vHive Secures $4M in an Investment led by Deutsche Telekom to Accelerate Expansion in the Enterprise Drone Hive Software Market

NEW YORK and LONDON, Oct. 14, 2020 /PRNewswire/ —

Funding will support vHive’s rapid growth trajectory as it helps enterprises gain business insights to their field assets while streamlining costs

  • vHive’s platform digitizes enterprise’s field assets using autonomous drone hives, powering their digital business transformations.
  • Deutsche Telekom, one of the world’s leading integrated telecommunications companies is making a strategic investment in vHive to propel further expansion in the telecom industry.
  • Enterprises benefit from accurate data analytics and insights about their field operations creating a tremendous market opportunity for vHive’s technology.

vHive, the only software solution that enables enterprises to digitize their field assets and operations using autonomous drone hives, announced today a $4 million extension to its Series A, led by Telekom Innovation Pool (TIP), Deutsche Telekom’s strategic investment fund advised by DTCP. Existing investors Octopus Ventures and StageOne Ventures participated in the funding, which will accelerate the company’s

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With COVID Demanding Speed, Walgreens Boosts Airborne Drone Deliveries 5X

Walgreens really exemplifies the RIC20 theme of “The Big Acceleration.” “With COVID, projects that would have taken months were suddenly being developed in weeks,” said Andrea Farris, VP of Development and Head of Solution Planning at Walgreens. He and Lindsay Mikos, Director of Omnichannel for the retailer, presented How Walgreens is Redefining Convenience With an Omnichannel Platform on Oct. 13 at 3 pm (ET).

One of the most notable speed-ups is in Walgreens’ airborne drone delivery program, for which Walgreens partners with Wing, an Alphabet company. Walgreens had initially launched the on-demand service in Oct. 2019 around Christiansburg, Va. The pilot location was chosen because of its proximity to Virginia Tech, which partners with Wing on development work for the drones.

“Now these deliveries are more important than ever before,
and we saw Wing deliveries increasing 5X in April over the levels in
February 2020,” said Farris. “Delivery times from

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Canadian block on drone parts shows Turkey’s defense industry still not independent

ANKARA, Turkey — The Canadian government’s decision to suspend export of key drone parts to Turkey has once again thrown a spotlight on Turkey’s ongoing efforts to develop a self-sufficient defense industry.

Turkish President Recep Tayyip Erdogan often boasts at party rallies that his governance since 2002 has reduced Turkey’s dependency on foreign weapons systems from 80 percent to 30 percent. There is truth in that, although the actual percentages remain a mystery, mainly due to the difficulty of defining what is truly a local or national system.

Most Turkish “national” systems depend on various degrees of foreign input, often including critical parts only available abroad. The T129, an “indigenous” attack helicopter, is a Turkish variant of the Italian-British AgustaWestland A129 Mangusta chopper. Turkey’s local industry has no engine technology.

The “national” new generation tank Altay is facing major delays, due to the lack of a foreign engine and transmission

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Drone maker Delair spins out its computer vision platform to create Alteia

In recognition of shifts within the drone sector, Delair today announced that it will spin its drone data platform out as a separate company. Called Alteia, it will focus exclusively on developing and selling the AI-based visual intelligence platform Delair launched last year.

Based in Toulouse, France, Delair got its start building fixed-wing commercial drones used in such sectors as utilities, mining, construction, and agriculture. But while the drone business has been steadily picking up, the company’s data platform has been growing at a far more rapid clip.

Separating the platform into a standalone company makes it easier to market a far wider array of services that employ computer vision, according to Delair CEO Michael de Lagarde, who will head the new company.

“We developed this service to process the massive amounts of visual data being collected,” de Lagarde said. “To help our customers make sense of it, we had

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Walmart delivering COVID-19 at-home self-collection kits via drone in Cheektowaga

CHEEKTOWAGA, N.Y. (WKBW) — Walmart is partnering with Quest Diagnostics and DroneUp to create a pilot program to provide drone delivery of COVID-19 at-home self-collection kits to single-family homes in Cheektowaga.

This is the second program of its kind, after it was introduced to suburban Las Vegas in September.

Drone deliveries will drop off kits to single family homes within one mile of Walmart on 2500 Walden Avenue.

The deliveries will take place while supplies last every day from 8:30 a.m to 3:30 p.m., weather and visibility permitting.

Once you receive your kit, you will perform a self-administered nasal swab from the comfort of your own home.

