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Why Drones Are the Future of the Internet of Things

By Colin Snow | December 1, 2014

What if you could talk to a drone?  No, seriously.  You can already talk to a locomotive, so why not talk to a drone? For those of you following the technology, you already know that unmanned aircraft systems (a.k.a. drones) are finding their way into Internet of Things (IoT) implementations. IoT applications are typically composed … Read more

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Does DJI’s New Drone Hit the Target Market?

By Colin Snow | November 16, 2014

I think it’s futuristic – the drone that is.  The camera, on the other hand, is another story. The drone For a guy like me who not only follows the commercial market for drones but is also an avid photography and multirotor enthusiast, the new DJI Inspire 1 is, well, inspiring. It’s chock full of … Read more

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GIS: The Biggest Little Drone Market in the World

By Colin Snow | October 28, 2014

Last week I had the pleasure of participating in a two-day symposium on unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) hosted by the Northern California American Society for Photogrammetry and Remote Sensing (ASPRS).  The event was held in Reno, Nevada, (otherwise known as “The Biggest Little City in the World”), and its purpose was to assemble UAS experts … Read more

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Drone Delivery: By The Numbers

By Colin Snow | October 2, 2014

What do medicine, batteries, and forgotten anniversary gifts have in common?  They are the most likely items consumers will want to be delivered by drone once that service is available.  At least, that’s the verdict from the consumers I surveyed in August and September of this year. In my post Drone Delivery: How Much Would … Read more

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Commercial UAS Market Opportunities: Do defense avionics and electronics suppliers have a head start?

By Colin Snow | September 25, 2014

This post also appears in The Market section of sUAS News. As the Federal Aviation Administration prepares new guidelines for the use of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) in the U.S. national airspace, startups and aeronautic mainstays are chomping at the bit to start selling drones for commercial ventures, from filming to crop scouting to inspecting … Read more

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When Lockheed Meets GoPro: Ohio UAS Conference Wrap Up

By Colin Snow | September 4, 2014

Over the course of three days in August, I along with more than 670 participants at the Ohio UAS Conference 2014 in Dayton, OH, witnessed a large number of government and aerospace company attendees interested in taking drones into commercial markets.  From the dozens of presentations and interactions I had with academics, military contractors, aircraft … Read more

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Drone Delivery: How much would you pay?

By Colin Snow | August 24, 2014

I love the look of the Tesla Model S, but I’d never get one. Somehow, the opportunity to pay $100K to drive only 300 miles before spending 4 to 9 hours recharging does not appeal to me. I also love the idea of Amazon’s drone delivery initiative Prime Air.  But, like the Tesla, the opportunity to … Read more

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Drone Tech Winners and Losers at the Precision Aerial Ag Conference 2014

By Colin Snow | July 16, 2014

Last week my colleague Mitch Solomon and I were privileged to be in the company of more than one thousand farmers in rural Decatur, IL, for the two-day Precision Aerial Agriculture Show 2014 (PAAS 2014).  Mitch covers five key takeaways from the show in his post about the event – including the most salient one: … Read more

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Five Reasons the AUVSI Got Its Drone Market Forecast Wrong

By Colin Snow | June 25, 2014

My guest blogger is Mitch Solomon of Aironovo and this is an excerpt from his post which we developed together. You can find his post here. —- Since its publication in early 2013, AUVSI’s The Economic Impact of Unmanned Aircraft Systems Integration in the United States has become the gold standard forecast for the commercial drone … Read more

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Film or Farm: Which is the Bigger Drone Market? – Part 2

By Colin Snow | June 11, 2014

This is Part 2 in a two-part series that summarizes my views on why video/film/cinema – not agriculture and farming — will be the largest driver of sUAS commercial businesses. In Part 1, I explore thoughts on the market for video/film/cinema, and below I outline why I believe agriculture will lag in market uptake. The … Read more

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