Israel automated drone startup Airobotics has launched its North American headquarters in Scottsdale, Arizona, where it will run all North America, South America and Central America operations.The Scottsdale office is intended to become the company’s global headquarters as Airobotics continues to scale up, with the world’s largest mining company, BHP, the company’s first customer in the US.Airobotics says it has created the only data-driven, fully automated drone solution enabling a new dimension of data collection and insights.Ran Krauss, CEO and Co-Founder of Airobotics, said Arizona was the obvious choice for its new global headquarters.“When deciding where to launch our first US office, Arizona was the top choice for us as it has a strong mining industry, great weather conditions for drone testing, and potential partners we’re excited to work with. The state and local governments are very supportive of autonomous and aviation technologies and the UAV industry specifically, aligning with our plans to operate UAVs beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS) in the US.”The opening ceremony attendees were invited to tour the facility and observe a demonstration of Airobotics’ automated drone system. The company plans to grow the Scottsdale team to 80 employees by the end of 2019, focusing on recruiting local technology, operations and sales personnel.Airobotics says its automated solution represents the next generation of drone operations, overtaking standard piloted services. It was the first company worldwide to be granted authorisation to fly fully automated pilotless drones, certified by the Civil Aviation Authority of Israel.The company is headquartered in Israel and has offices in Australia, as well as additional operations in Chile and New Caledonia. It has raised $71 million in funding to date and grown from 80 to 200 employees in its first year.
A REVIEW OF the garda investigations into allegations of abuse by Irish language summer school founder Domhnall Ó Lubhlaí will now take place.Commissioner Martin Callinan ordered the audit following calls from victim advocacy groups.The review will be carried out by the Garda’s Domestic Violence and Sexual Assault Unit from Harcourt Street in Dublin.The Rape Crisis Network pressed for the fresh investigation after it came to light that at least two opportunities – in 1991 and 1998 – were presented to gardaí to look into allegations concerning the Coláiste na bhFiann teacher.Ó Lubhlaí, who is the subject of TG4 documentary examining claims that he may have abused dozens of victims in the 1970s and 1980s, has been described by another support group, CARI, as someone who “hid in plain sight”.It is alleged that the language activist may have abused up to 100 boys when he was an Irish and religion teacher with some of the alleged incidents taking place in camps, hotels, flats and cinemas in Athlone, Ros Muc, Dublin, Donegal and Tipperary.He died in March this year while under investigation for sexually abusing a 13-year-old boy in the 70s.Gardaí examined allegations of abuse in 1998, while in 2002 the teacher faced 56 charges of sexual abuse involving 11 victims but the case never went ahead following a legal challenge.Ó Lubhlaí, known as ‘Donal Lovely’, died aged 84, with his death notice referring to him as a ‘gaeilgeoir, teacher, educationalist, author and republican’.CARI CEO Mary Flaherty said this case, as well as the Savile revelations in the UK, show that the “best place to hide is in plain sight of the public”.“Myths about abusers assist them in the grooming process and the more respectable the organisation, the more valuable to a predator as a hiding place,” she continued.“The media can also unwittingly collude in unhelpful myths. What often transpires in the media is the notion that ‘they’ (the offenders) are different from ‘us’. Recent studies find that for offenders who have abused within professional settings, there appears to be no reliable offender character profile that differentiates the abuser from the ‘good employer’; analogously, there is no clear-cut ‘abuser trait’ that could ever be zoned in on with a screening tool.”You can contact your nearest Rape Crisis Network Ireland centre by visiting its website. Calls for gardaí to reinvestigate Domhnall Ó Lubhlaí case