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Draganfly Innovations adds GLONASS Support to Supplement GPS, Improving UAS Geolocation Accuracy and Reliability

GLONASS Antenna

GLONASS in conjunction with GPS allows Draganfly UAS’ to geo-locate more precisely and reliably than ever before.

SASKATOON, SASKATCHEWAN and VENICE, CALIFORNIA – April 26, 2016 – Draganfly Innovations announced today the addition of support for GLONASS satellite navigation, which will provide higher accuracy and function in more locations than GPS alone.

GLONASS (GLObal NAvigation Satellite System) is a Russian space-based navigation system similar to GPS. Both systems consist of orbiting satellites that transmit reference signals that allow portable receivers to determine their own position using trilateration. The satellites orbit around the earth and at any given time only a portion of them are in the receiver’s line of sight. The more satellites that a receiver can see, the more accurate the calculated position is. Adding GLONASS support allows additional satellites to be detected, which is very important in situations where fewer satellites are in line of sight because of obstruction by mountains, buildings, trees, and other objects.

The Draganflyer Commander, X4-ES, and X4-P Unmanned Aircraft Systems now use GNSS (Global Navigation Satellite System) receivers, which support both GPS and GLONASS. More accurate positional data allow these UAS’ to hold position more precisely and to better geo-locate images, which in turn provide higher quality data. “This is great for our customers, especially those operating in locations where GPS doesn’t work well” said Draganfly President, Zenon Dragan.

About Draganfly Innovations Inc.

Draganfly Innovations is a recognized technology and industry leader within the commercial UAV industry. Its devices have helped establish the commercial market and adoption of multi-rotor helicopters for aerial imaging and public safety.

Further information on Draganfly Innovations can be found at www.draganfly.com

For interviews and/or further information please contact:
Josh Stanbury
416-628-7441
josh@businessinstincts.com

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Draganfly Innovations, First to Obtain Transport Canada’s Compliant Status for Multiple UAV Systems

Draganflyer Commander

Canadian UAV operators of compliant Draganflyer systems can now apply for compliant operator status to benefit their business.

Saskatoon, SK & Venice, CA – March 31, 2016 – Draganfly Innovations Inc. announced today that Transport Canada now considers Draganfly’s Declaration of Compliance for all four current production Draganflyer UAVs to be complete. This allows Draganfly to issue Statements of Conformity to clients seeking to become Compliant Operators in accordance with Staff Instruction 623-001.

Companies flying UAVs for civilian applications in Canada must hold a Special Flight Operations Certificate (SFOC) or qualifying exemption from Transport Canada. An SFOC is issued on a regional basis and can be approved for up to a one year term. By meeting additional requirements, including operating a compliant UAV, clients can now apply to become Compliant Operators. This creates the opportunity for greater national flexibility and a longer SFOC term, including Canada-wide and terms of up to 3 years.

The following Draganfly models are considered compliant by Transport Canada:

“This is great news for our Canadian customers as it will allow them to seek out Compliant Operator status,” said Zenon Dragan, President of Draganfly. “Operators can conduct their work with confidence knowing that their Draganflyer has met Transport Canada’s compliancy requirements. Having the compliant status for our UAVs reinforces their quality and reliability over other systems available on the market.”

Only six UAV systems have received this designation from Transport Canada since the compliancy process began. Draganfly is the first company to obtain compliant status for multiple UAVs, having four of the six approved systems.

About Draganfly Innovations Inc.

Draganfly Innovations, a wholly owned subsidiary of Trace Intelligent Systems, is a recognized technology and industry leader within the commercial UAV industry. Its devices have helped establish the commercial market and adoption of multi-rotor helicopters for aerial imaging and public safety.

Further information on Draganfly Innovations can be found at www.draganfly.com

For interviews and/or further information please contact:
Josh Stanbury
416-628-7441
josh@businessinstincts.com

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Visit Draganfly Innovations Inc. and See the Draganflyer Commander at AUVSI Xponential.

AUVSI Xponential

We are proud to announce that we will be attending AUVSI’s Xponential expo, May 2-5, 2016 in New Orleans, LA. Come visit us at Booth 237 and see our full line-up of Draganflyer Products, including the Draganflyer Commander.

The Draganflyer Commander. is the newest addition to the Draganflyer family. The dual intelligent battery system provides redundancy, new sensors that offer the ability for auto-takeoff and land and has the longest flight time (up to 40 minutes) of all of our models.

