This year has been the biggest year on record for the commercial and consumer drone industries. More deals have been won, more purchases have been made, and of course, more drones have taken flight. This has sparked new opportunities in several industries. If you haven’t been keeping up with the latest drone trends, here are our top takeaways from 2017.

The birth of counter UAS

Although counter UAS was introduced in 2016, this year it has gone from concept to product. Counter UAS systems have been designed to solve:

  • The rise of drone-related crime.
  • The presence of hostile drones at airports, public events, and in the event of a disaster.
  • The risk of drones used for terrorism.

We expect to see an increase in the deployment of counter UAS systems in the forthcoming years.

Uncertainty in drone legislation

If you followed the news this year, you would have noticed the vast amount of indecision in drone legislation. The FAA is challenged by the accessibility of drones, as it attempts to enhance public safety and privacy, without hindering the growth of the UAV market. Your mission, platform, and location will largely determine the regulations you must follow. To learn about current drone regulations, click here.

More industries are utilising drones

A number of organisations are witnessing first-hand the benefits of drones. As a result, drones are becoming the new norm for many industries, including:

  • Agriculture
  • Environmental studies and management (reforestation, research and animal protection)
  • Healthcare (deliveries and emergency response)
  • Disaster management
  • Aerial gas leak detection
  • Search and rescue
  • Media
  • Law enforcement

The use of drones within new and existing industries will grow over the course of the year.

Improvements in gimbal operation

Recent software developments have enhanced gimbal operation, making them simpler to use and more functional. OPS-Warden is a pioneering video exploitation operator suite that has been designed for the operator, by the operator. This software has transformed the video experience by providing customers with a user-friendly C2 platform. OPS-Warden is being used around the world by UAV Vision customers. Contact us today to get your software update.

The testing of exciting new concepts

Companies have raced to innovate drone solutions that will change the way of the world as we know it. Examples include:

  • Drone deliveries
  • Drone taxis
  • Solar powered drones
  • Selfie drones
  • Drone-related sport
  • Mind-controlled drones
  • Artificial intelligence and machine learning

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