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Wilfried Joswig, Director of the VfS (Association for Security Technology) is an acknowledged expert in security technologies and applications. He is involved in evaluating new risk situations on a daily basis. It is an indisputable fact that the security sector is constantly facing new challenges as a result of new technologies like digitalisation or unmanned systems. On Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 March 2018, experts will once again gather in Exhibition Centre Nuremberg to attend U.T.SEC – the Unmanned Technologies & Security Expo & Conference. Their discussions will focus on the use of drones to improve security and protection against these technologies in security-related structures. In the run-up to the trade fair and conference, we spoke with Wilfried Joswig about the challenges of unmanned systems (UAS).

How have the security sector and the tasks changed in this era of digitalisation?

Wilfried Joswig (WJ): In the security sector too, digitalisation is nothing new. And it has actually brought about new opportunities, for example in the case of sensor systems, where thanks to improved analysing units or networking of systems it has been possible to significantly reduce false alarm rates and as a result increase acceptance by users.

Has digitalisation resulted in new tasks or threats?

WJ: Of course there are also new challenges. The networking of systems imposes new requirements on network security and availability. With every additional network element installed the number of options for attacking my network increases. In this context, special requirements on system hardening are necessary at the technical, organisational and human level. Unfortunately not everyone is aware of this or it is not being implemented rigorously.

What role do unmanned systems play in this context?

WJ: In the meantime, UAS are an integral part of all risk analyses and security concepts, as both a practical system and a security risk.

Have UAS changed the type of danger?

WJ: UAS have changed the type of danger significantly. Previously, perimeter security ended at the top of the fence or the scaling barrier. With UAS this rule no longer applies. We also need to include the airspace above the perimeter fence it in our security concept.

Can UAS take over certain jobs – and how does this affect service providers from the security industry?

WJ: UAS can perform important roles associated with status reports and alarm verification. However, the interaction between humans and technology as part of the security services offered is still very important, e.g. the integration of UAS into security concepts, base station for the UAS, operational times etc. In addition, the training of service providers needs to be extended to include the use of such systems.

UAS are a relatively new technology application. How do you envisage the future of unmanned systems in the security sector?

WJ: With UAS we are experiencing a very dynamic development in performance characteristics. Naturally, with every development stage the options for application also increase. I am thinking in particular of flight duration, speed and integration into management systems.

What legal and insurance-specific frameworks have to be in place so that UAS can be used by security service providers efficiently and systematically?

WJ: We are talking about the useful deployment of UAS as part of intervention measures. In this context many aspects have already been regulated. One thing that considerably restricts the use of UAS is that they are only allowed to be used within the field of vision of the pilot.

Do we have to think about separate training for the use of unmanned systems in the security sector?

WJ: Of course, the use of UAS presupposes proper training of security service providers. Alongside the obvious things like flight training, it should also include a legal consideration of the special risk situation and the associated rules of contact.

Your association supports U.T.SEC. What role can this kind of trade fair play in the integration of new technology in the sector?

WJ: For us as an association, but also for users, there are diverse benefits to such an event. Particularly for a technology where changes are happening rapidly in almost all areas, a conference and trade fair for information-sharing is important. The event can serve to present the latest state-of-the-art, to illustrate and discuss future development steps and potential applications, to discuss integration options for security concepts, formulate requirements that users want the sector to meet, address legal issues and the development of application options and share experience.

MINNEAPOLIS — The votes are in and the best drone videos of 2017 have been chosen.

Thirteen aerial content creators were voted on as the winners of the 2017 AirVūz Drone Video Awards.

Moscow Aerial 5K by Russian drone pilot was voted the Drone Video of the Year, while Paul Nurkkala won the FPV (First-Person View) Video of the Year for NURK’s Flight of the Year.

Five finalists in 13 different categories were selected by the staff of AirVūz, based on the quality, originality and creativity of the drone video or photograph. All AirVūz content creators had the opportunity to place their votes for which finalists they thought were the best of the best.

The voting concluded on Jan. 21 and the winners were announced on AirVūz Live on Facebook on Feb. 5. Each category winner will receive a plaque, cash and prizes. The categories included: People, Cities, Countries, Landscape, Freestyle FPV, Drone Racing, Tiny Whoop, Animals (including pets), Dronies (selfies taken with a drone), Sports, Originality, Reels and Photo.

