What do you get when you combined a 5-star resort with a drone?
If you ask today’s guest on the Drone Radio Show, he’d say you get an incredible vacation experience and an opportunity to explore a new technology. Bill Chen works at DJI’s central office in China in the business development and channel marketing section. There he’s charged with setting up new ways in which the company’s products can be experienced. In 2016, DJI formed a partnership with Marriott Resorts to allow guests to learn how to fly a drone. In this episode, Bill talks about DJI, the partnership with Marriott, and how the Drone Experience Program works.
What are the possibilities for aerial mapping systems?
For that question, we turn Lorenzo Martelletti, Director of Sales and Marketing at Pix4D. Pix4D offers a software package that converts standard pictures into professional geo-referenced images and 3D models. The company is a leader in mapping and modeling for mining, construction, agriculture and the real estate industries. In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Lorenzo talks about aerial mapping systems, 3D modeling and how Pix4D’s UAV products and services are supporting a wide array of industries throughout the world.
For that question, we turn to Colin Snow, CEO and founder of Skylogic Research a research, content and advisory services firm in Redwood City, California. Skylogic helps companies make critical investments by providing research-based insights on commercial drone markets. In this episode, Colin shares some of the findings of the firm’s analyses from 2016, talks about current trends and he shares some things we should look for in 2017.
This is the second in a podcast series where those who cover the drone industry share their perspectives on the key stories, people and events that shape the that industry. In Volume 2 of "Stories of the Drone," we hear from Sally French reporter with Market Watch and a drone enthusiast. Sally is also known as The Drone Girl and writes her own blog under that name. She's been covering the drone industry for four years. In this episode, she talks about some of the stories from 2016 and what we might expect to see ini 2017. We had a great conversation about drones, technology, events and even learned a few new things about Sally herself.
Where will the next generation of drone apps come from? If you asked that question of today’s guest, he’d say, Barcelona, Spain.. Manav Gupta is serial entrepreneur based in Hong Kong, China. He is founder and CEO of Brinc, an ultra hands-on accelerator offering a comprehensive program to very early stage start-up companies and nurturing them to business launch. On this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Manav talks about Brinc’s newest venture – the Reimagine Drone Accelerator, a dedicated drone services incubator in Barcelona. The program will provide startups with financial and technical support to develop new and disruptive drone-based technologies. Brinc and their European partner, Incubio, are looking for passionate founders who are creating a new generation of services and applications for the commercial drone industry.
What are some of the current legal issues facing drone operators today?
That is the central question posed to today’s guest on the Drone Radio Show. Steve Hogan is an attorney at Ausley & McMullen, focusing on commercial drone law since 2012. The firm specializes in assisting clients in obtaining waivers for drone operations. Steve is the host of Drone Law Today, a weekly podcast that addresses current developments and future trends in "drone law." He is the also author of The Drone Revolution: How Robotic Aviation Will Change the World. On this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Steve talks about current legal issues in the drone industry, why some operators may not want to toss out their Section 333 exemption, privacy and air space concerns, and state and local regulations.
What does 2017 hold for the sport of drone racing? Bron Heussenstamm is a former professional surfer and President of the Beaar Company, a Los Angeles public relations firm that creates long-term strategies that maximize the positive awareness and beneficial relationships for their clients. Bron has more than 20 years in the public relations and branding industry. In this episode, Bron talks about the interest in drone racing, the rise of public relations in sector, 2016 as the landmark year in drone sports and the exciting future of drone sports entertainment.
How are companies responding to the rise of the drone industry?
We explore this question on this edition of the Drone Radio Show by hearing how one company’s response to drone users led to new market opportunities. Austen Butler is an avid snowboarder, graduate from Sierra Nevada College with a degree in Entrepreneurship and Vice President and co-founder of Polar Pro Filters in Newport Beach, Califorinia.
Polar Pro specializes in manufacturing accessories for cameras. Originally targeting GoPro camera users, in the past couple of years, the company has successfully pivoted to providing filters and accessories to drone operators. On this edition, Austen share;s the story behind Polar Pro, how it got it started, its successful line of products and how the rise of consumer and commercial drones propelled the company into new markets.
