About Jennifer Pidgen

As COO and majority owner of of Sundance Media Group (SMG), Jennifer is dedicated to developing sUAS/UAV training programs, overall logistics, and operations for SMG. Co-author of several UAS books, Jennifer guides agencies and organizations with sUAS program implementation. With nearly 25 years of marketing experience within the consumer electronics and photo/ video channels, Jennifer channels her expertise into cultivating mutually-beneficial partnerships and building a successful and safe sUAS/UAV community.

Autel EVO II Pro, Pix4D, and Aviation Accident Investigation

Recently, David Martel, Brady Reisch and I were called upon to assist in multiple investigations where debris was scattered over a large area, and investigators could not safely traverse the areas where high speed impacts may have spread evidence over large rocky, uneven areas. In this particular case, a EuroStar 350  aircraft may have experienced a cable wrap around the tail rotor and boom, potentially pulling the tail boom toward the nose of the aircraft, causing a high speed rotation of the hull prior to impact. Debris was spread over a relatively contained area, with some evidence unfound.

crash site investigation with drones

Per the FAA investigators;

“The helicopter was on its right side in mountainous densely forested desert terrain at an elevation of 6,741 ft mean sea level (MSL). The steel long line cable impacted the main rotor blades and was also entangled in the separated tail rotor. The tail rotor with one blade attached was 21 ft. from the main wreckage. Approximately 30 ft. of long line and one tail rotor blade were not located. The vertical stabilizer was 365 ft. from the main wreckage.”

With a missing tail rotor blade and the missing long line, unmanned aircraft were called in to provide a high resolution map of the rugged area/terrain, in hopes of locating the missing parts that may or may not aid in the crash investigation.

The terrain was difficult and unimproved, requiring four-wheel drive vehicles for access into the crash site. Due to rising terrain, we elected to launch/land the aircraft from the highest point relevant to the crash search area, which encompassed a total of approximately 70 acres.

Adding to the difficulty of finding missing parts was that the helicopter was partially covered in grey vinyl wrap, along with red and black vinyl wrap, having recently been wrapped for a trade show where the helicopter was displayed.

drones in crash site investigation

We arrived on scene armed with pre-loaded Google Earth overheads, and an idea of optimal locations to place seven Hoodman GCP discs, which would allow us to capture RTK points for accuracy, and Manual Tie Points once the images were loaded into Pix4D.  We pre-planned the flight for an extremely high ground sampling distance (GSD) average of .4cm per pixel. Due to the mountainous terrain, this GSD would vary from the top to the bottom of the site. We planned to capture the impact location at various GSD for best image evaluation, averaging as tight as .2cmppx. Some of these images would be discarded for the final output, and used only for purposes of investigation.

Although the overall GSD was greater than necessary, the goal is to be able to zoom in very deep on heavily covered areas with the ability to determine the difference between rocks and potential evidence, enabling investigators to view the overall scene via a 3.5 GB GeoTiff in Google Earth, and refer back to the Pix4DMapper project once rendered/assembled.

The same scene minus initial marker points.

Although working directly in Pix4D provides the best in-depth view of each individual photo, the Google Earth overlay/geotiff enables a reasonably deep examination.

Using two of the recently released Autel EVO II Pro aircraft, we planned the missions so that one aircraft would manage North/South corridors while the other captured East/West corridors.  Planning the mission in this manner allows for half the work time, while capturing the entire scene. This is the same method we used to capture the MGM festival grounds following the One October shooting in Las Vegas, Nevada. The primary difference is in the overall size, with the Pioche mission being nearly 70 acres, while the Las Vegas festival ground shooting area is under 20 acres in total.

Similar to the Las Vegas shooting scene, shadow distortion/scene corruption was a concern; flying two aircraft beginning at 11:00 a.m. and flying until 1:30 aided in avoiding issues with shadow.

