The Drone Analyst Blog

Making the Business Case for Your Drone Program

I am happy to announce the release of Making a Successful Business Case for Drone Technology – a blueprint for enterprises to ...
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Amazon’s Drone Delivery Plans: What’s Old, What’s New And When?

Amazon’s Prime Air delivery drone has some great new technology but the service faces strong and persistent regulatory hurdles. Amazon’s drone delivery ...
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FAA May Be Off Target With Forecast For Threefold Growth In Commercial Drones

There’s some good information in the FAA’s new five-year Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) forecast, but there are reasons to doubt the accuracy ...
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Three Essentials for Building Public Safety and First Responder Drone Programs

Increasing use of drones surfaces three best practices for state and local police, sheriffs, fire departments, and teams in EMS, search and ...
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Drones Are Doing More In U.S. Than You May Know, As These 3 Companies Show

Five years ago, the pundits predicted that by now we would be seeing tens of thousands of drones buzzing over our heads ...
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What Every CIO Needs To Know About Commercial Drone Data

This post first appeared on Forbes.com as Drones Pose A Unique Big Data Challenge For Business Users The public might consider them nuisances, ...
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Evaluating the Economics of BVLOS Drone Operations

We just announced the release of our latest research on commercial drone operations. The Economics of Using Drones for BVLOS Inspections is ...
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Seven Trends That Will Shape the Commercial Drone Industry in 2019

This post first appeared in Forbes In many ways, 2019 will be another big year for the commercial drone industry. Last year ...
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Three Forces That Shaped the Drone Industry in 2018

This was a big year for the commercial drone industry as a whole. It saw a significant increase in the business adoption, ...
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Measuring Success in the Drone Market

“If you can’t measure it, you can’t improve it.” – Peter Drucker The $118M Airware failure is a cautionary tale for all ...
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New Report Benchmarks Drone Industry and Refutes Hyperbole

We just released the results of our third annual drone industry benchmark survey and it’s a kicker. The 2018 Drone Market Sector Report ...
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Top 40 Drone Data Services

  In this August 2018 report, we list the top software applications and data services for processing drone images. This one-page report ...
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Drones in Public Infrastructure: Quick Start Guide

We've just announced the release of our Quick Start Guide to Drones in Public Infrastructure. This new report is the third and ...
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New 2018 Drone Industry Benchmark Survey

We just announced the launch of our third annual Drone Market Sector Research survey, which promises to be our most comprehensive study of ...
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Quick Start Guide to Drones in Energy

I’m happy to announce the release of our Quick Start Guide to Drones in Energy. This report is the second in a ...
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Commercial Drones and GDPR: What You Need to Know

Assessing what GDPR means for commercial drone hardware and software vendors, service providers, and enterprise users. By Colin Snow and Charlotte Ziems ...
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Quick Start Guide to Drones in Construction

I’m happy to announce the release of the Quick Start Guide to Drones in Construction. This report is the first in a ...
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Four Commercial Drone Trends to Watch in 2018

In my last post, Five Biggest Commercial Drone Trends of 2017 and the Challenges Ahead, I used data from our 2017 Drone ...
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Five Biggest Commercial Drone Trends of 2017 and the Challenges Ahead

Last year at this time, I reflected back on the news and trends of the commercial drone markets of 2016 and wrote ...
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Setting Realistic Growth Prospects for the Drone Market

I believe three of the biggest misconceptions in the drone industry is how fast it will grow, which sectors will grow, and ...
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Show Me the Money—A Look at Where Service Providers Are Making Money in the Drone Industry

Guest post by Zacc Dukowitz, Director of Marketing UAV Coach In this article we’re going to take a look at some of ...
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New Research: 2017 Drone Market Sector Report

We have just released the results of our latest market research on the drone industry. The 2017 Drone Market Sector Report examines ...
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Five Valuable Lessons about Drone Use in Public Safety

We just released a new research report titled “Five Valuable Business Lessons Learned About Drones in Public Safety and First Responder Operations.” ...
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New Survey: Who’s Buying Drones, Using Drone Software, and Why?

We just announced the start of our 2017 Drone Market Sector Research, which promises to be the most comprehensive study of drone market ...
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Five Valuable Business Lessons about Drone Inspections

We just released a new research report titled “Five Valuable Business Lessons About Drones in Asset and Infrastructure Inspection” This is the ...
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What’s the Future of Drone Use in Mining and Aggregates?

I just released a new research report titled “Five Valuable Business Lessons Learned About Drones in Mining and Aggregates.” This is the third ...
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The War is Not Over: Why Agriculture Drones Deserve a Closer Look

As many of you know I’ve been researching and writing about agriculture drone solutions since early 2012. I recently came across this ...
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Five Valuable Business Lessons Learned About Drones in Construction

We just released a new research report titled “Five Valuable Business Lessons Learned About Drones in Construction.” This is the first in ...
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Who Benefits from Airmap and its Digital Certificates for Drones?

