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DRONES ARE PART OF THE DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION
Drones are "eyes in the sky" to source image and data
They create value as a tool for digitisation and automation of operations. They were used in the audiovisual professional sector for wedding photography or video shootage of wildlife documentaries. Gradually, embedded software and image processing software became more and more sophisticated, and professional drones became relevant in agriculture, infrastructure inspection, construction, emergency services ... the benefit of drones as professional tools applied to a wide array of business fields. These applications are all about sourcing images or information from the sky.
Next: drones performing actions or transporting goods?
Tomorrow, as the autonomous revolution develops, autonomous drones will be able to transport goods over long distances. Yet, in terms of aeronautical safety, there is a gap between on one hand a drone of a few hundred grams evolving within line of sight under the control of its remote pilot, and on the other hand a heavier aircraft evolving automatically beyond visual line of sight. The technological challenge is tremendous and exciting.
Give or improve access to medical care
Innovation is part of aeronautics’ DNA. It has supported the extraordinary growth in air transport. Did you know that 3.5 billion passengers travelled by plane in 2017, safely? Could the aviation pioneers have imagined that within a few decades, air transport would be acclaimed as the safest means of mass transportation?
Today the sky is on the verge of new transformations. A new kind of aircraft is gradually taking its fair share of our skies, the aerial drone. Commercial drones first emerged as toys, or leisure drones.
At the same time, drones were used in the professional audio-visual sector, for wedding photography or video shootage of wildlife documentaries. Gradually, embedded sensors and image processing software became more and more sophisticated, and professional drones became relevant in agriculture, infrastructure inspection, construction, emergency services ... the benefits of drones as professional tools apply to a wide array of business fields.
However, these applications are about sourcing images or information from the sky, and not transport. Tomorrow, as the autonomous vehicles revolution develops, autonomous drones will be able to transport goods over long distances.
Yet in terms of aeronautical safety, there is a big gap between on one hand a drone of a few hundred grams evolving within line of sight under the control of a remote pilot, and on the other hand a heavier aircraft evolving automatically over long distances, beyond visual line of sight. The technological challenge is tremendous and exciting.
Also, what’s the purpose and benefit of drone delivery? Deliver pizzas within 30 minutes? How could disruptive technologies serve the common good and truly bring value for everyone?
Giving or improving access to medical diagnosis meets these aspirations. Several experiments are already in progress. Unicef supports drone delivery projects for blood units and vaccines in countries where infrastructure is weak or non-existent.
With this in mind, we have developed a collaborative approach with Cerba HealthCare, a leading international pathology lab, with a view to better understand: • How advanced is the autonomous drone revolution? What is the state of the art in aerial drone transport? When should we be ready for it? • Which use cases can make a difference to the benefit of patients and doctors? • What are the challenges in terms of technology, regulations and business model?
Anne-Lise Scaillierez, Partner
Anne-Lise a partner at The Drone Office. Drones are part of the autonomous vehicle transformation and her first objective is to help clients develop a safe and innovative drone roadmap. Drones are also part of the digital transformation. So, beyond safety, her objective is to help clients transform disruption into a competitive advantage and value creation. Equally important, we share with clients a vision of technology with a sense of purpose, that truly adds value for everyone. Anne-Lise is a qualified SUAS pilot registered with the CAA. She is a Director of ARPAS-UK, the UK non-profit Trade Association for the UK drone Industry. In this capacity, she provides expert briefings to public stakeholders and conferences. Prior to her current position, Anne-Lise was VP Group Strategy for an international Defence & Aerospace company. In this position, she promoted a digital roadmap including Autonomous Systems. Thanks to a rich professional life in international technology, aerospace , rail automation and telecom companies, Anne-Lise developed a solid 360° perspective on the unmanned environment. She also enjoys a solid finance background from her first positions in Investment Banking.
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