Weekend Roundup


This Week in the Unmanned Systems and Robotics World

Fortem Technologies, Inc. has released DroneHunter, the first military-tested UAS that provides perimeter intrusion detection and protection by autonomously patrolling an airspace and towing away any rogue UAS from the sky. DroneHunter provides detection, monitoring and capture of rogue UAS over restricted airspace or no-fly zones, using artificial intelligence algorithms. Fortem Technologies says that once a rogue UAS is detected and captured, DroneHunter can tether and return that UAS, or safely discard it to a predefined safe zone. (PR Newswire)

The Nigerian Air Force (NAF) has inducted its first indigenous operational UAV, which is known as Tsaigumi. A product of a collaboration between NAF Aerospace Engineers and UAVision of Portugal, Tsaigumi is expected to be used for ISR operations in land and sea domains. The UAV could also be used for other tasks such as policing operations, disaster management, and pipeline and power line monitoring. (Nigerian Air Force)

Kingston Police in Kingston, Ontario, Canada have acquired a new UAS. The UAS, an Aeryon SkyRanger, is expected to help Kingston Police with several tasks, including forensics and scene reconstruction, tactical incident responses, and with emergency management. (Kingston Whig-Standard)

To help with security efforts during the PyeongChang Winter Olympics in Pyeongchang County, Gangwon Province, South Korea, the U.S. Forces Korea (USFK) has used UAS for surveillance activities around all stadiums to prevent possible terrorist attacks and accidents. The UAS are producing live video feeds, which are being used by the Olympic security control center to protect Olympic venues. (Yonhap News Agency)

Starting this semester, Anne Arundel Community College is offering noncredit in-person and online courses on UAS. The community college has planned a variety of courses, including some on the basics and what a person needs to know to secure a remote pilot certificate from the FAA, as well as courses on more specific applications for the technology across different career fields. (Capital Gazette)

Vodafone has announced the beginning of trials of the world’s first air traffic control UAS tracking and safety technology. Using innovative 4G Internet of Things (IoT) technology, Vodafone’s “pioneering approach” protects aircraft from disastrous accidents, while also preventing inadvertent or criminal UAS incursions at sensitive locations. (Vodafone)

Huawei has announced that it has used an artificial intelligence-powered smartphone to drive a car. Using its Mate 10 Pro device, Huawei has conducted intelligent object recognition to distinguish between thousands of different objects, and “learn to take the most appropriate course of action.” (ZDNet)

The Coastal Drone Academy of Oregon recently implemented the Unmanned Safety Institute’s (USI) Small UAS Safety Curriculum. A program at Career Tech High School in Lincoln City Oregon, the Coastal Drone Academy is a STEM extension program that teaches students to use UAS to make a positive impact in the ocean and coastal communities that rely on a healthy marine environment. (Unmanned Safety Institute)