For more information about the contest, go to or contact Tyler Mason, Director of Public Relations, at

A list of the 2017 AirVūz Drone Video Awards winners can be found below:

DRONIE — There Is No One Else by Wellington Visuals

LANDSCAPE — Perspective by Jay Worsley

RACING — Drone Racing Underground by JohnnyFPV

COUNTRIES — “Awaken” Iceland by

PEOPLE — This is Yunnan by Face du Monde

ANIMALS — Majestic Beast Nanuk by Florian Ledoux

CITIES — Moscow Aerial 5K by

TINY WHOOP — エアリアルヨガスタジオ y+AERO × TINY WHOOP JAPAN by KatsuFPV

FREESTYLE — NURK’s Flight of the Year // Trains, Bridges, Rapids, Mountains, Sunsets, Gapping, Perching, Powerlooping by nurkfpv

SPORTS — Dream… by PilotViking

ORIGINALITY — Cardboard Cadet by chrisxgxc

REEL — Drones are Awesome by ThisIsTilt

PHOTOGRAPHY — Floating in the Unknown by zimydakid

About AirVūz

Since its launch in 2015, AirVūz has become the world’s leading drone video and photography sharing platform and global community for drone pilots and aerial media enthusiasts. Drone enthusiasts worldwide can upload and share videos and photos in unlimited quantity and at no cost. Site users have free access to an ever-growing library of drone media content including easily browsable categories such as travel, extreme sports, golf courses, drone racing, landmarks and more. AirVūz users also have access to original AirVūz content, including the weekly AirVūz News program, profiles of top content creators, product reviews, and how-to information for drone pilots on how to take and edit high quality drone video.

The second edition of U.T.SEC – Unmanned Technologies & Security Expo & Conference will take place on Wednesday and Thursday, 7-8 March 2018, at the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg, in parallel with Enforce Tac, the special exhibition for police equipment. The entire focus of this still quite new trade fair is on drones and unmanned systems, how they can be used to improve security, and also how to defend against these technologies in structures that are relevant from a security perspective. The patron for the event is Franz Josef Pschierer, Under-Secretary at the Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology.

The use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) will increase greatly in the next few years, including – and in particular – in the security field. In the lead-up to U.T.SEC, we spoke with an expert in this area: Karsten Schudt has been Managing Partner of 3W-International GmbH since 2009. The Hesse-based company is a world leader in the supply of two-stroke combustion engines for unmanned aerial systems. The global activities of 3W-International have given Schudt extensive knowledge of international UAS applications.

Your work has given you a broad overview of international developments in the area of UAS technology. What general trends do you perceive?

Karsten Schudt (KS): The industry is currently undergoing a major transition. We assume that more systems are now being used for civilian than for military applications. This is placing new demands on unmanned aerial systems. The use of UAS swarms, hybrid drive technologies, self-determining flight systems, even smarter camera and sensor packages and increased performance at lower and lower costs are just a few of the changes that are happening right now. It is safe to say that UAS will change our lives fundamentally, including in the security field.

The focus on the efficient use of UAS seems to be constantly increasing. What technical developments can we expect in this area?

KS: Previously, efforts focused on developing flight-capable systems. The drivers at that time were military applications. But with the growth in civilian applications, the focus has switched to questions of economic and efficient use. Systems that don’t fly don’t earn money. This focus on efficiency has now also reached the military sphere. In other words, we have to be efficient in every area of application now: the market demands greater and
greater ranges, higher payloads and longer flying times, with the same or
lower energy consumption.

What effect will these developments have on the use of these devices in the area of security?

KS: The costs for using UAS will fall, regardless of how they are powered. UAS will also be used for an increasingly wide range of applications. The lower costs and greater flexibility will of course also play a part in how they are used in the area of police activities. Small systems with powerful cameras don’t cost a fortune, so they are a manageable investment for police and private security services. That also applies to larger systems fitted with combustion engines, for example. A helicopter of this type can be used for border protection on the one hand, but on the other it can also be used to search for boat people in the Mediterranean or to monitor shipping in the English Channel. The same goes for transportation tasks. Whereas in the past it was only possible to transport small quantities of medications or stored blood, now it is possible to transport full weeks’ worth of rations to
oil rigs far out in the North Sea, for example, for just a fraction of the usual cost.