In addition, our own Ben Miller will be speaking on May 3 at 4:30 pm, at the Innovation Hub. His talk titled “The Humanity of Unmanned Systems, Why Removing the Pilot Will Save Us” will outline how the technology that enables a UAS to fly can be the very technology that could prevent manned aircraft from crashing, reducing fatality rates among pilots.

For more information on AUVSI Xponential, please click here visit their website.

See you in NOLA!

Show Details
AUVSI Xponential
May 2-5, 2016
Ernest N. Morial Convention Center
New Orleans, LA

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TRACE Intelligent Systems Partners With ImmerVision to Make Action Video Content Truly Immersive

Draganflyer Commander

TRACE develops Immersive 360-Degree Video Applications for use in both Commercial and Consumer Quadcopter Product Line with the collaboration of ImmerVision

VENICE, CALIFORNIA & TORONTO, ONTARIO – Jan. 5, 2016

TRACE Intelligent Systems, developer of The TRACEr1 – a visually intelligent camera capable of following its owner almost anywhere and live-streaming captured footage to the internet – announced today, a partnership with the leader in 360-degree panoramic imaging, ImmerVision.

Shareable Captured Video Made Truly ‘Immersive’

TRACE will integrate 360-degree panomorph optics and ImmerVision Enables 2.0 fully immersive content navigation functionalities and cross-platform compatibility into a selection of its visually intelligent auto-follow FLYr drones in order to unlock truly next-generation immersive content.

By combining the FLYr’s auto-follow capability and live streaming network with ImmerVision Enables 2.0, TRACE will position to become the first drone manufacturer to allow viewers of action footage to truly experience what their friends, idols and favorite athletes are experiencing via virtual reality, as they’re being autonomously followed and filmed.

Remote viewers of live-streamed footage will be able to immerse themselves, like never before, in experiences such as chasing an all-star running back down field as he takes the ball across the goal line or “flying” behind a snowboarder as she carves her way down a steep mountain slope, and be able to look in any direction and take in the surrounding scene simply by tilting their mobile device or moving their line of sight within a virtual reality headset.

Commercial Use of ImmerVision Technology in Draganflyer Drones

TRACE will also integrate ImmerVision Enables technology with its commercial Draganflyer quadcopters. In addition, panomorph lens technology will be offered on Draganflyer quadcopters. Draganflyer pilots will benefit from the amplified wide-angle sense of scope enabling increased data collection and fully immersive navigation within live or recorded 360° imagery captured during flight.

Commercial drone use-cases will see the time required to perform an aerial scan of any area significantly reduced through the ability of the panomorph lens to capture exceptionally wide fields of view. Users will have the ability to fully immerse themselves in live or captured footage, navigating without distortion, and on any computing device, using digital pan-tilt-zoom actions, ensuring nothing important is ever missed.

TRACE Intelligent Systems & ImmerVision will be showcasing their integrated solution during January’s CES 2016 event in Las Vegas.

About TRACE Intelligent Systems

Due to the expanded commercial and consumer services being delivered by the company, TRACE Live Network has been formally renamed TRACE Intelligent Systems.

TRACE.com is a live-action content platform aggregating and distributing streamed footage from globally activated TRACEr devices. The TRACEr is a visually intelligent SmartCamera that autonomously operates a selection of auto-follow devices and live-streams captured user footage directly to the Internet. TRACEr enabled devices allow people to be ‘in’ their greatest moments and have those moments captured and shared.

Wholly owned TRACE Intelligent Systems subsidiary, Draganfly Innovations, is a recognized technology and industry leader within the commercial UAV industry. Its devices have helped establish the commercial market and adoption of multi-rotor helicopters for aerial imaging and public safety. Combining this with TRACE visual intelligence is paving the way for the next generation of commercial and consumer applications.

Further information on TRACE Intelligent Systems can be found at www.TRACE.com.

For further information and images, please go to the TRACE Media Kit.

About ImmerVision

Leading innovation in 360-degree panoramic imaging, ImmerVision licenses its patented panomorph optical and software technology to global lens producers, product manufacturers and software developers. Panomorph lenses are the only ones that can be adapted to any camera, any sensor, and any consumer, commercial and government market. ImmerVision Enables is the recognized standard for 360-degree solutions and applications.

www.immervisionenables.com

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uAvionix and Trace’s Draganfly Innovations Team Up to Improve Drone Safety with Ping ADS-B Sense and Avoid

Draganfly Surveyor is ADS-B

New software demonstrates for the first time drone operators safely navigating the same airspace as manned aircraft with Ping’s real time mapping technology.

