How Drones Are Influencing the Healthcare System

How Drones Are Influencing the Healthcare System with SkyGrid

It is not an easy endeavor to provide basic healthcare to people. Every day, healthcare professionals, ranging from rescue workers to time-pressed employees in major hospitals, encounter a slew of obstacles—challenges that unmanned aircraft systems, or UAS, can assist them in resolving. 

In addition to being able to contact patients who need emergency care, drones also enable them to transport blood, immunizations, as well as essential devices to remote regions. They can deliver blood across hospital wards and medicine within hospital buildings. They have the potential to revolutionize the healthcare system by improving access to healthcare, reducing costs, and saving lives. 

According to Dr. Jeremy Tucker, the regional medical director at MEP Health, “Drones are going to decrease the reliance on human beings that provide care and decrease the cost of assisting people.”  

Drone technology has taken great strides in recent years and has been demonstrated to be essential for healthcare management. Drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) have tremendous benefits, including prompt results and major features that aid in emergency situations.  


Transporting Blood and Hazardous Compounds  

Materials containing harmful toxins should always be transported appropriately and in accordance with established biohazard standards. Given that it is an established process, this use case does not necessarily address an outstanding requirement in the medical sector. However, it is frequently very costly and, in certain circumstances, time-sensitive.   

Drones are revolutionizing the transportation of blood and hazardous compounds in the healthcare system by providing faster, more efficient, and reliable delivery options. Here are some ways in which drones are influencing this area: 

  1. Improved delivery time: Traditional methods of transportation can be slow, especially in remote or hard-to-reach areas. Drones can help transport blood and hazardous compounds quickly and efficiently, reducing the time between collection and delivery, and ultimately saving lives. 
  2. Increased accessibility: In remote or rural areas, medical supplies can be difficult to transport due to a lack of infrastructure. Drones can fly over these areas, delivering medical supplies directly to their destination, making healthcare more accessible to those in need. 
  3. Enhanced safety: Transporting hazardous compounds can be dangerous, putting people at risk. Drones can reduce the risk of accidents by removing the need for road transport, which can be unpredictable and dangerous. 
  4. Cost-effective: Drones are a cost-effective transportation option, as they require minimal infrastructure and can be operated by a small team. This can help reduce the cost of medical transportation and ultimately make healthcare more affordable. 

In recent years, several organizations and companies have been exploring the use of drones for medical transport. For example, Zipline, a California-based company, uses drones to deliver medical supplies, including blood and vaccines, to remote areas in Rwanda and Ghana. Another company, Vayu, is working with the Indian government to deliver vaccines and medical supplies to remote areas in the country. 


Vaccine and Medicine Delivery 

Drones are also playing a significant role in the delivery of vaccines and medicines in the healthcare system. In many parts of the world, access to healthcare services and medical supplies is limited due to a lack of infrastructure or difficult terrain. This is particularly true in rural and remote areas, where the delivery of vaccines and medicines can be a major challenge. 

Drones offer a solution to this problem by providing a fast, reliable, and cost-effective means of transporting medical supplies, including vaccines and medicines. For example, in 2016, the Rwandan government began using drones to deliver blood supplies to rural health clinics, reducing the delivery time from several hours to just 30 minutes. 

In 2020, during the COVID-19 pandemic, drones were used to deliver medical supplies, including COVID-19 test kits, personal protective equipment (PPE), and vaccines, in many parts of the world. Moreover, the World Health Organization (WHO) has identified the use of drones for vaccine delivery as a key priority in achieving universal health coverage, particularly in hard-to-reach areas. 



Diagnostics is one of the main applications of drones. When a patient’s sample is collected, it must be delivered to the lab, and the analysis must be completed within a certain duration, which may be as little as two hours because some diagnostic techniques are temperature and time-critical. Alienated populations play an important role here, and there is a developing and expanding market for UAVs. 

The very same diagnostic procedures may not be commonly accessible at every institution, clinic, or even chemist, so shuttles are frequently dispatched back and forth between medical institutions. A drone’s long-range, dexterity, and capacity enable it to undertake diagnostic tests under time constraints and has the potential to significantly improve patient outcomes by providing faster and more reliable delivery of medical samples for testing and analysis. 


Organ Transfers 

The necessity for extremely quick conveyance, such as private aircraft charter or helicopter, is essential given the constrained time window to deliver transplants from donor to patient, which is typically within 4–36 hours, depending on the organ type. Transplant transportation can be accelerated, more efficient, and affordable through the use of drones. In some remote or inaccessible areas, getting an organ to a patient in need quickly can be a challenge. Drones can potentially reduce transport time and increase the success of organ transplants. 

For example, in 2019, a test flight was conducted by the University of Maryland Medical Center to transport a kidney for transplant using a drone. The drone flew a distance of 2.8 miles, carrying the organ in a temperature-controlled container, and successfully delivered it to the recipient. 

While still in the experimental stage, the use of drones for organ transfers has the potential to save lives and increase the success rates of transplants by reducing transport times and ensuring the organs are kept at the right temperature during transport. However, further research and development are needed to ensure the safety and reliability of this technology in the healthcare system. 

