Drones Synergies 2018


Drones Synergies 2018, a global conference and capacity building workshops, today concluded at the Zayed University in Dubai. The aim of the two-day event was to see application of latest drone technologies in different fields, particularly in precision agriculture, food security, environmental and natural resource management.

The event was jointly organized by the Zayed University, the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) and the Falcon Eye Drones (FEDS).

In keeping with the spirit of the Year of Zayed, Drones Synergies 2018 was a non-profit and non-commercial event, fully sponsored by its organizers. and complimentary for invited participants.

The event, which was attended by more than 150 participants, was designed to foster technology and data in driving decision making in today’s data-powered economies, highlight further advancements in drone technologies and note the rise of the Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Internet of Things (IoT) that propels different stakeholders to innovate processes, systems, and solutions that shape our future.

Six plenary sessions and twenty capacity building workshops were held at the conference to focus on contemporary and crucial developments related to the drone industry and latest technologies. The event comprised of four practical workshops that included field trials and real drone data acquisition, allowing all delegates to gain and enhance practical experiences.

Using hyperspectral drones for data collection was one of the main attractions during the field sessions at Zayed University and ICBA, which according to drone pilots was first-of-its-kind in the Gulf Cooperation Council (GCC) region.

2017 – The first-of-its-kind drone training in Gulf region for remote sensing

Over 25 participants representing four countries, including 16 participants from the UAE, have recently completed a specialised training course on remote sensing and photogrammetry techniques using aerial images from unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)/Drones.

Held at the International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) from 20 to 29 March 2017, the international training course and workshop on using UAVs for remote sensing and photogrammetry was the first of its kind in the Gulf region.

A team of 13 leading international experts from the USA, Spain, Japan, Canada, Malaysia, the UAE, Saudi Arabia and Bahrain shared knowledge and experience on a wide variety of UAVs and remote sensing. The training course and workshop were organised in partnership between Falcon Eye Drones, UAE, Arabian Gulf University (AGU), Bahrain, International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA), UAE, and BCN Drone Center, Spain.

The course & workshop combined theory and hands-on training with real UAV data sets and case studies of real applications. Falcon Eye Drones together with BCN Drone Center provided practical experience from flight planning to complete photogrammetry workflow to get the final results.

Click play to see the Reality Modelling of ICBA building as a result of the project-based learning.