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Outstanding Advisory Board to Guide Development of Conference
SAN JOSE, CA, January 24, 2017- Following an extremely successful gathering for the commercial drone industry, the Drone World Expo team with the help of an outstanding Advisory Board, is preparing forits 3rd annual event, which will return to the San Jose Convention Center, October 3-4, 2017.  The exhibit hall will feature more than 100 exhibiting companies showcasing and demonstrating the newest products and solutions, alongside a world-class education program featuring a stellar line up of end users, industry and government experts. 
"We are thrilled to be working with such an extraordinary and active Advisory Board to help us develop a unique and forward-thinking educational program which will offer diverse perspectives from more than 100 end users and thought leaders,"said Joelle Coretti, Vice President and Event Director, Drone World Expo. "We received nothing but positive feedback from the thousands who joined us at 2016's Drone World Expo. We've just held our first Board meeting of the year and we're already off to a great start, once again designing a programforthe industry,bythe industry." 

Drone World Expo Advisory Board Members:
  • Greg Agvent, Senior Director, News Operations, CNN
  • Mark Bathrick, Director, Office of Aviation Services (OAS), U.S. Department of the Interior
  • Robert Blair, Farmer/Vice President of Agriculture, Measure
  • Michael Chambliss, Technologist, International Cinematographers' Guild
  • Brad Cheney, Director, Technical Operations, FOX Sports Media Group
  • Eric Cheng, Photographer, Eric Cheng Photography
  • John "JC" Coffey, Executive Director, Unmanned Systems, Cherokee National Technology Portfolio
  • Pete Dumont, President & CEO, Air Traffic Control Association (ATCA)
  • Chris Dunn, Commander, Ventura County Sherriff's Office
  • Lisa Ellman, Global UAS Practice Chair, Hogan Lovells; Co-Executive Director, Commercial Drone Alliance
  • Jonathan Evans, CEO, Skyward
  • Biren Gandhi, Distinguished Strategist, Corporate Strategy Office, Cisco
  • Douglas Johnson, Vice President, Technology Policy, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)
  • Lawrie Jordan, Director of Imagery and Remote Sensing, Esri
  • Jesse Kallman, Director of Customer Engagements and Regulatory Affairs, Airware
  • Iain Kerr, CEO, Ocean Alliance
  • Andrew Krawczel, Aviation Services Manager, San Diego Gas & Electric (SDG&E)
  • Travis G. Mason, Public Policy, X
  • Matt Merrifield, CTO, The Nature Conservancy of California
  • John Palatiello, Executive Director, MAPPS, An Association of Photogrammetry, Mapping and Geospatial Firms
  • Matt Parker, Vice President, Precision Integrated Programs
  • John L. Petersen, Chairman, The Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation
  • Ingo Piroth, North America GTM Lead Partner, IBM Innovation & Emerging Tech, IBM Global Business Services
  • Chidambaram Somu, Virtual Construction Manager, DPR Construction
  • Andrea Steffke, Remote Sensing Scientist, Chevron Energy Technology Company
  • Gretchen West, Senior Advisor, Innovation and Technology, Hogan Lovells
  • David Wood, San Jose State University
  • Eric Woodyard, Technology & Innovation Program Manager, Pacific Gas & Electric (PG&E)
The Advisory Board has already begun to identify the most pressing topics to focus on for 2017 and prospective presenters are invited to submit ideas for sessions and case studies.Proposed sessions should be related to commercial applications and issues including howdrones are enabling and enhancing construction, agriculture, video and film, law enforcement, public safety, energy, oil and gas, catastrophe response, mapping and surveying, communications, delivery, research and conservation, humanitarian relief, firefighting, search and rescue operations and more. For the criteria for speaker and session submissions, and to submit your proposal, visit
In addition to the education program, there will be over 100 companies displaying new products and services on the show floor. Many of the exhibitors from the 2016 event responded enthusiastically about their experience at the trade show and have already secured space for 2017. If interested in learning about exhibiting or sponsored speaking opportunities, contact Michael Driscoll atdriscollm@jdevents.comor 203-416-1924.

