[Webinar] How Artificial Intelligence can benefit the industrial inspection workflow

[Webinar] How Artificial Intelligence can benefit the industrial inspection workflow

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is transforming the industrial inspection market, helping improving asset performance, optimising the inspection process, and allowing cost-savings to be made for companies.

Attend this webinar and learn how AI capabilities can deliver advantages to your organisation.

Agenda

– What is AI and why is AI important

– AI applied to the industrial inspection workflow: How Sky-Futures’ Expanse users are benefitting from AI?

– Use cases: How Utilities sector is leveraging AI

– Open debate: The evolution of AI applications in Industrial Inspections

– Q&A

Speakers

David Kelnar

David Kelnar

David is a Partner and Head of Research at MMC Ventures, an award-winning venture capital firm established in 2000. He leads the MMC Ventures’s research team, which provides the firm with deep insights and ideas to deliver exceptional returns through a deep understanding of technologies, trends and markets.

David has eight years of entrepreneurial leadership experience in early-stage companies, having served as the founding CEO and CFO, respectively, of two consumer service technology companies, and is an advisor to a range of early-stage ventures.

Previously, David was an equity research analyst and investor in the European technology sector, at Goldman Sachs in London and a hedge fund in New York.

Adrian Karl

Adrian Karl

Adrian is Chief Technology Officer of Sky-Futures. He leads the delivery of a continually developing technology roadmap that aims to maximise the value and impact of the data captured by drones.

Adrian has been involved in both the design and delivery of a wide range of high tech and business applications that have technology at the core. He applies this experience and expertise to ensure Sky-Futures stay at the leading edge of drone technology with our software and sensor solutions. He has over 20 years’ experience working within the mobile telecommunications and Internet industry.

The future of UAV industry at Oxford’s first Robotic Skies Workshop

The future of UAV industry at Oxford’s first Robotic Skies Workshop

Sky-Futures’ CRTO Nick Rogers attended “The 1st Robotic Skies Workshop: The Role of Private Industry and Public Policy in Shaping the Drones Industry”, organised by University of Oxford on June 21st-22nd, 2018 at Rhodes House, Oxford. This event was the first in a series of international events to be hosted by the Centre for Technology and Global Affairs in examining and shaping future developments of emerging technologies.

Ordinarily, Government affairs and technology are not symbiotic however when you consider the furious pace of drone technology development and the need of fit for purpose regulation then Rhodes House at the University of Oxford was a fantastic academic setting for so much needed thought leadership for this emerging industry.

Sky-Futures was honoured to be invited to speak at the workshop on the future of UAV industry and its policy implications. Given Sky-Futures’ position in the market as an enabler to drone technology, Artificial Intelligence and data, Nick Rogers discussed the various elements making up the total system to support regular and routine drone operations.

  • “System” Technology Scrum
  • Industrial IoT to Interoperability
  • Manned vs Unmanned testing
  • Artificial Intelligence and Data Analytics

This workshop was a 2-days of lively debate on governance and regulatory challenges associated with the burgeoning UAV industry with over 80 delegates from a broad spectrum of practitioners, policymakers, industry experts, government, and academia. The backdrop of the University of Oxford provided good insight into the importance of technology leading regulations with appropriate safeguard and established a sustainable forum of inter-sectoral exchanges and partnerships for years to come.

A special thanks to Lucas Kello, Director of the Centre for Technology and Global Affairs for leading the collaborative workshop, Nikita Chiu and the University of Oxford team for the organisation.

Read more about the workshop at Oxford’s Centre for Technology and Global Affairs hosts 1st “Robotic Skies” Workshop

About the Centre for Technology and Global Affairs

The Centre produces research on the transforming impact of modern technology on international relations, government, and society. Based at Oxford University’s Department of Politics and International Relations, it is the first global research initiative focusing on the study of technology in a political science department at any of the world’s major universities.

The Centre seeks to create a new body of knowledge on the political and social impact of ongoing technological changes and to apply these new understandings to the guidance of policy practice. The Centre’s research is wide-ranging. Faculty, researchers, and associates explore developments across a broad spectrum of technological dimensions – including cybersecurity, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and robotics. Connections between our researchers and the wider world of government and industry are at the heart of our impact mission.

RPAS drone training courses unveiled at partnership launch day with NATS

RPAS drone training courses unveiled at partnership launch day with NATS

NATS, the UK’s leading air traffic control provider, and Sky-Futures, a world leader in drone-based industrial inspection services and training, have unveiled a ground-breaking new combined training course for commercial pilots at a launch event featuring hi-tech drone search-and-rescue and inspection demonstrations at an emergency services training facility in Gloucestershire.

