Fotokite partners with Pierce Manufacturing to equip firetrucks with tethered drones

Fotokite, a startup founded in Switzerland in 2014 with offices in Zurich and Syracuse, New York, has partnered with Pierce Manufacturing Inc., a top supplier of firetrucks in North America, to integrate an autonomous tethered "kite" drone in emergency vehicles to help provide firefighters with situational awareness.

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Spain’s Quaternium equips Benidorm police with long endurance c-drone, authorized for BVLOS

Quaternium, a Spanish startup founded in 2013 by José Luis Cortés in València, has started a first responder pilot program with Policía Local de Benidorm featuring the HYBRiX.20 hybrid fuel-electric drone.

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Canada’s GEM Systems Inc. launches towed VLF bird for low-altitude c-drone geophysical mapping

GEM Systems Inc., a Canadian manufacturer of high precision geophysical mapping instruments, has launched the GSM-90AVU(B), a Very Low Frequency (VLF) Electromagnetic Method (EM) survey instrument ("towed bird") designed to be suspended on a sling from a drone, at the Prospectors & Developers Association of Canada (PDAC) convention in Toronto on March 3.

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DJI updates GEO 2.0 geofencing database for Europe, and the mystery of the missing nuclear plant

China's DJI announced on February 12 that the firm would replace AirMap with Altitude Angel as the provider of cartographic data for Europe for in the 2.0 version of its "geofencing" Geospatial Environment Online (GEO) system.

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Delair launches c-drone data processing portal

Delair, a provider of c-drones and data analytics for industry and agriculture founded in 2011 in France, has launched a drone data asset management portal dubbed Delair Aerial Intelligence with the goal of simplifying drone-collected data presentation, analysis and reporting for enterprises.

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Australia’s Emesent launches Hovermap drone payload at International LiDAR Mapping Forum

Australia's Emesent has launched Hovermap, a LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) 3D point cloud scanning device for professional c-drones, at the International LiDAR Mapping Forum in Denver, Colorado on January 29th.

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Airbus presents air taxi strategy at AIAA SciTech Forum

In a keynote speech at the SciTech Forum of the American Institute of Aeronautics and Astronautics in San Diego on January 9, Eduardo Domínguez-Puerta, the head of Urban Air Mobility (UAM) at Airbus, outlined the group's air taxi long-term market assessment and strategy.

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