Next week our CEO will join the ranks of the very few female Indigenous UAV pilots around the world.
"Being a specialist on the impacts of new technologies in global indigenous communities, I think it is critical to thoroughly understand the inputs and outputs of UAVs" said CEO Mikaela Jade.
UAV pilots are trained in the form of the earth, air legislation, meteorology, operational meteorology, threat and error management, principles of flight and multi-copter management. They also receive a Flight Radio Operator Licence and Aircraft Radio Operator Certificate.
She said that becoming a UAV pilot was more about understanding the technical aspects of UAVs that are currently causing concern amongst global Indigenous communities, particularly when they are used by outsiders with no free, prior and informed consent.
Mikaela said "The world's Indigenous Peoples' are seeing more and more of this technology entering their territories. While UAVs have incredible application for good particularly when built and used by Indigenous Peoples, they are also being used by non-Indigenous people with mineral and pharmaceutical interests in Indigenous Territories, particularly in the Asia Pacific and Central and Southern American regions".
With the UAV industry likely to hit $5.5 billion USD by 2020 it is critical Indigenous Peoples are across this technology.
"It is our responsibility to understand all technologies so we can make informed choices about their use in our communities by our own people and others who may wish to work with us" said Mikaela.
Indigital is harnessing drones in order to help them create high resolution photogrammetry of cultural sites. It is a process that is being pioneered in remote areas by the company to facilitate augmented reality marker triggering.
Mikaela said with high resolution digital renders of cultural sites, it was possible to 3D print the sites for AR trigger testing back at the office. It is also beneficial for Traditional Owners and land managers to have high resolution site scans for site condition monitoring.
Indigital will be running a dialogue at the IUCN World Congress in September about digital technologies and Indigenous communities which will include discussions about UAVs.