Airmap, with its low-altitude airspace management platform for drones, continues to garner international market share and new investment, but some uses for ...
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Why the Drone Network of Tomorrow is Farther Away than You Think

Airspace integration and management solutions for drones continue to garner new investment, but most options are based on fairytale scenarios and raise ...
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Commercial Drone Markets: 2016 Year in Review

Last year at this time, I reflected back on the news and trends of the commercial drone markets of 2015 and wrote ...
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Is Sky-Futures Expanse Drone Inspection Software Good for All?

Sky-Futures cloud-based drone inspection visualization and reporting software squarely targets the asset inspection sector, but will it be broadly adopted?   THE ...
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Can AeroVironment Compete in the Commercial Drone Market?

AeroVironment’s new drone and cloud-based analytics platform squarely targets the commercial sector, but are they targeting the wrong vertical, too late in ...
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DroneDeploy: Enterprise Grade or Not?

DroneDeploy’s new App Market fills a need for commercial drone use, but can the data quality measure up for widespread industrial use? ...
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Why I Think the Prosumer Drone Will Never Die

Innovations will flourish on drones that target the prosumer market for a long time THE FACTS: In the 1980 book, The Third ...
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6 Tips for Avoiding Phony Dronie Consultants and Attorneys

How to steer clear of the wrong hire for your drone business By Jonathan Rupprecht, Esq. for Drone Analyst® It seems everyone ...
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5 Tips for Evaluating Online Drone Data Services

Choosing the right service means choosing a trusted business partner THE FACTS: In early 2014, it was easy to see that drones ...
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Sense and Avoid for Drones is No Easy Feat

But development is vibrant, and you’ll see it work first in prosumer drones THE FACTS: “Sense and avoid” for drones is a ...
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Can PrecisionHawk Tame Drone Traffic in the Sky?

PrecisionHawk’s LATAS delivers an innovative air traffic control system for drones, but it’s one of several that depends on the not-so-imminent success ...
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Will the U.S.’s New Drone Pilot Certification Accelerate Commercial Growth?

FAA testing and certification for small UAS remote pilot certificates begins in earnest this month, but does that mean the commercial drone ...
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DJI’s Foray into the Enterprise Drone Market

Will its reliance on channel partnerships address the real needs of commercial operators? THE FACTS: Without the usual fanfare associated with a ...
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The Truth About Drones in Mapping and Surveying

According to 2015 statistics from the US Department of Labor, there are 44,300 surveyors in the United States. But mapping is practiced ...
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Is Esri’s Drone2Map a Game Changer?

Features should appeal to Esri users, but will they appeal to non-Esri users? THE FACTS: In June 2016, Esri released an application ...
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New Report: Drones in Public Safety and First Responder Operations

It may not seem like it, but drones are still in their infancy and only proving themselves through the rigorous testing done ...
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QuickTake: Can Kespry Overcome Its Brand Challenge?

Its enterprise drone is fit for construction, mining, and insurance companies, but the question is whether companies already catering to those audiences ...
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The Truth about Drones in Construction and Inspection

We just released a new research study titled “The Truth about Drones in Construction and Infrastructure Inspection.” The free report is the ...
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The Truth about Drones in Precision Agriculture

Over the past few years, the press has emphasized how much commercial drones will be used to improve farming. The assumption is ...
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Market Impact of the FAA Small Drone Rule

Barriers to entry are lower, but high margin operations are still restricted. THE FACTS: By now you probably know that the Federal ...
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QuickTake: Hivemapper’s 3D Earth Maps for Drones App

It’s innovative, but will companies embed it for their mission control? THE FACTS: Last week Hivemapper introduced its 3D earth maps Android ...
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Insights from New Market Research on Drones Sales

We just released “Drones in the Channel: 2016 Market Report,” a research study examining drone sales and distribution channels in North America. ...
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New Survey: What’s Your Drone Purchase Experience Like?