What’s the next generation of UAV solutions look like?
That’s one of the questions we’ll be exploring on this edition of the Drone Radio Show.
Eric Freeman is CEO of Alpha Unmanned Systems, a Madrid-based manufacturer of the Sniper UAV, a small unmanned gasoline-powered helicopter with 2 hours of flight time. The company has clients throughout Europe and others parts of the world and was first company to have a helicopter UAV certified to fly in Israel. On this edition, Eric talks about Alpha Unmanned Systems, the Sniper UAV, the company’s approach to meet user’s needs and some of the trends shaping the industry. We’ll also get a glimpse of the European market for UAVs and services.
Where can you go to learn about precision data systems?
On October 31, more than 2,000 precision data professional will converge in Las Vegas for the Commercial UAV Expo. Precision data measurement and services represents one of the greatest opportunities for UAS growth. At this conference, experts will share the latest developments and opportunities for commercial UAS technology in such drone markets as Surveying & Mapping; Civil Infrastructure; Power & Utilities; Precision Agriculture; Law Enforcement, Emergency Response and others.
In this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Lisa Murray, Director of the Commercial UAV Expo and Jeremiah Karpowicz, Executive Editor talk about the Expo, the benefits of attending, and they’ll share some insights into the role of UAVs in the precision measurement field. Even if you decide not to attend the Expo, you’re going to enjoy learning about this sector of the drone industry.
Can a drone make you a better golfer? If you ask that question of today’s guest, he’d say not only can it make you a better golfer, but it can also grow a golf course business.
Dave Hovasse is founder of OhWowGolf, a Colorado Springs based business that uses drones to create augumented reality representations of the standard golf yardage books. On this edition of the Drone Radio Show, we’ll learn about Oh Wow Golf, how Dave is building a business around drones and augmented reality systems and we’ll also hear how Oh Wow Golf is plans to support wounded veterans via new economic opportunities.
Are we ready for true autonomous aerial vehicles?
That’s one of the questions we’ll explore on today’s show.
Arial Avitan is the Chief Commercial Officer for Percepto, an Israeli based company that develops hardware and software that enables drones to fly and perform tasks autonomously. Their boards use computer vision software and several sensors to give drones the ability to perform complex flight and commercial tasks in a more accurate, safe and effective way. On this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Arial talks about Percepto, their innovative products and the work they are doing in creating fully autonomous drones for the commercial sector.
Anil Nanduri is Vice President in the New Technology Group and General Manager of the UAV segment at Intel Corporation. He is responsible for establishing Intel’s unmanned aviation systems business and pursuing opportunities for growth in this segment. This group has been developing innovative new applications for drone technology. On this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Anil talks about Intel’s entry into the drone industry, some of the products and technologies that Intel is working on and he’ll provide some insights into where the industry is headed.
Have you wondered what role Cities have in advancing the drone industry?
If you ask that question of today’s guest on the Drone Radio Show, she would say, cities will play a critical role in promoting innovation and public safety.
Nicole DuPuis is a Senior Associate at the National League of Cities, a Washington, D.C. based organization dedicated to helping city leaders build better communities. Working in partnership with the 49 state municipal leagues, NLC serves as a resource to and an advocate for the more than 19,000 cities, villages and towns it represents.
Recently, the NLC released a report for its members on drones, aptly titled, “Cities and Drones – What Cities Need To Know About Unmanned Aerial Vehicles”. With Part 107 now in effect and the drone industry poised to expand, communities are sure to see a rise in drone use, and potentially new concerns over safety and privacy. Cities and Drones is a primer on drones for local officials, providing insight into the Part 107, as well as offering suggestions for how local governments can craft drone ordinances to encourage innovation while also protecting their cities.
Nicole is the principle author of the report and in this episode of the Drone Radio Show, she talks about its findings and recommendations and how cities and members of the drone industry can work together to craft sensible solutions that provide benefit to all.
