and complete control over how their data is collected, stored, and transmitted,” the firm said in a statement.

The billion dollar company further emphasized the security of their products due to customer settings available to all their products. “We provide drones that do not transfer data to DJI or via the internet, and our customers can enable all the precautions DHS (Department of Homeland Security) recommends,” DJI said.

The DHS alert warns drone pilots to “understand how to properly operate and limit your device’s access to networks” in order to avoid “theft of information.”

Luckily, the security of your data has been a primary concern of Suntuity AirWorks since Day 1.

In order to ensure complete and total privacy for your data, we’ve instituted complete security checks, along with specific software implementations, to ensure all client data remains securely in their control.

Click here to read more about the DHS warning and how it may be impacting drone hobbyists and small UAV operations across the nation.

Suntuity AirWorks Shortlisted in Largest UAV RFP Bid in the Caribbean

(Holmdel, NJ):

Suntuity AirWorks, the UAV and Drone Services division of the Suntuity Group of Companies, has been shortlisted to bid on a multifaceted UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) request for proposal for the Government of the Bahamas. The proposal incorporates solutions from global companies that excel at what they do, including but not limited to Boeing and Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.  The proposal, presented to the Ministry of National Security, would establish the foundation for the Bahamas’ Unmanned Aerial Systems program and lend to the safety and security of the island nation.

 

“We’re honored to be shortlisted during this bidding process with the Bahamian government,” said Roberto Kirsten, Director of Business Development at Suntuity AirWorks. “We are bringing a unique set of talents, resources and resumes to the table, as well as the use of our own Bahamian facilities, pilots and instructors to set ourselves apart from other bidders. We look forward to providing the best possible UAV services that will further enhance the quality of life on the islands.”

 

The proposed services will enhance and streamline security processes like drug and human trafficking, patrolling of high crime areas, crowd monitoring, bomb inspection and overall surveillance. More accurate than the naked eye, the UAV solutions are expected to drastically reduce crime and overall operating costs while increasing visibility in the Bahamas.

 

About Suntuity AirWorks

Suntuity AirWorks is the UAV and Drone services division of the Suntuity Group of Companies, with drone and UAV service offerings in multiple countries and across the US. Its hardware and software platforms deliver state of the art industry-specific solutions from DJI, FLIR, Berkley and other reputable organizations. Suntuity Airworks recently acquired BirdsiVideo and Osprey Assessments, two of the largest UAS (unmanned aerial systems) dealer and service networks across the United States.

 

For more information on Suntuity AirWorks, please visit:

https://www.suntuityairworks.com.

 

For more information on BirdsiVideo and Osprey Assessments, please visit:

https://www.birdsivideo.com and https://www.ospreyassessments.com

 

Disclaimer:
The information in this release has been included in good faith and is for general purposes only. It should not be relied upon for any specific purpose and no representation or warranty is given as regards to its accuracy or completeness. No information in this press release shall constitute an invitation to invest in neither Suntuity AirWorks nor any of its affiliates. Neither Suntuity AirWorks nor their affiliates’ officers, employees or agents shall be liable for any loss, damage or expense arising out of any action taken on the basis of this press release, including, without limitation, any loss of profit, indirect, incidental or consequential loss. All Trademarks are the property of their individual owners.

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) Taps Suntuity AirWorks’ Gordon Dowrey for Panel Discussion Hosted by Purdue University

Gordon Dowrey, Director of Operations and Service Delivery at Suntuity AirWorks, was invited to participate in a panel discussion on unmanned aerial systems across the nation in efforts to help facilitate growth within the industry sector.

The program was sponsored by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI), the world’s largest nonprofit organization dedicated to the advancement of unmanned systems and robotics.

The panel itself was organized by Purdue University and WestGate Authority as part of a monthly event series seeking to gather entrepreneurs, innovators, and industry insiders to help facilitate growth through conversation and collaboration.

In addition to the academic and government representatives on the panel, Dowrey was selected by the local AUVSI Indiana Chapter to represent the needs for the commercialization of Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) technologies.

Commercial, governmental, and academic panelists lead a discussion on how unmanned systems are impacting states today, as well as how those impacts will soon shape future economic growth. According to Dowrey, the cooperation of the panelists led to a unique opportunity for the industry to collaborate with a variety of players outside of their normal sphere of influence.

“The majority of drone or UAS-centric events tend to be expos driven by either service customers or vendors of equipment. Those events are sales-focused, whereas this event was centered around the open communication necessary for various stakeholders to grow the UAS industry together. We were there to share/understand the industry as a whole,” Dowrey said.

UAS developers, innovators, and university students were in attendance to learn and discuss the future of mobility in the world of unmanned systems.

For more information on the AUVSI panel, please visit:
https://www.auvsi.org/events/chapters-events/first-tuesdays-westgate-unmanned-systems-day?source=search-events

For more information about Purdue At Westgate, please visit:
https://www.prf.org/researchpark/locations/purdue-at-westgate/index.html

Drone Services are Helping Drive the Renewable Energy Revolution

 

The use of drone for solar panel installation (and other renewable energy sources, like wind turbines) have made the transition to cleaner energy much more viable in recent years. With the rise of state legislation dedicated to renewable capacity goals, drones can offer faster turnaround times for more efficient engineering, construction monitoring, and quality assurance. What would normally take nearly 30 days can potentially take 24 hours with a drone, which makes a world of difference in how many systems we can get up and running. The faster we install, the faster we can make a more positive impact in the environment,

To read more about this topic, please reference the original article, “How Drone Solutions are Powering the Future of Solar Energy”, published by Solar Magazine.

Drones are Improving Crop Spraying Methods for Farmers

Drones for crop-spraying are starting to become more popular, especially in countries where field access is often a challenge for tractors and planes. One of the perks of utilizing this technology for crop treatment is the increase in precision which results in a reduction of pesticide use by up to 30%. This in turn helps reduce risk of environmental damage as well.

To read more, refer to the original article, “The crop-spraying drones that go where tractors can’t”, published on BBC News.