Then you’ll ship a sample of the swab to a Quest Diagnostics lab using a provided prepaid shipping envelope for processing at the lab and will receive their COVID-19 test results through the secure Quest Diagnostics MyQuest™ online portal or app.

“Walmart has

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Flytrex pilot program with Walmart focusing on backyard drone deliveries

The two companies have partnered up to see if deliveries by drone can be done in a safe and cost-effective way.

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Flytrex and Walmart are now weeks into a pilot program that will see the two companies join forces to see whether deliveries by drone can be done in a safe, cost-effective manner. The companies launched the program in Fayetteville, NC and residents can download the Flytrex app to see if their homes make them eligible to participate.

The effort to conduct deliveries by drone has taken on a newfound importance since the onset of the coronavirus pandemic, which has complicated the delivery process and endangered those serving as integral parts of the delivery process. Amazon reported last week that nearly 20,000 of its front-line workers have caught COVID-19. 

In an email interview, Flytrex CEO and co-founder Yariv Bash explained that the pilot

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State police drone used to find missing dog | News

MARBLEHEAD — A 10-year-old Australian shepherd mix named Sport is back home with his family thanks to some persistent volunteers and some high-tech gear normally used by the state police to locate humans or find evidence. 

The 80-pound, black and white dog, with one brown eye and one blue eye, took off from his home near Beacon Street in Marblehead on the evening of Oct. 1. 

“He loves to chase,” said his owner, Cathy Eidson. “He was out front and a fox went by and he took off.” 

Eidson and her husband Tom had installed an electronic fence, but a dog’s heart wants what it wants and so Sport bolted past the boundary, letting out a yelp as his collar sent a shock. Eidson believes that little jolt might have panicked Sport. 

Sport seemed to have vanished. Except for one thing: Eidson could hear little whimpers from time to time. 

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Dispatch a Drone from Your Phone with New Drone-on-Demand App

Drones offer unparalleled views from above, but the cost and complexity of operating drone equipment often outweigh the benefits for many organizations – even for individuals. Now Aquiline Drones (AD), the nation’s fastest-growing drone manufacturing and cloud technology company, is just weeks away from launching the nation’s first true “Drone-on-Demand” (DoD) mobile app.

“Many individuals, businesses, law enforcement agencies, public works departments, and the military are missing out on the invaluable data collection capabilities of drones because they lack the resources for an in-house drone operation,” explains Barry Alexander, CEO, and founder of Aquiline Drones. “Akin to Uber and Lyft, individuals and businesses can now enjoy the luxury and convenience of ordering both private and commercial drone services right from their fingertips. A modern-day convenience everyone should have.”

The DoD app will be accessible through all mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets. The user may order aerial photography and videography

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News agency apologises to Harry and Meghan over drone pictures



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A news agency has apologised to Prince Harry and Meghan Markle after drones were allegedly used to take pictures of their son Archie.

The couple launched legal action in Los Angeles in July claiming an individual had photographed Archie, then 14 months old, at their home during lockdown.

The Duke and Duchess of Sussex claimed the pictures were an invasion of privacy.

On Thursday, their lawyer Michael Kump said the agency responsible, X17, had apologised and agreed to pay a portion of their legal fees – settling the legal case. 

X17 has also agreed to turn over the photos to the family, destroy any copies in its archives and never again sell photos of Harry and Meghan taken by drone, zoom or telephoto lenses ‘in any private residence or the surrounding private grounds’. 



a man sitting on a bench posing for the camera: Harry and Meghan, pictured in a video they filmed at their California home last month, launched a lawsuit earlier this year claiming violations of privacy


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Loose washer brought down Reaper drone

A loose washer in a control console caused an electrical short that ultimately brought down an $11.3 million MQ-9 Reaper drone last April, an Air Force investigation found.

According to an accident investigation board report posted online Aug. 17, a flat metal washer in a control console serial module at the 42nd Attack Squadron Mission Control Element at Creech Air Force Base in Nevada was loose and created the short between several pins. This caused the wrong control signals to be sent to the Reaper, which was flying somewhere in the Middle East region the morning of April 10, 2019.

The Reaper, which was assigned to the 432nd Wing at Creech, saw several commands change simultaneously shortly before 2 a.m. Greenwich Mean Time. The new commands closed the drone’s fuel shut-off valve and feathered its propeller. Over the next minute, its engine torque, oil pressure and propeller speed decreased as

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