Despite the many benefits of drones in healthcare, there are also challenges that need to be addressed. One of the main challenges is the need for regulations and policies governing the use of drones in healthcare. There is also a need for proper training and certification of drone pilots and operators, as well as the development of safety protocols. 

In conclusion, drones have the potential to transform the healthcare system by improving access to healthcare, reducing costs, and saving lives. From transporting blood and hazardous compounds to delivering vaccines and medicine, drones are revolutionizing how healthcare is delivered. And with diagnostics and organ transfers also being done using drones, it’s clear that this technology is here to stay. As technology continues to advance and regulations are put in place, we can expect to see even more innovative uses of drones in the healthcare system. 

To read more about Skygrid’s efforts to dive deeper into the benefits of drones in healthcare management, visit us here. 

Enhancing Night Operations and Public Safety using UAV Systems

Enhancing Night Operations and Public Safety using UAV Systems

Occupations in public safety agencies are inherently hazardous, with first responders such as police officers, firefighters, paramedics, and search and rescue personnel required to rush towards danger while others flee. However, drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are playing a crucial role in reducing the risks associated with these jobs, offering a range of benefits for public safety workers. They open up new possibilities for this industry’s many and varied facets. Drone technology will allow the public sector to work more efficiently, which will help them be of better service. 

Drones have shown to be a competent, sensible, and cost-effective solution when used alongside state-run initiatives. State-run endeavors usually include infrastructure, health care and welfare, nature conservation, law enforcement, public security, disaster response, night operations, and other industrial businesses. These drone technologies are truly groundbreaking, and when combined with AI, can be largely beneficial for these use cases. 

In the following sections, we will explore the ways in which drones are providing safety benefits for three key public safety categories, highlighting the specific advantages they offer for each profession’s daily operations. 


Law Enforcement 

Modern developments in automation show how law enforcement can benefit from the right technology. As drone technology has been sweeping the globe, law enforcement might stand to gain a lot from the deployment of these unpiloted aerial devices.  

Police departments across the United States are rapidly adopting drones to improve officer safety. Drones provide real-time aerial data that can guide decision-making in dangerous situations, such as pursuing fleeing suspects or processing accident scenes more quickly. Additionally, drones can create detailed maps of popular locations, such as schools or malls, that may be targeted in an active shooter scenario. Drones can also enter dangerous areas that are inaccessible to officers, like buildings after an explosion or areas with an active shooter. Finally, drones can assist in disaster response efforts by helping police navigate their response to emergencies and locate victims in need of rescue.

Night Operations  

Visual assessment is clearly a time-consuming, laborious procedure that necessitates a significant amount of effort throughout the night. Drones’ effective built-in abilities make it possible to undertake airborne inspections with proficiency. Data is collected through UAV surveillance with speed, reliability, and consistency. Drone deployment during night operations is cost-effective since it saves time and energy.  

As aforementioned, law enforcement is able to substantially benefit from the deployment of drones. Not just during the day, but with sophisticated lenses and thermal imaging, drones can prevent crimes, report incidents, and locate criminals much faster than humans. Their capabilities extend not only to crime detection but also to natural disasters that occur during the night, such as forest fires.  


Assessing Public Infrastructure  

Because hazardous conditions can result in tragedies that lead to a loss of life as well as other assets, secure and efficient public infrastructure is vital. Without hesitation, it must be said that a nation’s roads are determined by its assessment of its development rate. On this basis, managing the maintenance of our roads, railways, motorways, and other similarly designed facilities becomes crucial.  

Unfortunately, the upkeep might be costly, making it a challenging task. However, technological solutions offer sufficient capabilities to aid in overcoming these challenges. By keeping an eye on the roads as they’re being built, the use of drone technology can help overcome these difficulties. 

Workers are encouraged to use drones for creating essential infrastructure because of the advantages of 3D modeling, UAV data compiling, and recording breathtaking aerial photographs. Drones’ high-resolution cameras and sensors enable them to acquire intricate points, especially in remote locations where physical access is restricted. Drones can also spot fractures and other problematic circumstances, safeguarding the well-being and security of the general public.  



Firefighters face significant risks when fighting fires, and drones can provide crucial support to make their work safer and more effective. By gathering data remotely on the state of an active fire, firefighters can understand how it’s burning, whether anyone is still inside that needs to be rescued, and other key details to guide their efforts. 

One way drones are making work safe for firefighters is by helping them locate victims who may be in need of rescue. This is particularly important in structure fires, where searching for people can be very dangerous. By flying into a building or other areas that are inaccessible or hazardous to human responders, a caged indoor drone can help identify smoldering areas via aerial thermography that may not be visible to the naked eye. 

Drones can also fly over ongoing fires and provide crucial visual data to guide firefighting efforts. This includes information on where the fire is moving and thermal data to show where it’s burning the hottest. This data can keep firefighters safe by helping them avoid the more dangerous hot spots in an active fire. 

Another important way drones are assisting firefighters is by assessing the risk of entering a burning building or other structure. Using indoor drones, firefighters can assess the risk of building collapse before entering and look for dangerous hot spots using aerial thermography that might not be visible otherwise. This helps ensure the safety of the firefighters and increases their efficiency. 


