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New Survey: Drone Use and Market Trends in Business and Industry

We just announced the start of its 2017 Drone Market Sector Research, which promises to be our most comprehensive study of drone market trends and usage to date. The online portion of this…

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Added by Colin Snow on July 11, 2017 at 3:28pm — 1 Comment

The War is Not Over: Why Agriculture Drones Deserve a Closer Look

As many of you know I’ve been researching and writing about agriculture drone solutions since early 2012. I recently came across this OpEd in PrecisionAg titled “Opinion:…

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Added by Colin Snow on March 31, 2017 at 3:35pm — 4 Comments

New Report: Five Valuable Business Lessons Learned About Drones in Construction

We just released a new research report (free) titled “Five Valuable Business Lessons Learned About Drones in…

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Added by Colin Snow on March 27, 2017 at 12:16pm — No Comments

Why the Drone Network of Tomorrow is Farther Away than You Think

Airspace integration and management solutions for drones continue to garner new investment, but most options are based on fairytale scenarios and raise more questions than answers.

I’ve been doing research on the commercial drone industry since early 2012, and it never ceases to amaze…

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Added by Colin Snow on March 3, 2017 at 11:49am — 4 Comments

Commercial Drone Markets: 2016 Year in Review

Last year at this time, I reflected back on the news and trends of the commercial drone markets of 2015 and wrote about the mixed state of affairs in the U.S.  Back then we…

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Added by Colin Snow on December 20, 2016 at 12:56pm — No Comments

Is Sky-Futures Expanse Drone Inspection Software Good for All?

Sky-Futures cloud-based drone inspection visualization and reporting software squarely targets the asset inspection sector, but will it be broadly adopted? 

THE FACTS:

No one questions whether the founders of…

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Added by Colin Snow on December 15, 2016 at 11:24am — No Comments

Can AeroVironment Compete in the Commercial Drone Market?

AeroVironment’s new drone and cloud-based analytics platform squarely targets the commercial sector, but are they targeting the wrong vertical, too late in the game?

THE FACTS:

Earlier this month, the military and tactical unmanned aircraft systems…

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Added by Colin Snow on December 2, 2016 at 12:10pm — 4 Comments

DroneDeploy: Enterprise Grade or Not?

DroneDeploy’s new App Market fills a need for commercial drone use, but can the data quality measure up for widespread industrial use?

THE FACTS:

This past week, …

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Added by Colin Snow on November 9, 2016 at 11:25am — No Comments

Why I Think the Prosumer Drone Will Never Die

Innovations will flourish on drones that target the prosumer market for a long time

THE…

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Added by Colin Snow on October 26, 2016 at 10:38am — 2 Comments

5 Tips for Evaluating Online Drone Data Services

Choosing the right service means choosing a trusted business partner

THE FACTS:

In early 2014, it was easy to see that drones themselves (the aircraft) would quickly become commoditized and their value would come not from what they…

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Added by Colin Snow on October 8, 2016 at 12:30pm — No Comments

Sense and Avoid for Drones is No Easy Feat

But development is vibrant, and you’ll see it work first in prosumer drones

THE FACTS:  

“Sense and avoid” for drones is a popular topic in the press right now, but the phrase can mean different things in different contexts and for different people. To clarify,…

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Added by Colin Snow on September 22, 2016 at 12:38pm — 6 Comments

New Report: Drones in Public Safety and First Responder Operations

This post first appeared in sUAS News 'The Market'

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It may not seem like it, but drones are still in their infancy and only proving themselves through the rigorous testing done privately, commercially, and by…

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Added by Colin Snow on July 21, 2016 at 1:45pm — 1 Comment

New Report on Drones in Construction and Inspection

This post first appeared in sUAS News 'The Market'

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We just released a new report titled “The Truth about…

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Added by Colin Snow on July 13, 2016 at 9:05am — No Comments

New Report: The Truth About Drones in Precision Agriculture

Over the past few years, the press has emphasized how much commercial drones will be used to improve farming. The assumption is that drones provide more accurate data for use in variable rate technology (VRT) so farmers who use drones will experience increased yields.  But truth be told very…

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Added by Colin Snow on June 27, 2016 at 12:17pm — 14 Comments

Insights from New Market Research on Drones Sales

This post will also appear in sUAS News ‘The Market’ and is a follow up to a previous DIY Drones post: New Research on Drone Buying…

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Added by Colin Snow on April 25, 2016 at 9:11pm — 9 Comments

New Research on Drone Buying Experience

We just launched a new research survey exploring your drone-buying experiences, where you bought, what seller services matter, and where you intend to buy drones and/or small unmanned aerial systems. As a short 13-question survey, it’s designed for those who have bought or will buy a drone for either…

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Added by Colin Snow on February 9, 2016 at 12:00pm — 2 Comments

Six Trends Driving the Commercial Drone Market in 2016 and Beyond

This post also appears in sUAS News ‘The Market

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“It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” – attributed to Yogi Berra

I was recently asked in an interview to discuss four or five trends that I see as…

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Added by Colin Snow on January 30, 2016 at 11:13am — 5 Comments

3 Things Public Safety Officials Should Know About Drones

By Jonathan Rupprecht, Esq. for Drone Analyst

This past year, as I attended many drone conferences, I was struck by how eager public safety officials and first responders are to learn how they can incorporate drones into their operations.  Their curiosity is not without good reason. …

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Added by Colin Snow on January 11, 2016 at 11:41am — No Comments

Commercial Drone Markets: 2015 Year in Review

This post also appears in sUAS News ‘The Market

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What a difference a year makes.

Last year at this time, I reflected back on the news and trends of the…

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Added by Colin Snow on December 8, 2015 at 11:06pm — 3 Comments

Uncertain Case for ADS-B In Small Drone Traffic Management

This post is a follow up to a previous post: Is ADS-B Right for Small Drones and also appears in sUAS News ‘The Market

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What the heck is ADS-B and why should I care?

I asked myself that…

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Added by Colin Snow on November 1, 2015 at 11:02pm — No Comments

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