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Inside Drones (Dec 7th, 2018)

1. India is looking to form a global drone alliance that would standardize drone regulations for countries around the world. "We are looking to form a drone alliance on the lines of Solar Alliance wherein other countries will accept the regulations made collectively,” Shefali Juneja, India's joint secretary at the civil aviation ministry, said during a speech at this week's Global Venture Capital Summit. According to Juneja, India has approached the E.U., Israel, and other countries as they seek support for the alliance's formation. Harmonization of drones rules globally could help fuel growth of the drone industry, she said. - ECONOMIC TIMES

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2. A Florida lawmaker has introduced a bill that would allow law enforcement to use drones for traffic management and controlling crowds. Republican Rep. Clay Yarborough, from Jacksonville, put forward the bill for the upcoming 2019 legislative session. If passed, H.B. 75 would allow judges to issue warrants allowing law enforcement agencies to use drones in cases when there is a high risk of a terrorist attack. - JACKSONVILLE BIZ JOURNAL

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3. Intel used its Falcon 8+ drone to conduct inspections of heavily trafficked bridges in Kentucky and Minnesota. The company collaborated with Kentucky Transportation Cabinet and Michael Baker International to inspect the eight-lane Daniel Carter Beard Bridge, which experiences about 100,000 vehicle crossings daily. The drone images were used to create a 3D model of the structure for future analyses. The company also worked with the Minnesota Department of Transportation and Collins Engineers to expedite an inspection of Minneapolis' Stone Arch Bridge. The use of drones allowed both bridges to remain open during the inspections. - DRONE BELOW

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4. Zomato, an India-based food delivery company, has acquired the drone startup TechEagle. The recent acquisition sets the stage for Zomato to create a drone-powered food delivery network across India. TechEagle develops customized drones that can carry payloads of up to 11 pounds. “We are currently at the early stage of aerial innovations and are taking baby steps towards building a tomorrow wherein users can expect a drone to deliver the food they ordered online," Zomato Founder and CEO Deepinder Goyal said. - QUARTZ

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5. The New York City Police Department chief responded to concerns about the agency's use of 14 drones in search and rescue and other operations. "It's definitely not going to be used for routine patrol. It's definitely not going to be used for traffic. It is never — and I say never, ever — going to be weaponized, so you're never going to hear of tear gas or anything else being on a drone," NYPD Chief of Department Terence Monahan said this week.

6. Drones will conduct maintenance work at a research center in Dübendorf, Switzerland. The drones will autonomously roam the Next Evolution in Sustainable Building Technologies (NEST) Aerial Robotics Hub, which will be located at the NEST research building of the Swiss Federal Laboratories for Materials Science and Technology.

7. Sunflower Labs CEO Alex Pachikov recently showed off the company's drone security system at his home in California. 

8. Reno, Nevada is seeking feedback about the use of drones in the city. Reno partnered with the drone startup Flirtey to conduct a drone test earlier this year, which was part of the federal government's unmanned aerial pilot program.

9. Inmates at Canada's Stony Mountain Institution are using drones to receive deliveries of contraband, which is placing prison staff at risk, according to the Union of Canadian Correctional Officers. "The technologies are so accurate that in some cases they can have them go right up to a window and drop a package in a specific person's hands," said James Bloomfield, the union's prairie regional president.

10. A drone guard system successfully stopped several suspicious UAVs from flying close to the G20 global leaders’ summit in Argentina last week.

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Written and curated by Beth Duckett in California. Editing team: Lon Harris (editor-in-chief at Inside.com, game-master at Screen Junkies), Krystle Vermes (Breaking news editor at Inside, B2B marketing news reporter, host of the "All Day Paranormal" podcast), and Susmita Baral (editor at Inside, recent bylines in NatGeo, Teen Vogue, and Quartz. Runs the biggest mac and cheese account on Instagram).

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