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7 big announcements from auvsi xponential 2018

1. PrecisionHawk’s BVLOS Pathfinder Report and BVLOS Drone
[/B]PrecisionHawk’s CEO Michael Chasen gave a rousing keynote on the first full day of the conference, during which he unveiled their new BVLOS platform and shared the research they conducted to find technology to enable flying beyond visual line of sight.
PrecisionHawk also released their FAA Pathfinder Report on BVLOS during the conference. The report is the result of three years of research in partnership with the FAA and MITRE, and PrecisionHawk says it can be used by companies as a blueprint for implementing their own BVLOS operations.

2. 3DR’s New GCP App
During the conference 3DR released a new app that makes it simpler for those conducting surveys by drone to capture ground control points on commercial drone projects.
This is big news because it means cutting hours of time off the usual surveying process, which previously required manually inputting ground control points. The app is enabled by the TrimbleŽ Catalyst™ on-demand Global Navigation Satellite System (GNSS).

3. Intel’s Insight Platform
This week at the conference Intel revealed details about the Intel Insight Platform, a software solution for digital asset management.
The platform is a cloud-based digital asset management system that lets users store, share, and manage the data collected by commercial drone systems, allowing them to generate 2D and 3D models, take measurements, enable sharing and collaboration across teams, and run data analytics.

4. Kittyhawk and Jeppesen Partner for LAANC Authorizations
Drone ops management platform Kittyhawk announced a collaboration with Jeppesen, a Boeing subsidiary, to work towards offering instant airspace authorization via LAANC on the Kittyhawk platform.

5. FAA Beta Testing for LAANC
Also during the conference the FAA announced the phasing in of a nationwide beta test of the Low Altitude Authorization and Notification Capability (LAANC), which will allow for instant airspace authorizations. The test will deploy LAANC incrementally at nearly 300 air traffic facilities covering approximately 500 airports, and follows the successful evaluation of a prototype LAANC system last November.

We first heard about the nationwide LAANC rollout back in March. At the time, we didn’t know that the rollout would be a beta test—it will be interesting to see how quickly the system gets up and running, and to hear stories from pilots actually using it to get instant airspace authorizations.

6. AirBus and DroneBase Partnership
Airbus Aerial and DroneBase announced a partnership to offer the world’s first “multi-source data service solution for aerial imagery and data from a single provider.”
What this means is that the two companies will be combining resources to offer a single solution for aerial data, which will include data collected by DroneBase’s drone pilots as well as data from AirBus Aerial’s satellites.

The two companies anticipate that the partnership will be beneficial for rail companies, major utilities, and other companies whose operations take place over large areas with complex infrastructures, thus creating a need for various kinds of aerial data.

7. Winners of the First Annual XCELLENCE Humanitarian Awards
Finally, AUVSI partnered with DJI this year for the XCELLENCE Humanitarian Awards, which were announced on the last day of the conference. We love that AUVSI is showcasing the different ways drone are being used for good all over the world!
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