Inside Unmanned Systems

JUN-JUL 2018

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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22   June/July 2018 unmanned systems inside P P IP Integration Pilot Program Team Profiles FedEx stores. When a call comes into 911, both an ambulance and a drone are dispatched. "Based on our analysis, just in the city of Reno, one Flir tey deliver y drone has the potential to save at least one life every two weeks on aver- age when that drone is prepositioned, carrying a defibrillator, and plugged into the 911 network," said Matthew Sweeny, Flirtey's founder and CEO. Other delivery services are about cost and convenience. Holly Springs, North Carolina will experiment with An Intel Falcon 8 inspects a flare stack. A Flirtey drone lowers a parcel. UAS Traffic Management test in Virginia. Photos courtesy of Intel, Virginia Tech and Flirtey. using a drone to deliver food and goods from a mall to the surrounding area. San Diego and Uber are planning to partner with food chains to test drone- based food delivery. "I think the future might be f lying burgers," said Harrison Pierce, San Diego's homeland security coordinator. The real opportunity is in the last mile said Sweeny, who believes Flirtey could eventually expand to more gen- eral deliveries "It varies," Sweeny said, "but ap- proximately 50 percent of the cost of delivering a good to someone's home is spent in the final leg of the delivery from the storage distribution center to your home. And consumers want last mile delivery that is faster." BVLOS is essential for other applica- tions like search and rescue and rapid deployment of cameras to emergencies so first responders better know what they will encounter. "We think that we can use some drone applications to get to the scene of the crash quicker than we can phys- ically and get information back to our EMT (emergency medical technician) or to the hospitals. That can help save people's lives," said Tom Sorel, direc- tor of the North Dakota Department of Transportation. It might also be possible to get medical equipment to the scene more quickly using a drone, he said. The team lead by the Choctaw Nation wants to do emergency re- sponse and search and rescue—in- cluding finding ways to use drones in bad weather. They also want to deploy drones for herd management, especial- ly for large ranches where cattle may be grazing in unfenced areas. They have another problem they hope to reduce with BVLOS, night f lights and infra- red sensors—locating feral hogs. "They are very mean," said James Grimsley, founder and president of DII, a Choctaw team partner. "They're also very destructive. They just dev- astate areas and they can actually be deadly to humans." Memphis and FedEx have multiple plans for their BVLOS operations. FedEx is headquartered in Memphis and has its global transfer hub at the Memphis International Airport. The airline wants to use drones for inspect-

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