Dejero and Draganfly Partner to Provide High Quality Real-Time Video Transport from the Skies

Technology partnership to bring new and innovative solutions and services to the broadcast industry and beyond

Dejero EnGo + Commander

Waterloo, Ontario, July 10, 2018 – Dejero, an innovator in cloud-managed solutions that provide video transport and Internet connectivity while mobile or in remote locations, has formed a technology partnership with Canadian-based sUAS (small Unmanned Aircraft System) industry experts, Draganfly Innovations Inc. The collaboration sees Draganfly’s Commander UAV (unmanned aerial vehicle) quadcopter bundled together with the Dejero EnGo mobile transmitter—providing real-time video transport from the air. In addition, the companies’ combined expert knowledge will bring new and innovative solutions and services to Dejero’s broadcast customers and Draganfly’s customers across the many industry verticals they serve.

This powerful collaboration enables broadcasters to integrate live video captured with UAVs into their newsgathering, sports and event coverage, and video production for television and online audiences. It will also facilitate Dejero in reaching new industries and applications, providing real-time on-board video transport over IP to the military, public safety, and government sectors that Draganfly has traditionally operated in.

The Draganflyer Commander UAV is a remotely operated, unmanned, miniature helicopter designed to carry wireless camera systems. The professional quality, powerful, easy to fly aerial platform is specifically designed for high endurance applications such as public safety, search and rescue, agriculture, mapping, aerial photography, and more. Dejero’s highly versatile EnGo mobile transmitter will be instrumental in reliably providing high-quality live video from Draganfly’s Commander, which will in turn allow Draganfly to elevate its offering.

“Historically, UAV use in broadcast has been challenging, in particular when it comes to providing high-quality video with low latency and with the reliability needed for live broadcasts,” explains Kevin Fernandes, VP of Sales at Dejero. “Through our collaboration with Draganfly, we can provide an effective solution for broadcast and media organizations, as well as other industries requiring the reliability and picture quality that customers require.”

“We are thrilled to be adding broadcast-quality live video feeds to our Commander vehicle,” said Draganfly President, Zenon Dragan. “The timing couldn’t be better as we’ve recently expanded into contract engineering and custom product development. Our partnership with Dejero will greatly support this.”

Well-versed in the design of sophisticated multi-rotor aircraft, ground-based robots, and fixed wing aircraft, Draganfly also provides custom payloads, ground-up software design, electronics, UAV program development, and flight training.

“Our companies have a wonderful synergy being at the forefront of innovation in our specific industries. Bringing our technology and expertise together will ensure that our solutions develop faster and go further to serve our customers,” concluded Fernandes.

About Dejero
Driven by its vision of reliable connectivity anywhere, Dejero blends multiple Internet connections to deliver fast and dependable connectivity required for cloud computing, online collaboration, and the secure exchange of video and data. With its global partners, Dejero supplies the equipment, software, connectivity services, cloud services, and support to provide the uptime and bandwidth critical to the success of today’s organizations. Headquartered in Waterloo, Ontario, Canada, Dejero is trusted for broadcast-quality video transport and high-bandwidth Internet connectivity around the world. For more information, visit www.dejero.com.

About Draganfly
Draganfly Innovations creates quality, cutting-edge unmanned vehicle systems and software that revolutionize the way people do business. Recognized as being at the forefront of technology for two decades, Draganfly is an award-winning, industry-leading manufacturer, contract engineering, and product development company within the commercial UAV space, serving the public safety, agriculture, industrial inspections, and mapping and surveying markets. Draganfly is a company driven by passion, ingenuity, and the need to provide efficient solutions and first-class services to its customers around the world with the goal of saving time, money, and lives. For more information, visit www.draganfly.com.

