By: Corey Moss – Trade show coverage

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Last week for the second year in a row I attended the Government Video Expo (@GVExpo) and National Drone Show (@NatDroneShow), held Dec. 7–8, 2016, in the Walter E. Washington Convention Center in Washington, D.C., to cover some of the activity for both events, as well as certain vendors who were showing solutions for commercial AV and broadcast.

Co-located with the Government Video Expo, the 2016 National Drone Show is a conference and expo featuring “red-hot” Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) video capture technology. The event, produced by NewBay Media, had Stampede return as the event’s Gold Sponsor, and featured the launch of the first D.C. Drone Film Festival and an Advanced UAV Workshop produced by education partners Future Media Concepts and Sundance Media Group (SMG). The National Drone Show brings together thousands of video professionals for two days of cutting-edge discussions and demos of the latest UAV and video capture systems, management and delivery technologies and techniques. Exhibitors included drone manufacturers, drone accessory equipment companies and drone software and service providers.

The show featured a Drone Flying Cage with day-long demonstrations; a series of free-to-attend sessions on the exhibit floor covering the latest drone technologies and regulatory topics; and the Advanced UAV Workshop, an intensive educational program. Instructors from Unmanned Vehicle University, the only university in the world licensed to offer graduate degree programs in Unmanned Systems Engineering, conducted free drone-operating demonstrations and educational sessions throughout the show in the Flying Cage, allowing attendees to experience firsthand the differing capabilities of various UAV technologies and learn what products are best suited for their unique needs and requirements.

Government Video Expo/National Drone Show speakers at the event:

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Lisa Ellman, Partner and Co-Chair, Unmanned Aircraft Systems Practice at Hogan Lovells and Co-Executive Director, Commercial Drone Alliance, and recognized as one of the “world’s foremost authorities on drones and law” presented her Keynote to attendees on day two of the National Drone Show about UAS Issues for Media Production. Ellman detailed how the technology can do such things as film movies, provide aerial coverage for stations in small markets, and even entertain a crowd (referring to Disney’s fireworks drone show), and while the economic potential of the drone industry has caught the eye of policy makers, she discussed how they are also focused on the safety, privacy and security implications for drones stating “It’s been a very exciting time for this industry, but it’s also been a time of education and educating policy makers.” Ellman also specifies how a civil/commercial user who plans to sell or make money on drone footage must follow FAA regulation Part 107, detailed in her presentation, which governs civil use of drones with regards to registration, licensing and drone usage (more information can be found at www.faa.gov). Ellman also discussed privacy issues with respect to private property and surveillance, where a study shows there is greater opposition to drone usage vs. ground cameras.

 

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Lisa Ellman presenting her Keynote at GV Expo/National Drone Show

 

Read: GV Expo: Moving Drone Regulation Forward Through Education

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Fred Bivetto, Dean of the School of Unmanned Technology at Unmanned Vehicle University, speaks on how law enforcement and public safety agencies could implement UAV’s to do their jobs, where he points out that while the military had once been the primary users of this technology, as the technology continues to enter the commercial sector, it’s only a matter of time until law enforcement and emergency response personnel begin to implement UAV technology. According to Bivetto, an agency can justify using a UAV if it is able to save “time, lives and money” or if the job the drone would be used for, is either “dull, dirty, or dangerous.” He also points to other possible scenarios for inspection purposes, situations where hazardous materials are involved, and even for police personnel responding to a potentially deadly circumstance. Bivetto also conducted drone demonstrations at the show.

 

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Fred Bivetto exhibiting drone operation in the National Drone Show Flying Cage

 

Read: GV Expo: Bivetto Predicts Drone Use Will Greatly Expand

The D.C. Drone Film Festival celebrated the visionary work of drone videographers from around the country who competed for cash and other prizes, where the winning entries were screened at the show. Michael Balderston, DCDFF festival manager said “This year’s winners demonstrate an impressive combination of technical and creative excellence, taking audiences around the world and giving them unprecedented views and vantages.”

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Of course Stampede displayed the latest in drones technology that they provide:

 

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An excellent two days of technology, demonstrations, education and more for UAV and drones video professionals.

Next: The Government Video Expo