Commercial and professional business are expected to demand drones in both rural and urban settings and will be reliant on beyond visual line of sight capabilities.
Some of the most influential sector such as Agriculture, Energy, Delivery purpose, Public safety and security will require to operate BVLOS.
The area of operation for commercial applications and its uses started with mapping, surveying and inspections. As such, drone missions span many more sectors that will also benefit.
These industries such as mining, construction, telecommunications, insurance and others. Some of the few VLOS applications being exercises in evolving industry are:
Inspecting industrial infrastructure, such as flare stacks of an oil refinery, to limit expensive shutdowns and avoid placing personnel in hazardous conditions
Patrolling of pipeline, electricity power-lines and railways to detect physical abnormal activity like encroachment or intrusion
Mapping and surveying of mining and construction sites to perform tasks such as stock pile management, pre- & post-blast data collection and vegetation change tracking
Analyzing crop health and conducting topographic survey to support agriculture
Delivering emergency medical supplies such as defibrillators for cardiac arrest
Transferring real time data from fire and emergency scenes to fire-fighter and police forces on the ground in order to assess danger and locate at-risk person
Identifying and use of drone technologies (e.g., detect and avoid, datalink, geofencing) are key enablers for safety performance in-line with high standards of the aviation industry. At CineCopter, we believe learning new technology advancements is equally important to increase the value for our clients ‘Big Data”.
A separation can be drawn between 'certified' drones and 'specific' drones in anticipating categories being defined on current framework. 'Specific' drones, representing medium levels of risk, have been defined generally as being below 50 pound and flying near or below 400 feet. The 'certified' category used for drones flying well above 400 feet and sufficient size to create more substantial risk. These categorizations should not become deciding factor for the risk assessment rather individual missions (proximity to densely populated areas and type of airspace) must be the overall deciding factors. The 'specific' category has been used as a general rule for commercial applications under FAA 'part 107'. It is designated for low risk missions where only FAA knowledge test requires to qualify use of drone. Industry standard, recommended added layer of safety and knowledge is helpful with private pilot certificate. More complex certified drones are expected primarily in public safety and security and mobility sectors. Drones with longer endurances and flying well above 400 feet are expected for border security, maritime surveillance and other environment assessments (e.g., forestry and national park surveillance). Currently, applications being discussed globally are public safety & security, Aerial imagery, Agriculture, Mapping & surveying, Energy/Oil & Gas, Real estate, Delivery & e-commerce.
Following few sectors can be operated under 'specific' categories of operation with limitation!
Energy infrastructure inspections (solar farms, wind turbines, power plants, dams, refineries, oil platforms)
Public safety and security (police and fire response units)
Mining and construction (both quarries and industrial construction sites, potential for residential surveying),
Real Estate & Insurance (property & inspections)
Media & Cinema (news coverage, TV/film, private events)
The efficiency, cost and safety benefits brought by drones to businesses will inevitably drive market growth, resulting in new opportunities and a positive impact on
the economy. This commercial growth extends what has already been a growing market in the areas of leisure drones as consumer electronics.
Drone provider as companies look to maximize their upside in the market. Economic valuation for this portion of the value chain is represented
by the total willingness to pay after removing the production value of drones, piloting operations and other on-going costs related to maintenance and insurance that are required to deliver the services. ‘Big Data’ processing and analytics expertise is a key source into packaging and representing value of the project.