Drone World Expo Kicks off in San Jose: What’s in Store This Year?

Following a successful day of pre-conference workshops presented by Embry Riddle Aeronautical University, Esri and MicaSense, as well as a VIP networking reception, Drone World Expo opened this morning in San Jose, Calif.

Hosted by JD Events, Drone World Expo, dedicated to the commercial applications of unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) technology, is taking place Nov. 15-16.

The exhibit hall, featuring the latest technology from vendors will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. at the San Jose Convention Center. Networking receptions will follow.

Today’s keynote, The Future of Drones: Clearing the Flight Path to a Connected World, is moderated by Hogan Lovells’ Gretchen West. Speaking are Lawrie Jordan from Esri; Dr. Richard Rios from NASA; Terah Lyons from the White House Office of Science & Technology Policy; and Ingo D. Piroth from IBM Global Business Services.

Throughout the two-day event, more than 120 industry stakeholders will share information in sessions including Produce Pilots: Drones in the Field and Orchard; Civil Drone Regulations in the UK: What Does it Mean for US Companies?; Finding Funding: The VC Community Speaks; and Connecting Flights: The Potential for Drone Applications via Mobile Networks.

Case studies will focus on drones for law enforcement, mining, construction, security and surveillance, and more.

At the tech talks theater, sessions will include Skyefish’s Smart Gimbal Technology; Solid-State LIDAR Technologies by LeddarTech; The Future of Sense-and-Avoid Technology by Fortem Technologies; Drones and the Future of Data on Demand by Altavian; Intelligent Insight – Leveraging Agriculture Focused Data Analytics by AeroVironment; Efficient Processing of UAV Projects by SimActive Inc.; Crop Dusting by Kray Technologies; and Kespry’s Automated Drone System.

Technology demos and presentations will include 3D Surveying by FalconViz; Autonomous Drones by Arbe Robotics; Power Mapping by Esri; Affordable Renewable Energy by InspecTools; the Intel Falcon™ 8+ System by Intel Corp.; UAS Parachute Recovery System by Fruity Chutes Inc.; Drone Operator Workforce by DroneHive Inc.; Snapdragon Navigator Software by Qualcomm Atheros Inc.; and New Aerial Platforms by Altus UAS.


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