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Dejero Contact:
Melanie Landry
Tel: +1 519 772 4824, x1414
Email: melanie.landry@dejero.com

Draganfly Contact:
Paul Sun, CFO
Tel: +1 416 569 5070
Email: paul.sun@draganfly.com

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Five Years Later: A Look Back at the Historic Draganflyer Life-Saving Search and Rescue Mission

Life-Saving Draganflyer Search and Rescue

This week marks the 5-year anniversary of the world’s first incident in which an sUAS (small Unmanned Aerial System) helped save a person’s life. In the early morning hours of May 9, 2013, Corporal Doug Green of the Saskatchewan RCMP flew the Draganflyer X4-ES drone equipped with a FLIR (Forward-Looking Infra-Red) camera to locate the injured driver of a single vehicle rollover accident. The driver had become disoriented and wandered away from the scene into a wooded area off of a Canadian highway near St. Denis, Saskatchewan, which is about 35km east of Saskatoon.

The initial 200-meter ground search conducted by the RCMP, St. Denis and Vonda Fire Rescue teams, and EMS personnel from MD Ambulance were unsuccessful in locating the missing driver. A STARS Air Ambulance was called in and conducted an aerial night vision search of 1000 meters surrounding the area, also without result. The Draganflyer drone was then brought in and within minutes, Cpl. Green spotted three heat signatures. With the aid of an aerial perspective and real-time live video feed, he directed rescuers to investigate the first hot spot. The heat signature turned out to be the injured driver, who was found unresponsive and curled up in the fetal position at the base of a tree next to a snow bank, 2 miles south of the accident scene. He was only wearing pants and a t-shirt, having lost his shoes. Because of the near-freezing temperatures, the searchers believed that had the driver not been located using the drone, he would not have been found until daylight and likely would not have survived the night, succumbing to the injuries sustained during the accident and exposure to the cold.

The successful search and rescue mission made history as the Draganflyer was determined to be the first-ever civilian sUAS to be credited with saving a life. This monumental moment in history was one of the highest achievements for the team at Draganfly Innovations.

The life-saving drone went on to join the permanent collection at the Smithsonian’s National Air and Space Museum, the most-visited museum in all of North America.

Watch the RCMP video of the Draganflyer X4-ES with FLIR camera:

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A Leader in Small Unmanned Systems Design, Draganfly Now Offers Contract Engineering and Custom Product Development Services

Greg Wood

At Draganfly, we’ve been designing, building, and providing support for our unmanned systems for two decades. As a leader who helped shape the industry, we’re now taking that experience and the lessons learned along the way, and boldly expanding into contract engineering and custom product development.

We’re well versed in the design of sophisticated multi-rotor aircraft, ground-based robots, fixed wing aircraft, and it doesn’t stop there. Custom payloads, software designed from the ground up, electronics, UAV program development, flight training – we’ve really got it covered.

We invite you to challenge us! No job is too small, too simple, or too complex.

Download the PDF to find out more about how Draganfly is reinventing itself for 2018

Attending AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018 this week? Reach out now to schedule a meeting with us in Denver so we can show you how we can make a difference with your next project and help your company grow. We believe that we can add value to your project and your organization starting on day one.

Event Details
AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018
Colorado Convention Center
700 14th Street, Denver, CO, 80202, USA
XPO Hall Dates: May 1 – 3, 2018
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Partnering with Draganfly Proves Fruitful for Saskatchewan Polytechnic Applied Research Team

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Partnership opportunities between Draganfly Innovations Inc. and Saskatchewan Polytechnic’s Natural Resources Applied Research team were first discussed in the winter of 2016. Engage Grant funding was later secured through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to pursue research for investigating conservation-related crime scenes using unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs).

“It was quickly apparent that the Draganflyer Commander would be an invaluable addition to our Applied Research UAV roster”

A UAV workflow for processing these types of crime scenes was developed and was soon put to use in a wildlife poaching incident, which led to one of the first North American-based UAV-assisted convictions of an illegal poacher.