Drone World Expo 2017
will be held October 3-4, 2017, once again at theSan Jose Convention Center. For more information, The event is produced by JD Events (,dedicated to the creation of targeted and innovative industry-leading events that deliver results. The company brings together highly qualified buying audiences, education-rich content and high-level networking opportunities -- all geared toward increasing business transactions in the markets it serves. 
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For further information and to register for press credentatials, contact:
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Coptrz, the world’s first and only company offering continuous personal development to drone pilots, has been awarded the Civil Aviation Authority’s (CAA) National Qualified Entity (NQE) status.
This entitles the company to deliver CAA-approved training to potential drone pilots, including both a theory and a practical test. 
Only drone pilots with a CAA-certified qualification may obtain the Permission for Commercial Operations (PfCO) from the CAA which enables them to work as professional drone pilots.
Unique offering
As well as basic drone training (the CAA PfCO training course), Coptrz is unique in the sector in offering courses aimed at helping drone pilots develop their businesses.
“Basic training is just the beginning,” says managing director Steve Coulson. “We believe that one certificate doesn’t set you up to be a drone pilot. That’s why we also offer training on all aspects of running a business: marketing, pricing strategy, making money from drones, and using specific software packages, plus specific jobs - such as surveying, 3D mapping, or using a drone to inspect the inside of a tank or a cellular tower.
“Now we have our accreditation, we’re looking to train 1,000 drone pilots in 2017 and have added new training dates in anticipation of great demand.”
Growth market
As well as helping to create new businesses and jobs for drone pilots, Coptrz is an industry success story in itself. It began trading in May 2016 and has since turned over around £1m.
The company currently employs seven people but is looking to double in the next few months, says Coulson. “We’ve got vacancies to take our number of employees to 15 across sales, customer service, technical and training. The commercial drone market will be worth US$127 billion worldwide by 2020. We’re fully confident that we can outperform the market and we expect to be in the Fast Track 100 in three years’ time.”
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No drones, no problem...

No drones, no problem.

Sweden has become the first country to introduce an outright ban on drones with cameras. Similar restrictions in other countries are afoot. Find out how DEME found their own way around local drone restrictions using technology from the the period of the Zhou dynasty China.

Full article here...

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An international standard is in development for the emerging drone industry...

SUAS-Global gets letter published in the Financial Times to bring attention to the amazing work that ISO and global Regulators are doing to develop far reaching standards and regulations for the commercial drone industry.


Read the full article here in the Financial Times....
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Camberley, UK The Norwegian Governments’ Agency for Railroad Services – Jernbaneverket - has signed nationwide framework agreements for drone services on 8 December 2016.

The Norwegian article can be found at:

The English translation of the Press Release is as follows:

The mapping and observation of avalanches, landslides or flooding is the most important of several areas where this new technology can be used effectively. Climate change makes the likelihood of such events ever more likely. If something happens, fast and accurate mapping of the incident is a key factor to getting the railway opened to traffic again, says contract advisor Knut Rusti-Jørgensen, from the Supply Division, which has been responsible for the procurement.

Faster, safer, less expensive

Today, we mostly rely on helicopters to make observations of landslides and high risk areas, and possibly one must enter the area on foot as well. We expect that it will be faster, safer and cheaper to make observations using such remote-controlled, unmanned aircraft, he said.

We also envisage that the drones have many applications in the prevention of such incidents. Plans include the mapping of vulnerable and hard to reach areas, as well as measurements of snow, terrain movements and much more.

Furthermore, this can also be a tool for maintenance monitoring and inspection of inaccessible infrastructure, e.g. walls, bridges, snow-shelters and platforms. Filming and documentation of major new development projects is another relevant application, says Rusti-Jørgensen.

Eight-hour response

Contracts for the six geographical areas corresponding to the six infrastructure areas in the Jernbaneverket were awarded. The contract for Area North was won by the firm Total Traffic Help in Mosjoen, while IRIS Group Nordic Bergen won the Region West. For the four remaining areas, a contract with the company Nordic Unmanned based in Sandnes was awarded.

The agreement states that companies should be deployed to an incident and be in place in eight hours or less. In addition to video and still images of high quality, infra red and termal imaging photography and terrain models analysis can be providied, highlighted Rusti-Jørgensen. The agreements include a contingency allowance, as well as hourly rates for current services. It's hard to say how much usage there is going to be, but it is likely that the volume will increase gradually as the various application possibilities are better known in the Organizational structure, he said.

Unknown market

Work on this procurement has also been a bit unusual and challenging, given that this was a market that we did not have a complete overview on. We therefore chose to make use of so-called innovative procurement methods, where we presented our needs and invited the market to propose solutions, he continued, adding that the competition was conducted in collaboration with the national programme for supplier development.

First we had a dialogue conference with everyone and then subsequent one-to-one conversations with those vendors who were interested, before providers delivered solutions and quotations. Initially, around 60 companies showed interest, and eventually we got 17 offers. I am very satisfied with how this process worked, says Rusti-Jørgensen.

IRIS Group

The contracts were signed by: Neil Hunter, IRIS Group Nordic; Knut R Wiig, Nordic Unmanned; Tobias V. Sivertsen; Total Traffic Service and Contracts Manager Terje Holen Jernbaneverket. (Photo: Øystein Grue)

About IRIS Group

IRIS Group is a privately held company that offers solutions in robotics, focusing on unmanned aerial systems (RPAS). IRIS Group UK has offices in London and Iris Group Nordic AS in Bergen, Norway. The staff have all held varied senior military and commercial management positions. The team has performed over 4,000 manned and 5,000 unmanned flying hours, and their drone experience ranges from design and manufacture, to testing and selling to the supply, operations, logistics and data analysis.


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