Temporal and spatial offsets were employed to ensure that the EVO II Pro aircraft could not possibly collide, we set off at opposite sides of the area, at different points in time, with a few feet of vertical offset added in for an additional cushion of air between the EVO II. We programmed the missions to fly at a lower speed of 11 mph/16fps to ensure that the high GSD/low altitude images would be crisp and clean. It is possible to fly faster and complete the mission sooner, yet with the 3 hour travel time from Las Vegas to the crash site, we wanted to ensure everything was captured at its best possible resolution with no blur, streak, or otherwise challenged imagery. Overall, each aircraft emptied five batteries, with our batteries set to exchange notification at 30%.

Total mission running time was slightly over 2.5 hours per aircraft, with additional manual flight over the scene of impact requiring another 45 minutes of flight time to capture deep detail. We also captured imagery facing the telecommunications tower at the top of the mountain for line of sight reference, and images facing the last known landing area, again for visual reference to potential lines of sight.

crash site investigation with drones

By launching/landing from the highest point in the area to be mapped, we were able to avoid any signal loss across the heavily wooded area. To ensure VLOS was maintained at all times, FoxFury D3060’s were mounted and in strobing mode for both sets of missions (The FoxFury lighting kit is included with the Autel EVO II Pro and EVO II Dual Rugged Bundle kits).

Once an initial flight to check exposure/camera settings was performed, along with standard controllability checks and other pre-flight tasks, we sent the aircraft on their way.

Capturing over 6000 images, we checked image quality periodically to ensure consistency. Once the missions were complete, we drove to the site of impact to capture obliques of the specific area in order to create a more dense model/map of the actual impact site. We also manually flew a ravine running parallel to the point of impact to determine if any additional debris was found (we did find several small pieces of fuselage, tools assumed to be cast off at impact, and other debris.

The initial pointcloud took approximately 12 hours to render, generating a high-quality, highly dense initial cloud.

crash site investigation with drones

After laying in point controls, marking scale constraints as a check, and re-optimized the project in Pix4D, the second step was rendered to create the dense point cloud. We were stunned at the quality of the dense point cloud, given the large area.

The dense point cloud is ideal for purposes of measuring. Although this sort of site would typically benefit (visually) from texturing/placing the mesh, it was not necessary due to the high number of points and deep detail the combination of Pix4D and Autel EVO II Pro provided. This allowed us to select specific points where we believed points of evidence may be located, bringing up the high resolution images relevant to that area. Investigators were able to deep-dive into the area and locate small parts, none of which were relevant to better understanding the cause of the crash.

“The project generated 38,426,205 2D points and 13,712,897 3D points from a combination of nearly 7,000 images.”

crash site investigation with drones

Using this method of reviewing the site allows investigators to see more deeply, with ability to repeatedly examine areas, identify patterns from an overhead view, and safely search for additional evidence that may not be accessible by vehicle or foot. Literally every inch of the site may be gone over.

crash site investigation with drones

Further, using a variety of computer-aided search tools, investigators may plug in an application to search for specific color parameters. For example, much of the fuselage is red in color, allowing investigators to search for a specific range of red colors. Pieces of fuselage as small as 1” were discovered using this method. Bright white allowed for finding some items, while 0-16 level black allowed for finding other small objects such as stickers, toolbox, and oil cans.

Using a tool such as the DTResearch 301 to capture the RTK geolocation information, we also use the DTResearch ruggedized tablet as a localized pointcloud scan which may be tied into the Pix4Dmapper application. Capturing local scan data from a terrestrial perspective with GCP’s in the image allow for extremely deep detail in small environments. This is particularly valuable for construction sites or interior scans, along with uses for OIS, etc.

