Drone Market Strong for Location Industry

Companies Return to Trade Shows, Starting With AUVSI Xponential

The worldwide market to integrate location capability into unmanned systems that include drones is growing as evidenced by the number of companies making announcements this week at Atlanta’s AUVSI Xponential trade show. For some, the big drone show is their first conference in 16 months.

A big industry topic has been GPS signal jamming—and a drone trade show seems to be a good launching pad for some products.  Honeywell [HON] and InfiniDome are partnering on a new drone sensor to enhance GPS’ resiliency when signals are experiencing blockage or weak.

Saying the GNSS signal is the cornerstone of all UAV/UAS, InfiniDome rolled out its GPSdome 2 Duo, its newest product line delivering GNSS protection for small-medium Class 2-3 UAV/UAS, ground UGV fleets and other manned and unmanned platforms.

Other such companies at u-blox are in Atlanta promoting their PointPerfect location service. The service enables the fast-growing demand for high precision GNSS solutions including autonomous vehicles such as UAVs, the company said.

In a celebrated launch, Qualcomm rolled out its Flight RB5 5G platform to accelerate development for commercial, enterprise, and industrial drones to help enterprises capture data from drone cameras and process that data.

Overall, conferences may be slowly coming back, but at least one is still wary about the long-term pandemic. The Consumer Technology Association this week announced that CES 2022  will require in-person attendees to provide proof of COVID-19 vaccination. CES 2022 will take place in Las Vegas on January 5-8, 2022.

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