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Gov’t Eyes Operational Rules for UAVs

Gov’t Eyes Operational Rules for UAVs

SEOUL, May 19 (Korea Bizwire) – The government is moving to establish a set of integrated operational rules for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) and piloted aircraft to ensure flight safety, the transport ministry said Thursday.  The Ministry of Land, Infrastructure and Transport said it will work with other government ministries and invest 30 billion won [...]

National Park Service Uses Drones to Capture Destructive Goats

National Park Service Uses Drones to Capture Destructive Goats

SEJONG, April 17 (Korea Bizwire) – The Korea National Park Service is using high-tech patrol drones for a goat-capturing operation in Daedohae and Hallyeo Haesang National Parks, comprising some 1,800 islands in South Korea’s south and western waters.  The goal is to capture 80 goats that roam on seven uninhabited islands in the area. According [...]

“Geeks” Become Target Consumers for Retailers

“Geeks” Become Target Consumers for Retailers

SEOUL, April 4 (Korea Bizwire) – Geeks or otaku, a Japanese term for describing people with obsessive interests in particular fields, have emerged as major consumer groups in South Korea amid the prolonged economic slump, more likely to open up their wallets for their hobbies and passions.  The retail industry has seen double-digit sales growth thanks [...]

Regulations Holding Back Patents for Anti-Drone Technologies

Regulations Holding Back Patents for Anti-Drone Technologies

DAEJEON, March 30 (Korea Bizwire) – Security and privacy concerns over UAVs are rising as quickly as the expansion of the drone industry.  In January 2015, a drunk employee from a U.S. government intelligence agency crashed a drone on the White House lawn, while in April of the same year, a Japanese man was arrested [...]

South Korean City Begins Sales of “Drone Soccer Balls”

South Korean City Begins Sales of “Drone Soccer Balls”

JEONJU, South Korea, March 29 (Korea Bizwire) – Making further progress to market its ambitious fusion sport, the South Korean city of Jeonju will begin sales of “drone soccer balls” starting in April.  The idea was first announced in September of last year when city officials said they would present a new sport dubbed ‘drone [...]

S. Korea to Train 1,700 Drone Operators Annually to Meet Demand

S. Korea to Train 1,700 Drone Operators Annually to Meet Demand

SEOUL, March 21 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea is planning to train 1,700 drone operators a year to meet growing demand in the commercial drone industry, the transport ministry said Tuesday.  The country will add four official centers aimed at training drone operators this month, bringing the total to 11, the Ministry of Land, Infrastructure [...]

S. Korea Plans to Study How to Use Drones for ‘Swarming Warfare’

S. Korea Plans to Study How to Use Drones for ‘Swarming Warfare’

SEOUL, March 12 (Korea Bizwire) – The South Korean Army plans to study ways to introduce “swarming warfare” in its tactical operations, which uses scores of drones equipped with high explosive bombs, a military official here said Sunday.  ”We’re planning to make a full-fledged research on applying military swarming, which is already in operational use in [...]

Drones to Watch Over Unruly Drivers on Korean Motorways

Drones to Watch Over Unruly Drivers on Korean Motorways

SEOUL, March 9 (Korea Bizwire) – Starting March 11, the Korean National Police Agency is deploying drones on South Korea’s key highways to curb traffic violations including DUI, reckless or revenge driving, and other “selfish” driving routines such as driving on the shoulder.  The new initiative is a part of the agency’s special crackdown operation [...]

Seoul to Announce Plans for Global Leadership in Drone Industry

Seoul to Announce Plans for Global Leadership in Drone Industry

SEOUL, March 6 (Korea Bizwire) – South Korea will soon come up with measures to promote its leadership in the global market for drones, the government said Monday, also announcing plans to host a conference toward that end.  The one-day conference on drones will be held Friday in Seoul, involving hundreds of government officials and [...]