Thorny issues around drone compliance and regulation will be a focal point at The Drone Con: A Drone Conference for Professionals, which takes place from 7 to 9 June 2017 at Vodacom World’s Conference Centre. The conference aims to outline a number of challenges that relate to the regulation of drones and unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in the country and to brainstorm solutions to these problems. Other topics of discussion will include debates on emerging technologies in the drone space and the effective use of drone technology during search and rescue operations conducted by South African Police Service (SAPS).
The conference is hosted by United Drone Holdings (UDH), an entrepreneurial-focused drone-service business that offers solutions to commercial and industrial industries looking to optimise workflow, security, and fundamental business functions by using drone technology. One of the business’s core focus areas is training drone pilots and producing committed graduates.
According to UDH CEO, Sean Reitz, South Africa is experiencing an increase in the uptake of drone technology in various industries. In addition to mining and agricultural applications, other key industries such as safety and security, forensics and property are now making use of drone technology.
Keynote speakers at the conference will include Stadler Britz, operations manager at UAV and Drone Solutions, who will discuss the role drones play in the prevention of rhino poaching; Geoffrey Nyaga from Kenyan-based Astral Aerial who will speak on the UAS Traffic Management (UTM) Concept for Africa which recently won an award from the International Air Transport Association (IATA); Daniel Molefe Ralefeta, Transformation and Development chairman of The Aeroclub of South Africa, who will discuss transformation opportunities in the UAV space; and Bryan Verpoort, Hollard Insurance, who will talk on drone insurance and its related risks.
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