Must we assume that UAS will redefine security tasks?

KS: Yes. We increasingly see in the press that UAS used in leisure time are violating security-relevant zones. We need to invest more in user education in this area. There are also threats that were previously unknown, such as industrial espionage or terror attacks using unmanned systems. The result will be substantial growth in drone defense. But some quite new opportunities are also arising. The combination of high-resolution camera,
face recognition software and drone will offer new possibilities in combating crime.

The wider public still often has a skeptical view of the use of UAS. To what extent could UAS provide decisive support in humanitarian activities, for example?

KS: UAS are extremely flexible and can be rapidly deployed. For humanitarian uses, in particular, speed is of the essence. Consider maritime rescue and compare the use of a traditional helicopter against a hybrid VTOL (Vertical Take Off and Landing) unit. In terms of camera systems, both vehicles are just as high-performance. But when it comes to
costs, the unmanned system beats the helicopter. That applies to acquisition, maintenance and actual use. In addition, the only limitation on flying time is fuel consumption, since there are no regulations governing pilot flying hours to consider. The autopilot system enables overflights of large areas to be performed automatically. The VTOL function means that a system like this can be used anywhere, just like a helicopter, since no large-scale infrastructure is required. The advantages are obvious.

What tasks can UAS assume besides these to improve their image?

KS: Essentially, if tasks have to be performed quickly and at low cost over large areas, UAS always have the advantage. For example, in the fight against poaching in Africa or the transportation of medications to remote areas of Papua New Guinea, or following a major earthquake, where the entire infrastructure has collapsed.

This is the second time that you are participating in U.T.SEC as a speaker. How relevant do you find this exhibition for questions of using UAS in security activities?

KS: The fast-moving nature of this sector means we need continuous, rigorous discussion about deployment opportunities, technical developments, and also risks. The first edition of U.T.SEC in 2017 showed that it provides the right framework for security applications relating to unmanned systems. The quality of the discussions was very high. It is
important to have an event like this, to facilitate discussion between all the players.

LOS ANGELES, CA. – SolarDrone, established from the laboratory of National Taiwan University, teamed up with experts in photovoltaic and UAV technologies to tackle the enduring problem of drone flight time. The product will be showcased at CES2018 Eureka Startup Marketplace (booth#52105), where some of the newest technology trends are featured.

SolarDrone’s solar-powered quadcopters have been re-designed, re-engineered, and reprogrammed to be able to extend its flight time from less than 30mins to hours. In order to achieve this feat, the team focused on developing a light weight form factor and sufficient power harvested from the solar panels. SolarDrone’s flight time extension not only increases pleasure for recreational drone usage, but also opens up possible new applications in agricultural, security, rescue, and exploration.

Key features:
1. Hours of continuous flight
2. Excellent safety – No gasoline/battery, no explosion
3. Foldable frame and solar module – Easy for transportation and convenience
4. Gimbal stabilized – 4K/HD videos, 16M photos
5. Vertically take-off and landing – No need for runways

“At SolarDrone, we have combined the domain knowledge in the areas of photovoltaics, control, and communications to significantly extend the flight time of drones.” says Dr. Ching-Fuh Lin Founder, SolarDrone. “With this achievement it opens up the unlimited possibilities of what drones can do in the future.”

For more information, visit:

Consumer Electronics Show, LAS VEGAS – January 8, 2018 – Kittyhawk, the market leader in commercial drone operations software, today announced new features to its best-in-class platform. Kittyhawk is adding an automated flight system to their Flight Deck feature set to work in conjunction with its recently released secure live streaming feature.

The new automation features allow operators to plan missions in the Kittyhawk mobile application and then execute the entire flight from takeoff to landing with unlimited waypoints. Like all Kittyhawk features, great care has been taken to create a safe and useful user experience. The app has incorporated safety features to ensure that operators are not able to initiate an automated flight to a place beyond the range of the radio and drone; like trying to launch a mission in California when you’re currently in New York. The Kittyhawk software uses the geolocation of the operator to show only flights that are possible to complete — avoiding potentially expensive and dangerous mistakes.