Primary Considerations When Capturing a Scene Twin

  • GSD.​ This is critical. There is a balance between altitude and propwash, with all necessary safety considerations.
    Vertical surfaces. In the event of an OIS where walls have been impacted, the ability to fly vertical surfaces and capture them with a consistent GSD will go a long way to creating a proper model. Shadow distortion.​ If the scene is very large, time will naturally fly by and so will the sun. In some conditions, it’s difficult to know the difference between burn marks and shadows. A bit of experience and experimentation will help manage this challenge.
  • Exposure.​ Checking exposure prior to the mission is very important, particularly if an application like Pix4Dreact isn’t available for rapid mapping to check the data on-site.
    Angle of sun/time of day​. Of course, accidents, incidents, crime, and other scenes happen when they happen. However, if the scene allows for capture in the midday hours, grab the opportunity and be grateful. This is specifically the reason that our team developed night-time CSI/Datacapture, now copied by several training organizations across the country over recent years.
  • Overcapture.​ Too much overlap is significantly preferable to undercapture. Ortho and modeling software love images.
  • Obliques. ​Capture obliques whenever possible. Regardless of intended use, capture the angular views of a scene. When possible, combine with ground-level terrestrial imaging. Sometimes this may be best accomplished by walking the scene perimeter with the UA, capturing as the aircraft is walked. We recommend removing props in these situations to ensure everyone’s safety.

What happens when these points are put aside?

This is a capture of a scene brought to us for “repair,” as the pilot didn’t know what he didn’t know. Although we were able to pull a bit of a scene, the overexposure, too-high altitude/low GSD, and lack of obliques made this scene significantly less valuable than it might have been.

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Not understanding the proper role or application of the UA in the capture process, the UA pilot created a scene that is difficult to accurately measure, lacking appropriate detail, and the overexposure creates difficulties laying in the mesh. While this scene is somewhat preserved as a twin, there is much detail missing where the equipment had the necessary specifications and components to capture a terrific twin. Pilot error cannot be fixed. Operating on the “FORD” principle, understanding that ​FO​cus, exposu​R​e, and ​D​istance (GSD) cannot be rectified/compensated for in post processing means it has to be captured properly the first time. The above scene can’t be properly brought to life due to gross pilot error.

“ALWAYS PUT THE AIRCRAFT OVER THE PRIMARY SCENE LOCATION TO CONFIRM EXPOSURE SETTINGS, KEEPING ISO AS LOW AS POSSIBLE. USE ISO 50-100 IN MOST OUTDOOR SCENARIOS TO OBTAIN THE BEST IMAGE. NEVER USE OVERSATURATED PHOTO SETTINGS OR LOG FORMATS FOR MAPPING.”

Ultimately, the primary responsibility is to go beyond a digital twin of the scene, but instead offer deep value to the investigator(s) which may enhance or accelerate their investigations. Regardless of whether it’s a crash scene, insurance capture, energy audit, or other mapping activity, understanding how to set up the mission, fly, process, and export the mission is paramount.

Capturing these sorts of scenes are not for the average run n’ gun 107 certificate holder. Although newer pilots may feel they are all things to all endeavors benefitting from UA, planning, strategy, and experience all play a role in ensuring qualified and quality captures occur. Pilots wanting to get into mapping should find themselves practicing with photogrammetry tools and flying the most challenging environments they can find in order to be best prepared for environmental, temporal, and spatial challenges that may accompany an accident scene. Discovery breeds experience when it’s cold and batteries expire faster, satellite challenges in an RTK or PPK environment, planning for overheated tablets/devices, managing long flight times on multi-battery missions, or when winds force a crabbing mission vs a head/tailwind mission. Learning to maintain GSD in wild terrain, or conducting operations amidst outside forces that influence the success or failure of a mission only comes through practice over time. Having a solid, tried and true risk mitigation/SMS program is crucial to success.

We were pleased to close out this highly successful mission, and be capable of delivering a 3.5 GB geotiff for overlay on Google Earth, while also being able to export the project for investigators to view at actual ground height, saving time, providing a safety net in rugged terrain, and a digital record/twin of the crash scene that may be used until the accident investigation is closed.

