Dubai: 2019 edition of the Drones Synergies Conference took place on Monday and Tuesday this week at the Zayed University Convention Centre in Academic City, Dubai. Following the success of previously hosted events, this year’s conference welcomed at least 1,000 attendees who had the opportunity to receive professional certifications. For the second consecutive year this conference was organized by the Zayed University (UAE), International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA, UAE) and Falcon Eye Drones (FEDS, UAE). The non-profit and non-commercial event, fully sponsored by its organizers, was complimentary for nominated participants.
Drones Synergies 2019 offered workshops and keynote presentations covering three key categories that included Drones Synergies Outreach, Education and Academic. The event has also presented several exhibitions stands featuring products and solutions in the drone technology sector as well as awards ceremony recognizing various entities for making a difference in this industry. This year’s speakers who touched upon such important topics as artificial intelligence (AI) and big data, diversity in STEM programs boosted by drone technologies, female drone communities in the USA and how this technology inspires them, drones powered agriculture amongst other current topics. Over 220 students from high schools (7th Grade and above) and universities has also attended the event and benefited from the Pro, Academic and Edutainment sessions. Edutainment component of the conference is one of the key elements that is designed to provide younger generation with enough exposure to innovation and drones advancements, insights, trends and related jobs of future.
“The UAE is gearing up for the Expo 2020, so more and more cutting-edge technologies will be adopted and showcased by the local government. We believe that drone technologies play an instrumental role in the further development of smart cities as they create opportunities for much more efficient and innovative approach to any development. This is one of the reasons we invest our expertise, time and energy to create such high impact events as the Drones Synergies with the goal to contribute to the UAE’s innovative drive and the fourth industrial revolution that is unfolding globally”, said Rabih Bou Rashid, Managing Director at Falcon Eye Drones.
“Nurturing of future talents in this field is of high importance, and we are only a few steps away from reaching our futuristic vision of shaping smart cities. For instance, a recent case study undertaken by a group of students in that field, utilized drone services as a Green Technology for Smart Date Palm Tree Pollination. This project held in cooperation between Zyed University and the Innovation and Research department of Falcon Eye Drones and International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (Dubai), which aimed to take student designs to the next level and develop a full-scale industrial prototype of drones that will support palm tree pollination and other services in the future,” says Reyadh Al Mehaideb, Vice-President at the Zayed University.
Dr. Ismahane Elouafi, Director General of ICBA, said: "Innovative technologies such as artificial intelligence and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) can play a massive role as data powered agriculture for lifting people out of poverty, especially those living in marginal environments. At ICBA, we see drones as a powerful technology to identify issues related to agriculture and explore solutions in the shortest possible time. In the last one year, ICBA has been utilizing drone technology to monitor crop health, for natural resource management, and for the early detection of red palm weevil, a dangerous pest that attacks date palm trees."
"We are delighted to partner with Zayed University and Falcon Eye Drones to organize the second edition of the Drones Synergies conference in Dubai," added Dr. Elouafi.
Drones Synergies 2019 consisted of the total of 5 plenary sessions, 10 types of the professional certifications divided by themes such as Industrial Inspection and Monitoring, Media, Shows and Entertainment, Mapping and Surveying, AI and Big Data, Digital and Data-Driven Agriculture, Reality and 3D City Modeling. Event participants has also enjoyed drones’ races and games as well as demonstrations, trials and networking opportunities throughout 2 days event.
About Falcon Eye Drones
Falcon Eye Drones (FEDS) is a UAE-based drone-powered solutions company. FEDS is one of the first businesses in the Middle East and Africa region to provide commercial drone services as well as the first drone company to receive International Business Excellence Awards. It combines drone-powered services and advanced machine learning software. Their aim is to provide business with safer, faster, and more cost-effective solutions to improve business decision and strategic planning. FEDS is formally registered as a drones operator with both General Civil Aviation Authority (GCAA) and Dubai Civil Aviation Authority (DCAA). Their drones, as well as the flying activities, are all fully insured.
About Zayed University
Zayed University is a national and regional leader in educational innovation. Founded in 1998 and proudly bearing the name of the Founder of the Nation – the late Sheikh Zayed bin Sultan Al Nahyan, this flagship institution has met the President’s high expectations. Today, Zayed University has two modern campuses in Dubai and Abu Dhabi that welcome both national and international students. Zayed University is recognized as a national university of choice for quality education, applied research that drive regional economic development, and enjoys international accreditation.
The International Center for Biosaline Agriculture (ICBA) is a unique applied agricultural research center in the world with a focus on marginal areas where an estimated 1.7 billion people live. It identifies, tests and introduces resource-efficient, climate-smart crops and technologies that are best suited to different regions affected by salinity, water scarcity and drought. Through its work, ICBA helps to improve food security and livelihoods for some of the poorest rural communities around the world.
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