Drones in Business
April 2015 – A drone lands in Washington D.C. after violating restricted airspace.
December 2013 – Amazon founder Jeff Bezos created a buzz throughout the tech world when he introduced the idea of using drones to deliver goods to online shoppers.
You may have heard of drones recently in the news whether it is in regards to business, the military or from drone enthusiasts. Drones have been used by the military for decades. Predator drones, for example, have been used for surveillance and as unmanned weapons in the battle fields thus keeping our military safe for harm. Now drones are being considered for commercial use. Despite a current FAA ( Federal Aviation Authority) ban on drones for commercial use, drones will have an impact of the business world in the near future.
Let’s look at some of the ways that drones are currently being used and how they may be used in the future.
- Drones are currently being used in agriculture by farmers looks over fields for potential irrigation and crop problems. They have even been used to keep track of cattle.
- Police use drones currently to track down criminals and even for search and rescue missions. They are a cost-effective alternative to manned helicopters. Just last month drones were used in Nepal to search for victims in the massive earthquake that hit that region. Drones were able to get into areas that were not accessible by helicopters or search and rescue vehicles.
- Real estate agents use drones to show off high-end homes with wide expanses of property that would not be easy to show during a walking or driving tour.
- Photographers use drones to capture unique photographs that would be hard to get by walking.
Where is the impact of drones likely to be felt next in the business world?
- Archaeology – Believe it or not, thermal images enable the researchers and scientists to see beneath the first layer of earth’s crust, which can help them locate buried structures.
- Humanitarian Work – Researchers at the Harvard-MIT Division of Health Sciences and Technology are developing drones that can deliver vaccines and other critical medical supplies to remote locations in the developing world.
- Expanding Internet Access – Mark Zuckerberg, the Chief Executive of Facebook, has purchased Ascenta, a solar-powered drone company based in the United Kingdom, to extend the reach of Internet connectivity across the entire planet.
- Food Delivery – A Silicon Valley start-up announced plans to use drones to deliver tacos to its customers, until the FAA imposed its sanctions pending drone regulations.
- Early Warning Systems – Businesses may be asked to supply drones for emergency situations such as: natural disaster warning systems (hurricanes, tornadoes, floods, fires, and Tsunamis)
- Commercial Delivery Services – If regulations from the government allow commercial delivery services, the United States could see the delivery of commercial products via drones. This could include mail, grocery, packages, or medical items.
- Business Activity Monitoring – Drones could easily monitor what is going on aerially in several fields of work such as: construction, topology surveys, shipping services, geological surveys, and thermo imaging.
- Sporting enthusiasts could watch their favorite team from the sky, marketing teams can advertise from the air, and even college students could check out books from the campus library using drones. The options are endless for the use of drones in business.