Germandrones partnership with YellowScan
Drones offer extra eyes to combat illegal fishing activity

(This is utter fluff and stuff from the UK Environments Agency, pollution due to sewerage pumping by privatised water companies is at an all-time high in the UK. Netting huge profits for said companies, this is one of those placeholder PR pieces that I am putting in to remind me when they said this. I’m from Somerset and I find this offensive in light of the inaction to save rivers)

Fisheries Officers in the South West are clamping down on illegal activities with the help of the Avon and Somerset Police drone unit.

The unit is working in partnership with the Environment Agency to support fisheries officers in checking for illegal nets and out-of-season fishing.

A drone can scan miles of riverbank in quick time and alert the Environment Agency to the presence of suspicious activity which may require further investigation on the ground.

Fisheries Officer, Richard Dearnley, said:

We take illegal fishing seriously. It’s through partnership working like this that we can send a clear message to those who break the law.

Anyone committing offences can expect to be prosecuted and face a substantial fine. Not only does illegal fishing damage the sport, it also poses a serious risk of spreading fish diseases and invasive species.

The irresponsible and illegal actions of a few can have widespread consequences for fisheries

Sergeant Colin Powell, at the Avon and Somerset Police drone unit, said:

Drones offer a supplement to officers on the ground and are increasingly used by police to assist in searches and to offer a different angle to crime scenes and major incidents.

It’s been great to join up with the Environment Agency and expand the use of our drones in combatting illegal activity.

If you suspect illegal fishing to be taking place please report the matter to our hotline on 0800 807060 or to Crimestoppers on 0800 555 111.

Anyone fishing illegally can expect to be prosecuted and to face a fine of up to £2,500. Anyone who uses illegal methods faces a prison sentence of potentially two years and a fine of up to £50,000 for byelaw offences.

Buying a rod licence is quick and easy – you can buy them online, starting at just £6.

Money raised from rod licence sales is reinvested in the environment, including a whole range of projects to improve facilities for anglers, protect stocks, plus fish restocking, invasive species eradication. The money is also used to work with partners to encourage people to take-up fishing.

Purpose Built. Most Affordable collision-resistant drone forconfined-space inspection. - sUAS News - The Business of Drones
Purpose Built. Most Affordable collision-resistant drone forconfined-space inspection. – sUAS News – The Business of Drones

Traditional storage tank inspection or inspection in hazardous environments require workers to risk their safety by working at great height or exposing themselves to harmful elements.

Today, we launch a solution that will reduce safety risks while improving operational efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Introducing Lumicopter, a collision-resistant drone that increases the safety and efficiency of indoor inspections. Designed to fly in enclosed/hazardous facilities, detects damages, and send a live video feed to the controlling tablet. It can be deployed quickly without any complex installation

Lumicopter is the most cost-effective collision-resistant indoor inspection drone designed to roll around tight corners and prevent being trapped. It enables professionals to easily inspect the interior of buildings, powerplants, ships, and other confined spaces.

“We want to use our expertise in drones and robotics to design reliable, cost-effective, collision-resistant indoor inspection drones for industrial use, to help other businesses improve their inspection efficiency at a fraction of the current market cost”. – Wei Liang,
founder of Lumicopter.

Lumicopter is not only capable of flying in complex indoor environments but also capturing crystal clear videos of up to 4K 60 fps. Combined with a 4000 lumens LED system, Lumicopter is perfect for low light indoor inspection.

Additional features include a controllable single-axis camera tilt of up to 108°, reducing drone manoeuvre during the inspection. Superior flight stability thanks to downward vision sensor for altitude position hold. Signal penetration of up to three floors in a concrete
stairwell (no line of sight). Safety feature such as a forward distance sensor for obstacle avoidance is also available.

Our product brings a new perspective to indoor visual inspection, which can be used in various fields such as oil & gas, construction, power & utility, public safety, sewers etc.

About Lumicopter:

We are a team of young engineers and drone operators who have years of industrial and military drone experience. We have been providing Confined Space Inspection since 2017.

Over the years, we faced many challenges doing indoor inspections. As drone technology advances, we saw an opportunity that can solve most of our indoor inspection problems.

We did some R&D work and created the Lumicopter intending to help other businesses improve their inspection efficiency at a fraction of the current market cost.