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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Commercial Drones and GDPR: What You Need to Know

Assessing what GDPR means for commercial drone hardware and software vendors, service providers, and enterprise users. By Colin Snow and Charlotte Ziems Have you noticed an increase in the number of emails lately that say “we have updated our privacy policies and terms of service”? It’s not just the big players like Amazon, Apple, Google, and YouTube, it’s just about everyone – and for good reason. They’re all preparing for May 25, 2018, when new regulations go into effect that apply to personally identifiable data they collect on citizens of the European Union. Disclaimer: Nothing in this post should be interpreted as legal advice—you alone are responsible for GDPR compliance and should consult legal counsel to do so. We’ll assess only the basic GDPR concepts you should know, and at a high level. So let’s start with the basics. What is GDPR? On May 25, 2018, the new General Data Protection Regulation (GDPR) will go into effect to protect the rights of Europeans to access and control their personal data. This means any brand that collects and processes the personal data of individuals in the European Union, regardless of that brand’s location, needs to comply with GDPR requirements by the May deadline. Note that the laws are still being interpreted and definitions changing, so you’ll want to pay attention. What are the important GDPR requirements? The right to be informed, or being transparent about what you collect and how you use it (Article 12, 13, and Article 14 number 11)

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Evaluating the Economics of BVLOS Drone Operations

We just announced the release of our latest research on commercial drone operations. The Economics of Using Drones for BVLOS Inspections is a white paper sponsored by PrecisionHawk, the leading provider of drone technology for the enterprise, which provides a foundation for businesses to evaluate when it’s best to use traditional ground and manned aviation, line of sight drones, or BVLOS (for “beyond visual line of sight”) drone inspection approaches. It’s designed as a comprehensive primer of drone inspections in specific industries. The paper answers questions like: What’s the best way to enable an effective drone strategy? What are the economic benefits of operating drones? What are the costs, benefits, and risks of using drones for BVLOS operations? How does that compare with traditional inspection methods? Here is an excerpt: As the commercial drone industry continues to evolve, widespread BVLOS drone inspection has the potential to significantly change business models for oil and gas, utilities, insurance, and other industries. Representatives we spoke with in those industries point to four main drivers motivating them to explore BVLOS operations: Safety, as in preventing fatal helicopter crashes or accidents from having to manually climb towers to take readings; Costs, or reducing dependence on a $1,500-per-rotor-hour helicopter and personnel and even cutting the time and expense of the multiple flights needed in flying drones within visual line of sight (VLOS); Data inconsistency and lack of quality, since manual data collection sometimes involves photos taken from a helicopter traveling at speed and at different heights

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