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Police are yet to get to the bottom of mysterious drones reported hovering over #London's #GatwickAirport that brought incoming and outgoing flights at to a standstill over multiple days. Tens of thousands of passengers suffered through long flight delays or were stranded by cancellations after two drones were reported as being seen above the airfield at #Gatwick, prompting an immediate suspension of all air traffic. Flights were again suspended at Gatwick on Friday (Dec 21) afternoon, after reports that another drone had been spotted over the airport.

The crisis at Gatwick marked the first time drones caused sustained #disruption at a major airport. There is not much data on the dangers #drones pose to airplanes because they are a relatively new phenomenon. Police said the motive for the drone incursion was not yet known but they did not believe it was 'terror-related'.


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Gatwick airport open but location of drones still up in the air
https://www.abc.net.au/news/2018-12-24/gatwick-airport-open-but-location-of-drone-still-unknown/10665476
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The key to detecting #tinydrones spying on #militarybases or intruding into an airport's airspace could be to use an existing TV signal. Canada's Department of National #Defence is exploring using regular television signals to create a radar system that would detect flying intruders the size of an insect, as well as using other #dronedetection technologies. The military is worried about #spying #drones collecting real-time video of its operations as the machines become smaller, cheaper and more expendable.

As #dronetechnology has evolved, drone detection techniques need to keep pace. Some drones have even been fashioned to look like birds to help them better blend into the environment. Others are equipped with gripping claws allowing them to perch on a tree limb or ledge for better surveillance, according to a reference document written in 2016 by Defence Research and Development Canada (DRDC), a DND agency.


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As Gatwick grapples with drones, Canadian military eyes ways to drone-proof airspace
https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/nova-scotia/drone-detection-military-spying-technology-1.4949744
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#Finland’s #military is looking to recruit drone pilots for a new unit that would be used for #security and #surveillance purposes. This does not really come as a great surprise given the sheer number of reported incidents of smuggling goods using drones across the 1,340km (832-mile) border Finland shares with Russia.

In July 2017, the border guard received reports of drone sightings in Penttilä, south-east Finland, and a few days later found a crashed drone and 45 packs of cigarettes in the forest. It was the first-known case of smuggling by drone from Russia to Finland and was an #aviation offense, since the whole eastern border is a restricted airspace, EFR100, with any drone flights requiring prior permission from the Finnish defense forces.


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Finnish Defense Forces to Recruit Drone Pilots for #BorderProtection
https://dronebelow.com/2018/12/19/finnish-defense-forces-to-recruit-drone-pilots-for-border-protection/
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#Finland's #military has been sending letters to #drone pilots up and down the country to solicit their services for a new unit that would mobilize in time of war. The military authorities have contacted hobbyists and professionals alike, in fact anyone who has sought permission from the Finnish Transport Safety Agency (Trafi) to fly a drone. The military's letter seeks to gauge the individual pilot's interest and lays out the criteria for their involvement.

The Finnish Border Guard is also increasingly engaging with #dronetechnology. After a successful initial trial period in late 2017, they have announced their intention to make #drones an everyday feature of their patrol work. They currently have around 50 drones in operation, which will be employed in a range of surveillance activities over the coming months as part of field tests and personnel training.


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Calling all drone pilots: Why Finland's military is turning to civilian fliers for help
https://www.zdnet.com/article/calling-all-drone-pilots-why-finlands-military-is-turning-to-civilian-fliers-for-help/
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In practice, the Sunflower system would alert a homeowner of something unexpected moving around the house, thanks to the ground sensors. They would then manually choose whether to deploy the #drone, which would then stream a live 1080p video feed to your phone or tablet. Once the drone is docked again, the video is saved to the cloud. The company says it’s designing the system to be deployable by both homeowners and third-party monitoring services in the event that you’re asleep or away from home and not monitoring your phone when the activity occurs.


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Sunflower Labs is building a #dronesurveillance system for high-end homes
https://www.theverge.com/2018/12/7/18129308/sunflower-labs-system-drone-surveillance-bee-hive-home-security-startup
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The bougie homes of the future may find themselves guarded by #hightech, defensive Sunflowers and Bees. Those are the brand names of security firm Sunflower Labs’ two flagship products: Sunflower sensors that detect the vibrations caused by nearby intruders’ footsteps, and buzzing quadrotor Bee drones that autonomously capture the intruder on video


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Rich People are Protecting Their Homes With #SurveillanceDrones
https://futurism.com/homes-surveillance-drones
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The Kentucky and Minnesota state transportation departments recently used #Intel #drones to make photogrammetry models of their state bridges. Intel worked with the Kentucky Transportation Cabinet (KYTC) to inspect the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge spanning Ohio and Kentucky and with the Minnesota Department of Transportation (MnDOT) to inspect the Stone Arch Bridge in Minneapolis. Both bridges carry heavy traffic, making them inconvenient to shut down and therefore prime candidates for a drone-based aerial inspection.

Intel entered the American commercial drone market in 2016 with Falcon 8+ after investing $60m in the Yuneec drone the year before. And while the company is still not in the same industry bracket as giants like DJI, it has picked up the pace on drone developments in the last year. Intel announced Insight at the end of 2017 and announced Mission Control (along with three new mountable payloads) at AUVSI XPONENTIAL2018.


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Intel Flies Drones for Bridge Inspection
https://www.engineering.com/BIM/ArticleID/18113/Intel-Flies-Drones-for-Bridge-Inspection.aspx
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#Intel’s Falcon 8+ #drones are programmed to fly specific, repeatable flight paths necessary to capture all the required data. While it does this, each drone takes thousands of high-res images. These images can then be viewed as three-dimensional data. Over time, engineers and bridge inspectors can analyze changes, which can then be used for prediction purposes.

At present, Intel is using its technology to inspect the Daniel Carter Beard Bridge, connecting Ohio and Kentucky, and the Stone Arch Bridge in Minnesota. Currently, the drone usage is just part of the manual inspection process and requires drone operators on site to carry out the work. However, Intel believes this will change over time. Long term, the ambition is for drones to be able to carry out more of this work autonomously.


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Intel wants its fleet of drones to monitor America’s aging, unsafe bridges
https://www.digitaltrends.com/cool-tech/intel-drones-bridge-inspections/
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Four years ago, a Mumbai-based pizzeria’s #dronedeliveries were stopped in their tracks by local authorities for failing to secure prior permissions and posing security threats. Now, one of #India’s biggest food-tech firms is all set to form its drone-based delivery network in the country. #Zomato said it has acquired #TechEagle, a Lucknow-based drone startup, which will help it create 'a hub-to-hub delivery network powered by hybrid multi-rotor #drones.'

Originally a search and discovery platform when it was set up by Goyal and Pankaj Chaddah a decade ago, Zomato has added other feathers to its cap: deliveries, takeaway, table reservation, B2B food ingredient supply, and so on. Its food-delivery business has ballooned significantly, currently accounting for 65% of revenues, up from 35% in January.


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Zomato just placed a big bet on drones, but will they deliver?
https://qz.com/india/1485939/zomato-eyes-drone-delivery-in-india-with-techeagle-acquisition/
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