Emergency Management Workers 

Drones are not just beneficial for firefighters and police officers, but also for emergency management workers such as EMTs, paramedics, and search and rescue teams. Although these workers may not use drones as frequently, they still see significant safety advantages from drone usage. 

One of the ways that drones make work safer for emergency management workers is their ability to locate missing individuals. Searching for a person who has wandered off, been thrown from a car at night, or hasn’t returned from a hike can be dangerous situations for first responders. However, using a thermal drone, they can quickly locate the missing person without having to bushwhack through unknown terrain in the dark, reducing the risk of injury for both the missing person and those searching for them. 

Another benefit of drones for emergency management workers is through deliveries. Drones can deliver medical supplies or other essential materials during an emergency, which can help EMTs avoid exposing themselves to potentially dangerous situations. For instance, during the peak of the COVID-19 pandemic, medical personnel could use drones to make food and medical deliveries while standing at a safe distance. 


To read more about SkyGrid’s efforts to dive deeper into the benefits of drones in night operations, visit us here. 

UAS Night Operations: Recreational and Part 107 Pilots

SkyGrid Flight Control LAANC 44809 Nighttime Operations

Nighttime flights can provide drone pilots with new opportunities and perspectives and are sometimes essential for tasks such as security monitoring or search and rescue missions. Whether you’re seeking a unique photo opportunity, or it is critical to your operations, it’s possible to fly your drone safely and reliably at night. However, it is crucial to understand the regulations governing nighttime drone flights to ensure compliance with the law. To learn everything, you need to know about flying drones at night, have a look at our comprehensive guide. 


What are the Part 107 rules for flying at night? 

Part 107 licensed drone pilots are permitted to conduct nighttime operations as long as they meet two requirements. Firstly, they must have completed either an online recurrent training or an updated initial knowledge test. Secondly, their drones must be equipped with anti-collision lighting that is visible for at least three statute miles and flashing at a rate that is sufficient to avoid collisions.  

If you do not currently hold a Part 107 license, the application process remains unchanged. With night operations allowed, you can expect some of the questions in the knowledge test to touch on how to fly drones at night and the risks associated with it. To help you prepare for the knowledge test, Pilot Institute’s Part 107 Made Easy course can help you pass the FAA Part 107 drone license test. The FAA Safety website offers a variety of other training modules that may be valuable to drone pilots and worth exploring. 


What are the recreational drone pilot rules for flying at night? 

Recreational drone pilots don’t need a license to fly their drones at night. However, when flying drones at night, all of the standard daytime flight rules apply. Pilots still need to fly below 400 feet Above Ground Level (AGL), maintain visual line of sight (VLOS), and their drones must be equipped with operational anti-collision lights, which can be seen for 3 statute miles and have a flash rate sufficient to avoid a collision.  


Flying at night in controlled airspace 

Part 107 drone pilots can take advantage of a LAANC system that allows for night operations in controlled airspace. By submitting a request through LAANC, pilots can receive authorization to fly at night as long as they specify the hours during which they plan to operate their drone. Keep in mind that all other regulations on night operations still apply when flying in controlled airspace. 

Starting on February 20, 2023, recreational flyers may now apply for near real-time airspace authorizations to operate at night through LAANC. It’s important to note that recreational flyers must meet the requirements of the Exception for Limited Operations of Unmanned Aircraft and follow the safety guidelines of FAA-Recognized Community Based Organizations (CBO’s). 

With the release of LAANC v6.2 on the SkyGrid Flight Control platform recently, we hope you have had a chance to update your app and try out the new LAANC at night functionality. This version of LAANC allows recreational pilots to request authorization to operate during the night in controlled airspace directly in the SkyGrid Flight Control app 


What anti-collision lights should you use? 

Anti-collision lights are designed to make drones visible to any manned aircraft flying overhead, which is why they are installed on the top of the drone. The lights are not primarily intended to make the drone visible to the drone pilot, although it is a bonus if they are bright enough to be visible from the ground. The main purpose is to ensure that other aircraft in the vicinity can see the drone and avoid a potential collision. There are four things to look out for when looking for appropriate anti-collision lights:  

  1. Regularity of light (i.e., light is blinking/strobe) 
  2. Color of light (i.e., light is white or red) 
  3. Do the lights comply with the 3-statute mile visibility requirement of the FAA? 
  4. How well do the lights perform when mounted at the top of the drone? 

Getting your lights right is essential not just to avoid colliding with another drone but to avoid endangering a manned flight. Many companies sell after-market lighting solutions for popular drone brands. Pilot Institute has tested some of the most popular anti-collision lights and compared their features and visibility at night in this article. 


Tips to ensure safe and FAA-compliant operations when flying a UAS at night: 
  • Make sure your anti-collision light is on and visible from up to 3 miles away before take-off to maintain FAA compliance and aid in visibility of the aircraft. After-market lighting solutions are available from companies such as LumeCube, which has a good reputation 
  • To compensate for night blind spots, try looking 5 to 10 degrees off-center of the sUAS 
  • Consider designating one or more visual observers (VOs) to scan for other aircraft or obstacles during your operation 
  • Remember that night operations are defined as any operation that takes place between evening and morning civil twilight. This is important to keep in mind as you plan your flight.  
  • Establish a well-lit night landing area 
  • Immediately land the UAS if you cannot determine its location relative to other aircraft. 


