Let’s come right out and say it: drones do not have a good reputation right now.
Along with worrying use cases, increasing amounts of legislation, and being responsible for one of the biggest airport disruptions in the last decade, it’s unquestionable that they have been making the headlines for all of the wrong reasons.
It may surprise you then that this article is going to explain why drones are going to change every aspect of our working world, and also how businesses are best placed to take advantage of this tragically misunderstood technology and play a part in a redemption story for the ages.
Just last year, PwC research suggested drones would contribute £42bn to the UK economy by 2030, with potential cost-savings equating to £16bn. That’s because drones are much more than hobby devices or mischief-makers, particularly when you look at the applications in commercial environments. For many sectors drones are one of the most efficient pieces of technology available, as a result of their unique ability to easily get to places that are otherwise too difficult, dangerous, expensive or time-consuming to reach.
It’s easy to speak generally about future applications, but what’s even easier is to share the innovative ways that the tech is getting used already. Take Thames Water who use a fleet of drones to check for leaks in its pipe network, and further afield, drones being deployed to deliver blood to remote locations. Elsewhere, drones are also being used to reach crops that have never been able to be treated with fertiliser or pesticide before.
When you start looking into some of the impressive work that drones have been doing, it’s clear that there’s still a lot more that can be done. While there are sectors where drones have already been tested and proven, such as in construction, farming and agriculture, civil engineering, real estate and blue light services, it’s the future applications that are exciting: because once you start to approach age-old problems with the mindset of using a drone, these problems tend to go away. Just look at the typical hourly cost for running a police helicopter, and think of the impact of replacing that with a drone.
From a Westcoast perspective, we’re extremely serious about bringing drones to a wider-audience and contributing to their positive perception. This is why we’ve recently launched our new Future Tech division, placing drones at the forefront of the business through partnerships with Aerialtronics and Drone Volt to bring high quality drones to resellers and commercial customers.
Offering drones is something that can never be done lightly, especially with the attention the technology has been getting recently. This is why we’ve also opened a new drone academy to provide thorough training to resellers and end-users; from ensuring legislative awareness to assistance with getting the pilot’s licence.
If your interest is piqued after reading this broad look at drone technology, keep an eye on our blog for a deeper look at the drones that Westcoast will be offering, as well as examples of use-cases that they’re applicable for right now.
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