As the event went on it became clearer and clearer to us: UAV's are the future. Led by the ‘Queen Bee’ in 1935, UAVs have since come a long way and are now used for a wide range of purposes, including: ground support; peacekeeping; precision agriculture; safety inspections; service provisions. The benefits for companies are undeniable.
UAV’s are very cost effective, time efficient and very low risk, and companies could soon be reaping the benefits. One statistic that stands out to us is that on average, satellite imagery costs $35,000 to operate, and collecting aerial data averages over a huge $90,000. UAV imagery has the potential to perform the same tasks for less than $18,000 – an attractive savings for our customers.
So if the technology and systems are all there and companies across the globe are spending millions on R&D, what is keeping this industry from success? It’s simple: a sheer lack of legislation. There has been much confusion over the rules and regulations of flying unmanned aircraft both commercially and non-commercially and it is not until early 2015 that this uncertainty will start to clear. It appears that many of the issues arise from concerns regarding privacy and flying aircraft out of the ‘line-of-sight’, but if this industry has any chance of success, these issues need to be resolved.
Flying UAV's and Drones for commercial purposes has in fact already begun in many jurisdictions. Though not yet legal in the United States, Transport Canada (Canada’s Governing body) has set out strict guidelines of when and how to fly an unmanned aircraft. To find more information on Canadian drone policy Click Here.