I am curious as to how fast this sector is growing (given the known FAA constraints). Any data points? Even if anecdotal it would be good to hear. I have come across about 10 to 12 North American firms.
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There have to be tons. I was at a Precision Ag fair a few weeks go representing US2, and there were TWO others there doing the same. This was a small fair, with maybe 15 exhibitors, 3 of which were UAV-related.
The cool thing is that none of us seem really threatened by each other, and in many cases we collaborate. During this particular fair, the three of us spent a good amount of time talking to each other, comparing notes. I lent some of my equipment to one of the other exhibitors for their demo, and I think one of the others did the same. More than a few of the attendees were taken aback by our willingness to share our "special sauce" with each other, an industry trait I hadn't really even thought about but now realize to be a really neat aspect.
We all agreed that right now, the demand from ag customers far outweighs the ability of UAV firms to provide it, so it is a no brainer for us to work together to make a better offering. The next few years are going to be very, very interesting as the industry matures.
Thanks for the note. I see quite a few more firms forming for industrial inspection rather than Ag. Ag seems to be more farmers doing it themselves. This is just based on me looking at who is out there..
Thanks for the reply. What are your thoughts on the fims like Precision Hawk etc.. looking to supply processing as the service? Precision Ag is outside my area so the feedback is appreciated.