A drone is an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), which are a component of an unmanned aircraft system.
According to the 2017 Drone Industry Trends Report by DroneDeploy, a drone-mapping software with the largest drone data platform in the world that has mapped 10 million acres of land, drones’ mapping capabilities are redefining and creating new industries.
Globally, the rising popularity of drones is generating significant value for enterprises and entrepreneurs alike, from the creation of 29,000 new jobs for drone pilots to lucrative company decisions facilitated by data.
In the United States, DroneDeploy’s software generated an estimated $150 million in economic value.
This is the major of reason tech investors and the government are expected to latch on what technology offers, especially emerging technologies that could accelerate productivity such as the drone.
Some of the benefits include:
- The world is in need of data that can be sourced with drones. Not toy drones for hobbyists nor military drones but powerful data-capturing drones that are transforming the way companies operate, offering unparalleled insight from 400 feet.
- A government partnership with private investors can help utilise drones for deliveries.
- It not only reduces cost but also boosts efficiency at the speed necessary for this technology age.
- Years back, drones were known in advanced countries to be tools for combat in war zones but now drones could be used for various services, including e-commerce delivery, agriculture, medical supplies and test results.
- Drones can collect data and combined with integrations, can make data easily shareable. Thereby increasing company efficiency by up to 10 times.
Already, South Africa has ventured into numerous commercial drone start-ups that are now providing services for clients and generating revenue.
The question remains, when will Nigeria embrace drone technology without propping up airspace regulations as a hindrance to its actualisation?
Source: Sun News