John Deere partners with Kespry John Deere and Kespry have announced an exclusive global strategic alliance through which John Deere Construction & Forestry dealers will provide the Kespry Aerial Intelligence System to their customers on job sites around the world. Starting in North America, the alliance enables John Deere customers to use Kespry’s fully integrated industrial drone platform to capture topographic data in minutes with survey-grade accuracy. “This technology will help our dealers offer a seamless workflow to site development and road building contractors from project planning through grading dirt,” said Andrew Kahler, product marketing manager, John Deere WorkSight. “The data gathered from the Kespry system will help our customers and equipment operators make decisions that reduce costs and improve productivity as they optimize the job site and spend less time on jobs.” “Our relationship with John Deere will accelerate the adoption of drone solutions in industrial markets and will rapidly change how business is done in construction, road building and other industrial sectors,” added George Mathew, chairman and CEO of Kespry. “These advanced aerial intelligence systems are already changing the face of work in industrial markets as surveyors and contractors are able to retool their skill sets for this increasingly connected world.” John Deere chose Kespry based on its interoperability with John Deere WorkSight technologies and ease of use for customers. The agreement between the two companies includes Kespry working with John Deere dealers to train and certify them in the use of the Kespry 2s platform. The Kespry Drone 2s flies autonomously, without manual piloting, and uses sensors to avoid obstacles. To help customers operating in congested areas, the new Kespry Drone 2s is the first automated drone system that includes an on-board LiDAR sensor that automatically detects and avoids obstacles such as trees, cranes and buildings. Trimble and Propeller Aero collaborate to deliver UAS workflows Trimble recently announced that it is collaborating with Propeller Aero to distribute its Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) analytics platform. Propeller, based in Sydney Australia and Denver, Colo. is a leader in the advanced collection, visualization and analysis of data from UAS. Propeller’s simple automated ground control targets, cloud-based visualization and rapid analysis platform will also be integrated with Trimble Connected Site solutions to bring an end-to-end cloud-based UAS solution to civil engineering and construction contractors. Pairing Propeller’s web-based interface with Trimble Connected Site solutions allow users to unlock the full value of UAS information. It gives users access to simple tools to measure surface geometry, track trends and changes across time and perform visual inspections. Both technical and non-technical professionals are now able to gather insights remotely and collaborate, driving significant improvements in safety, efficiency and reducing environmental impact across a construction worksite. “Propeller combines ease of use with powerful analysis tools that allow users to view 2D and 3D deliverables and extract valuable information,” said Scott Crozier, director of marketing for Trimble Civil Engineering and Construction. “Like Trimble, Propeller understands the value of quality and accurate data for integration with civil engineering and construction workflows.” “We pride ourselves in taking the most trusted, technical data and tools and wrapping that up in an easy-to-use online platform that is relevant to the entire organization, not just technical users. Working closely with Trimble demonstrates a shared commitment to achieving that vision,” said Rory San Miguel, CEO of Propeller Aero. “Integrating our platform into Trimble’s Connected Site solutions will bring a new class of information to construction sites and organizations globally.” Kespry upgrades Drone 2 system Earlier this year, Kespry announced that it has enhanced the Kespry Drone 2 with higher performance features that deliver significantly greater accuracy and reliability. These enhancements make Kespry Drone 2 ideal for a wide range of industrial applications, including those requiring surveygrade precision, such as in mining and the architecture, engineering and construction (A/E/C) markets. The new Drone 2 now achieves four to six times the accuracy of the previous Kespry Drone System. By adding a high-performance ground receiver, the Kespry Drone 2s can deliver accuracy of 2 cm to 10 cm. The Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS) base station receiver serves as a single survey control point. During flight, imagery from the Drone 2s and data from the base station are collected simultaneously. Both data sets are automatically uploaded for processing in the Kespry Cloud where accurate surveygrade data is automatically generated. Such degrees of accuracy are critical for mine planning, determining boundary lines, positioning underground utility cables and pipes, and other survey-grade applications. The single ground control point simplifies survey applications as it eliminates the need for multiple control points and additional manual measurements in the survey process. Post-Processed Kinematic (PPK) technology is used to increase the accuracy of photogrammetric aerial images. Integrating PPK improves the speed, efficiency and reliability of gathering survey-ready data in commercial and industrial environments. Feds release UAS draft regs for visual line of sight The Government of Canada has released draft regulations for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS or drones) operations for public comment in Canada Gazette Part One. This is a major milestone in the evolution of global industry where Canada has a leading position. Eleven years ago, Unmanned Systems Canada initiated formal discussions with Transport Canada (TC) to develop UAS regulations in anticipation of the development of a significant new commercial market for Canadian industry. This milestone announcement will establish a regulatory environment for UAS operations within visual line of sight, building upon the procedures developed and refined over the past decade. During this period, some 10,000 special operating certificates have been issued by TC for commercial UAS operations under regulatory guidelines, with a rapid increase in approvals over the past four years. These operations have enabled entrepreneurs to establish new businesses, develop customer bases, and reshape how business is done in numerous applications. This year, the Canadian UAS industry is expected to generate revenues approaching $1 billion. As these draft regulations address Visual Line of Sight (VLOS) operations, it is recognized that the future of the industry is dependent on the ability to operate Beyond Visual Line of Sight (BVLOS) in a wide variety of applications that suit Canada’s vast geography and natural resources. This announcement lays the groundwork for continuing to open up Canada’s industry through our regulatory process. With 1,000 companies established in this dynamic new Canadian industrial sector, this regulatory announcement will further mature and enable the industry to move forward to safely and effectively implement new technologies in numerous markets, driving the creation of new high-quality jobs and economic growth. Unmanned Systems Canada encourages industry and other stakeholders to review the proposed regulations and submit comments, either individually or, to Unmanned Systems Canada as part of a collective response. The association will continue to provide the industry with resources and representation at this critical time. Source: Unmanned Systems Canada. Unmanned Canada 2017 coming to Toronto Join aerospace professionals, researchers, knowledge brokers, and policy and decision makers at Canada’s premier national conference and trade show showcasing Canadian sector capabilities. With over 70 speakers and 350 attendees, this is the place where ideas are exchanged and connections and business opportunities are made. This three-day event offers an opportunity to network and connect with key industry decision-makers, supply chain representatives and technology innovators. “Founded by a small group of entrepreneurs and visionaries, Unmanned Systems Canada focuses on enabling the growth of the Canadian unmanned vehicle systems community through education, advocacy, and the exchange of ideas and technologies,” said Mark Aruja, Unmanned Systems Canada chairman. “Each year our annual conference helps to further that mission. UnmannedCanada 2017 presents an unparalleled opportunity to exchange knowledge, create and renew a global network of colleagues and business contacts and showcase innovative technology and services. I look forward to welcoming you this November.” Topics during the conference will include: • Drone countermeasures; • Civil and commercial applications; • Beyond Visual Line Of Sight operations; • Legal issues and ethics; • Sensors and data integration; • Regulations developments and experience; • Data analytics; • R&D/Emerging technologies; • Law enforcement and military applications; • Automated vehicles; • Training and simulation; and • Data security and privacy. To register or learn more, visit www.unmannedsystems.ca.
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