Drones hold great promise for IoT but commercial and legal challenges persist

18 February 2016
Report type: Research Note
Author(s): Isabel Chapman
Keywords: M2M, machine-to-machine, IoT, Internet of Things, drones, UAVs, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, UAS, Beyond Line of Sight, Sense and Avoid, Robotics, processors, verticals, agriculture, utilities, public safety, disaster relief, environment, legislation, regulatory, applications, analytics, SDKs, safety, US, UK, Canada, Australia, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Israel, Poland, China, Switzerland, Singapore
Companies: Amazon, Google, Etisalat, Thuraya, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Intel, Aeryon Labs, DJI, 3D Robotics, Parrot, vHive, SenseFly, Trimble, AirWare, DroneDeploy, Ascending Technologies
Number of Pages: 9

The hype surrounding consumer use, package delivery systems, and military functions have obscured the commercial utility of UAVs (drones) across a number of verticals. Jurisdictions have rightly taken a cautious approach to approving commercial UAV use, so the market has seen slower growth than it could. A number of key tech industry players have taken note of the potential in this market.

This Research Note explores the numerous uses of UAVs in the commercial sector internationally and looks at the ecosystem of players that support it, including Microsoft, Qualcomm and Intel. Technological advances are addressed in terms of additional business value to end users, as well as value to regulators who seek to address safety concerns before de-regulating the market.

Keywords: M2M, machine-to-machine, IoT, Internet of Things, drones, UAVs, Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, Unmanned Aircraft Systems, UAS, Beyond Line of Sight, Sense and Avoid, Robotics, processors, verticals, agriculture, utilities, public safety, disaster relief, environment, legislation, regulatory, applications, analytics, SDKs, safety, US, UK, Canada, Australia, Colombia, Czech Republic, France, Israel, Poland, China, Switzerland, Singapore

Companies covered in this report: Amazon, Google, Etisalat, Thuraya, Microsoft, Qualcomm, Intel, Aeryon Labs, DJI, 3D Robotics, Parrot, vHive, SenseFly, Trimble, AirWare, DroneDeploy, Ascending Technologies 

9 pages

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