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The Commercial UAV Expo Americas will take place at the Westgate Resort in Las Vegas, October 24 – 26, 2017. All major market segments will be addressed in industrial robotics, including Surveying & Mapping; Civil Infrastructure; Process, Power & Utilities; Aggregates & Mining; Construction; Law Enforcement; Emergency Response & Search and Rescue (SAR); and Precision Agriculture. Over 100 exhibitors have registered as we go to press. The second of these conferences, the Commercial UAV Expo held in 2016, had 1,720 attendees from every state in the U.S., and from 46 countries worldwide. This is a rapidly growing market, and a free report assessing its growth is being given away by The Commercial UAV Expo.

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Skylift is a pioneering company developing multirotor vehicles that can perform heavy lift services. Skylift’s website explains: “The global market for logistics surpassed $4 trillion in 2015. The goods we use each day are part of a complex global supply chain. The most critical part of this supply chain is the 'last mile,' comprising roughly one-quarter of the cost of everything we consume. The largest growth in logistics has come from on-demand direct delivery …over $300 billion has been earmarked for helicopter procurements over the next decade. [Until now,] no vehicle has been able to meet the primary requirements of these rising market demands.“

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DJI quadcopters and hexcopters, sold globally, have been a dominant industry brand for years. Although the first to massively penetrate the worldwide drone market, DJI products have recently been banned by the Army and NAVY. It is known that Chinese manufacturers can embed spyware in every fold of such equipment, which can then be used to remotely surveil or disable the gear. Such spyware can be hidden in the most unlikely places, including battery cells and in parts of the devices that apparently are not electronically active.

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SPAR 3D.com, a leading source on 3D technology from sensing to 3D processing and visualization tools, reported that The Charles Stark Draper Laboratory, Inc., (Draper) plans to bring to market a price-leading lidar chip that will not only be used on self-driving automobiles, but in a variety of other applications, as well. It is possible that this ultra-micro lidar could end up as a feature on cell phones.

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Constructiondive.com reported that Berkeley, CA-based 3D Robotics (3DR) and China-based, global drone maker DJI have partnered to launch a new drone operations platform that makes 3DR’s Site Scan surveying technology compatible with DJI drones. The Tuesday announcement by 3DR noted that DJI drones will now be able use the Site Scan Field mobile app.

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