New FAA Rules Set The Stage for Citywide Drone Services

Do you remember the first time you ever held a cell phone? Whether it was as a child or an adult, when America made the switch to mobile phones, we took our first steps with both excitement and trepidation. We all knew they were a sign of major changes to come, but none of us could really grasp just how much cutting the cord would alter not just our lives, but the entire country.

Flash-forward to today, and our iPhones are more like mobile computers than mobile phones. Sure, they can still take calls, but the possibilities and advancements of the cell phone exploded as more and more customers bought in to the new marvel of the modern era.

The same cautious excitement has met the drone industry today. When consumer and professional drones hit the market five years ago, people only considered them as a means of videography — like a mini helicopter with a camera. But just like the cell phone, drones are already evolving into the game-changing technology of the future.

This is due in part to new FAA restrictions easing their grip on the industry. In a new move called the Unmanned Aerial System Integration Pilot Program, the FAA has set out to test less restrictive regulations with governments and private partners nationwide to better understand and implement drone technology in the future. 

In May, the FAA selected 10 test locations that will serve as ground-zero for incorporating aerial data into our everyday lives. These test sites will test drone use for delivery, data collection, inspection, city use and more as the FAA relaxes limitations for each instance. We’ve covered the complications of drone delivery here before, so who is really set to benefit when drone technology is more universally accepted across the country?

Overwhelmingly, the beneficiaries of increased drone use will be local communities, co-ops, and cities. Communities and neighborhoods small and large alike are already updating their emergency response, public safety, and engineering teams with drone technology, but significant growth is expected to compliment public departments dealing with traffic, missing persons, mosquito spray, infrastructure inspection, crime scene investigation and more. 

But regardless of the possibilities, the real-world results pouring in from drone services today are also having a direct effect on the movement toward further innovation. Even outside of the FAA’s test locations, states are seeing a rush to implement these services now as opposed to later with drone services that already follow the more restrictive FAA guidelines. 

In a recent “Fly-In” for over 100 public safety officials in Syracuse, NY, emergency responders were able to get their hands on aerial technology and perform routine drone tasks that would save time, money, and lives with drones in the future.

In response to the event, New York State Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Patrick Murphy said, “Unmanned Aerial Systems have rapidly become a critical component of emergency response operations, making it essential first responders have the training they need to utilize these devices in the field.” 

With drone services already impacting communities today and city-wide expansion planned for tomorrow, the possibilities for drone services are almost as endless as cell technology once was in the 90’s and 2000’s. But instead of adding gaming or dating apps to your life, drones will add efficiency and intelligence to already existing public services. On the eve of the drone era, only one question remains — how will drones evolve your community? 

 

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How Drones are Making Communities Safer, Smarter & More Accountable

Drones are changing the way business gets done in agriculture, energy, and telecommunications, but did you know that drone services are making just as big of an impact in your community?

We typically think of drones as a way to inspect industrial processes or annoy your neighbor, but cities nationwide are moving quickly to implement the advantages of drone technology for their first responders, city planners, and law enforcement. What does that mean for your community? The prospect certainly sounds ominous — after all, it looks an awful lot like “Big Brother” when governments and data collecting drones mix.

Fortunately, police departments are already following a safety roadmap to ensure drones are used to their fullest potential in hopes of creating a better, safer, and more positive police force. First and foremost, every police department begins their drone practices by creating a map of the city. These orthomosaic maps are used for various reasons, from mapping schools for active shooter situations to documenting crime scenes, and all of them provide police departments with the one thing they need most — information. 

Police are referring to their 2D and 3D maps to preemptively plan for the proper tactics and investigations needed to minimize risk when a situation turns sour. The better first responders understand a situation, the better they can handle it.

Next, police are seeing excellent drone use when it comes to traffic and event management. Cities that host large events have found that drones help see crowd movement in real time, which helps organizers plan for better crowd efficiency while police can monitor the entire situation and allocate officers exactly where they’re needed.

This same philosophy is being applied to traffic management. Police have typically only been able to dictate traffic after an accident from specific locations along the road, which severely limited their ability to manage traffic as a whole instead of from one chokepoint. Along with traffic light inspection and accident analysis, cities are already starting to see where the flow of people and vehicles can be improved.

How else are police departments using drones? Perhaps most importantly, they’re using them to save lives.

This is accomplished two-fold. The first way is through enhanced search and rescue efforts. Drones allow police to cover more ground at a more efficient rate than with helicopters or on-foot efforts, which have resulted in hikers, accident survivors, and missing persons being found in otherwise dire circumstances.

The second way is through informational de-escalation. It’s no news that American police officers are facing increasing levels of backlash from communities when a situation goes wrong. Many of these events are due to the intensity of a tough situation made worse by the split-second decisions officers have to make every day to either save or take a life.

It’s an impossible situation, but drone de-escalation efforts are being used to help officers and communities alike through on-scene monitoring. By accessing the scene from the sky before arriving on foot, police officers have access to critical information that can help paint a more accurate picture of the threat level of any given situation.

The monitoring can simultaneously be used to record by-the-book police interactions in conjunction with body and dash cams, granting another layer of protection and accountability to every police force implementing drone technology. Drone uses like this are already seeing dividends for police departments applying them with the right UAV tools, training, and systems to ensure new practices help, rather than harm, our communities.

Interested in learning more about which drone equipment and training packages are best for your city? We’ve got you covered. Check out our new Suntuity AirWorks Enterprise offerings to see how updating your community may be easier than you’d think.

 

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https://suntuityairworks.com/enterprise/

The Next Generation of UAVs is Here

The next generation of UAV technology is here, and DJI once again leads the industry into its next phase of innovation. During their 2019 Airworks conference last week, DJI introduced new drones, tools, and technologies to help bring drones into a new phase of precision data services.

One of the most exciting additions was the new DJI Phantom 4 Multispectral drone. While precision agriculture has been made possible by professionals fixing unique camera upgrades to service-grade drones, DJI’s newest Phantom model is set to be an out-of-the-box agricultural offering that maximizes efficiency in agricultural land management.

The Phantom 4 Multispectral was announced alongside the Agras T16 spraying drone, which is set to replace agricultural spraying airplanes at launch, and their timing couldn’t be better.

A new agricultural report indicates that drones will complement almost all agricultural processes in less than a decade thanks to their power to improve plantation, monitor crop growth, and supply important inputs to farmers in real time.

Along with their agricultural announcements, DJI introduced new gimbal attachments that allow developers to add various custom sensors and cameras to their units. 

While all of this is good news for the aerial industry, privacy concerns voiced by many (including the US government) continue to plague the drone manufacturer.  That’s why Suntuity Airworks is here – to ensure this new technology is properly vetted, registered, and signed-off on by professionals who know how to save you time, money, and lives with drone services.

While DJI looks to further innovate the world of drone manufacturing, Suntuity Airworks is positioned to further hone our drone services, training, and city-wide enterprise offerings with the best (and safest) technology available. 

 

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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

 

 

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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.

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