The ability to fly drones at night without the need for waivers has significantly improved the capabilities of drone pilots. After a transitional period, this benefit has also been extended to controlled airspace through quick and efficient LAANC requests. This increased flexibility has not only benefited drone pilots, but it has also reduced the workload for the FAA by eliminating the need for waiver processing. 

This is just one example of how drone legislation is rapidly evolving. The FAA’s support of the growing drone community is evident through this change. As drone pilots, it’s important to comply with the rules to ensure safe nighttime operations. 

To benefit from enhanced and unprecedented access to the airspace like never before, download SkyGrid Flight Control for free today. 

Benefits of Drone Automation in Railway Monitoring

Benefits of Drone Automation in Railway Monitoring with SkyGrid

The use of drones has significantly increased in the past decade, and it has been implemented across various sectors. Communications relay, search and rescue missions, disaster response, asset protection, healthcare, agriculture, and firefighting are some of the various sectors and industries in which the usage of drones has provided encouraging results of increased safety, reliability, and efficiency. 

With the integration of advanced technologies such as Artificial Intelligence, Machine Learning, and Blockchain, drones and other Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) have made it into mainstream use. Drones reduce the need for human interference, leading to decreased margins of error. When the need for a pilot is further eliminated, drones have been effectively used to carry out tasks that range from the mundane to those that are too dangerous for human involvement.  

Across the globe, drones have revolutionized railway operations by providing a bird’s eye view of the tracks. The introduction of drone technology has created new opportunities for railway operators, offering enhanced safety and reliability through their dependable support. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are being utilized to thoroughly inspect railway infrastructure, ensuring secure and reliable transportation for both passengers and freight. 

In the Railway industry, drones have become an indispensable tool for maintaining stable inspection systems. They are utilized to monitor critical railway infrastructure, including high-voltage electrical lines, catenary lines, tracks, and switching points. With the assistance of drone technology, extensive imagery is captured to expedite the detection of defects, cracks, and other potential hazards. Frequent inspections ensure enhanced railway security, reliability, and scheduled performance. Improved productivity results in reduced costs and overall efficiency within the industry.

The Use of Advanced Technologies for Enhanced Performance 

In most industries that rely on human competency for the upkeep of operations, the result is often irregular and incorrect monitoring systems, with the possibility of errors being overlooked. This is reflected in the railway industry, as significant derailments are caused by human error and negligence. The conventional railway inspection systems relied on workers to use automated vehicles for inspection. This was unreliable at best and, at worst, jeopardized the safety of workers. 

 The improved model of inspection combines several methods such as: 

  • Optical techniques 
  • Eddy current testing to inspect surfaces for cracks and flaws 
  • Ultrasonic system 
  • Electromagnetic inspection 

The advancement of technology and its implementation have allowed for the refinement of these methods. Drones integrate these methods to provide a number of benefits to the railway industry. 

  • Railway planning through digital mapping techniques like photogrammetry and LiDAR 
  • Railway inspection is made easier by implementing drones that can help railway companies massively streamline the process 
  • Monitoring of construction and electrical works to track the progress of a project 
  • Automated collection of high-resolution data at centimeter-level accuracy 
  • Surveillance, especially at night, can be done with thermal sensors that can pick up unusual or suspicious activity 
  • Emergency damage assessment needs to be carried out as soon as possible in the aftermath of a disaster. Along with time, urgency is placed on accuracy. Drones can carry out a rapid, complete inspection of railways.  

 In addition to these benefits, drones also offer increased safety and greater cost and time effectiveness.  


Methods of Capturing Inspection Data Using Drones 

The drone industry can reinforce this newer, more efficient system by integrating drones with advanced technologies to create better inspection methods. Capturing inspection data is done by several procedures.  

One of these is HSV (hue, saturation, and value) color extraction. Images captured through drones can often have their quality compromised due to the influence of harsh weather conditions or simply because images produced at different times can vary in quality. 

To overcome this and produce high-quality images, the images obtained are converted into HSV models. The RGB color model is interpreted, and colors are expressed according to their hue, saturation, and value. 

An obstacle to railway transportation safety is the presence of foreign objects that can prove to be fatal. With the use of technologies such as deep learning, object detection can be reliably done with drones to detect the presence of foreign objects and alert the relevant authorities to have them removed. 

Similar to object detection, railway track and edge detection employ the use of various software. Railway track detection traces the edges of a railway to remove the possibility of a foreign object being mistaken as part of the track. After the edges of the railway track are defined, edge detection systems further enhance the detection of foreign objects by discerning between the tracks, the background, and surrounding details. 

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) provides additional guidance for drones to safely maneuver their way around airspace and over the whole region of railway tracks. The use of drones to detect damages in railway tracks represents a significant step forward for the industry. What was once the exclusive responsibility of human inspectors is now being supported by supplementary platforms such as artificial intelligence and drone technology. Critical components such as rails, sleepers, and fasteners are meticulously scrutinized for potential defects, including deformed rails and broken sleepers, which could cause severe damage if left unresolved. These inspection methods utilize a range of techniques, including crack detection, peeling, scratches, folds, broken rails, scars, and more. UAVs have emerged as an essential tool for enhancing traditional railway inspection systems, improving effectiveness and efficiency while minimizing disruptions. 

