So how’s it going in the UAS world?
During the process of covering the UAS industry, we talk to many people every month from all phases of the business. They range from high-level managers and engineers with major UAS manufacturers to young entrepreneurs with great ideas for start-up businesses. Sometimes there are opportunities to visit with them again to find out how their plans are progressing, but usually such opportunities don’t arise.
I interviewed Michael Singer, CEO of DroneView Technologies, a year and a half ago about how the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) had rejected his company’s idea for a simplified and streamlined process for drone registration. He had obviously put a lot of work into the idea and was disappointed by the FAA’s response to it.
“I concluded that the time spent was going to be too great,” he told me. “Life’s too short and we have too many other opportunities to chase.”
I moved on to other stories. The FAA, as we now know, had its own plan for a national drone registration program which has since been implemented. I hadn’t thought about DroveView Technologies until this week when I got an email from Singer which summarized what the company did in 2016 and looked ahead to 2017.
“With almost two full years of commercial drone operation under our belt, we have flown hundreds of successful missions for clients in over 20 different states throughout the country,” it read. “We find ourself an industry leader, very clearly focused on what business we are really in, for whom we provide true value through our services and importantly many things drone related that we have chosen not to pursue.”
I learned that DroneView Technologies is into aerial mapping and geospatial services that include project planning, equipment and software selection, image (LiDAR) acquisition, photogrammetric data processing, reporting, data storage and archiving.
Singer sees 2017 as an even bigger opportunity. He believes the commercial drone industry is facing a tipping point where large organizations will move from exploring how to incorporate drones in their operations to widespread mainstream implementation. The keys, as he sees it, are technology enabled services, high-level accuracy, strategic partnerships and a shakeout that will result in “fewer companies with more focused and specialized offerings.”
It was a pleasure to read Singer’s email and learn that following a low point in 2015, DroneView Technologies had emerged in 2016 to catch some of the other opportunities it had pursued and was looking ahead to even more success in 2017. Those are the types of success stories our team at UAS Magazine loves to learn about.