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Draganfly Inc. – Driving The Future Of Drones Since The Pre-Drone Era

November 5, 2019


I’m Cameron Chell and I’m chairman of
Draganfly. At Draganfly, we love to innovate. We
were the first company to save a life using a drone. In fact, we were the first
company to develop the quadcopter drone. We have many firsts in 26 of
our patents. We’re the first company to have a drone inducted into the
Smithsonian and just recently we’re the first company to be fully integrated
with a Baja truck. Innovation in the UAV space is already
amongst us. We can easily think about things like autonomous flight, autonomous
security, beyond line of sight, anti-drone technology, communication, and delivery. Many of the innovations that are coming in the UAV space are already imagined
and here and we’re starting to see a lot of the promise for what they are. When you are in mission-critical situations and you gotta start worrying about winds and weight and
battery time, software systems, and auto pilots, and collision avoidance, and
you’ve got to do it in a way that’s 100% safe or mission-critical,
it becomes a different game very, very quickly and it’s why frankly there have
been so many growing startups that have not succeeded regardless of the amount
of money that people put behind them. All of these things are entirely possible
technically and really what the market commercially is doing right now is
catching up with itself and letting the regulators have their say to ensure
that this can be a long-term, viable, commercial and military option as we
move forward. A lot of people are going to be watching the markets tomorrow as we see what’s happened after this drone attack, drone
strikes on the world’s largest oil plant in Saudi Arabia yesterday. Houthi rebels
claiming responsibility. The US Department of Homeland Security has
issued strong concern that Chinese-made drones may be sending flight data back to
China. According to CNN, US companies have been warned to exercise caution when
buying devices, which could “transfer American data into an
authoritarian state, which permits its intelligence services to have unfettered
access to such information”. Stark warning tonight from the Department of Homeland
Security about the danger of drones. In the wrong hands, they are a real
threat. And last year, Venezuela’s president was attacked by two drones packed with
explosives. The new weapon in the ISIS arsenal isn’t on the battlefield but
above it, with dead-center accuracy. Lester, the Department of Homeland Security officials tell us this is a big problem. They don’t even know how many drones are
in the sky at any one time in the United States but they are investing heavily in
technologies to both find the drones and, if necessary, bring them down. Patrick Imbasciani, Vice President of Business Development, Draganfly. As a former Marine
who had done eight years, I’ve always had an affinity for technology that was in
service of the country, technology that could serve Public Safety, EMS, Emergency Response… Having found that Draganfly was firmly rooted in that space, it was a
pleasant surprise for me. We were principally North American
centric and our focus originally was in agriculture. Over time I was able to help
expand us into other markets: insurance, energy, utility inspection, and public
safety. Some law-enforcement agencies are looking to the skies and determining
that unmanned aircraft systems, UAS, offer solutions to maintaining public
safety and processing crime scenes. Grand Junction Colorado uses UAS’ primarily to assist in crime
scene and traffic accident investigations. The fact that Draganfly
has had a 20-year run in public safety has credits to its reputation like being
the first drone to rescue someone with the Royal Canadian Mounted Police and
actually has a drone in the Smithsonian. It was pretty impressive. Draganfly has a
substantial portfolio in the drone space. 26 patents and certainly counting, but as
it relates to drones it’s very significant. We’re not the type of
engineering-based company that creates patents for the sakes of patents. We want
patents that are meaningful and really are applicable into the use cases that
we’re building. So our patents include things like
folding wings, or propellers that come off, or battery management systems. Some of the really, really basic things that pretty much in one way or another all
drones utilize. We also have machine vision patents, the
tracking system patents, and a number of other things that get highly
specialized, but we’re really proud and work hard at not just having a sizeable
patent portfolio, but having a meaningful patent portfolio. We, today, really see the opportunity for
Draganfly, because frankly, we were first, but honestly we are one of last men standing. We are one of the last companies that can actually grow and viably provide a North
American built drone solution for a critical industry.

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