 

EQUIPMENT USED

●  2X Autel EVOII™ Pro aircraft

●  Autel Mission Planner software

●  FoxFury D3060 lighting

●  DTResearch 301 RTK tablet

●  Seko field mast/legs

●  Seko RTK antenna

●  Hoodman GCP

●  Hoodman Hoods

●  Manfrotto Tripod

●  Dot3D Windows 10 software

●  Pix4DMapper software

●  Luminar 4 software

Douglas Spotted Eagle is the Founder and Director of Educational Programming at Sundance Media Group.  SMG serves as a consultant within the sUAS industry, offering training and speaking engagements on sUAS topics: UAV cinematography, commercial and infrastructural sUAS applications, sUAS risk management, night UAV flight, aerial security systems, and 107 training.   

 

Autel Enterprise is Announces Its Partnership with FoxFury Lighting

Autel Enterprise is Announces Its Partnership with FoxFury Lighting

Congratulations to two of our favorite partners and their partnership announcement.

“The FoxFury-designed, Autel-owned platform will support multiple FoxFury D3060 or D10 lighting systems, enabling pilots to be creative with lighting, dependent on need. A single D3060 might be mounted to fulfill FAA anti-collision lighting requirements, or mount multiple lights for daylight flight, indoor flight, or creative photography. The lights are rechargeable via USB-C connector.”

Read the entire Press Release here.

 

By | September 17th, 2020|Construction, Drone, Drone Safety, Inspection, Law Enforcement, Mapping, Night Flight, Public Safety, Regulations, sUAS, sUAS Regulation, sUAS Safety, Technology, UAV, UAV Maintenance|Comments Off on Autel Enterprise is Announces Its Partnership with FoxFury Lighting

SMG at Commercial UAV Expo 2020

Today Commercial UAV Expo 2020 launched with the “Outdoor” Virtual Demonstrations.  Fortunately, it’s a lot warmer than last year, sitting comfortably at our desks!

Registration is still open, the exhibit hall is FREE to all attendees, as is the keynote sessions.  If you haven’t already registered, be sure to do so and check out what’s happening within the drone industry.  The keynote sessions are stacked and the rest of the sessions offered are deep with some heavy hitters from the industry.  Check out the full list of speakers here.

Back to the Virtual Drone Demonstrations; what a wonderful way to start the show!  We started off with Iris Automation and a detailed discussion of their onboard detect-and-avoid for BVLOS drone flight.  Very impressive how they are managing BLVOS operations.

Next up was a demonstration from Doosan and their hydrogen fuel cell long-endurance drone.  With the two hour flight time, they are BVLOS ready and better economics.

Anchoring the first section of Drone Demonstrations today was our very own, Douglas Spotted Eagle, showcasing the Sundance Media Group Night UAV CSI workflow.

Douglas took the time to walk the audience through best-practices on capturing a night forensic scene by drone. He includes a brief overview of the equipment used (links below) as well as access to the Pix4D model generated.

Find the full session on our Vimeo Page here.

 

If you have any questions, please email us at requests@sundancemediagroup.com. 

And if you’re interested, check out last year’s CommUAV Night UAV CSI event video here,  which includes interview with local law enforcement.  (It was quite COLD out there!)

Finally, here is a list of the equipment we used:

Autel EVO II Series: auteldrones.com/pages/evo-ii-pro-detail
DTResearch GNSS Tablet: dtresearch.com/en/Gnss-Tablets/DT301X-TR.html
FoxFury Lighting: foxfury.com/
Hoodman Accessories: hoodmanusa.com/Drones-Phones-Tablets-s/127.htm
Pix4D Software: pix4d.com/

And find the full project here for you to work with:
cloud.pix4d.com/dataset/701216/map?shareToken=a9c1cdc4-dad3-4b49-b51a-df8239135811

 

Thank you to our partners for helping us keep sharing information within the drone industry:

 

By | September 15th, 2020|Drone, Inspection, Law Enforcement, Mapping, Night Flight, Photography, Post-Production, Public Safety, sUAS, Technology, Video|Comments Off on SMG at Commercial UAV Expo 2020

AUTEL ENTERPRISE is Announcing its Made in USA EVO II Dual Bundles

Today is an exciting day for our friends at Autel Robotics with their announcement of “Made in USA”.  Our team from Sundance Media Group couldn’t be more proud knowing all the hard work that went into this designation and from what we’ve been told; this is just the beginning!

