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Thales Pit Stop

Date: 14 January 2016 09:00 - 15 January 2016 17:00

The Digital Catapult wants to hear from any small or medium sized businesses interested in developing innovative approaches to drone use in agriculture for our Pit Stop with technology company Thales happening in January .

This Pit Stop will explore how the capabilities and benefits Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) technology provide can best support improved decision making in the agriculture sector and what intelligence is meaningful and monetisable for farmers, suppliers, analysts and customers. This Pit Stop will also look at how the data which underpins that intelligence can be better gathered and analysed.

Many civil and commercial sectors are seeing the potential benefits from adoption of UAS and a wide range of applications are fast emerging from payload delivery, to surveillance and monitoring to security. What is common across all potential adopters and beneficiaries is a focus on the ‘why’ – the business benefits and operational improvements, which can be generated using UAS capabilities, rather than the ‘how’ – the systems themselves.

One key group of early adopters is in the agriculture sector, where gains in efficiency and effectiveness can be generated not only through more precise, frequent and sophisticated monitoring and surveying, but where UAS borne crop spraying, and other logistics tasks, can commoditise and optimise key parts of the value chain.

How can I get involved?

Over one and a half days through a series of talks and collaborative workshops, participants will get a chance to engage with key stakeholders, industry experts and researchers to discuss and develop innovative approaches to UAS use in agriculture and beyond.

If you are an innovator working in one of the above (or related) areas, please register your interest using the form at the bottom of this page.

Who is Thales?

Thales is a global technology leader for the aerospace, transport, defence and security markets. With 61,000 employees in 56 countries and over 20,000 engineers and researchers, Thales designs and deploys equipment, systems and services to meet the most complex security requirements. Its international footprint allows it to work closely with its customers all over the world.

As a leading provider of safety and assurance technologies to the aerospace industry, and one of Europe’s most advanced UAS companies, Thales has a good understanding of competences and capabilities relating to the safe operation of UAS – both where mature technologies currently exist and where regulatory and engineering challenges remain.