AUVSI Launches New Chapter for South Florida

The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International (AUVSI) is launching a new Miami Satellite Chapter focused on showcasing drones, robotics and other unmanned systems throughout South Florida.

The Miami Satellite Chapter, a subsidiary of AUVSI’s Florida Peninsula Chapter, will focus on building awareness and dialogue among South Florida’s defense, civil, commercial, academic and government sectors, says AUVSI.

“Miami is quickly emerging as the innovation epicenter for Florida, Latin America and the Caribbean,” states Brian Wynne, president and CEO of AUVSI. “We are excited to join the South Florida community as drones, unmanned vehicles and other autonomous systems spearhead the next great technology revolution.”

“Our expansion into South Florida will allow AUVSI to establish direct communication with key stakeholders at the local level,” adds Brent Klavon, president of AUVSI’s Florida Peninsula Chapter and member of AUVSI’s board of directors. “We expect to replicate this model in other parts of Florida in the very near future.”

AUVSI has selected South Florida technology entrepreneur Christopher Todd to serve as the interim director of its new chapter.

Todd is the founder and president of Airborne Response, a Miami Beach-based drone services company that provides industrial inspections and disaster-response operations for enterprise and government. He also serves as chairman of the UAS working group for the Miami-Dade Beacon Council’s aviation committee. The Miami-Dade Beacon Council is the economic development arm for Miami-Dade County.

“We are on the cusp of witnessing a total evolution in air-, land- and sea-based autonomous systems,” says Todd. “South Florida is uniquely positioned to play a key role in this transformation for a major portion of the Western Hemisphere. This is a journey we are extremely excited about.”

The AUVSI Miami Satellite Chapter kickoff is scheduled for Monday, Aug. 14, starting at 6:00 p.m. at the 94th Aero Squadron restaurant next to Miami International Airport. All persons interested in unmanned systems and technology are welcome to attend.


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