SkyGrid has used a combination of advanced technologies to offer a new approach to UTMs. To learn more about the technology behind our products, visit us here. 

Understanding Fleet Maintenance Data


Companies carrying out fleet operations should and are constantly on the lookout for ways to improve their performance. Even smaller changes can create a domino effect that leads to huge savings across a company’s overall operation. UPS, a company operating a fleet on a massive scale, estimates that reducing the distance its trucks drive by just one mile per driver per day over one year could save the company up to $50 million.

One way to find room for performance improvement is by monitoring a fleet’s maintenance data. Maintenance data makes up a significant part of the operational data of drone fleets. Understanding the role of fleet maintenance data, ways to collect it, and how to make the best of it helps monitor the performance of fleet operations and how aspects such as safety and efficiency of fleet operations can be improved.


Growing Use of Commercial Drones

The commercial use of drones has steadily been increasing over the last few years and is expected to grow in both the near and far future. The use of drones can enhance the agility and productivity of existing operations of organizations that wish to implement them. One example of this is within the trucking industry. Along with the fleet of trucks that are already integral to a trucking company’s operations, drones are being incorporated to increase the security of operations, among other uses.


Improving the Efficiency of Drone Fleets Using Data

We live in an increasingly data-driven world, and operations across industries are already relying on the use of data to gather critical insights for further growth and success of companies. Drones add to the data collection and enhance data operations. This leads to improved operations and reduced waste.

Drones provide cost-effective, reliable, and high-quality aerial data that can help companies in innumerable ways. Here are a few.


1. Stricter Monitoring

Drones are being used to monitor workplaces and have already been implemented on construction sites. They can be used to ensure protocols are being followed, productivity is being sustained, safety measures are being followed, employees are enacting company procedures correctly (reporting time card hours, for instance), and timely maintenance is being carried out.

The perks of employing drones for any necessary monitoring instead of relying on humans include drones’ ability to cover a lot more ground than a human in the same amount of time. The data collected is also a lot more reliable, with high-quality footage recorded and available for future reference.


2. Faster Stock Management

Maintaining warehouse inventories is a labor-intensive and drawn-out process that can take up to a month. Using drones instead of manual labor can bring this down to a day. Retail giant Walmart has reportedly already implemented the use of drones for asset tracking, cycle counting, and better inventory management overall in their distribution centers. Drones were capable of taking 30 images per second.

Normally, employees would use forklifts to go through each rack in each aisle and make sure everything is in order. Now, drones can mimic the movement of forklifts and develop a more efficient inventory management strategy for companies.


3. Quicker, More Reliable Inspections

Just as with stock management, drones are replacing the need for manual labor when it comes to infrastructure and equipment inspections. This replacement has become prevalent in a number of industries, including construction, insurance, and engineering.

The first, more obvious benefit of employing drones for inspections is the quick collection of visual data. Drones can also venture into zones that are difficult or unsafe for workers to be in. There are various innovative technologies integrated into drones that help them to detect inefficiencies or damages much quicker.


4. Prevalent Implementation of Drones

The widespread use of drones is expected to continue across industries since the benefits are almost endless. SkyGrid is one of the pioneers in the drone industry and is proud to have developed the world’s first airspace system built on the latest technologies such as artificial intelligence and blockchain. With over a century’s worth of aviation experience, the company has targeted unmet needs that present new and innovative solutions. 

To read more about our journey and our products, visit us here!

Cybersecurity Threats Within UAV Systems

AI-powered cybersecurity solution from SkyGrid

The Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) recently projected that the number of commercial UAS vehicles could reach 835,000 by 2025 – a dramatic expansion compared to current numbers. However, as the technology behind UAVs continues to advance and their popularity in commercial and military applications increases so does the potential for malicious actors to exploit them.

With the emergence of new technologies, such as autonomous flight capabilities, UAVs are vulnerable to a variety of cyberattacks. This blog will explore the factors that make UAVs vulnerable to cyberattacks, the potential impacts of such attacks, and methods for mitigating the risk. 


Exploring the Threat of Cybersecurity and Drones 

The vulnerability of UAVs to cyberattacks is mainly due to their reliance on wireless communications and their tendency to be operated from a distance. As such, they are more susceptible to interception, spoofing, and hijacking by malicious actors. In addition, the data transmitted between UAVs and their operators can be intercepted and used to gain access to sensitive information or networks. The potential impact of drone-based cyberattacks is far-reaching, as they can be used to disrupt operations and cause significant financial losses, making it a growing concern in both commercial and military applications.  


Factors Contributing to the Growing Drone Threat  

The primary factors that contribute to the growing drone threat include:

  • The increasing sophistication of UAV technology: With the continued advancement of UAV  technology, malicious actors have more opportunities for target acquisition and exploitation.  
  • Low cost and high mobility: UAVs are attractive due to their relatively low cost and high mobility.  
  • Lack of awareness: Many users lack knowledge or awareness of the potential security threats posed by UAVs.  
  • Inadequate security measures: Many UAV systems lack adequate security measures such as encryption or authentication protocols.  


