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IN DEPTH: Making smart cities a reality with integrated drone solutions

Written by Orpa Haque

June 21, 2018

Despite the fact that a series of road blocks, such as regulations, permissions, costs and public sentiments, have impacted the delivery of drones in cities around the world, leading names from within the industry are looking to change the game and bring drones further into the spotlight.

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Drones and the city of the future

Written by Orpa Haque

May 10, 2018

Nesta’s Flying High Challenge is working with five UK cities to explore the use of drones in the delivery of public services. PublicTechnology talks to programme manager Nishita Dewan to find out more

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Public invited to help with ‘groundbreaking’ drone trials

Written by Orpa Haque

May 4, 2018

West Midlands Combined Authority has issued an invitation for interested people to help design drone technology trials in the region.

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FIVE MINUTES WITH: Nishita Dewan, Nesta’s lead on the Flying High Challenge

Written by Orpa Haque

May 3, 2018

While the programme is still in its first phase, Commercial Drone Professional met with the project’s lead at Nesta, Nishita Dewan, who lifted the lid on the Flying High Challenge’s launch, its development and plans for the future.

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Flying High Challenge lifts the lid on integrating drones into UK cities

Written by Orpa Haque

April 30, 2018

Organisers of Nesta’s Flying High Challenge have disclosed details about the first stage of its project, which looks to integrate commercial drones into urbanised areas in the UK.

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Six ways drones could change your life

Written by Orpa Haque

April 27, 2018

Over the coming years, drones could be one of the most transformative technologies in society, benefiting almost every sector of the economy. We take a look at some of the most striking developments.

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The Flying High Challenge

Written by Orpa Haque

April 27, 2018

April has been a busy month for the Flying High Team. We are working closely with the city technical leads and key organisations to shape the five use cases selected for the technical and economic feasibility studies. The team have also been visiting the cities to develop and facilitate stakeholder workshops, which will provide input into each ‘City Vision’ for the future of drones.

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Will drones be delivering to doorsteps?

Written by Flying High Team

February 23, 2018

The drone on drones has reached fever pitch, yet unmanned aerial vehicles or UAVs are coming of age. Once the bastion of joystick-wielding hobbyists, jail-bound drug smugglers or missile-wielding military wonks, the tech is now taken seriously by industry.

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Southern Daily Echo | Southampton one of five cities to take part in groundbreaking drone project

Written by Flying High Team

February 9, 2018

Southampton has been named as of the new drone capitals of the country. The city is one of five areas in the UK to take part in groundbreaking research into the aerial technology. read more

Prolific North | Preston and Bradford to develop future of drone technology

Written by Flying High Team

February 8, 2018

Preston and Bradford are amongst 5 areas chosen to examine how drone technology could operate within city environments. read more

City AM | Ready for take off: London to explore how drones can be rolled out across the capital

Written by Flying High Team

February 7, 2018

London has been selected as one of five cities to explore in detail how drone technology could be utilised across the UK. read more

Lancashire Evening Post | City is flying high after drone victory

Written by Flying High Team

February 7, 2018

Preston is flying the flag for technology after becoming one of only five national drone technology test centres. read more

BBC | Breakfast Interview

Written by Flying High Team

February 7, 2018

Tris Dyson, Executive Director of the Challenge Prize Centre, appeared on BBC Breakfast to highlight the five cities taking part in the Flying High Challenge. read more

The Telegraph | Drones to tackle traffic and deliver medical supplies in UK cities

Written by Flying High Team

November 27, 2017

"Fleets of civilian drones could soon dart through the skies of UK cities, delivering urgent medical supplies, easing traffic congestion and helping emergency services, according to a Government-backed scheme." read more

The Times | How drones in cities can be a force for good

Written by Flying High Team

November 27, 2017

Drones can be more than just “toys”, a project looking at how they can benefit cities hopes to show.  Local authorities are being asked for their ideas about how drones could be put to use in their areas.

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