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Susan Smith
Susan Smith has worked as an editor and writer in the technology industry for over 16 years. As an editor she has been responsible for the launch of a number of technology trade publications, both in print and online. Currently, Susan is the Editor of GISCafe and AECCafe, as well as those sites’ … More »

New indepth coverage for October: Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS)

September 11th, 2014 by Susan Smith

GISCafe Voice is running a Special Feature Blog on the topic of Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) the week of October 20th. If you wish to have your company included, please let me know, Susan Smith at The GISCafe UAS Questionnaire will be sent to all companies who offer UAV and UAS products and services, so that we may thoroughly cover all opportunities available. Or, you can print it yourself from this blog and email it to me.

A Reaper UAV drone

According to a report from Information Gatekeepers, Inc. (IGI) Consulting Inc. the U.S. market for unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) is estimated to grow from $5 billion in 2013 to $15 billion in 2020.

While at one time UAVs were the province of the military, they are now being made and the market drive by growth in the commercial and do-it-yourself markets.

Technically, Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is the name given to the aircraft that flies around and collects data and imagery. Unmanned Aerial System (UAS) describes the whole package of products that are needed to operate the system, including the UAV, the ground control system, camera, GPS, software, and the skills required to operate the system and the tools for maintenance.

The growth in this market is expected to come from various industries, including package delivery from companies such as Amazon and UPS, filmmaking, surveying, oil and pipeline, electric utility, real estate and agriculture.

What will spur this growth in the UAS industry? Those who know are those who are developing the technology, and the standards that are being hammered out to address the various issues surrounding the commercial use of this technology.

I spoke to many of you at Esri UC, but I know there are many out there that I may have missed seeing. Please contact me at your earliest convenience to be included in the October coverage. Deadline for materials: October 1, 2014.

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Categories: Accela, Big Data, geospatial, GIS, Intermap, LBS, lidar, location based sensor fusion, location based services, location intelligence, mobile, NASA, satellite imagery, sensors, spatial data, SPOT 7 satellite, Trimble, UAS, UAV

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