Silicon Valley, CA & Saskatoon, SK – December 22nd, 2015 – uAvionix Corporation, the leader in aircraft sense and avoid, and Draganfly Innovations Inc., the world renowned longest-running manufacturer of multi-rotors, maker of the first civilian drone to be credited with saving a life, and a wholly owned subsidiary of Trace Intelligent Systems, today announced the successful integration of uAvionix’ Ping ADS-B receiver with Draganfly’s auto-pilot and Surveyor ground station.

Integrated on the vehicle itself, the system presents new ways to improve drone and aviation safety by providing the ability to detect full size aircraft and automatically avoid a potential collision.

This is the first step in integrating drones in the national airspace using the existing ADS-B infrastructure. The Ping network uses live aircraft traffic without relying on a connection to the internet or cellular networks.

“We are thrilled to be working with sUAS pioneer, Draganfly Innovations. Their continued passion to integrate new technologies that provide a robust user experience is unsurpassed. This step further demonstrates their commitment to lead the way towards a safer airspace”, said Adam Paugh, uAvionix’ Director of Business Development.

“Draganfly has been looking for a solution to ‘sense and avoid’ for some time”, Zenon Dragan, President of Draganfly commented. “The integration of Ping went very smoothly and our Surveyor ground station came alive with nearby traffic. We were surprised to see even non-cooperative traffic broadcast from our local ground station radar, which makes this system a comprehensive solution to sensing full scale traffic.”

This is the first of many steps that uAvionix and Draganfly will take jointly to improve drone and aviation safety.

 

About Trace Intelligent Systems

Trace Intelligent Systems provides intelligent and integrated systems for the unmanned industry. Trace’s UAVs, live-streaming platform and proprietary visual intelligence combine to create an integrated solution for the UAV industry. The live-action content platform aggregates and distributes streamed footage from globally activated TRACEr devices. The TRACEr is a visually intelligent SmartCamera that autonomously operates a selection of auto-follow devices and live-streams captured user footage directly to the Internet.

Wholly owned TRACE Live Network subsidiary, Draganfly Innovations, is a recognized technology and industry leader within the commercial UAV industry. Its devices have helped establish the commercial market and adoption of multi-rotor helicopters for aerial imaging and public safety. Combining this with TRACE visual intelligence is paving the way for the next generation of commercial and consumer applications.

For further information and images, please go to the TRACE Media Kit

For interviews and/or further information please contact;

Josh Stanbury

josh@trace.com

Tel. 416-628-7441

 

About uAvionix Corporation

uAvionix develops the world’s smallest, lightest and most affordable ADS-B transponder, Ping. uAvionix’ Ping network system combines hardware, software, and real time airspace mapping to enable companies to safely and reliably operate drones in the NAS. Based in Palo Alto, uAvionix has gathered a cross-disciplinary team of experts in embedded RF engineering, sUAS operations and compliance, hardware, software, and cloud services.

For further information: adam@uavionix.com

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Draganfly Innovations Inc. Interviewed by the Saskatoon Star Phoenix About Safe Drone Usage

Draganflyer X4-ES in Flight

Transport Canada has released a new safety campaign in order to offer some clarity on safe drone use and current regulations. The Saskatoon Star Phoenix had a chance to speak with our own Kevin Lauscher, who offered up some further advice on education, popularity, and popular misconceptions.

Read the full interview in the Saskatoon Star Phoenix.

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Ben Miller Joins Draganfly Innovations Inc. in Sales Engineer Role.

Ben Miller

Today, we are proud to welcome Ben Miller, formerly of Mesa County Sheriff’s Office, to the Draganfly Innovations Inc. family. Ben has spent the last 15 years with M.C.S.O., in which he created and led the UAS Program since 2008. In his tenure with M.C.S.O., Ben has flown more than 100 missions using UAS from three different manufacturers, including the Draganflyer X6 and X4-ES platforms. Ben is also a member of the Board of Directors for AUVSI where he sits on both the advocacy and strategic planning subcommittees.

“My years at the Mesa County Sheriff’s Office have been wonderful, but I knew if I didn’t make a move now I might never”, says Miller. “I’ve been blessed with numerous opportunities in the UAS industry over the last few years and I’m very excited to be joining the Draganfly team. Draganfly Innovations has a solid view on what the small UAS is today as well as an exciting vision for what the UAS will be tomorrow. I’m very excited to be a part of an industry leading team and the holistic approach they have to the small UAS.”

Also see related article in Grand Junction Daily Sentinel.

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