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Hidden Level Helps Secure Large-Scale Public Events With Innovative Drone Detection –

Hidden Level Helps Secure Large-Scale Public Events With Innovative Drone Detection -

The New York State Fair is one of the nation’s biggest public events, drawing more than 1 million people each year. As the Fair opens on Aug. 24, the New York State Police will again rely on Hidden Level, developers of sensor solutions for low-altitude airspace monitoring, to provide drone tracking services, enabling law enforcement drone mitigation response for any unauthorized unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) in public spaces.

Hidden Level provides the world’s first low-altitude airspace monitoring service for both security and air traffic needs. The airspace monitoring service (AMS) is a cloud-based, scalable and cost-effective solution that integrates directly into virtually any video management software, security operations center or situational awareness platform.

Airspace monitoring in public venues is only increasing in importance as drone technologies become an everyday reality,” said Jeff Cole, chief executive officer and co-founder. “Our partnership with the New York State Fair demonstrates the power of a counter-unmanned aircraft system (CUAS) in enhancing public safety, and its value for any major outdoor event. We’re pleased to be able to assist the Fair again this year.”

Hidden Level debuted at the New York State Fair in 2021 and completed 18 full days of AMS across 5+ square miles of the Empire Expo Center, also known as the New York State Fairgrounds.

Over the course of the mission, Hidden Level’s CUAS monitor tracked cooperative and non-cooperative drones, including multi-drone scenarios, and provided Fair organizers with statistics and debrief deliverables. Among the findings:

  • Identified 211 drone events, excluding known New York State Police and cooperating agency flights.
  • Several were multiple events from a single drone operator.
  • Most drone activity occurs in evening hours, with consistent activity also occurring in early morning.
  • Identified multiple drones flying above the maximum legal altitude of 400 feet.

Tracking potentially illegal drone flights illustrates the burden on collaborating public safety organizations and security teams. Hidden Level’s technology assists those agencies by easily integrating with common security platforms to protect large coverage areas.

Unlike many other drone-monitoring solutions, Hidden Level is completely software-based with no expensive hardware to repurchase and update. Clients like the New York State Police receive quarterly updates from Hidden Level to keep systems equipped with the latest technology.

Following this year’s New York State Fair, Hidden Level is finalizing updated permanent installation sites to provide comprehensive coverage of the surrounding Onondaga Lake area, St Joseph’s Lakeview Amphitheatre, and Fairgrounds for year-round usage during public events and concerts.

“We are excited to continue our partnership with the New York State Police and give law enforcement the additional capabilities they need as drone usage continues to grow,” said James Licata, Hidden Level’s VP of Strategy & Partnerships.

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Waikato events secure $3m in Government funding

Waikato events secure $3m in Government funding

Among the events that received funding in the first round was the Middle-Earth Halfling Marathon, staged at Hobbiton Movie Set. Photo / Supplied

A total of 34 events across the Waikato, Rotorua, Taupō and Ruapehu regions will receive nearly $3 million in funding from the Government’s Thermal Explorer Regional Events Fund.

The fund was set up by the Ministry of Business, Innovation and Employment to support and provide new domestic visitation opportunities for the events and tourism sectors which have been severely impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic.

Regional tourism organisations from across the country have been appointed as facilitators of the fund.

Last year’s round of funding supported 15 events in the region with $1.6m while the latest allocation gives $1.3m to 19 events.

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The events receiving funding support are a mixture of new and existing ones from diverse interest areas including business, sport, fitness, trail running, cars, music, and culture.

In total, the 34 events are predicted to attract over 300,000 people, with two-thirds being visitors from outside each host region. Some events have three-year funding agreements while others have received a one-year investment to boost their development.

Among the events that received funding in the first round was the Middle-Earth Halfling Marathon, staged at Hobbiton Movie Set at the end of April this year.

This inaugural event drew in 2500 people including 1000 competitors, some of whom dressed in costume. They ran or walked one of two distances around the picturesque village of Hobbiton, either the halfling (21.1km) or the eleventy-first (11.1km).

Middle-Earth Halfling Marathon event director Matt Reilly, of The Events Agency, says the Thermal Explorer funding enabled the event to get off the ground.

“The support gave us the seed funding necessary for us to be able to confidently move forward with developing what proved to be a successful event even in its first year and will only grow in the years to come.

“We’re already out there inviting runners and their supporters to mark their calendars for next year’s Middle-Earth Halfling Marathon.”