“Partnering with Draganfly Innovations Inc. has enabled us the opportunity to complete projects that may forever alter the manner in which crime scenes are processed”

– Quotes from David Halstead, MSc, Senior Researcher, NRT Programs, Saskatchewan Polytechnic

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Draganfly Innovations Inc. and Saskatchewan Polytechnic Help Solve Conservation Investigation

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In April of 2017, Saskatchewan Polytechnic partnered with Draganfly Innovations Inc. and received an Engage Grant through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC) to pursue research using UAVs to get a 3D snapshot of a conservation crime scene.

It didn’t take long to put the project to the test. Working closely with conservation officers, Sask Polytech researchers David Halstead and Leila Benmerrouche, and Draganfly sales lead Andrew Carson were happy to put their applied research project to use in a real-world setting when they assisted with a wildlife investigation where a cow and calf moose were shot illegally near Alvena, Saskatchewan.

“Conservation and environmental protection officers work in wide open spaces, where evidence of movements and actions of perpetrators such as wildlife poachers must be interpreted in complex terrain, unlimited by walls, streets or buildings.” – David Halstead, Sask Polytech Senior Researcher & Project Manager

This was one of the first instances in Canada where a UAV has been used in the successful prosecution of a conservation related crime. The ability to tie the case together visually through the use of UAV technology was very beneficial in solidifying evidence and gave a visual story to what happened to the cow moose and calf.

“Our systems provide ease of use and automated data collection, allowing law enforcement officers to easily collect information and recreate those scenes, essentially preserving their crime scene so it can be measured and observed.” – Andrew Carson, Draganfly Sales Lead

Link to Sask Polytech’s Press Release

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AUVSI’s XPONENTIAL 2018 in Denver, CO is Less Than a Month Away. Will You Be There?

XPONENTIAL 2018

The largest and most comprehensive trade show for unmanned systems and robotics is coming up soon and we’re eager to share what we’ve been working on for the past year.

2018 marks Draganfly Innovations’ 20th year in business and we are taking our industry-shaping 20 years of experience designing and developing small unmanned systems and expanding our reach into contract custom product design, custom software, diverse payloads, and complex system integration.

Attending the show? Reach out now to schedule a meeting with us in Denver so we can show you how we can make a difference with your next project and help your company grow. We believe that we can add value to your project and your organization starting on day one.

Event Details
AUVSI XPONENTIAL 2018
Colorado Convention Center
700 14th Street, Denver, CO, 80202, USA
XPO Hall Dates: May 1 – 3, 2018
More Info

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Benefits of Choosing Draganfly as UAV Provider: University of Saskatchewan Plant Sciences Success Story

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“Our decision to utilize the expertise at Draganfly for our UAV needs was the best decision we made. They have been a true partner in our research.”

Several years ago, the Department of Plant Sciences at the University of Saskatchewan received an Engage Grant through the Natural Sciences and Engineering Research Council of Canada (NSERC). With this grant, the team started looking into the applicability of using UAVs in crop science and plant physiological research.

Impressed with early results, they partnered with Draganfly as their UAV provider and in the summer of 2015, started flying weekly experiments. After the initial testing proved successful, they embarked on a larger project using the UAV almost daily throughout the growing season to image field experiments. With their first Draganflyer system, the X4-P, they conducted over 200 flights capturing 50,000 images during a total of more than 40 flight hours.

In 2017, the team increased the frequency and amount of trials imaged. The flight crew conducted 70 flights totaling 17 hours of flight time on the X4-P, and with their newly purchased Draganflyer Commander system, flew 260 flights consisting of 70 hours of flight time.

All this without a single incident that resulted in a crash.

“The quality of Draganfly Innovations products is evident by how many hours we have put on their aircraft without any problems.”

Draganfly also acted as an engineering support unit for the team, performing customized integration work, designing and developing specialty applications, and even making modifications to the UAVs.

“Draganfly has and continues to be much more than a UAV provider for us. They have been the industrial partner in our research and it has been because of their expertise that we have been able to collect so much aerial imagery”

– Quotes from Dr. Steve Shirtliffe, University of Saskatchewan College of Agriculture and Bioresources Professor

 

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