Emerging technologies with great potential – opinions of speakers at UCA Conference

What emerging technologies do you see as having potential in the short and long run? We asked, speakers at Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference answered. Below you can see a selection of answers.

Ed De Reyes, Sabrewing Aircraft: The emergence of detect and avoid technologies, and the willingness of regulatory agencies to work cooperatively with manufacturers to make heavy-lift VTOL cargo carriers a reality. Read more

Basil Yap, North Carolina Department of Transportation – Division of Aviation: Our greatest need in the short term is a fully functional detect and avoid solution on unmanned aircraft to help address “see and avoid” which is a requirement to operation beyond visual line of sight in the United States. This has been a real struggle for the Federal Aviation Administration to understand how they will certify or vet this technology. “Remote ID” will be one step closer to building a robust Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM). In addition, we have often overlooked weather and the the impact it has on smaller UAS operations. The ability to model micro climates and incorporate the data into UTM systems will give pilots better decision making tools and ultimately enable more routine operations. Read more

Peter le Hew, Modern Technology Solutions, Inc: Autonomy through not just UAS is allowing for new approaches to how we use the air domain. Read more

Jeremy Tucker, AirBox Technology: Robotics, UAV’s and AI are on the cutting edge and will become ubiquitous. We are on the cusp of a cataclysmic change in the way we interface with the world around us in a physical sense. Read more

Aliaksei Stratsilatau, UAVOS: Investments in the development of a UAS for military purposes will grow. For example, counter-drone systems for remote identification and destruction of UAV, means of fighting UAV, loitering munition. The market needs unmanned platforms for autonomous delivery of goods of different weights, High Altitude Pseudo Satellite to relay data. Read more

Mahesh Nandyala, S3M Solutions LLC: UAS integrates with Deep learning and AI. Read more

Patrick Watson, Animal Dynamics: Technologies that ultimately de-centralise services and products such as: micro-grids, aerial transportation networks, e-payments, etc. Read more

David Merrill, Elroy Air: Short run: electric and hybrid-electric powertrain, perception tech getting better rapidly
Long run: Harmonized airspace integration for UAS of all sizes. Read more

Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference takes place on September 10-11, 2019, at Greenville Convention Center, Greenville, North Carolina, USA. For more information about the complete program, speaker profiles and registration, visit: https://unmannedcargoaircraftconference.com/program/

Rolls-Royce opens Research & Development Centre for Autonomous Ships in Finland

Rolls-Royce opens Research & Development Centre for Autonomous Ships in Finland

Rolls-Royce has opened a state-of-the-art research facility in Turku, Finland, to develop the technologies Rolls-Royce and its partners require to shape the future of an increasingly more autonomous global shipping industry.

The new Research & Development Centre for Autonomous Ships includes a Remote and Autonomous Experience Space aimed at showcasing the autonomous ship technologies Rolls-Royce has already introduced as well as those in the development stage.

Commenting on how the Rolls-Royce R&D centre further strengthens Finland’s commitment to developing autonomous transport, Finnish Minister of Transport and Communications Anne Berner, said: “There is great global interest in autonomous vehicles and vessels as a future means of transport. The opening of the Rolls-Royce Research & Development Centre for Autonomous Ships here in Turku, a maritime city with a history of technological innovation, will help achieve our goal of digitalising the country’s transport sector.” Continue reading “Rolls-Royce opens Research & Development Centre for Autonomous Ships in Finland”

Dutch company Port-Liner is building two giant all-electric barges to be launched this autumn

Dutch company Port-Liner is building two giant all-electric barges to be launched this autumn

The company announced that the vessels will be ready by this autumn and will be inaugurated by sailing the Wilhelmina canal in the Netherlands. The 100 million-euro project supported by a €7m subsidy from the European Union is expected to have a significant impact on local transport between the ports of Amsterdam, Antwerp, and Rotterdam.

Chief executive of Port-Liner Ton van Meegen told The Loadstar: “There are some 7,300 inland vessels across Europe and more than 5,000 of those are owned by entrepreneurs in Belgium and the Netherlands. We can build upwards of 500 a year, but at that rate it would take some 50 years to get the industry operating on green energy.” Continue reading “Dutch company Port-Liner is building two giant all-electric barges to be launched this autumn”

Big Data company Xomnia launches first self-driving boat that works entirely on artificial intelligence

Big Data company Xomnia launches first self-driving boat that works entirely on artificial intelligence

The car industry is well on its way with the first self-driving cars. But what about self-driving boats? Big Data company Xomnia has built the first self-driving boat that works entirely on artificial intelligence. A world premiere! Xomnia proves that you can make a self-driving boat with a minimal budget, five cameras, and a deep learning application.

From lifeboat to self-driving boat

In 2016, Xomnia bought an old lifeboat which they were using to drive through the Amsterdam canals during the summer. One scratch after the other appeared on the boat because of the busy canals, so initiator Pieter Boon, partner at Xomnia, came up with the idea to make the boat self-driving. ‘As a big data company, we should be able to develop self-driving boat technology, right?’ Pieter stated. ‘Paul van Hagen, deep learning fanatic, was looking for a new challenge and soon the idea of the self-driving boat was converted into a project. Whereas other autonomous vehicle projects often invest millions and are based on robotics, it was our challenge to get the boat self-driving based on artificial intelligence with a limited budget ‘, says Pieter. Continue reading “Big Data company Xomnia launches first self-driving boat that works entirely on artificial intelligence”

Turkish post prepares to begin drone deliveries next year

Turkish post

Turkish post prepares to begin drone deliveries next year

Turkey’s national post and telegraph corporation is preparing to begin deliveries by unmanned aerial vehicles, dubbed as drones, within next year.

