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New Report Benchmarks Drone Industry and Refutes Hyperbole

We just released the results of our third annual drone industry benchmark survey and it’s a kicker.

The 2018 Drone Market Sector Report examines worldwide drone sales, service providers, business and…

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Added by Colin Snow on September 18, 2018 at 12:25pm — 3 Comments

New 2018 Drone Industry Benchmark Survey

We just announced the launch of our third annual Drone Market Sector Research survey, which promises to be its most comprehensive study of drone market trends and usage to date. The online portion of this research seeks…

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Added by Colin Snow on July 10, 2018 at 10:00am — 2 Comments

New Primer on Drones in Construction

We just released the Quick Start Guide to Drones in Construction. This report is the first in a new series of free white papers, intended to provide a complete primer to drone use in specific industries. This year, we are building on the analysis we did…

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Added by Colin Snow on April 18, 2018 at 11:46am — 1 Comment

Five Biggest Commercial Drone Trends of 2017 and the Challenges Ahead

Last year at this time, I reflected back on the news and trends of the commercial drone markets of 2016 and wrote about the mixed state of affairs ahead for 2017. Throughout the year, I offered my perspective on how the drone industry was still motivated by hype and how…

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Added by Colin Snow on December 19, 2017 at 10:42am — No Comments

Setting Realistic Growth Prospects for the Drone Market

I believe three of the biggest misconceptions in the drone industry is how fast it will grow, which sectors will grow, and which ones will lag.

No one disagrees that drones—both consumer and professional—represent a new and emerging market. Drone market forecasts abound. We currently track 73 independent companies that provide market forecasts, and each of them…

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Added by Colin Snow on October 31, 2017 at 7:51pm — 3 Comments

A Look at Where Service Providers Are Making Money in the Drone Industry

This article first appeared on UAV Coach.

In this article we’re going to take a look at some of the data collected in the new report from Skylogic Research on the drone industry—data we think is important to you and answers the question: “Where are drone-based service providers making…

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Added by Colin Snow on October 10, 2017 at 2:49pm — No Comments

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 research seeks to get your opinions about buying and using small unmanned…

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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: The Agricultural Drone War Is Over, And They Lost” and read it with great…

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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 Construction.” This is the first in a new series of white papers sponsored by…

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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 me how much hype there is.  A week doesn’t go by where I find a…

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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 saw only 2,500 Section 333 grants for commercial activity, and the press’s…

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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 Sky-Futures know what they are doing.  When it comes to drone…

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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 manufacturer AeroVironment (NASDAQ:AVAV) …

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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, DroneDeploy introduced its…

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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 FACTS:

In the 1980…

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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 could do but from the data they collect. In a piece titled “…

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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, there is a difference between solving the problem of “sense” and solving…

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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 state and federal government agencies. Despite the tangible benefits…

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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 Drones in Construction and Infrastructure Inspection.” The report is the second in series of…

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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 little has been written about the measurable benefits and it’s yet to…

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

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