A rapid-deployment, packable unmanned aircraft made in USA with foreign and US components and labor.
PRESS RELEASE UPDATED: SEPTEMBER 3, 2020

Bothell, WA., SEPTEMBER 3, 2020 (Newswire.com) – Unmanned Aircraft manufacturer Autel Robotics is releasing its Autel EVO II Dual Enterprise UAS
bundle/package, created for public sector and enterprise use. Under the Autel Enterprise label, Autel Robotics offers end-users the opportunity to use aircraft
manufactured in the USA with foreign and domestic parts and labor. CEO Gary DeLuca shared the news with Autel Reseller/Dealers earlier this week.

“We notified our dealers that the change in manufacturing is effective immediately, and this new series of bundles does not impact our ability to ship existing stock. We have been making running changes to the product line in order to accommodate our customer needs since the day we initially released the product,” said DeLuca.

The Autel EVO IITM Dual is specifically designed to aid public safety personnel in identifying persons and objects in the dark, through smoke/fog, and offers public
safety personnel the highest resolution IR camera available, coupled with a second, separately functioning 8K resolution RGB camera. The 8K camera provides police and fire personnel deep detail, zoom capability, 40 minute flight time, and ability to stream video to any command location or MDT (mobile data terminal) when coupled with the Autel LiveDeckTM.

With an airframe from China, IR/thermal cameras from FLIR in the USA, and Sony imagers from Japan, the final product is assembled in Bothell, WA with American labor.  “We also source the majority of our bundle components from US manufacturers such as FoxFury, GPC, TacSwan, and others” said DeLuca. “Our software and other components are predominantly also from domestic and NATO suppliers. We’re deeply focused on shifting the product program to a Made in USA direction. We brought in outside consultants to assist us in identifying resources and processes that bring us closer to our American roots.”

“We are also proud to share that our solution does not require LTE for operations.  Whether intelligent flight, or manual flight, our systems function without connecting to a server inside or outside CONUS, added DeLuca.  Autel aircraft may be flown without connecting a mobile device, as the remote control offers a 3.3” display for FPV. When connected to a mobile device for preview and autonomous flight modes, the mobile device may be put into airplane/no-data mode once local maps have been downloaded for mission planning.  “Autel prides itself on ensuring that user data remains private,” said John Kuch, public sector sales manager and former Fairfax County investigator, “Users are not required to sign up for an account, and are not required to input any data that they do not want shared. Data security combined with our domestic manufacturing efforts provide a safe, secure, and efficient environment for any public safety agency with our Autel EVO II Dual platform.”

CONTACT INFO

For more information about Autel Enterprise, contact;
Email: Douglas@autelrobotics.com
Phone: 801-201-9212
Media high-res photos are available upon request.

About Autel

Opening its doors in 2004, Autel Tech expanded into unmanned aircraft in 2015. With their patented folding design, Autel Robotics revolutionized the packable drone industry. The company has offices, engineering and manufacturing teams in Germany, Shenzhen, USA (Washington and NY). Learn more about AutelRobotics at AutelRobotics.com, and our social media @autelenterprise.

 

By | September 3rd, 2020|Uncategorized|Comments Off on AUTEL ENTERPRISE is Announcing its Made in USA EVO II Dual Bundles

Coming FREE Webinars – August 2020

If you have some time to join us, be sure to check out two of our free webinars in the coming weeks.

Starting a Drone Program 101

A 60min LIVE webinar showcasing what you need to consider when starting your drone program. This is an intro to drone best practices.

This workshop will help new remote pilots to understand the bigger picture process of incorporating drones into your workflow.

What steps do you need to consider when setting up a new drone program? This session we will cover how to effectively accomplish this goal.

