What Every CIO Needs To Know About Commercial Drone Data

This post first appeared on Forbes.com as Drones Pose A Unique Big Data Challenge For Business Users The public might consider them nuisances, but in the commercial market, drones are valuable data collection devices. Their primary task is to capture, store, and transmit data. So as IT departments consider integrating more drone data into existing enterprise business processes, they face new data governance requirements. As drone technology matures, it is important to know what it means for you as the steward of your firm’s information technology and software. Drones present both a big data and an IoT challenge Up to now, the focus of commercial drone use has been on accurate data collection and visualization—not IT process integration. To be fair, applications have been developed to support verticals like agriculture, construction, energy, mining, and telecom with cloud-based services, but these applications mostly produce and serve up maps, e.g., location maps for managing and servicing company infrastructure and other assets. Just as with big data, the challenges of drone data include analysis, curation, search, sharing, storage, transfer, visualization, and information privacy. We are already beginning to see drones efficiently replace static IoT sensors with one device that is in motion and can capture multiple types of data (so not just pictures and video, but also emission gases, radio signals, geodetic data, etc.). Is drone data that unique? Like all IoT devices that are in motion, drones bring a lot of value and at the same time have a lot of challenges. For

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Top 40 Drone Data Services

Top 40 Drone Data Services

  In this August 2018 report, we list the top software applications and data services for processing drone images. This one-page report includes Vendor name Product name URL link to the website   Read more about drone data services in 5 Tips for Evaluating Online Drone Data Services. Complete the form to get your free report Name* First Last Company* Email* Enter Email Confirm Email * I agree to my contact information being stored and used to receive news from Skylogic Research.   The post Top 40 Drone Data Services appeared first on Skylogic Research – Drone Analyst.   In this August 2018 report, we list the top software applications and data services for processing drone images. This one-page report includes Vendor name Product name URL link to the website   Read more about drone data services in 5 Tips for Evaluating Online Drone Data Services. Complete the form to get your free report […] The post Top 40 Drone Data Services appeared first on Skylogic Research – Drone Analyst. […] Read More

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Drones in Public Infrastructure: Quick Start Guide

We’ve just announced the release of our Quick Start Guide to Drones in Public Infrastructure. This new report is the third and final series of white papers we’ve done to provide a complete primer to drone use in specific industries. The report consolidates our best insights into the challenges and solutions drones add to inspecting assets like bridges, dams, highways, towers, and railways. It shows how drones add value to digital representation of physical assets and what information companies and public agencies are gleaning from the data their drones collect. The paper answers questions like: How big is the public infrastructure inspection drone market, and who are the major solution providers? How do state DOTs, civil engineers, railroads, and telecommunications firms use drones and what challenges must be addressed? What do you need to know about regulations, pilot certification, insurance, and training? What are the best practices for adopting drones into existing workflows? Here is an excerpt from the Drone Use in Public Infrastructure section: “MDOT estimates that a standard bridge deck inspection takes eight hours, a crew of four people, and heavy equipment – costing at an estimated $4,600. The same inspection with a drone, however, requires just two people and two hours to complete at an estimated cost of $250. A March 2018 survey, by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, found that 35 of 44 responding state departments of transportation (80%) are using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for a wide range of purposes. The

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New 2018 Drone Industry Benchmark Survey

We just announced the launch of our third annual Drone Market Sector Research survey, which promises to be our most comprehensive study of drone market trends and usage to date. The online portion of this research seeks to get information about who is buying and using small unmanned aircraft systems—otherwise known as drones. It improves upon the 2017 research by, among other things: Asking more specific questions about flight operations and flight times Investigating the adoption and maturity of enterprise and/or public agency drone programs Diving into how users geo-reference images for maps Take the brief 10-minute survey here: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/2018_drone_market As an incentive for participation in the survey, there will be an opportunity to: Receive a free summary report of the research results, a $95 value Enter to win a free DJI Spark mini-drone package (a $425 value) or one of two $100 VISA gift cards. What’s new? This year’s research is designed to uncover fresh insights on which drone industry sectors are thriving (and which aren’t) and how businesses are using drone-acquired data in their day-to-day operations. Skylogic Research hopes the survey results will fill a gap in knowledge and understanding of the commercial drone industry around: Actual drone and drone data usage (most reports forecast use but don’t survey actual users) How and why operators and users are deploying drones now and how/why they plan to grow their use in the future Baseline statistics for market share among the brands as well as information about the size of service

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Quick Start Guide to Drones in Energy

I’m happy to announce the release of our Quick Start Guide to Drones in Energy. This report is the second in a new series of Skylogic Research white papers, intended to provide a complete primer to drone use in specific industries. This year, we are building on the analysis we did for the 2017 Five Valuable Business Lessons Learned papers by providing guidance and industry-specific resources that will help you kick-start your practice. Our goal is to help drone-based service providers and business users maximize the value that drones can bring to operational groups. This report consolidates our best insights into the challenges and solutions drones add to inspecting assets that produce and supply energy. We show how drones add value to digital 3-D representation of physical assets and what information companies are gleaning from the data their drones collect. The paper answers questions like: How big is the energy inspection drone market, and who are the major solution providers? How are drones used by oil and gas companies, wind and solar farms, and utilities and what challenges must be addressed? What do you need to know about regulations, pilot certification, insurance, and training? What are the best practices for adopting drones into existing workflows? Here is an excerpt from the drone use in energy asset inspections section: “The number keeps growing, but GWEC estimates that there were over 341,000 wind turbines spinning around the world at the end of 2016. Unidentified defects can result in an unexpected catastrophic failure,

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