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Drones are Coming to your Business
Is Your Organization Ready For Drones?
Leveraging Drones to Increase Safety and Productivity
Integrating Drones into the Most Complex Airspace in the World
Sean S Torpey, CIO, AIT Office of Information Services, FAA
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Jon Amdur, Vice President, Senior Technical Manager, Kleinfelder
The Sky Truly is the Limit
Sam Perry, MBA, ACHE, Director of Operations, McKenzie County Healthcare Systems, Inc.
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Josh Dittmar, Systems Engineering Integration and Test, Northrop Grumman
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A New Era Takes Flight
By Ken Stewart, General Manager, AiRXOS
The speed at which a pizza or plasma can be delivered via autonomous mobility, depends on the safe integration of manned and unmanned airspace. In short, UAVs need to get along with manned aircraft and manned ground vehicles, safely and efficiently. That ground work is only just being laid— regulations, infrastructure, networks, and technology are being rapidly developed to support the many ways in which drones and urban mobility will operate. It’s one thing to have planes in the sky; it’s another to have thousands of drones performing dozens of different operations in that same airspace. According to the FAA, about 7,000 planes fly in the U.S. skies at any time during the day. There are more than 325,000 registered drones in the U.S.
The Unmanned Traffic Management system (UTM) is the framework that will enable the future of autonomy
Today, drones cannot fly Beyond the Line of Visual Site (BVLOS), over people, or at night, without specific exemptions and waivers from the FAA. To enable ‘last mile delivery’, meaning a package or plasma delivered to the doorstep, a drone must fly in most cases over people, beyond the visual line of site and in some cases at night. It may also be flying in a city with structural obstacles, or around terrain that can’t be identified. While the potential of autonomous mobility certainly lies in the infrastructure, the economic impact will be felt in its applications. Ecommerce, first responders, oil & gas, solar, and wind sectors will all realize opportunities and cost savings from these kind of advanced applications. A last mile delivery is enabled once it can fly beyond the line of sight, or over people. According to McKinsey & Company, autonomous vehicles including drones will deliver close to 100 percent of X2C and 80 percent of all items.
The autonomous mobility industry today is moving rapidly and is expected to see strong growth over the next few decades. The increase in adoption of advanced applications and new regulations will further boost the market. The industry is poised quite literally to take off.