Potential Impact of Drone-Based Cyberattacks  

The potential impacts of drone-based cyber attacks can range from data theft and disruption of services to physical damage or injury. Malicious actors may use drones to gain access to sensitive data or disrupt operations by interfering with communications or navigation systems. Additionally, physical damage or injury may occur due to a drone weaponized with explosives or other hazardous materials.  


How to Mitigate the Risk of Drone-Based Cybersecurity Attacks   

In order to mitigate the risks associated with drone-based cybersecurity attacks, organizations should establish procedures for detecting and responding to drone activity, as well as utilize counter-UAS technologies and comprehensive cybersecurity solutions. 

1. Establishing Procedures 

Organizations should establish protocols for detecting and responding to drone-related activities. This includes establishing an appropriate response plan for responding to a possible attack as well as training personnel on how to recognize suspicious activity or threats associated with drone usage. Additionally, organizations should ensure that all personnel involved in monitoring drones are aware of their responsibilities when it comes to reporting any suspicious activity that is observed. 

2. Utilizing Counter-UAS Technologies 

Organizations can also utilize counter-UAS technologies in order to detect and disrupt malicious drones before they can cause any harm. These technologies can include radar systems that detect drones in the area or specialized jamming devices that can disrupt a drone’s communication link with its operator. 

3. Adopting Comprehensive Cybersecurity Solutions 

Organizations should also adopt comprehensive cybersecurity solutions that can detect malicious activity on their networks and prevent it from making its way onto their drones or executing on their computer systems. AI-powered cybersecurity solutions can be used to detect malicious activity on edge, allowing organizations to quickly detect any potential threats and take steps to mitigate them before they become an issue. 

A “defense in depth” strategy used in conjunction with machine learning technologies can offer a multitude of levels of safety. Unlike conventional anti-malware techniques, which continue to rely on signatures of recognized threats, intelligent cybersecurity alternatives provide more advanced airborne protection. The AI-powered cybersecurity solution from SkyGrid combines revolutionary machine-learning algorithms and a tiered defense technique instead of well-known signatures, biases, or other antiquated regulation methods to identify potential threats. In addition to shielding drones against possible attacks, DeepArmor’s monitoring engine uses cutting-edge classifiers to anticipate zero-day attacks, inevitably boosting defense.   



As the use of UAVs continues to increase, so does the potential risk posed by malicious actors exploiting them for their own gain. Organizations should be aware of the factors that contribute to this threat and take proactive steps toward mitigating it. This can be achieved by establishing procedures for detecting and responding to drone activity, utilizing counter-UAS technologies, and adopting comprehensive cybersecurity solutions. By doing so, organizations can reduce their risk from cyberattacks associated with UAVs and ensure that their operations are secure from malicious threats. 


SkyGrid, is taking this new, intelligent approach to security by employing AI to detect and prevent cyberattacks from impacting a drone, a payload, or a ground station. Discover more by visiting us today! 

SkyGrid’s Vision for the future of Drones: Interview with Zehra Akbar

SkyGrid's vision

SkyGrid is a Boeing, SparkCognition company enabling the future of mobility. Based in Austin, Texas, SkyGrid is delivering a platform capable of providing safe airspace operations, including unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) traffic management (UTM) solutions ⎯ a critical step toward integrating unmanned aircraft into complex, rapidly changing airspace.

As the first AI and blockchain-powered unmanned aerial operating system, SkyGrid’s intelligent system monitors, predicts, and adapts to changes in environment conditions, aircraft performance, and regulatory dynamics to safely enable a wide variety of UAS-enabled services, including package delivery, industrial inspections, and emergency assistance.

In this interview, Zehra Akbar, Chief Strategy Officer at SkyGrid, discusses SkyGrid’s work with partners such as NASA, Wisk, and Lift Aircraft. SkyGrid’s goal is to enable the safe operation of drones and eVTOL aircraft in the same airspace for various use cases, including search and rescue missions, solar farm inspections, remote launch and planning, and more.



Looking to the future, Zehra Akbar predicts significant growth in both small and large drone usage in the next 4 to 5 years and sees the potential for passenger and cargo flights to generate revenue. Check out this DroneTalk with Zehra Akbar to learn more about the advantages provided by our system and who benefits the most from them.

Surface Damage Detection for Wind Turbines Using Drones

wind turbine inspection with drone

In the renewable energy industry, wind turbines are becoming increasingly important for generating power, and are an invaluable resource for both large and small-scale operations. But as with any technology, wind turbines can suffer from wear and tear due to harsh weather conditions, which can affect their performance and efficiency. That’s why it’s important to be able to detect potential damage and take corrective action before it becomes a major issue. One way to do this is by using drones to detect surface damage.  

Drones are becoming increasingly popular for a variety of applications, from photography to surveying, and they can be used to detect surface damage on wind turbines. By equipping drones with automated drone flight planning, advanced imaging technology, Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Machine Learning (ML) algorithms, they can be used as an efficient tool for surface damage detection of wind turbines.

In this blog, we’ll discuss the benefits of using drones for surface damage detection and the technology involved in their use. 


