As drones become safer, cheaper and more reliable, there’s one field that has found tremendous success in using drones: law enforcement.
Drone and camera technology allows law enforcement officials to have a better viewpoint of chaotic situations where having ground personnel is too risky. Aerial points of view also allow post-accident or crime scenes to be better evaluated to help understand the timeline of events that took place.
First responder situations are the 6th most common use for drones according to a report from Skylogic Research, behind other popular uses like aerial photography, mapping and construction.
‘Prosumer’ camera drones may be all the rage, but they’re not what’s fueling growth in the drone industry.
Two-thirds of all drones shipped in 2022 are expected to be priced under $2,000, but they will generate just 13% of the UAV industry’s revenues. That’s according to a September 2017 report from Interact Analysis, which estimates that more than 620,000 commercial drones will be shipped in 2022, a six-fold increase on 2016.
It’s a pattern that most drone companies are seeing: low-cost, consumer drones excel in sales but lag behind commercial drones in revenue.
Parrot’s drone sales were up 72% in the second-quarter of 2017, with commercial drones generating 11.7 million euros, totaling 33% of its revenue — that’s up 42% from the same quarter of 2016.
The company sited its fixed-wing drones as a major reason for the growth, along with products related to high-precision data.
Interdrone 2017, one of the largest drone conferences out there, saw a whopping 3,700+ attendees in its third year.
The Las Vegas-based conference held in September saw its attendance grow by 10%, according to its organizers. The conference hosted attendees from 59 different countries, as well as 165 exhibitors and 130 press.
You may have noticed a small hiatus in my posting. I just spent two weeks in Australia at four different events — two talks at the incredible World of Drones Congress, a Drone Day for young ladies interested in tech in partnership with my friends SheFlies, and a guest lecture for a journalism class at Queensland University of Technology.
It was all crazy busy, educational and tons of fun!
Here were some highlights from the last few weeks:
The list is intended to celebrate the success of movers and shakers in the drone world. Some you may recognize (and have been mentioned on the Drone Girl before!), while some are newcomers who are quickly rising to the top of the influencer ranks. Ultimately, nine women from around the world were selected for their work in the drone industry in the first of an annual list designed to highlight exceptional women in drones.
I had the pleasure of serving on the judges panel to select the honorees. We had so many amazing applications and though it was tough to choose, the list we came up with is pretty awe-inspiring.
InterDrone 2017 is nearly upon us, and you can catch Drone Girl talking privacy this year.
InterDrone is one of the largest drone conferences, and takes place from Sept. 6-8 in Las Vegas.
I’ll be speaking alongside Diana Cooper, Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategy at PrecisionHawk, and Lisa Malloy, Intel Corp.’s director of government relations, on the panel “Privacy Issues Related to Expanded UAS Operations,” which will be moderated by DLA Piper’s Matthew Grosack.
We’ll dissect whether or not drones are compatible with privacy concepts based on two dimensional vantage points as three dimensional observation of persons and property (where height is no longer a restricting factor) soon become the norm.
The panel will take place on Friday, Sept. 8 from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m.
And while of course you should check out this panel, here are some other things you’ll want to check out while at InterDrone:
The panel “How TV News Benefits from Drones” moderated by Carmaine Means, an Emmy award winning television news photojournalist at CBS News in Chicago, and with speakers including Maria Stefanopoulos, an Emmy Award Winning Production Manager for ABC News, Good Morning America.
We discuss federal policy, whether there should be drone-specific privacy laws, and perhaps most importantly, ethics. Just because drone operators can take images legally, it doesn’t mean that one can ethically use those images.
Want to talk more about privacy? Join me at Interdrone 2017 in Las Vegas, Nevada.
I’ll be speaking on Friday, Sept. 8 from 8:45 to 9:30 a.m. alongside Diana Cooper, Senior Vice President of Policy and Strategy at PrecisionHawk, and Lisa Malloy, Intel Corp.’s director of government relations, on privacy issues related to expanded UAS operations.