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Bathrick, Gibbens & Adams Named Commercial Drone Alliance ‘Industry Heroes’ The Commercial Drone Alliance has announced the winners of its inaugural “Industry Heroes” awards, recognizing those in the commercial unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) industry who have made significant contributions toward the broader adoption of the technology for commercial applications. Beginning this year, the awards will be announced before both days’ keynote presentations at Drone World Expo. According to the group, the following people are being honored for their innovation in showcasing unique use cases, encouraging women and younger generations to join the drone community, and helping promote drone use for disaster management and saving lives: ...

Getting accurate information to investigators in a timely manner is critical in most investigations, and this is true in UAV investigations as well. Using URSA we can generate this type of report from any DJI onboard flight log (FLYxxx.DAT), any DJI app log (e.g. DJI Go), and any PixHawk flight controller log. The exact contents and layout can be tuned to a particular investigator's needs and custom reports can be developed. This report is designed to provide the investigator with a quick snapshot of critical information in a standardized, repeatable form. Through other tools, the investigator can conduct a much deeper dive into the flight data, identify linkages with other flight data in the system, and develop leads to drive investigations in the physical world such as requests to locate batteries, controllers, cell phones, and information about locations. At the present time this is available as a service only while we work on...

UAV lawnmower pattern Image courtesy of Jarlath O’Neil-Dunne, Director of the University of Vermont Spatial Analysis Laboratory. Appeared in Vol.5 No.5 of LIDAR Magazine I've been talking about the potential risks of an adversary gaining access to your UAV data for awhile. 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 exfiltrated surreptitiously  due to the bandwidth required to move it and due to the fact that the normal logging mechanisms generally do not make it accessible to the vendor's application or on board flight systems. (DJI Go does store image thumbnails in its logs. You knew that, right?) During these conversations I often point out that the telemetry information may pose a greater risk. Why? It is much more compact. The launch point alone...