15Mar Rep. Hauck bill addressing drone use passes House committee vote The House Committee on Communications and Technology this week advanced a bill proposed by state Rep. Roger Hauck of Union Township as part of a larger legislative package establishing needed state guidelines for drones.Hauck’s bill, House Bill 5495, highlights facilities where use of unmanned aircraft systems will be prohibited under state law. The language refers to knowingly and intentionally interfering with “key facilities” as defined in the Michigan Penal Code, including manufacturing plants, electric or natural gas utilities, correctional sites and telecommunication facilities. Companion legislation sponsored by state Rep. Jim Lower of Cedar Lake offers a sentencing guideline making intentional drone interference with a key facility up to a four-year felony.“Over time, improved education will lead to more educated use,” Hauck said. “My bill allows for a lot of prosecutor discretion because of how new this technology is. Knowledge and intent will be two big things within that discretion. A surveyor who flies a drone over a highway or high voltage power line may not know that he is breaking a law. This proposal improves safety, offers clear deterrents for bad actors, grants leeway for hobbyists and puts rules on the books that can be better recognized and accepted the longer we have this technology.”A 2016 Federal Aviation Administration report estimated 2.5 million drones were being operated nationwide for a variety of purposes, including hobbyist and commercial. That number could grow to a projected 7 million by 2020.A 27-member Unmanned Aircraft Systems Task Force, appointed by Gov. Rick Snyder, began work in April 2017 to develop statewide recommendations on the operation, use and regulation of unmanned aircraft in Michigan. The bills offered largely reflect the task force’s policy recommendations.“There needs to be some definition here where the letter of the law could be clearly identified regarding drone usage,” Hauck said. “There are a lot of hobbyists and recreational drone users and not a lot of education or information on where you can and can’t use them.”The bills within the package, HBs 5494-98, advance to the House floor for further consideration.PHOTO INFORMATION: State Rep. Roger Hauck, of Union Township, provides testimony in support of House Bill 5495 before the House Committee on Communications and Technology on Feb. 13. Hauck’s legislation is part of a bill package aiming to regulate unmanned aircraft at the state level. Categories: Hauck News,News
Portuguese pay TV operator Nos is to add to its catalogue of Ultra HD content by airing 4K UHD coverage of a tribute concert to ‘30s and ‘40s movie star Carmen Miranda featuring the Real Combo Lisbonsense today at 22:00 local time.Saudade de Você – às voltas com Carmen Miranda em Várzea de Ovelha, a concert from her home town of Várzea de Ovelha to mark the 60th anniversary of the death of the star of movies including Down Argentine Way and The Gang’s All Here, will be broadcast in 4K to Nos cable and fibre customers and via the Hispasat satellite position.
CDN and video streaming services provider, Broadpeak, will showcase a range of solutions for the cable, IPTV, OTT, hybrid TV, and mobile markets at ANGA COM.Broadpeak will showcase version 1.3 of its nanoCDN technology, which is designed to let operators cost-effectively deliver live 4K content. It will also launch of version 2.3 of its BkA100 analytics solution, which lets operators and content providers collect data from users’ devices.An enhanced version of Broadpeak’s umbrellaCDN V3.1 promises to enhance quality of experience (QoE) thanks to a new technology called CDN Diversity.Broadpeak said it will additionally demo a series of user experience-focused technologies, including a new video delivery technology aimed at improving video browsing on tablets and smartphones. An extension of Broadpeak CDN services’ footprint for worldwide reach is also listed as another ‘key technology demo’ that will be new at ANGA COM.Overall, Broadpeak will present a number of solutions for operators, including Cloud PVR; nanoCDN multicast ABR demo with 4K content; and its ‘CDN in a box’ solution.For content providers it will present solutions designed to “optimise OTT video delivery through various options”. These include: hosting the origin server; using a CDN selector; deploying local cache servers; CDN services; and a new standalone video analytics solution.Broadpeak will exhibit at ANGA COM in hall 10.1, stand U38