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Drone Symposium will get to the core of the drone revolution

29th October 2015

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North-East Drone Symposium
Tuesday, November 3, 2015 at The Core, Newcastle-upon-Tyne
Drone Demo at Science Central, 13.45pm, 3 November


The UK's leading lights in drone technology will gather in Newcastle-upon-Tyne early next month to discuss the latest drone developments that are revolutionising industries as varied as TV and film-making, agriculture, construction and surveying.

A one-day symposium supported by Newcastle’s Cloud Innovation Centre who are promoting Cloud and Big Data technologies across the region, will take place at The Core, a flagship UK science and technology site that is destined to become the powerhouse for sustainable sciences in Newcastle.

Managed by Creative Space Management, The Core was the first building to be completed on Newcastle's Science Central development and houses a cluster of high-growth knowledge-based and research-led businesses with an emphasis on scientific/technical services and products that relate to facets of digital, energy, transport and other businesses that contribute to the evolution of more sustainable cities.

 "The Core focuses on building collaborations around the use of rapidly developing technologies to better manage city challenges.  We are delighted to be able to host the Drone Symposium here at Science Central.  It's already clear that it will draw interest from leading specialists across the UK and it looks set to develop an international audience." Toby Hyam, MD, Creative Space Management.

Science Central will be part of the fabric of the city, a place where local people can work, play and if they choose, live. And while the site is being developed a whole host of opportunities for residents to engage and get involved will develop.

One of the key figures behind the Drone Symposium is Justin Pringle, drone developer with Tyneside firm Drone Ops Ltd and based at The Core, who has designed and built drones for use by clients in the TV and film industry, including the BBC and the makers of Game of Thrones, Star Wars and the James Bond movies.

He said: “You cannot watch any programme on Channel 4, Channel 5, HBO, Sky without
there being an element of drone footage within it.”

New smaller, lightweight cameras mean that TV and film companies don't need to go to the expense of hiring a helicopter and film crew. Instead, they can use small, remotely-controlled drones to carry the cameras and, in so doing, eliminate the problems of camera drift and human error, while also achieving better close proximity shots.

Also, as reported on BBC1's The One Show on September 30, drones are being used in
agriculture to cultivate so-called precision farming, flying over farms with cameras and sensors that allow farmers to detect and map areas of crops that are diseased or weed-infested.

These areas can be earmarked for target-spraying of herbicide, eliminating the need for blanket spraying and cutting costs dramatically.

Elsewhere, drone technology is cutting the risk factors involved in incidents such as gas leaks, with drones carrying tiny sensors that allow escaping gas to be detected from 200m away.

Summing up the use of drone technology, Justin Pringle said: “It's either there as a tool or device to see things, or it's there as a tool or device to prevent people from putting themselves at risk.”

The UK's best technologists, manufacturers, governance experts and most experienced pilots will be in Newcastle for the symposium, when they will receive briefings on the latest developments in this fast-moving industry, with particular focus on the requirements of Government agencies.

The symposium follows a workshop in June 2015 hosted by Professor Atta Badii of the University of Reading with Drone Ops Ltd and CBRNE Ltd which was devoted to understanding the requirements of the emergency services and other Government agencies in the use of Small Unmanned Aerial Systems (SUAS).

Delegates at the Drone Symposium will aim to address a variety of situations relating to a single scenario and storyline which will be used as a reference point during the presentations leading up to a real-time on-site demonstration at 13.45 – 14.30pm on 3 November.

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