“Enterprise customers are constantly asking the Kittyhawk platform to do more and more across the entire workflow,”  said Jon Hegranes, Co-Founder and CEO of Kittyhawk. “The addition of automated flights coupled with encrypted live audio and video streaming further validates our industry-leading market share.”

Working in conjunction with select enterprise customers, Kittyhawk’s automated flight system is the perfect compliment to their recently released multi-channel secure live video and  audio streaming feature. For example, a law enforcement customer can set the drone to fly the perimeter of a scene and their entire team can securely access a video feed right from their mobile devices and give audio feedback to the operator in real time. A filmmaker can set a path perfectly parallel to a bridge and get that perfect shot with an absolutely consistent speed and altitude. The opportunities are endless.

“Automated flights are the first step in an exciting roadmap of new features for the enterprise team in 2018. We’ve been working closely with our industry-leading enterprise customers to really understand their challenges and we are excited about the solutions Kittyhawk is delivering to them.” Says Josh Ziering, Co-Founder and Chief Pilot.

These new features join the long list of industry-leading pre-flight, inflight and post-flight features including weather forecasting, risk assessments, flight profiles, live air traffic, secure data encryption, secure domestic cloud storage and much more.

About Kittyhawk

Kittyhawk unifies the mission, aircraft, and data to empower safe and effective drone operations. Based in San Francisco, the company develops real-time flight operations and management solutions for professional pilots and fleet managers across a multitude of missions. Established industry leaders in media, insurance, oil and gas, rail transportation, as well as education, law enforcement, fire and emergency management agencies around the world all rely on Kittyhawk for their end-to-end drone operations. Discover more at

XDynamics designs, develops, manufactures and markets high-end drone products for consumers and professionals. The company is committed to empower users with freedom and autonomy through drone technology, unleashing unlimited creativity in aerial videography and spatial data collection.

Each year, the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas brings together the world’s greatest innovators and dreamers from across the consumer technology spectrum. And 2018 will mark the third year in a row that Hong Kong’s XDynamics will be making an appearance. The company will be located at booth #26427, at the heart the drone section.

It’s been a busy year for XDynamics: The company has not only been working on developing four specific drone platforms, but has also cooperated with Maxim’s, a local food and beverage industry leader, to bring drone delivery another step closer to reality with a successful delivery trail in Hong Kong Science Park earlier this year. In a year marked by accomplishments and bold innovation, XDynamics will arrive at CES with the firm intention to make an impression in the competitive drone industry.

After testing and optimization, the Evolve carbon fiber quadcopter has arrived. It’s the world’s first consumer drone equipped with a dual screen controller. The focus in the last few months has been to create a rich and immersive user experience without sacrificing safety. Evolve is scheduled to hit the shelves later this quarter, and XDynamics will be taking pre-orders for the first time during CES.

Other highlights at CES will include a demonstration of the flying ability of the D-02, XDynamics’ next-generation aerial platform for professional drone cinematography and industrial applications. The company will also unveil its next two industrial products, the G1 and F1.

All XDynamics drones are made of carbon fiber, and each is equipped with not only the company’s trademark dual screen controller, but also with Amimon’s “zero latency” wireless broadcasting technology. Together these make flying more simple, enjoyable and safe.

After two years of intense product development, XDynamics aims to show everyone at CES they’re a force to be reckoned with in the drone industry. To book a meeting with the XDynamics team at CES, email The company will also be available for meetings in the days leading up to CES, from January 5 to 8.

XDynamics expects 2018 to be a pivotal year for its long-term success. The company has selected Irvine, California as the home of its first U.S. office which opened earlier this year.

About XDynamics

Founded in 2015 and headquartered in Hong Kong, XDynamics designs, develops, manufactures and markets high-end drone products for consumers and professionals. Its development team consists of industry-leading experts from Germany, the United Kingdom, Australia, Hong Kong and mainland China with several decades of experience in aerial robotics, aerodynamics, flight control algorithms, computer vision and imaging technology. XDynamics is committed to empower users with freedom and autonomy through drone technology, unleashing unlimited creativity in aerial videography and spatial data collection.


