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Commercial Drones As A Service (DAAS) Taking Off

Following publication of rules by the FAA the use of commercial drones in the marketplace will increase significantly for routine usage like real estate, insurance photography and crop inspection.

Moving forward with the small UAS, part 107 is a big step, but still narrows operations. There’s a need for better understanding of data challenges to safely integrate commercial drones into the National Airspace.

Drone functionality is becoming quite sophisticated and current algorithms enable drones to function somewhat independently. I see drones providing security detail for high profile individuals in government and business sectors.

Using drones for commercial purposes required going through approval process. With the recent ease of regulation by FAA (part 107), it is likely that there will be exponentially more investments.

We’ll see a huge increase in commercial drone use, not just cinematography but also agriculture, energy, first responders because of drones’ much greater cost efficiency and safety.

Commercial Drones will primarily be used in search and rescue operations (similar to Little Ripper), agriculture and livestock monitoring, and safety monitoring to check the structural integrity of buildings.

Corporations know it’s the data not the drone that’s valuable. In coming quarters we’ll see more companies renting rather than owning to avoid capital expenditure, pilot training, regulations and insurance.

Relaxed commercial drone rules will drive rapid adoption in the construction sector, from sophisticated surveying, 3D mapping and monitoring on billion dollar developments, through to local contractors reaping productivity benefits.

With new US drone rules coming into effect in August, we’ll see drones used for agriculture, asset inspection, real estate videography, aerial photography, wildlife tracking, surveying, surveillance and safety/rescue operations.

The evolution of Commercial Drones may be the salvation of general aviation, flight training and avionics maintenance.

Real-time site monitoring in construction, architecture and engineering continues to accelerate and we’ll soon see drones and 3D printers working in unison to monitor progress and identify and remedy defects on-site.

Changes to Australian regulations for the commercial operation of lightweight drones will see the rapid development of business opportunities in the next 12 months.

I see wider use of autonomous flight combined with Object Avoidance, allowing any operator to position a drone while programming a series of repeatable actions, with no flying skills needed.

The next frontier for flying drones is the agriculture space. Drones, such as harvesters, already dominate agriculture in Japan. Using quadcopter drones will enable farmers to monitor their crops.

The primary change for 2016 will be software updates that will improve current safety features and battery life. 2017 will focus on built-in cameras with zoom capabilities.