The demonstrations, which saw state-of-the-art Intel Falcon 8+ and DJI Inspire 1 drones conducting complex, high-spec inspections of mocked-up disaster sites including a collapsed building, showcased some of the practical skills-training offered by the new drone pilot ‘combined’ course.

This new course represents NATS’ latest initiative aimed at promoting the safe integration of drones into the skies above us. We recognise that drones have huge potential to deliver benefits across society and to the UK economy, so it’s essential that this industry aims for the highest possible safety standards from the start.

By partnering with Sky-Futures to offer best-in-class combined practical and theoretical drone training, we hope to offer commercial drone operators the all-round training that will allow commercially-piloted drones to operate safely alongside the traditional aviation industry and deliver real benefit to their organisations and the UK as a whole.

James Cranswick

Drones Business Manager, NATS

The combined Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) course syllabus can be adapted to meet the individual needs of trainees working in specific areas such as construction, offshore oil and gas, or the emergency services for example, and encompasses in-depth theoretical instruction in airspace and safety as well as real-life scenario-based training. It is designed to ensure organisations can secure the Civil Aviation Authority permissions required for drone pilots to operate commercially, whilst providing expert guidance on using drones safely in professional or commercial environments.

The combined strengths of Sky-Futures and NATS form the basis of a market-leading training partnership. Together, we will continue to work towards improving the overall standard of commercial drone pilot training and ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of this exciting industry.

Nick Rogers

Chief Regulatory and Training Officer and Co-Founder, Sky-Futures

The launch event on the 15th of May was held at the Sky-Futures Training Academy near Oxford, situated at the UK Fire Service College outside Moreton-in-Marsh, Gloucestershire, where state-of-the-art drone pilot training facilities including mocked-up disaster scenarios including a ship, a railway line, an oil rig, metal towers and commercial buildings will be used for advanced inspection procedure training. The new combined course will also be taught at NATS’ operational air traffic control centres in Swanwick, Hampshire, and Prestwick, Ayrshire (Scotland).
The event was also attended by Northamptonshire Fire and Rescue Service, who carried out a demonstration with its one-of-a-kind £1m command vehicle.

About NATS

NATS is a leading air traffic management and solutions company, established in the UK in 1962 and now operating in countries around the world.

NATS handled 2.6 million flights in 2017, covering the UK and eastern North Atlantic from its centres at Swanwick, Hampshire and Prestwick, Ayrshire. NATS also provides air traffic services at 14 UK airports; at Gibraltar Airport and, in a joint venture with Ferrovial, at a number of airport towers in Spain.

NATS has taken a leading role in encouraging the safe and responsible use of drones in the UK, offering a range of resources for drone operators including the free Drone Assist app, an online Drones Portal with resources for drone operators and providing NQE-level drone training with resident experts.

For more information visit the NATS website

[Infographic] Release the Drones – The Business Times Singapore

[Infographic] Release the Drones – The Business Times Singapore

We are delighted to be on an Infographic from The Business Times Singapore with Keppel Offshore & Marine, Sembcorp Marine and DNV GL. This Infographic takes a look at how drones are used to increase productivity and cost efficiency at Singapore’s shipyards.

Release the Drones

Safety improvements, lower costs, fewer processes and easier access to areas – these are some benefits shipyards can reap from using drones in vessel inspections that were previously conducted by workers. Major yard groups, Keppel Offshore & Marine and Sembcorp Marine have teamed up respectively with Sky-Futures and DNV GL to deploy drones for ship inspections. The Business Times takes a closer look at how drones are used to bolster productivity and cost-efficiency at Singapore’s shipyards.

To see the original article, please visit the Business Times Singapore website

Sky-Futures in Great Britain Campaign – Innovation is GREAT

Sky-Futures in Great Britain Campaign – Innovation is GREAT

Connecting the World with Drones and Data

Sky-Futures drone software and technology solutions and expertise are being promoted by the Department of International Trade as part of the Great Britain campaign – Innnovation is GREAT. It highlights Sky-Futures’ partnership with Mitsui, one of the largest Trading Houses in Japan. Emphasising the importance of International partnerships alongside British ingenuity and innovation at its most cutting edge, the programme makes clear that drones and AI are poised make a game-changing impact on many different industries, with the potential to save millions.

Watch the full story

Sky-Futures on CNBC IOT – Powering Digital Economy programme

Sky-Futures on CNBC IOT – Powering Digital Economy programme

Innovation is in the air

Sky-Futures are proud to have been involved in CNBC IOT Powering Digital Economy programme on Energy sector aired on February 13, 2018.

The energy sector is undergoing fundamental changes to the way it operates and those changes are being driven by the digital innovation that sweeping through all industries. The programme covers how drones will change the energy sector while continuing to deliver radical innovations that will change not only the industry but also the future of society. Sky-Futures offers expertise and insights into the potential impact, trends, digital technologies and innovations.

