There are significant economic and environmental requirements to keeping facilities operational and safe. With sUAS’s ability to perform functions like perch-and-stare, video capture, and laser scanning, they are poised to replace many of the dull, dirty, and dangerous functions of inspection and surveillance.

The main beneficiaries are civil and public entities that perform enterprise asset management (EAM) and facilities/infrastructure management. However, we are only beginning to understand successful business models. Our research focuses on the critical success factors that produce operational efficiency and macro-economic benefit.