Hamilton & Waikato Tourism chief executive Nicola Greenwell. Photo / Supplied
Hamilton & Waikato Tourism chief executive Nicola Greenwell. Photo / Supplied

Other events that secured funding include New Zealand’s Fitness Festival and hunting and outdoor expo Sika Show, both set to take place at Mystery Creek in October, the Waitomo Trail Run in November and the Hamilton Gardens Arts Festival in February and March next year.

The Thermal Explorer Event Investment Panel that facilitates the fund is made up of eight members and Hamilton & Waikato Tourism is the lead entity.

Hamilton & Waikato Tourism chief executive Nicola Greenwell says the regions and event organisers are “immensely excited” about the opportunities made possible through the funding.

“The support allows the funded events to be developed, positioned and marketed to be or become an iconic or anchor event for the host region, growing exponentially each event, attracting out-of-region visitation, encouraging economic benefit and boosting capability in our events sector.”

Greenwell says the focus will now be on developing events sector capability across the Thermal Explorer regions.

“The ongoing upskilling of our events sector will best position the events being staged in our regions to be extraordinarily successful and sought after – not only by our local communities but also visitors to each of our regions.

“We’ve already held some well-attended capability-building workshops and webinars and we are expanding these along with other development initiatives.”

For more information on the Thermal Explorer Regional Events Fund and to view the full list of funding recipients, visit the Hamilton & Waikato Tourism website.

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Southampton Rotary hosts secure and environmentally-friendly shredding event

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Want to safely dispose of personal, confidential and financially sensitive documents and spare the environment? Visit the Southampton Rotary Club’s second community shredding drive-through event April 23, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.

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The event, which marks “Earth Week”, takes place in the parking lot behind Rotary Hall, 39 Grey St. South, Southampton on a “first-come, first-served” basis.

The Club will again partner with Wasteco to bring an onsite service – a mobile shredding truck – to Southampton. The shredded material is used in recycled paper products.

Along with raising awareness of recycling and care for the environment, the event highlights the risks of identity theft and importance of safe, secure disposal of sensitive documents.

The environment is one of Rotary International’s Areas of Focus and in an April 12 news release, the Southampton Club said the community shredding event adds to events like the annual clean=ups of roadsides, Perkins Park and the beach.

There is no charge, but a donation $10 per banker’s box or similar size is suggested. Cash is preferred or payment may be made by debit or credit card.

Co-Operators, Port Elgin is again the signature sponsor for the shredding event, and sponsorship support also comes from RBC Meeting Place, Susan J. Dollar Law, Don Amy – McIntee Real Estate and in-kind support from Quality Inn Southampton and RONA Southampton.

Any proceeds will benefit Rotary’s causes, including the maintenance of Rotary Perkins Park.

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Media statements – Reconnect WA funding helps secure new business events

  • Five big new business events secured for Perth
  • More than $13 million to be injected into WA economy
  • New events follow extra $15 million funding boost for Business Events Perth in $185 million Reconnect WA package

Five new business conferences have been secured for Perth following a funding boost to attract major events in the recently announced Reconnect WA package.


The events include four large-scale medical conferences between 2022 and 2025 and a 1,600-delegate education conference in 2025.


Business Events Perth expects the conferences to inject more than $13 million into the Western Australian economy.


The McGowan Government’s $185 million Reconnect WA package announced in December included a $15 million funding boost for Business Events Perth.


The extra funds were aimed at attracting lucrative business events to WA to support the recovery of the State’s business event, hotel and hospitality industry.


Since July 2020, Business Events Perth has secured 108 national and international events set to take place in WA from 2022 to 2029, representing $107 million in economic impact for the State.


The McGowan Government, through Tourism WA, has supported Business Events Perth for more than 20 years, providing ongoing funding to attract conferences, exhibitions or tradeshows, workshops and seminars to the State.


Comments attributed to Tourism and State Development, Jobs and Trade Minister Roger Cook:


“Business events play an important role in our State’s tourism industry which is why we boosted events funding in the recent $185 million Reconnect WA strategy.


“These events help to promote our vibrant city, its venues and attractions to high-yield visitors who spend valuable dollars while here, and who will hopefully plan a return trip for leisure purposes.


“Despite setbacks for this industry due to COVID-19, Business Events Perth’s optimism and resilience has been demonstrated by continuing to pitch for large-scale events for the future.”


“These five new business conferences are another positive sign for tourism in WA.”


Minister’s office – 6552 6500