Drone Automation and Flight Planning  

One of the key aspects of using drones for surface damage detection is that it can be done quickly and efficiently with minimal human intervention. This is possible thanks to automated flight planning and navigation software. Automated flight planning software simplifies the process of drone flight planning by allowing operators to specify a flight path, altitude, speed, and other parameters with just a few clicks. This makes it easy to quickly inspect multiple turbines in a single flight without having to manually program each one.

In addition to automated flight planning software, AI and machine learning can be used to further optimize a drone’s flight path by analyzing weather conditions and avoiding obstacles. This allows drones to fly more efficiently while also ensuring that they are able to capture accurate data. 

Benefits of Using Drones for Surface Damage Detection  

Drones have many benefits over the traditional approaches outlined above, including the elimination of human hazards, a 70% reduction in testing time, and the avoidance of the need to close down windmills for extended periods of time as is necessary with human assessments. 


Improved Safety 

Drones allow operators to inspect turbines without putting personnel at risk. This is especially important in hazardous conditions such as high winds or extreme temperatures. 

Improved safety also means addressing the different functionalities of drones that would address various issues without putting human lives in danger. For instance, when it comes to surface damage detection, there are certain features that you will want to consider when choosing a drone. You will also want to make sure that the drone is equipped with high-quality sensors to detect even the smallest signs of damage on the surface of the turbine. This relieves the human inspection team from the duty of physically accessing sites under challenging conditions.  


Increased Cost Savings 

Drones can reduce labor costs associated with manual inspections and reduce travel expenses since they can be operated remotely from anywhere in the world. The automated drone flight planning system ensures that the drone follows a pre-defined flight path, enabling it to capture images from all angles and at different heights. This helps to identify potential defects in hard-to-reach areas that may not be visible from the ground. Moreover, the AI and ML algorithms help to identify any anomalies in the data collected by drones, further reducing costly errors. 


Minimized Downtime 

Drones can quickly detect potential surface damage on wind turbines so that corrective action can be taken before it becomes an issue, helping to minimize downtime and keep operations running smoothly.  They can quickly cover a large area and collect high-resolution images of the turbines’ surface. The images can then be analyzed to detect any signs of damage or wear. The systems can be further enhanced with thermal cameras to detect temperature variations in the turbine’s components. The improved accuracy and speed surpass the capabilities of human personnel, eliminating any associated delays. 



Drone automation is revolutionizing the way we inspect wind turbines. AI-driven drone solutions are now being used to probe these structures efficiently, ensuring reliability while keeping workers safe from hazardous conditions on-site. This innovative approach not only lessens maintenance costs but also reduces downtime, paving the way for endless possibilities in renewable energy inspection processes. As drone technology continues to advance, we can expect this type of inspection to become even more efficient and reliable in the future. 

Discover how SkyGrid is revolutionizing the way surface damage detection for wind turbines is managed. With drones and cutting-edge technology, explore what makes this process a safer reality by visiting us now! 

Dams & Drones: Inspecting Critical Infrastructure from the Air

dam inspection with drone explains that with an average life expectancy of more than 53 years, there are over 94,000 dams in the U.S. These dams offer sufficient water for irrigation, ensure flood mitigation, recreational activities, improved quality of water, and in some cases, sustainable, fuel electricity generation when coupled with hydropower producing equipment.

The importance of inspecting these dams and other critical infrastructure cannot be understated. Regularly inspecting critical infrastructure is essential for ensuring the safety of citizens and the environment. This is especially pertinent when it comes to dams and other large-scale infrastructure projects. Dams that are not properly maintained can collapse, leading to injury, death, and property damage.  In order to reduce the risk of a catastrophic failure or other damages, it’s important to regularly inspect these structures. In recent years, drone operations have become a popular method for performing these inspections. 

The Basics of Drone Technology & Its Use for Infrastructure Inspections 

Drones can be used to inspect dams and other critical infrastructure in a safe and efficient manner. By using drones, inspectors can remotely observe and assess the structure, which can be especially useful for large and complex structures.

They are typically equipped with cameras and sensors that allow operators to capture high-resolution images and data. This technology is incredibly useful for inspecting infrastructure projects such as dams and bridges. Drones can fly over and around these structures and capture detailed images and data that can be used to assess their condition and identify any potential problems.

Additionally, drone controls can be used to survey inaccessible areas of the structure that would otherwise be difficult or dangerous to inspect. With the help of drone operations, inspectors can quickly identify any problems or hazards and take action to address them before any injury or damage occurs.

Benefits of Utilizing Drones for Infrastructure Inspections 

Using drones for infrastructure inspections offers a number of benefits.

Speed and efficiency: It’s a much faster and more efficient process than traditional methods. Drones can cover larger areas in less time, which allows engineers to quickly identify any potential problems before they become major issues.  

Improved safety: Drone operations are much safer than sending workers out to manually inspect these structures. 

Cost savings: Another benefit of using drones for infrastructure inspections is that it can save both time and money. By reducing the amount of time spent on manual inspections, drone automation can reduce labor costs and allow engineers to focus their resources on other tasks. 

Enhanced accuracy: Drones provide enhanced accuracy compared to manual inspections. They can detect even small issues that might otherwise be missed by workers. This allows engineers to quickly identify and address any problems with the infrastructure. 