Speaking at the International e-Commerce Conference in the southern Antalya province, Kenan Bozgeyik, board chairman of the Post and Telegraph Organization (PTT), said Wednesday that they are currently working with Turkish engineers and universities to begin drone deliveries in 2018.

Noting that Turkey already has domestically-developed drone technology, Bozgeyik said while it is not realistic to expect all posts will immediately switch to drone delivery, there are plans to carry out deliveries with PTT’s own drones, with implementation differing from region to region. Continue reading “Turkish post prepares to begin drone deliveries next year”

Martek Marine establishes dedicated aviation division

Martek Marine establishes dedicated aviation division

To mark growing demand for maritime RPAS (Remotely Piloted Aircraft System) services and the rapid expansion of business, Martek Marine has established a dedicated Martek Aviation division. The new Martek Aviation division is strategically focussed on pioneering unmanned maritime aviation services, after a successful track record of 25 years improving commercial maritime safety.

Maritime RPAS applications are set for massive growth and Martek Aviation looks set to capitalise on this fast-emerging area of opportunity. The business will focus on delivering total service solutions in the following maritime applications:

  • Intelligence, surveillance & reconnaissance (ISR);
  • Search & rescue;
  • Detection and monitoring of sources of illegal pollution;
  • Detection of illegal drug & people trafficking;
  • Fisheries protection;
  • Offshore asset & infrastructure inspection.

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Europe’s Most Desirable Logistics Locations

Europe’s Most Desirable Logistics Locations

The European logistics market is changing rapidly. Supply chains are being restructured, economies are expanding and e-commerce is accelerating. To understand how these changes are affecting the real estate market and location preferences, Prologis Research and eyefortransport (eft) polled logistics operators across Europe to find out which criteria are most important and which locations are thriving. The survey was conducted from February to May 2017, with 280 respondents across sectors ranging from retail to automotive to electronics.

This report follows on from our findings about location decision drivers, where we identified five factors that shape new location selection in Europe. These factors, including the country rank of 100 European locations, are:





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The future of spare parts lies in 3D Printing

The future of spare parts lies In 3D Printing

The Asia Pacific sector of the Swedish multinational home appliance manufacturer Electrolux recently partnered with Spare Parts 3D, a young Singapore-based tech start-up to conduct a feasibility study that aims to evaluate the on-demand and distributed production of spare parts.

Traditional Spare Parts Strategies Incurs Avoidable Costs

To support aftersales maintenance and repair, most big manufacturers keep stock of spare parts long after production of the corresponding appliances has ceased, a common after-sales service, often at the expense of high inventory costs. Not only do parts need to be kept in warehouses which generate labour cost and maintenance cost, some parts stay in the warehouse for a very long time and end up being scrapped. Additionally, production costs increase significantly when the parts can no longer be supplied through high-volume production site. Continue reading “The future of spare parts lies in 3D Printing”

IAI’s unmanned helicopter successfully completes proof of concept

unmanned helicopter

IAI’s unmanned helicopter successfully completes proof of concept

Israel Aerospace Industries’ (IAI) Unmanned systems have successfully completed a proof of concept to high officials of the defense industry and the IDF. Recently developed by Israel Aerospace Industries (IAI) the Air Hopper took a part in a demonstration that covered two scenarios, one simulating carrying a seriously-wounded soldier to a extraction point for life-saving treatment, airborne monitoring of vital signs and real-time dispatch to the ground. The second scenario simulated carrying logistic supplies to an isolated force at the front line, which could not be accessed otherwise without risking more troops.

As an unmanned helicopter used mainly to provide fast logistic supplies to sites where ground access is difficult or dangerous, the Air Hopper is based on a small, manned helicopter with a payload of 100-180 kg (depending on the model), flight time of two hours and speed of up to 120 km/h. the Air Hopper runs on an internal combustion engine which uses ordinary, 95-octane fuel and its price is considerably lower than that of a manned transport helicopter. This allows procurement of multiple unmanned helicopters to achieve flexible deployment and low-cost provisioning to the front lines while significantly mitigating the risk to human lives. Continue reading “IAI’s unmanned helicopter successfully completes proof of concept”

Unmanned Cargo Ship Development Alliance Launched in Shanghai

Unmanned Cargo Ship Development Alliance Launched in Shanghai

On June 28th, the inaugural meeting of Unmanned Cargo Ship Development Alliance and its 1st Council were held in Shanghai. Leaders and industry experts from HNA Technology & Logistics Group, CCS, ABS, China Ship Development and Design Center, Hudong-Zhonghua Shipbuilding (Group) Co., Ltd., 708 Research Institute of China State Shipbuilding Corporation (CSSC), Rolls-Royce, 711 Research Institute of China Shipbuilding Industry Corporation (CSIC) and W?rtsil? China attended the meeting and witnessed the signing ceremony of the alliance charter. The Council of the Alliance adopted the relevant proposals for the work plan in 2017. As the first domestic cooperation organization in the field of unmanned cargo ship, the establishment of the alliance marked the opening of change of China’s marine unmanned cargo transport. Continue reading “Unmanned Cargo Ship Development Alliance Launched in Shanghai”