We just launched a new research survey exploring your drone-buying experiences, where you bought, what seller services matter, and where you intend ...
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Six Trends Driving the Commercial Drone Market in 2016 and Beyond

“It's tough to make predictions, especially about the future.” – attributed to Yogi Berra I was recently asked in an interview to ...
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3 Things Public Safety Officials Should Know About Drones

By Jonathan Rupprecht, Esq. for Drone Analyst This past year, as I attended many drone conferences, I was struck by how eager ...
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Commercial Drone Markets: 2015 Year in Review

What a difference a year makes. Last year at this time, I reflected back on the news and trends of the commercial ...
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Uncertain Case for ADS-B In Small Drone Traffic Management

What the heck is ADS-B and why should I care? I asked myself that question a year-and-a-half ago, because I kept seeing ...
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Five Skills You Need to Succeed in the Commercial Drone Market

These days it seems just about anyone can get an FAA Section 333 Exemption that allows them to legally use small unmanned ...
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New Survey on ADS-B Tracking for Small Drones

We have launched a new 10-question research survey on unmanned traffic management technology to get your opinions about ADS-B solutions for small drones.  ...
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5 Tips on Finding a Good Drone Attorney

By Jonathan Rupprecht, Esq. for Drone Analyst In response to the rapidly growing drone industry, there are now many attorneys and law ...
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New Commercial Drones Report: Current State of the U.S. Industry

UPDATE: September, 2016. This report has been updated to include the latest market trend and FAA Part 107 rules I just released a new ...
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Diversity and Hype in Commercial Drone Market Forecasts

This post also appears in The Market section of sUAS News. ----- Have you noticed the growing number of market forecasts for ...
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Five Observations about the Camera Drone Market from NAB 2015

By Steve Maller for Drone Analyst My brief but productive visit last month to the 2015 National Association of Broadcasters (NAB) in ...
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FAA Proposed Drone Rules: Market Opportunity Winners and Losers

On February 15, 2015, the commercial drone industry breathed a collective sigh of relief. The Federal Aviation Administration’s proposed new rules for ...
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Commercial Drone Markets: 2014 Year in Review

Judging by the headlines, 2014 turned out to be the year for drones. I referenced in Tweets a total of 503 articles ...
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Why Drones Are the Future of the Internet of Things

What if you could talk to a drone?  No, seriously.  You can already talk to a locomotive, so why not talk to ...
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Does DJI’s New Drone Hit the Target Market?

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GIS: The Biggest Little Drone Market in the World

Last week I had the pleasure of participating in a two-day symposium on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) hosted by the Northern California ...
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Drone Delivery: By The Numbers

What do medicine, batteries, and forgotten anniversary gifts have in common?  They are the most likely items consumers will want to be ...
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Commercial UAS Market Opportunities: Do defense avionics and electronics suppliers have a head start?

This post also appears in The Market section of sUAS News. As the Federal Aviation Administration prepares new guidelines for the use ...
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When Lockheed Meets GoPro: Ohio UAS Conference Wrap Up

Over the course of three days in August, I along with more than 670 participants at the Ohio UAS Conference 2014 in ...
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Drone Delivery: How much would you pay?

I love the look of the Tesla Model S, but I’d never get one. Somehow, the opportunity to pay $100K to drive ...
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Drone Tech Winners and Losers at the Precision Aerial Ag Conference 2014

Last week my colleague Mitch Solomon and I were privileged to be in the company of more than one thousand farmers in ...
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Five Reasons the AUVSI Got Its Drone Market Forecast Wrong

My guest blogger is Mitch Solomon of Aironovo and this is an excerpt from his post which we developed together. You can ...
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Film or Farm: Which is the Bigger Drone Market? – Part 2

This is Part 2 in a two-part series that summarizes my views on why video/film/cinema – not agriculture and farming -- will ...
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Film or Farm: Which is the Bigger Drone Market? – Part 1

This is Part 1 in a two-part series that summarizes my views on why video/film/cinema – not agriculture and farming -- will ...
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Which is Better: Open Source or Proprietary Drone Software?

Just like Google vs. Apple When the Apple iPad first appeared on the market in 2010, I didn't jump in to buy ...
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Will Future FAA Rules Kill The Small Drones Market?

I just released the findings of my two-month survey studying the impact of FAA rules on small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) in ...
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Drone Businesses: Three Social Media Platforms You Can’t Afford To Ignore

For some the thought of using Twitter or Facebook or LinkedIn for their small unmanned aerial systems (sUAS) business seems, well, just ...
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Do FAA Rules Hurt Your Small Drone Business?

Confused by the FAA's small drone regulations? Feeling choked as a business? As you know, the FAA declares they govern *all* airspace, ...
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The Business of Drones: A Tale of Two Cities

The year was 1775. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, ...
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The Democratization of Aerial Photography

From earliest times, humans have held a fascination with the “bird’s eye” view from above. Therefore it's not surprising that, not long ...
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Drones Revolution Means Big Data Cloud Services

I love drones. No, not the big high-altitude ones like the Predator Drone, I mean the smaller low-altitude ones like Aeryon, Flexrotor, Phantom, and ...
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The Yellow Brick Road of FAA Drone Regulations

This post provides a few helpful links to get you started on the journey of understanding Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) regulations for ...
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Making Sense of Drones

What do you think when you hear the word drone or unmanned aerial system (UAS) or unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)? Drones come ...
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