NC State: Drones Prove Value in Marine Species Conservation

Unmanned Aerial Online, Betsy Lillian

New research from North Carolina State University demonstrates that consumer-grade drones are effective tools for monitoring marine species across multiple sites in the wild.According to NC State, the work shows that the technology can be a valuable platform for scientists and conservationists interested in studying populations of sharks, rays, sea turtles and other marine megafauna.“We found that drones can be used to count and make species-level identifications of marine species, particularly in shallow marine environments,” says Enie Hensel, a Ph.D. candidate at NC State and first author of a paper on the work.

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Highland Park police chief says drones could aid in lakefront searches

Chicago Tribune, byKaren Berkowitz,

Highland Park Police Chief Louis Jogmen says a drone could have aided first responders in their recent searches for a missing swimmer and kayaker who disappeared on Lake Michigan. The chief said drones could maximize life-saving efforts and reduce the risk to first responders during severe weather conditions on the shores of Lake Michigan.

An agency also may use drones during a disaster or public health emergency, or if a judge has approved a search warrant based on probable cause. Two bills that would have allowed drone surveillance for crowd monitoring at large events stalled during the spring session of the Illinois General Assembly.

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DJI Stories – Inspiring Girls to Pursue STEM

YouTube, DJI

Around the world, schools are putting an increasing emphasis on science, technology, engineering, and math. DJI is helping contribute to the development of STEM with partners. This past summer, a group of young women got the chance to learn about STEM subjects with the Tello drone from Ryze, and the Spark from DJI.  Drobots, a summer camp provider focused on robotics, partnered with the YWCA to offer this unique and interactive experience.

Before they catch fire, FirstEnergy using drones to remove protected birds from power poles

Cleveland 19 News, by Dan DeRoos

FirstEnergy has thousands of power poles and distribution towers all over Ohio, Pennsylvania and the Northeast and the osprey loves to build its nest on top of them An osprey can build a full-blown nest of branches, leaves and dried grass in 2 days and start laying eggs according to FirstEnergy Environmental Scientist Amy Ruszala. That nest creates a danger for the birds, their eggs and your power.

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DJI’s new drone features swappable search and rescue accessories

The Verge, by Sean O’Kane

DJI is taking one of its newest drones and turning it into something small businesses and government agencies might want to use, the Mavic 2 Enterprise — a modular $1,999 version of the Mavic 2 Zoom — that is better suited for tasks like inspection or search and rescue.

Mavic 2 Enterprise comes with three different accessories. There’s a 2,400-lumen spotlight, a 100-decibel speaker, and a flashing strobe. The loudspeaker allows operators to remotely blast up to 10 custom recordings, and the strobe is visible from three miles away. DJI says the accessories help move its products “beyond imaging” and “into configurable platforms that enhance aerial productivity.”

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Drone use taking off for police, firefighters in Eugene and Springfield

The Register-Guard, Dylan Darling

Police had the place surrounded but needed a closer look. So they sent in the drones. Eugene police flew their drones late last month as they searched for a possible armed suspect hiding in a home, with one drone hovering high overhead and the second bobbing outside a second-story window. The Sept. 25 drone mission, one of seven so far since Eugene police acquired the drones in April, didn’t reveal a suspect — he wasn’t inside the home — but it reaffirmed the value of the high-tech tool.

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Drone with thermal camera shows hot spots in massive fire in Oakland, Calif.

Drone DJ, Haye Kesterloo

Oakland firefighters have been battling a massive fire overnight at a construction site where townhomes are being built. The fire was reported at 2 a.m. this morning. About 90 firefighters were on the scene as the massive fire ripped through the townhouse construction site located at West Grant and Filbert Street in Oakland, Calif. The Alameda County sheriff’s deputies brought a DJI Inspire 1 in to get footage of the fire. The drone equipped with a thermal camera shows exactly where the hotspots are.

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Police and fire departments demonstrate drone for Lake Township Trustees

Peak of Ohio

Lake Township Trustees Bill Nichols, Peter Stolly, Jim Wish, and Fiscal Officer Bill Boy gathered in the township parking lot on South Detroit Street Tuesday evening. Fire Chief Andy Fissel, Police Chief Brandon Standley, and firefighter Hodge Hager were present to demonstrate how the city’s $22,500 DJI Matrice 210 drone operates. Lake Township bought the drone after hearing a presentation from the departments on the drone’s benefits. Finding victims, missing persons, or identifying the danger of certain situations in a timely fashion has always been an issue that has plagued both departments.

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Could drones be a big weapon against California wildfires?

Sacramento Bee, John Hidahl, El Dorado County Board of Supervisors (Dist. #1), October 12, 2018

After three of California’s biggest wildfires ever, this year will likely mark the worst fire season in state history. As first responders and firefighters are stretched beyond capacity, we need to focus on ways to improve response time and gather real-time information. One way is to make sure that emergency responders have the most technically advanced tools available. It’s up to each department to select the best tools; next-generation helmets for some, rapid extinguishing technologies for others. Drones are another tool to consider; with trained pilots, unmanned drones can operate in high temperatures, fly at night and in heavy smoke and get to the scene quicker than a fire engine.

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DJI Is One of TIME’s 50 Genius Companies 2018

Time Magazine, by Alex Fitzpatrick

Selling everything from the hulking $4,999 Hollywood-calibur Matrice 600 Pro to the palm-sized $399 selfie-snapping Spark, DJI is the nearly undisputed king of the quadcopters, with an estimated 72% market share globally. Its newest drones, the Mavic 2 Pro and Zoom, capture remarkable photos and high-resolution video, stay airborne for up to 31 minutes, and fold up for easy carrying. Drone fans eagerly await DJI’s product announcements, because with each new generation of hardware, it unveils features that set standards for the industry.

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