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Sightline Tracking, Facial Recognition Tech for Drones
Privacy-protected video and Geo-positioning data from multiple drones can be live-streamed between field agents and command centers, thanks to a partnership between three IT firms.
The solution combines drone manufacturer SICdrone, CrowdOptic, an enterprise software firm, and Suspect Technologies, a builder of public surveillance and identity verification products. It leverages CrowdOptics’ platform that streams video and analyzes sensor data from mobile devices and Internet of Things devices. The company’s “focal clustering technology” calculates and analyzes location data from video taken from smartphones, drone cameras or Google Glass.
The technology is integrated with FieldApp, CrowdOptic’s public-facing Android app that lets smartphone users triangulate on an area of interest and broadcast its GPS location in real time to a web-based command center with live video verification.
The partnership with SICdrone is putting that app into drones so that users in the military, law enforcement, firefighters, public safety and first responders can better coordinate their unmanned aerial systems.
According to CrowdOptic executives, FieldApp directs drones by coordinating lines of sight data from multiple devices, like mobile phones or other drones. Devices running the FieldApp software connect to CrowdOptic servers in the cloud to stream GPS location and video, according to the description on the Google Play store. After identifying where the device is aiming, the cloud servers run cluster detection algorithms to produce a live view of the focus areas on an interactive map. Essentially, this allows drone operators to better identify and confirm objects and areas of interest so they can track and direct their assets on the ground and in the air.
The mobile app prototype was initially announced through a partnership between CrowdOptic and SOFWERX, an institute designed to facilitate communication between the technology community and U.S. Special Operations Command.
Along with incorporating CrowdOptic’s capabilities into its drones, SICdrone added facial recognition and obfuscation software from Suspect Technologies.
The facial blur technology lets agencies identify certain people while respecting the privacy of others. This is a commonly requested feature from government clients and addresses the issues surrounding video redaction, CrowdOptic executives told GCN.
CrowdOptic’s understanding is that after testing, USSOCOM intends to provide this as a non-classified system to field operatives and governmental allies for tracking targets of interest.
2017-03-27Germany Plans New Drone Regulations
On January 18 2017 the German government introduced a draft regulation to create sufficient regulations to deal with these risks by amending the existing fragmented provisions and establishing rules to liberalise the commercial use of drones.
2017-03-27NASA Includes Swedish UAV in BVLOS Testing
Swedish manufacturer SmartPlanes has announced that the SmartPlanes Freya UAV is included in the NASA UAS Traffic Management (UTM) R&D Technical Capability Level 3 (TCL 3) project, at the FAA-designated Nevada UAS test site. SmartPlanes is represented by its US distributor Carbon Autonomous.
2017-03-23Drone World Expo 2017 – Registration Now Open
Registration is now open for Drone World Expo 2017. From October 3-4, the 3rd annual Drone World Expo will once again gather thousands of thought leaders, end-users and decision makers in the commercial drone industry at the San Jose Convention Center.
2017-03-22South Korea to Train 1,700 Drone Operators Annually
South Korea is planning to train 1,700 drone operators a year to meet growing demand in the commercial drone industry, the transport ministry said on Tuesday.
2017-03-22$1M Prize for Bridge Inspection by Drones
AutoModality, whose technology allows drones to automatically conduct close-up inspections of bridges, buildings, power lines and other structures, has won the $1 million grand prize in the Genius NY business competition.
2017-03-21First BVLoS Power Line Inspection Flight in New Zealand
A Taranaki drone company has made history by flying an unmanned aircraft ”beyond line of sight” to inspect power transmission lines in the Rimutaka Ranges.
2017-03-21Leidos Pilots New Service for UAS
Leidos Flight Service has created an unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) service that helps safeguard the airspace by sending automatic notifications of unmanned aircraft operations to relevant groups.
2017-03-20DARPA Awards Phase 2 Gremlins Program Contracts
DARPA recently completed Phase 1 of its Gremlins program, which envisions volleys of low-cost, reusable unmanned aerial systems (UASs)—or “gremlins”—that could be launched and later retrieved in mid-air. Taking the program to its next stage, the Agency has now awarded Phase 2 contracts to two teams, one led by Dynetics, Inc. (Huntsville, Ala.) and the other by General Atomics Aeronautical Systems, Inc. (San Diego, Calif.).
2017-03-20Amazon Patents Drones with Telescoping Landing Legs
A diagram shows how an Amazon drone could land on a sloping surface while keeping its main frame level, thanks to telescoping landing legs. (Amazon Illustration via USPTO)
2017-03-17US Air Force Buys Drone-Snagging Shotgun Shells
US Air Force security forces, as well as other military personnel and federal law enforcement agencies, may soon be getting a new tool to take down small commercial drones: shotgun shells with a net. The special cartridge is just one system the Pentagon has been looking at to manage the growing threat from small and readily available quad-and hex-copter-type unmanned aircraft.
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