What might we see happening in the worldwide drone industry?

Fortunately, we don’t need a crystal ball, as today’s guest gives us some key insights. Jeremiah Karpowicz is the Executive Editor for Commercial UAV News. He has created articles, videos, newsletters, ebooks and more for various communities as a contributor and editor. He is also the author of a number of industry specific reports that feature exclusive insights and information around how drones are being used in various markets. One of those reports is called the Commercial Drone Predictions for 2018, which makes 8 bold predictions for the North American and European drone markets. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Jeremiah shares insights into those predictions and updates on the plans for 2018 Commercial UAV Expos in Europe and the United States.

In This Episode

  • Introduction. Jeremiah Karpowicz is the Executive Editor for the Commercial UAV News, which is the online component of the Commercial UAV Expo. There are two expos, the Commercial UAV Expo Americas and the Commercial UAV Expo Europe.
  • 2017 In Retrospect. Jeremiah takes a quick look back to 2017 and remarks that the year was all about the data that is collected from drones, not the drones themselves. It goes back to defining the problem that one is trying to solve, after which, the decision of what drone to use becomes very simple. It comes down to defining value.
  • Global Perspective. Jeremiah produced a report called, Commercial Drone Predictions for 2018. The report takes on a global perspective, rather than separating the U.S. from the European market. Jeremiah explains that this was by design, as there is a lot of crossover between the two markets. Some of the more noteworthy observations from the report include:
    • Counter Drone Technology – Counter drone technology will continue to grow into a major subsector of the drone industry. Looking into 2018, the key thing to look for are regulations and conversations about how much can people, businesses and governments do to take actions to counter drones that may pose a threat to their operations.
    • Unmanned Traffic Management (UTM) System – Efforts to evolve the UTM should gain momentum in 2018, as evidenced by the 50-mile UTM corridor in New York and efforts in Europe. NASA and Gryphon Sensors are key leaders in this area.
    • High Altitude Long Endurance (HALE) – These systems are gaining interest as they provide one way to extend the mission life of a drone. Some systems can stay aloft for days or weeks.
    • Automation – Automation is interesting as it’s a concept of what does the technology allow us to do versus what will regulation allow us to do.
  • Adjusting to the Marketplace – As the drone market continues to evolve, companies are adapting in various ways. Some or creating their own drone programs. Others are contracting with drones for service companies. And some are acquiring smaller drone companies as a way to expand their capabilities.
  • Commercial UAV Expos. Jeremiah talks about the plans for the 2018 UAV Expos in Europe and the United States. Preparing for the shows always start with the professionals that are actually using this technology. Each Expo has a separate advisory board from various sectors of the industry who help in setting the theme and agenda for each event. The type of person who will get the most out of the expos are those that are actually using the technology for commercial applications.
    • UAV Expo Europe – This expo will be held in Amsterdam on April 10-12. Three keynote speakers have been announced: Jesse Kallman, Airbus Aerial; Kay Wackwitz, Drone Industry Insights and Lorenz Meier, PX4.
    • UAV Expo America – This show will be held in Las Vegas on ____. The details of the show are still being developed, but this year’s show will incorporate Drone World Expo which was acquired by Diversified Communications, the parent company of the UAV Expo. The integration of Drone World Expo with the Commercial UAV Expo is expected to enhance and broaden the subject matter and appeal of the show.
  • Looking Back. Jeremiah looks back on the past three years with the Commercial UAV News and shares what the experience has been like. His first stories centered around users trying to understand the technology, and now, he’s writing stories on the scalability of entire business models. He compares today with what it must have been like in the early years of the Internet.
  • Closing. Jeremiah talks about the need for companies to create value with their drone programs. Value is defined by each company, whether that is a savings, safety, productivity or some other benefit. Exploring what different values mean is something that’s happening and something that’s great to see.

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