  • Understanding FAA regulations for Commercial remote pilots
  • How to train for the job before you begin advertising your new skills
  • Insurance & Operational considerations
  • Define your objectives
  • Additional Equipment Considerations
  • Other Best Practices

REGISTER HERE

Image Editing 201 for Drone (Aerial) Photography

A 60 min LIVE webinar showcasing best-practices for basic post-production editing on aerial (drone) images.

This workshop is the next series of our Image Editing for Drone (Aerial) Photography. We will dig deeper into the post-production side of the process for remote pilots looking to understand best practices for post-production on aerial images. We will focus on the basics in a couple of photo editing software platforms and learn about chroma vs. luma

Attendees can expect to learn via lived edits in this webinar, in both Photoshop and Lumiar software editing programs.

Elevate your aerial still photography skills for better images.

Who this course is for:

  • Anyone interested in creating interesting drone photography.
  • Anyone interested in improving their images taken from their drones.
  • Anyone interested in improving their drone photography workflow.

REGISTER HERE

 

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In addition to Ag Leader, we offer technology solutions from OPI Systems, Autel, DJI, DroneDeploy, 360 Yield Center and more. Since 1995 we’ve been serving customers in Iowa and surrounding states with locations in western and eastern Iowa.

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Luminar 4 Review (Guest Blog)

This guest blog from   is a review of Luminar 4 showcasing how Skylum’s latest version has improved upon editing RAW images.

In the photo editing world, Photoshop and Lightroom are widely viewed as the industry standards for a long time. But these years new challengers are joining the game hoping to compete in a market that Adobe used to dominate. One of them is Skylum Luminar, a great RAW editor that offers a one-time payment at an affordable price so that photographers can avoid the subscription lock-in found in Adobe and many other popular image editing programs. SoftwareHow reviewed both the old version of Luminar (e.g. Luminar 3) and the newest version (e.g. Luminar 4), let’s see how many improvements they have made to the program and what interesting features the new version has to offer. Read more in this detailed review to find out: https://www.softwarehow.com/luminar-review/

 

 

 

 

 

By | June 29th, 2020|Photography, Post-Production|Comments Off on Luminar 4 Review (Guest Blog)

Sundance Media Group Announces Drone Training Reseller Agreement with SYNNEX Corporation

Sundance Media Group Announces Drone Training Reseller Agreement with SYNNEX Corporation

Agreement Provides Certified Drone Training to Government Agencies and Organizations Across the U.S.

Las Vegas June 3, 2020 Sundance Media Group (SMG) today announced an agreement with  SYNNEX Corporation (NYSE: SNX), a leadingbusiness process services company, to provide certified drone training to government agencies and organizations across the U.S.

SMG specializes in assisting police, fire and private corporations seeking to stand up new small Unmanned Aircraft System drone programs or add sUAS workflows into their existing drone programs. SMG offers drone training programs across the U.S. as well as the filing of Certificates of Authorization and/or waivers with the U.S. Federal Aviation Administration. SMG also creates and assists in the implementation of Policy, Procedures and Operations manuals for ISO-compliant municipalities and organizations.

“Training is a vital component to a viable, safe and effective drone program. This agreement with Sundance Media Group enables us to offer a B2B turnkey solution within the unmanned aircraft industry,” said Ed Somers, Vice President, Public Sector and Vertical Markets, SYNNEX. “The addition of SMG safety-first training methodology services to our own product offerings elevates our complete technology solutions.”

SMG has a 19-year history working in aviation and crime scene investigation and has developed training missions for Major Incident Response Teams, CSI, traffic homicide, night-time forensic missions, and crowd overwatch with and without tethering components.  Drones offer an aerial vantage point and are a significant force multiplier. Operations may be initiated faster with fewer persons involved. As a force multiplier, nothing compares to sUAS with regard to cost, safety, speed and capturing/recording /archiving information that may be passed up or down the chain of command.

SMG’s training, now available through SYNNEX, include 107 offerings from prep, introduction to practical flight and advanced applied to vertical-focused flight training and post-processing training.