Watch the full story

If you didn’t manage to catch CNBC’s programme, you can watch it here.

New partnership with NATS to deliver UK commercial drone training

New partnership with NATS to deliver UK commercial drone training

NATS and Sky-Futures announce strategic partnership to deliver UK commercial drone pilot training

NATS, the UK’s leading air traffic control provider, and Sky-Futures, a world leader in commercial drone-based inspection services and training, have announced an exciting new partnership that will change the landscape of drone training in the UK.  The initiative will bring NATS’ unrivalled airspace and aviation expertise together with Sky-Futures’ industry-leading technical drone-flying skills to deliver expert training to the burgeoning commercial drone sector and the emergency services.

As businesses and public services increasingly seek to embrace the benefits of drone technology, the NATS/Sky-Futures partnership will deliver tailored, scenario-based training that will aim to set a new standard for the UK. As well as online theory training about aviation law and responsible flying, students will receive advanced training on how to safely operate a drone in scenarios that closely match their own working environment.

This is an exciting development that takes us closer to safely realising the potential of this emerging industry in the UK. We recognise drones have huge potential to deliver benefits across society and to our economy and, by partnering with Sky-Futures, we can offer commercial drone operators the all-round training necessary for the drone industry to flourish safely alongside the traditional aviation industry.

James Cranswick

Drones Business Manager, NATS

Customers will be trained at the Sky-Futures Training Academy (SFTA) near Oxford as well as at NATS operational centres in Swanwick and Prestwick. Facilities at the SFTA include a ship, railway line, motorway, oil rig, metal towers and commercial buildings – a customer who inspects transmission towers, for example, will be trained how to prepare for this type of operation and how to use a drone as an inspection tool. This level of role-specific training is unmatched in the UK.

The combined strengths of Sky-Futures and NATS form the basis of a market-leading training partnership. Together, we will work to further improve the standard of commercial drone pilot training and ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of this exciting industry.

Nick Rogers

Co-Founder & Chief Regulatory and Training Officer (CTRO), Sky-Futures

A sneak peek to the drone training at the Sky-Futures Training Academy

About NATS

NATS is a leading air traffic management and solutions company, established in the UK in 1962 and now operating in countries around the world.

NATS handled 2.6 million flights in 2017, covering the UK and eastern North Atlantic from its centres at Swanwick, Hampshire and Prestwick, Ayrshire. NATS also provides air traffic services at 13 UK airports; at Gibraltar Airport and, in a joint venture with Ferrovial, at a number of airport towers in Spain.

NATS has taken a leading role in encouraging the safe and responsible use of drones in the UK, offering a range of resources for drone operators including the free Drone Assist app, an online Drones Portal with resources for drone operators and providing NQE-level drone training with resident experts.

For more information visit the NATS website

Bureau Veritas and Sky-Futures partnership for new industrial inspection services

Bureau Veritas and Sky-Futures partnership for new industrial inspection services

Pioneering industrial inspection solution

Against the backdrop of an increased focus on health and safety in all commercial disciplines, Bureau Veritas and Sky-Futures have joined forces in a pioneering new partnership designed to take inspection strategy to, quite literally, a whole new level.

Drawing on Bureau Veritas’ vast repertoire as a world-leading inspection company and Sky-Futures’ cutting-edge, drone-based approach to industrial inspection, the new partnership offers customers with a blended inspection capability combining drones, experienced inspectors and Sky-Futures Expanse data platform and data analytics tools.

This new approach, which is now available in the UK and Europe, can drastically aid quality control, reducing the time taken on inspections by allowing hard to access areas to be inspected safely, quickly and cost-effectively. The end product is a total inspection solution that delivers a complete overview of a building’s infrastructure whilst meeting all relevant regulatory requirements.

The adoption of drone technology and data analysis software by companies like Bureau Veritas is driving a safer, more efficient and more valuable inspection capability. Combining hand-held and drone-based data collection presented through a 3D world, the partnership provides a true one-stop shop for businesses seeking to enter into this new age of inspection.

Chris Blackford

Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, Sky-Futures

Already proving a resounding success, the partnership recently came as a big benefit to a multinational customer operating a large manufacturing site in the UK whereby the key areas for inspection included the manufacturing line and the roof. While traditionally this would have involved the slow and costly process of setting up scaffolding, using drones meant the roof could be examined quickly and hassle-free whilst the inspections were taking place inside.

The result was that an inspection that would have typically taken many days and required production to shut down took less than one day of work and was completed in normal running conditions – meaning significantly reduced time and cost for the happy customer.

This really is a game-changer for the inspection industry. Inherently, industrial and commercial production and manufacturing sites are vast and demanding environments, which can make the inspection task a complex and expensive one – that is until now.
Drawing on both of our company’s core strengths, ours as a global leader in safety, and Sky-Futures’ as an innovator in drone technology-based inspection, we are able to offer customers with the most robust, efficient and cost-effective approach to inspection on the market. The response to the partnership has already been fantastic and we look forward to working with many more customers in this new approach in the months to come.