Case Studies: Examples of Successful Drone Inspections of Dams & Other Critical Infrastructure 

Electricity is supplied to Seattle via the Diablo Dam, which is managed by Seattle City Light. They recently added drone assessments to standard dam safety evaluations by utilizing contemporary surveillance drones.

A two-hour flight to the embankment dam, and floodgates, generated more than 80 million data points, demonstrating the efficacy of the drone inspections. A 3-D model was produced to represent the UAVs’ assessment using this data. The high-resolution simulation model of the embankment was created using the data gathered by the drone, and it has been utilized to find probable surficial fractures. The data gathered by drones is being employed in conjunction with AI and machine learning techniques to “train” drones to consistently recognize damage.

The Future of Drones & Dams: What’s Next?  

As drone technology continues to advance, it will become even more useful for inspecting critical infrastructure projects such as dams and bridges. Automation technology is already being used to streamline drone operations, allowing them to cover larger areas in less time while also reducing the risk of human error. Additionally, advances in artificial intelligence (AI) are allowing drones to make more accurate assessments of infrastructure projects without human input. 

Conclusion: The Need for Drone Technology in Infrastructure Inspections 

Inspecting critical infrastructure is essential for keeping citizens and the environment safe from potential disasters. Drones have become an invaluable tool for performing these inspections quickly and safely. Drone technology is quickly becoming a powerful tool for evaluating the well-being of large-scale projects, such as dams. With continued progress in this area, drones promise to revolutionize how we inspect and maintain these vital structures. The future of drone automation and dams looks bright, and it’s clear that this technology will play an important role in keeping our world safe and secure.

To read more about SkyGrid’s efforts to dive deeper into dam assessment using drone automation, visit us here. 

Benefits of Using Drones for Disaster Management

drones disaster management

Catastrophic events and disasters are inevitable, necessitating the implementation of proactive measures and emergency response protocols. A transformation in the field of disaster management and control is urgently needed. 

Disaster management has been one of the government’s biggest challenges. The effectiveness of disaster management mostly rests on quick response times and initiatives when providing assistance. The type and severity of the crisis necessitate different safety precautions, which eventually determine the fate of those impacted. We can assess the extent of the crisis through a variety of methods and tools because of modern advancements.  

Such advancements have been achieved in drone technology, which has progressed significantly and proven invaluable for disaster management. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) like drones have exhilarating advantages, such as timely outcomes and crucial features that assist during times of crisis.  


Significance of Drone Technology for Disaster Management  

Technological advancements have come far in the last decade and have been recognized by governmental entities as invaluable tools. One of the government’s top priorities is ensuring communities’ safety during emergency responses. The significant improvements in technology for disaster management considerably enhance what can be done on the ground. The increasing use of drones, quadcopters, and UAVs helps to manage and sustain the populace during such trying times.  

Drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) are used to deliver assistance to those in need quickly. The value of using UAVs to provide aid effectively has dramatically increased the bar for disaster management 


Applications of Drones for Disaster Management 

Because of drones’ natural qualities of agility, quick maneuverability, GPS navigation, charting, and cost-effectiveness, they’re perfectly suited to provide assistance during disaster management. The capability of UAVs to deliver real-time aerial imagery is crucial because it helps to understand the situation on the ground. Quadcopters and drones promote and nurture the capability to view remote locations and sites from the air at a fraction of the cost compared to helicopters. 

1. Assessing Situations Remotely 

Drones’ quickness and dexterity make it possible to track and survey catastrophe areas and zones in a short time. Disasters often cover vast areas of land or sea, and UAVs and quadcopters’ ability to cover a lot of ground fast has made it easier to examine disaster-affected areas and remote locations.  

High-resolution sensors enable drones to simultaneously gather the necessary data and take real-time pictures of the incident. Because of drones‘ fluid motion and hover capabilities, data is gathered more quickly than with traditional aircraft or satellites. The processed 3D-mapped data can then be used to facilitate swift and prompt action.  

2. Mapping Locations 

UAVs are improving thanks to their 3D scaling and mapping characteristics. With the aid of drones and rotorcraft, disaster management and control procedures have advanced. Obtaining information in great detail is mainly possible due to 3D mapping. Data for emergency response include coordinates, tracking details, and aerial photos of landslides, floods, forest fires, and other disasters. These data formats are translated onto 3D scales that improve the visibility of disaster locations. 

3. Delivering Urgent Supplies 

UAVs’ capacity to provide emergency supplies further demonstrates their importance in disaster management. First aid, quick-acting medications, and small instruments like ropes or lamps are all included in emergency kits. Additionally, drones can deliver food supplies if needed.  

4. Extinguishing Fires  

Wildfire outbreaks are among the most frequent events that occur both during and after disasters. The methods used to put out fires are labor-intensive and time-consuming. Drones can assist in warning surface controllers of probable fire so that they’re ready to send firefighters and paramedics to the right locations. In other situations, quadcopters can spray water on a fire to prevent it from spreading. The occurrence and spread of fire can be further controlled in this way.  

Drones, UAVs, and RPAS provide the public with skilled and effective assistance. Drones have been able to draw the interest of the government and aid organizations by demonstrating their high effectiveness in terms of cost, time, and ease of use. 

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