“We look forward to bringing our standard of excellence for various segments within the UA industry to SYNNEX and its customers,” said Jennifer Pidgen, Chief Operating Officer of Sundance Media Group, now celebrating 26 years in training. “SYNNEX focuses on helping their business partners grow and the SMG culture is to ensure that every client gets white-glove services. We identify the clients’ specific sUAS needsand we build out our training programs to meet those needs to ensure they are successful in their adaptation of this new technology.”

 

 

 

About Sundance Media Group

Founded in 1994, Sundance Media Group (SMG) began as a training organization focused on cameras, codecs, and post-production technology. In 2004, the company began training in aviation technology, adding sUAS in 2011. In 2012, SMG produced the world’s first UAS training conference at the NAB/P|PW Conference and is vendor neutral, where we collaborate with manufacturers, service providers, and software developer to find the best solution for our clients’ needs.

With instructors from Public Safety, Construction, Vertical Inspection, Real Estate, and Cinematography, SMG instructors may be found speaking at technical, aviation, and UAS conferences around the globe. For more information on SMG, please visit www.sundancemediagroup.com or via email at requests@sundancemediagroup.com

About SYNNEX Corporation

SYNNEX Corporation (NYSE: SNX) is a Fortune 200 corporation and a leading business process services company, providing a comprehensive range of distribution, logistics and integration services for the technology industry and providing outsourced services focused on customer engagement to a broad range of enterprises.  SYNNEX distributes a broad range of information technology systems and products, and also provides systems design and integration solutions. Founded in 1980, SYNNEX Corporation operates in numerous countries throughout North and South America, Asia-Pacific and Europe. Additional information about SYNNEX may be found online at synnex.com.

SYNNEX, the SYNNEX Logo, and all other SYNNEX company, product and services names and slogans are trademarks or registered trademarks of SYNNEX Corporation. SYNNEX, the SYNNEX Logo, Reg. U.S. Pat. & Tm. Off. Other names and marks are the property of their respective owners.

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Women and Drones – 2020 Women to Watch Awards

NOMINATIONS are still open for this year’s annual Women and Drones awards for the Women to Watch.  YOU STILL HAVE TIME!

DEADLINE:  June 25, 2020

 

Need some direction on who to nominate?  Check out last year’s video showcasing the 2019 Women To Watch In UAS Honorees.  What an amazing selection of women within the industry!

These awards honoring outstanding achievements, by women, in the drone industry.  If you know of a woman run business, or cutting edge trail-blazer within the UAS industry, be sure to submit your nomination for the 2020 Women And Drones Global Awards.  This year there are INDIVIDUAL categories as well as TEAM categories.

The individual award is designed to acknowledge and inspire women who are driving change and shaping the drone industry.  Categories include:

  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership
  • Public Safety

In creating this recognition, we aim to raise the profile of women doing amazing work in UAS, UAM and UTM technology arenas.

The two team awards acknowledge organizations that in their pursuit of excellence embrace diversity and have a culture of inclusiveness where women are engaged in key or leadership roles within their team.

Sundance Media Group is a proud Strategic Partner of Women and Drones and a Women Owned Small Business.

About Women And Drones

Women and Drones is the leading membership organization dedicated to driving excellence in the unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and Urban Air Mobility (UAM) industry by achieving equity and participation of women in all disciplines and across all employment sectors.

Core mission: To increase female participation in the economic opportunities of the industry.

Membership with Women and Drones offers many perks:

  • Group insurance for Drones and for your Pets
  • Building your brand
  • Training and Education
  • Discounts on Products

Membership also includes resources to improve your career and business:

  • Networking Opportunities
  • Jobs Board / Resume Review
  • Small Business Support
  • Members Only Facebook Page to share ideas, pictures, self-promotions, and ask questions

 

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Sundance Media Group Podcasts, Webinars, and more!

