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The Future of Drones

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Emergency Services Drones are an ever evolving product. The latest uses for the drone or (UAV) is in the emergency industry, a recent study by Monash University showed that drones are up to 3x quicker assessing a site from the air than from the ground around it. This has been a welcome change...

UN backs plan to build unified global drone registry

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UN's aviation agency, the International Civil Aviation Organisation (ICAO) is planning to build a singular database to register all drones worldwide. This would enable the law enforcement to examine a unified registry instead of sifting through registries of individual nations. However, such laws have received negative criticism from hobbyist drone community in the past. Last year, the US Department of...

DJI to offer rewards through their new ‘Bug Bounty’ program

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Chinese drone maker DJI, announced the launch of its 'Bug Bounty' program on Monday. A program which aims to reward hackers and researchers for finding vulnerabilities and bugs within DJI's devices and software. The DJI Threat Identification Reward Program is part of DJI's commitment to work together with researchers and hackers to discover and rectify issues that can affect the...

Australia primed for World of Drones Congress launch

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AUSTRALIA - Often the thought of dangerous critters, sweeping outback and lazy sunsets comes to mind. For Dr. Catherine Ball however, her vision of Australia is one of innovation and economic metamorphosis to the sweet, sweet sound of humming rotors. On 31st August in Brisbane, Queensland, the World of Drones Congress kicks off to the beat of talks, workshops and...

Australia questions geo-fences and counter-drone tech (CASA)

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Australian drone legislation today Australia is one of the most forward-thinking nations in regards to its drone laws, thanks to the decision makers the Civil Aviation Safety Authority. It one of the first countries to introduce legislation relating to drone operations, building a framework which is in successful use today. Many commercial off-the-shelf (COTS) drones that are sub-2kg have relaxed...

Best Practice For Drone Data Protection

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DAVID WALTERS Following on from my recent article about "Drone Data Security", I thought I'd share some Pre Flight and Post Mission procedures that may be of help when considering your customers data security requirements. These are based on my experiences of UAS operations and best practice handling of client data over the years. Client Ask your clients about their data...

Amateur drone pilot casually lands drone on Britain’s HMS Queen Elizabeth

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A drone pilot faced next to no hurdles while landing his $500 Parrot Bebop drone on Britain's largest warship - HMS Queen Elizabeth. Last month, the unnamed drone pilot managed to capture a video footage of the landing on the 920ft carrier docked at Scottish Highlands port Invergordon and then took a few snapshots of the warship before posting them on Facebook. The...

Why UAV telemetry data is a cyber/physical security risk

DAVID KOVAR I’ve been talking about the potential risks of an adversary gaining access to your UAV telemetry data for quite some time. People are most concerned about their sensor data, the actual imagery or chemical levels or whatever the sensor is collecting. Yes, this is very valuable data but it is relatively easy to determine if it is being...

Australian charged with espionage using drone to film rally

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Australian filmmaker James Ricketson has been charged with espionage by Cambodian police, after he was caught flying a DJI Phantom drone over a CNRP opposition party campaign rally. On Friday, the Phnom Penh Court charged Mr Ricketson with collecting information prejudicial to national defense - a sentence punishable by up to 10 years in prison. The exact details surrounding the arrest...

DroneSec Podcast #1 – Giant Mechanical Geese from Hell

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Episode #1 - w/ David Hambling In this episode, we speak with internationally recognised journalist and author David Hambling. Drone Swarms is the topic of the day, as well as discussing the counter-drone landscape and its relation to the commercial vs military innovation race. As promised, listeners can receive a copy of David's book for FREE today only on Amazon....