Security Business

JUL 2019

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36 Security Business / www.SecurityInfoWatch.com / July 2019 Cover Story (http://uavcoach.com) is a great resource. The website, launched in 2014 by Alan Perlman, is a terrific info and training source for drone professionals and enthusiasts. In addition to product features, the site includes the Drone Pilot Ground School, a test prep course for U.S. drone pilots that helps prepare them for the FAA Aeronautical Knowledge Test. The site recently outlined “The Top Professional Drones for Serious Commercial UAV Pilots” at http://uavcoach.com/professional-drones. DJI is one of the top consumer drone manufacturers, known mainly for its Mavic series – the quintessential drone for new to intermediate pilots and videographers. The list includes several DJI drones, and its Phantom 3 Model is also making significant news. Other manufacturers cited by UAV Coach include Yuneec, which created the first commercially successful, ready-to-fly fixed wing RC airplane and transitioned into video quadcopters such as the Typhoon H520; as well as the “collision-tolerant” Elios drone line from Swiss manufacturer Flyability. Other drone manufacturers and suppliers are marketing directly to the security industry. At ISC West this year, exhibitors included: • Hoverfly, which uses a tether to connect a UAV to a mobile ground station – meaning there is no need for recharging batteries and thus, infinite flight time; • Nightingale Security, which offers a fully-autonomous drone-infrastructure system – including base stations, drones and software – based on a monthly service fee/annual contract (aka Robot as a Service, or RaaS model); and • Asylon, which designs, engineers and manufactures the DroneCore System – which offers pre-programmed autonomous drone patrols, automated response to IoT alarm triggers, and more. Drone Nerds, the largest drone and accessories distributor in the U.S., will be exhibiting at GSX (booth 1712). Additional manufacturers worth researching include Kespry, Autel Robotics, Insitu, Delair, EHANG, Aeryon Labs and CyPhy. Additionally, consider products that can help workflow, such as the Davteck Copilot six-battery charger that charges the unit and uploads drone-acquired data to an online service like DropBox automatically. Once you have chosen the technology, hired and/or trained your pilots and made sure your company is ready for launch, the business of choosing a customer set begins. There are several markets and industries where the data collected by drones becomes an invaluable tool – it is your job to collect and provide that data. Primary Use: Maintenance and Inspections The construction market – which includes building inspection, new construction and surveying of infrastructure such as cell towers and bridges – is forecast as a major driver of UAV industry growth; in fact, it is predicted to become the single largest drone services application by 2022. All aspects of construction – from design to final product – depend on highly accurate site data, whether it is a road, bridge, commercial hous Hoverfly LiveSky uses a tether to connect a UAV to a mobile ground station. Photo: Hoverfly UAVs can lower operating costs and reduce risk for utility clients who need to inspect power lines. Photo: DJI

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