White House Drone Workshop

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A few days ago Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich spoke at a drone workshop hosted by The White House Office of Science and Technology Office. Brian explained some of these topics including responsible use of data from drone technology and policy, including NTIA’s drone privacy guidance and the FCC’s allocation of spectrum to 5G. “ At Intel, we believe that drones can be used to support cutting-edge research, create new jobs and industries, and most importantly, improve people’s lives,” said Intel’s CEO Brian Krzanich. “That is why I spoke at a White House event on the future of drone technology. My visit to the White House is part of our efforts with stakeholders from industry, government and academia to make the promise of drone technology a reality.”


Brian Krzanich
Brian Krzanich, chief executive officer of Intel Corporation, speaks at an event sponsored by the The White House Office of Science and Technology Policy on the subject of drones and the future of aviation. Photo courtesy © Intel.


Intel’s the White House is part of their efforts with stakeholders from industry, government and academia to make the promise of drone technology a reality. Krzanich was recently appointed by the Federal Aviation Administration to chair the Drone Advisory Council, an advisory committee aimed at addressing “integration strategies” regarding drones.

Krzanich shared the podium with U.S. Chief Technology Officer Megan Smith and FAA Administrator Michael Huerta at the event, which was hosted by the Office of Science and Technology Policy. Both officials have made great strides in advancing the drone industry in the United States. Industry partners are working together to create a robust ecosystem made up of hardware, services and standards. This ecosystem will work together to bring safe, scalable, and viable solutions that are cost-effective, to drive solutions to real-world problems.

“We discussed policy solutions for assuring consumers how drone technology and data will be used in responsible, safe, and privacy-friendly ways, which is key to creating trust across the marketplace and our ability to realize the promise of drone technology,” said Krzanic. “Policy innovation, including NTIA’s drone privacy guidance developed through a multi-stakeholder process and the FCC’s recent allocation of spectrum to 5G, will further enable drones to become intelligent, connected devices that have the potential to positively transform countless industries in the future.” The final piece of the puzzle to unleash the future possibility of drone technology is leadership in policy and regulation.

The FAA has already made great strides to help realize the enormous potential of drone operations. Future work on regulations enabling operations higher than 400 feet, operations over people, and multiple devices flown by a single operator are all examples of policies that could help to move this technology forward.

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Award-winning photographer, journalist, and author Kike Calvo (pronounced key-keh) specializes in culture and environment. He has been on assignment in more than 90 countries, working on stories ranging from belugas in the Arctic to traditional Hmong costumes in Laos. Kike is pioneering in using small unmanned aerial systems to produce aerial photography as art, and as a tool for research and conservation. He is also known for his iconic photographic project, World of Dances, on the intersection of dance, nature, and architecture. His work has been published in National Geographic, New York Times, Time, The Wall Street Journal, The Washington Post, New York Magazine, Rolling Stone, and Vanity Fair, among others. Kike teaches photography workshops and has been a guest lecturer at leading institutions like the School of Visual Arts and Yale University. He is a regular contributor to National Geographic blog Voices. He has authored nine books, including Drones for Conservation; So You Want to Create Maps Using Drones?; Staten Island: A Visual Journey to the Lighthouse at the End of the World; and Habitats, with forewords by David Doubilet and Jean-Michel Cousteau. Kike’s images have been exhibited around the world, and are represented by the National Geographic Image Collection. Kike was born in Spain and is based in New York. When he is not on assignment, he is making gazpacho following his grandmother’s Andalusian recipe. You can travel to Colombia with Kike: www.colombiaphotoexpeditions.com