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Don’t miss the January 7th deadline 

NYCDFF IV is Coming March 3rd & 4th, 2018

The NEW YORK CITY DRONE FILM FESTIVAL team has been hard at work creating an unforgettable program for 2018. NYCDFF IV will include:

  • Screening & award ceremony @ Tribeca Performing Arts Center
  • Aerial cinematography seminars & master classes
  • Storytelling, production & post production classes
  • 107 Fast-track training
  • Drone Expo & flight cage
  • Cinematography and racing drone building workshops
  • Stem drone building workshops for kids
  • FPV drone racing & freestyle FPV Competition


Tickets will go on sale in January.




Previous articleU.T.SEC 2018: Expo and Conference on Unmanned Technologies

Following its highly promising launch in early March 2017, preparations are already in full swing for the second U.T.SEC – Unmanned Technologies & Security – Expo & Conference. On Wednesday 7 and Thursday 8 March 2018, experts in drones and unmanned systems will once again meet at the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg to learn and talk about the latest developments regarding the use of these technologies, and how to defend against them. The Bavarian State Ministry for Economic Affairs and Media, Energy and Technology, represented by Under-Secretary Franz Josef Pschierer, will once again assume patronage for the event.

U.T.SEC, held annually at the Exhibition Centre Nuremberg, is the world’s first exhibition to focus on security using unmanned technologies and protection against them. The focus is on both technical and legal aspects relating to the use of, and protection against, drones and other unmanned vehicles in public places, in industry, and in security-related fields. The accompanying conference offers an ideal opportunity for security heads in industrial firms, authorities and civilian facilities to network, take their knowledge to a new level and discuss security in the context of unmanned systems. The range of products and services covered by U.T.SEC includes unmanned systems, communications, data transmission, positioning, perimeter protection, electronic fencing, optics, optronics, lighting, training, service, resources, technical systems for crisis management, analytical equipment, UAV defence, all kinds of accessories and technical information. U.T.SEC is held in parallel with EnforceTac, the international trade fair for command, control and operational equipment used by security agencies, where a further 200 exhibitors and 3,800 trade visitors are once again expected.

Conference with its finger on the pulse

The list of presentations for the second edition of the conference once again includes topics of current interest that will be illustrated and discussed by top-level international experts on both days of the event. The product presentations by speakers from the fields of research, law and the economy, and exhibiting companies at U.T.SEC, will cover the themes of “Security: Thanks to or in spite of drones?”, “Saving lives from the sky – the use of drones in water rescues”, “Weather challenge when working with RPAS in the Arctic region”, “Application of Drones at the Swiss Federal Railway Company SBB in the context of security-relevant areas”, and “Maximising operational range and performance through reduced fuel consumption using smart engine technology”. Further topics will be published in due course at

Powerful partners from trade and professional associations, consulting and marketing

To meet the tough demands on a subject-area event in a still relatively new market, U.T.SEC is supported by a number of industry associations and consulting firms: UAV DACH e.V. is the largest German-language umbrella association for unmanned air transport in Europe. It has more than 140 prominent industry members that are active in the fields of research, manufacturing and practical application. UAV DACH e.V. represents Germany, Austria, Switzerland and the Netherlands, through its contacts in the economic world and policy-makers, and thanks to the expertise of its members and manufacturing firms, it is the principal supporting institution when it comes to developing standards, regulations and laws at a national and international level.

VfS – Verband für Sicherheitstechnik e.V. looks after security concerns and logistical problems in areas subject to increased security requirements. These include correctional facilities as well as energy utility companies, airports, hospitals, forensic facilities, industrial firms, data centres, logistics facilities, public institutions, shopping malls, banks, and more besides. Activities focus on ensuring that technological, organisational and infrastructure elements all work together. The goal of the association is to optimise technical and organisational activities to improve security in highly sensitive areas among different user groups.

U.T.SEC is also supported by Butter and Salt tech marketing GmbH, Berlin.