Kyle Veitch

Technical, Quality & Risk Director, North West Europe at Bureau Veritas

About Bureau Veritas

Created in 1828, Bureau Veritas is a global leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC), delivering high-quality services to help clients meet the growing challenges of quality, safety, environmental protection, and social responsibility. As a trusted partner, Bureau Veritas offers innovative solutions that go beyond simple compliance with regulations and standards, reducing risk, improving performance and promoting sustainable development. Bureau Veritas is recognised and accredited by major national and international organizations and works across a wide range of industries worldwide. The UK business is headquartered in Birmingham, has 1200 employees and is based in office locations stretching the length and breadth of the UK. In 2013, the group posted revenues of €3.9 billion; the company has 64,000 employees worldwide, with 1,330 offices and laboratories, in 140 countries. Bureau Veritas is listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (stock symbol: BVI). For more information, please visit Bureau Veritas website

[Infographic] A snapshot of Sky-Futures in 2017

[Infographic] A snapshot of Sky-Futures in 2017

In 2017, we have:

Launched:
– Industry-First Enterprise Drone-To-Go
International Franchise Programme
– Drone and Helicopter inter-operability
Featured in:
– NBC Today – Drones to the rescue! See innovative ways they’re being used to save lives
– Many industry publications including Chemical Engineering
– Commercial Drone FM Podcast – Drone Inspections for Enterprise
Secured major partnerships, investment and framework contracts:
$4m (£3m) investment from Japanese conglomerate Mitsui
Global contract with Eni
Seen a huge increase (300%) in the number of people for drone training across emergency services and Enterprise organisations.
Invited to present at:
– UAV Expos
– TechCrunch
– Industry events
Expanded globally including:
– Australia
– Republic of Congo
– Japan
Launch of ‘Industry-First’ Drone-To-Go Inspection Solution for Enterprise

Launch of ‘Industry-First’ Drone-To-Go Inspection Solution for Enterprise

Drone-To-Go: An industrial inspection drone solution that enables Enterprise to develop and launch a drone capability in just three months

Sky-Futures, the world’s leading provider of drone-based inspection solutions, has today announced the launch of Drone-To-Go, a full package drone solution for Enterprise. The out-of-the-box solution distinguishes itself in the marketplace by providing companies not only with a physical drone capability but also with a complete package including drone pilot training, regulatory support, software and services to ensure Enterprise-ready deployment.

With its new solution, Sky-Futures aims to enable Enterprise to be up and running quickly with a drone-based inspection capability supporting their specific market sector needs. The Sky-Futures solution provides all the tools to get started as well as on-going support as organisations scale up their drone operations.

We’re offering both the strategy and the capability to roll out a programme in less than three months, rather than the 12-18 months minimum of going it alone, which entails a lot more cost. The drones marketplace is still new, and if businesses are going to reap the radical cost and efficiency benefits of drones they need more than the best hardware and software; they also need advice and guidance to embark on the right strategy. So when a company wants a drone inspection capability, we’ll provide a one-stop-shop for everything needed to get up and running in record time, while making our leading drone software available too. James Harrison

Co-founder and CEO, Sky-Futures

Sky-Futures has built a reputation for experience and expertise in the drone marketplace, with its co-founders on the boards of several drone bodies and organisations. Sky-Futures CEO, James Harrison, has worked closely with the UK’s Department of Trade and Industry (DIT) and was invited on a recent UK Prime Minister-led trade mission to Japan. This trip followed investment into Sky-Futures from one of Japan’s largest trading houses, Mitsui & Co. The partnership between Sky-Futures and Mitsui was launched during the UK government trade mission to Japan, with Mitsui investing $4m in Sky-Futures to support continued expansion and product development.

Because this is still a new area, many organisations don’t know or realise the capabilities of drones. Our aim is to help them understand the value and opportunities. We have case studies that highlight significant safety and cost efficiency benefits from drone-based industrial inspections – across oil and gas, utilities, engineering, shipping and other industries. These often result in millions of dollars in savings. With the shift towards Artificial Intelligence, including machine learning and computer vision, we are fundamentally changing the way inspection is done. The technology is truly disruptive and the impact on any organisations’ bottom line and profitably cannot be ignored.
We believe drones are a disruptive technology that will profoundly improve the operations, safety and cost-effectiveness of major business organisations around the world. We see ourselves as a specialist company able to advise and guide in that process, offering expertise and assets that will fundamentally change the way they operate. Our new Drone-To-Go solution is a perfect example of that approach. James Harrison

Co-founder and CEO, Sky-Futures