It has been a few weeks of lock-down now and we hope that all our readers are doing well during these uncertain times.  If you haven’t seen our post with links to assist small businesses, resources for laid-off workers and key ways we all can save and use our downtime, check it out here.

Our team has been busy re-focusing our training time on creating content for our clients and keeping conversations going on the importance of training as we prepare for the shutdown(s) to open up.

Next week (May 21), we’re offering a WEBINAR on Urban Turbulence and Micro-Climates – there’s still time to register!

 

NEW Products

AEE

The new Mach 4 (TM) from AEE is now shipping.  This heavy-hauler sUAS is positioned for commercial use.  Its durable construction and ease of use is geared for the Professional Drone Pilot looking to do inspections and use within public safety applications.  Check out AEE’s two newly released videos showcasing inspections and within public safety uses.

AUTEL
We’ve had an opportunity to share our first thoughts on the Autel EVO II overall and our Youtube video showcasing the unboxing of the EVO II PRO.   We have even shared first impressions on the new Autel EVO II Mission Planner software.

AND….stay tuned (sign up for our eNewsletter and/or subscribe to our Youtube channel!) to hear more about our recently received our EVO II 8K and EVO II Thermal.

In the mean time, be sure to check out the video from Autel showcasing the commercial use cases for this new unmanned system.  Soon there will be oodles more information on commercial applications with this Unmanned Aircraft, designed with Commercial and Enterprise users in mind.

   Autel Evo™ II Dual is ideal for:

  • Public Safety – Law Enforcement, Search and Rescue, Fire
  • Inspection – Solar, tower, bridge, insurance
  • General purpose uses in dark environments (thermal) or 8K cinematography, disaster relief/recovery
 

   Autel Evo™ II Pro is ideal for:

  • Public Safety – Crash scene reconstruction, forensics, image capture of events/scenes, overwatch, night flight
  • Mapping – Construction, surveying, inspection
  • General uses – Real estate, volumetrics, city planning, drainage studies, utilties, disaster relief/ recovery, roofing inspections, and many more applications
 

   Autel Evo™ II is ideal for:

  • Cinematography, Real Estate, sporting events, documentation, personal use, and any other application
    benefitting from an aerial camera system.

Recent Blogs of Interest

Drones for Construction

In case you missed it, Douglas & Brady created an article for Commercial UAV News showcasing three different drones, their functionality, and output on a construction site.  Check it out!

 

 

8K or not 8K

There has also been some debate in the UA forums about the relevance of 8K video capture from drones.  Check out Douglas’ article discussing the benefits of 8K video and “Going Beyond the Human Eye”.

These higher resolutions are applicable to “computer vision,” benefiting mapping, 3D modeling, and other similar applications. Generally speaking, more pixels equals greater smoothness and geometry. As technology moves deeper into Artificial Intelligence, higher resolutions with more efficient codecs become yet even more important. Imagine an UAS equipped with an 8K camera inspecting a communications tower.

 

From our Partners:

NOMINATIONS are open for this year’s annual Women and Drones awards for the Women to Watch.

 

These awards honoring outstanding achievements, by women, in the drone industry.  If you know of a woman run business, or cutting edge trail-blazer within the UAS industry, be sure to submit your nomination for the 2020 Women And Drones Global Awards.  This year there are INDIVIDUAL categories as well as TEAM categories.

The individual award is designed to acknowledge and inspire women who are driving change and shaping the drone industry.  Categories include:

  • Education
  • Entrepreneurship
  • Leadership
  • Public Safety

In creating this recognition, we aim to raise the profile of women doing amazing work in UAS, UAM and UTM technology arenas.

The two team awards acknowledge organizations that in their pursuit of excellence embrace diversity and have a culture of inclusiveness where women are engaged in key or leadership roles within their team.

 

If you missed the announcement from our friends at InterDrone, InterDrone 2020 will  now be held in Dallas, Texas December 15 – 17, 2020.  Our team will be there offering our Night UAV Flight Workshop – be sure to register early and save!

 

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