Security exhibitions at NürnbergMesse

NürnbergMesse has established and proven expertise in the security field. With events such as Enforce Tac – Trade Fair for Law Enforcement, it-sa and it-sa Brasil – Trade Fairs for IT Security, FeuerTRUTZ – Trade Fair for Preventive Fire Protection as well as Perimeter Protection – Trade Fair for perimeter protection, FIRE & SECURITY INDIA EXPO and also U.T.SEC – Unmanned Technologies & Security, it brings together a total of around 1,200 exhibitors and some 30,000 visitors from all over the world. For further information please visit:

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This 6th edition of the Unmanned Cargo Aircraft conference organized by Jakajima will be hosted by North Carolina Global TransPark and supported by US Cargo Systems.

Scope: The Conference aims to bring together manufacturers, operators, knowledge institutes, consultants, shippers and government organizations active in the upcoming field of unmanned cargo aircraft.

Unmanned Cargo Aircraft (UCA) are a relatively new phenomenon; the first UCA service is to be started in Kenya this year. UCA offer the potential to transport loads of 1 to 10 tons or more over both short and long distances, on routes that are unfeasible or uneconomical for other modes of transport.

During the conference, internationally renowned speakers will introduce UCA development projects and potential applications.

Topics to be covered are:

  • UCA business models: how to earn money with UCA?
  • UCA configurations: what could – and should – UCA look like?
  • Regulation: where are UCA allowed to fly, and under which conditions?
  • Societal benefits: what can UCA contribute to economic and social development?
  • Industrial participation: how can UCA contribute to innovation and what opportunities do they generate for new enterprises?
  • Market analysis

Target group: Shippers | Carriers | Research institutions | Military | Aircraft manufacturers | System Integrators | ICT suppliers | Logistic service suppliers | Entrepreneurs | Investors | Airports | Governmental Institutions | Cargo Companies | Fulfilment companies | Retailers | E-tailers | Consultants | Air navigation service providers | Civil aviation authorities | Data and software providers | Infrastructure operators | Telecommunication companies

It is a unique opportunity to exchange ideas and network with this pioneering community of unmanned cargo researchers, engineers, business developers and end-users.

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The Drone Film Festival Australia and New Zealand presented by SanDisk (DFFANZ) is ready for lift off and is taking the region by storm!

Having already dazzled Darwin at the Darwin International Film Festival, in its second year DFFANZ is currently en route to 11 cities across Australia and New Zealand.

Screenings will take place between 24 September – 05 November in Sydney (3 Oct, Dendy
Newtown), Melbourne (5 Oct, Cinema Nova), Canberra (10 Oct, Dendy Cinema), Perth (12 Oct, Luna Cinema), Hobart (16 Oct, State Cinema), Adelaide (18 Oct, Mercury Cinema), Brisbane (24 Oct, Schonell Cinema), Auckland (30 Oct, Lido Cinema), Christchurch (1 Nov, Hollywood Cinema) and Wellington (2Nov, Penthouse Cinema).

The program includes nearly 40 short films from over 25 countries all over the world, all shot on drones.

“Drone film has revolutionised cinematography, capturing the world from above to provide
audiences with stunning images that have never before been possible. DFFANZ was created to showcase these films, screening short narratives and documentaries by established filmmakers, production companies, and everyday drone hobby enthusiasts.” – Elmedin Kumalic, Founder & Festival Manager

The best drone film from ANZ will win a SanDisk prize pack including a SanDisk WD Passport Wireless Pro 2TB, as well as the opportunity to shoot their next drone film in Thailand, with two return flights from Australia to Thailand thanks to Thai Airways along with $1,000 spending and accommodation for 10 days. Other prizes include DJI Mavic Pro from Harvey Norman, gear from Henty bags, Blackmagic Design camera equipment and software programs by Lightworks, Cyberlink, HitFilm and SkyTango. Full prize pack listed at and winners will be announced Monday 6 November 2017.

The DFFANZ 2017 Jury includes some of the best in the biz, including Stephen Oh, Co-Founder and CEO of XM2, who has a vast portfolio as a camera and drone operator. He has worked on Aquaman, Thor: Ragnarok, Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales and the Great Barrier Reef with David Attenborough. Mr Oh will be joined by a host of other jury panellists, including journalists, filmmakers and industry members. See bios at

Take a look at the festival trailer as well as winning and official selection films of DFFANZ 2016 via for more information visit