Craig Marcinkowski is Director of Strategy and Business Development for Gryphon Sensors. Gryphon Sensors develops sensor systems that detect, track and identify small unmanned UAS. Leveraging six decades of expertise in radar and electronic surveillance sensor research and development from parent company SRC Inc., the company provides innovative multi-spectrum solutions in the drone security and UAS integration markets. In this special podcast from InterDrone 2016, Craig talks about the new solutions for detecting drones and how these solutions are being used to integrate drones into the national airspace safely.
Can drones be used to save endangered wildlife from poachers?
If you asked that question of today’s guest, he’d say, it’s already happening. John Petersen is an aviator, author, professional futurist and chairman of the Charles A. and Anne Morrow Lindbergh Foundation. At the Lindbergh Foundation, he led the launch of their Air Shepherd Initiative, which funds and helps to deploy drones across southern Africa to combat acute poaching of rhinos and elephants. As we’ll hear today from John, in the past few years, more than 100,000 elephants have been killed by poachers, and drones represent the most efficient tool to deter this practice.
At InterDrone, energy technology company, Intelligent Energy showcased a drone powered by a hydrogen fuel cell. Not only are fuel cells lightweight, but they can also power a drone for up to two hours - about six times longer than a normal battery – prompting many to ask, “Are Fuel Cells The Answer?”
In this InterDrone episode of the Drone Radio Show, we’ll hear from Julian Hughes, group business development director for Intelligent Energy’s Consumer Electronics Division. Intelligent Energy Holdings is an energy technology group which develops efficient and clean hydrogen fuel cell power systems for the global automotive, consumer electronics, distributed power and generation markets. Listen as Julian talks about a fuel cell that could revolutionize the drone industry.
Direct from InterDrone 2016, we hear from Jesse Clayton, head of Business Development for Autonomous Machines at Nvidia. Jesse has over 20 years of experience in technology spanning software, GPU computing, embedded systems, and aeronautics. His current focus is bringing advanced computer vision and deep learning solutions to autonomous machines and intelligent devices. At InterDrone, Jesse spoke on a panel on the Future of Chips and Sensors powering next-generation drones. In this segment of the Drone Radio Show, Jesse talks about Nvidia’s role in the autonomous vehicle industry.
Have you been looking for an easy way to connect with other drone racing pilots?
Today’s guest on the Drone Radio Show not only has a way to connect with other drone racers, but he’s developed a system to easily plan and manage drone racing events.
Pete Mauro is the CEO and founder of Drone Squad, a Los Angeles based drone racing startup. A mobile app developer himself, Pete created a mobile app that connects local pilots for fun and competition. On this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Dave talks about the Drone Squad mobile app, how it works to connect pilots and manage drone racing events and what it’s like starting a new drone based mobile app company.
Have you been wondering how the recent collaboration between Measure and DJI will benefit commercial drone operators?
A few months ago, Measure, a US commercial drone operator and DJI, a leading manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles announced a partnership to pair UAV technology with operational expertise to support commercial enterprise customers.
Dave Bowen is Managing Director of Special Projects for Measure and leads innovative programs like the Measure-DJI joint venture. On this episode of the Drone Radio Show, Dave talks about the partnership, how it works and the benefits to commercial drone operators. He will also give us an update on what’s happening at Measure, especially, the new program to award Measure Franchises to qualified applicants.
Have you ever wondered what it’s like to start and operate a drone videography business?
Reese d’Aquin is a pilot, CEO and founder of Flying Home Productions, an Orlando based photography and video production company. He and his partner, Nick Feinsod have been business for two years, producing a variety of aerial drone services for weddings, special events, real estate, construction, sports, movie production and many other services. On this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Reese talks about what it’s like to start a new drone videography business, some of the typical ups and downs a start up faces and why he left a secure job in hopes of pursuing a passion with a drone.
Have you ever wondered how new products for drones are developed?
On this edition of the Drone Radio Show, we get a glimpse into that process by hearing from two LowePro Company product designers that recently developed a new line of drone carrying bags. Luis Quehl and Ian Hughes are recreational drone pilots and product designers at LowePro. What started as a hobby quickly turned into the quest to produce the newest line of travel bags. In this episode, they talk about the design process, how their interest in drones resulted in new product that others can use, and the unique features in the bags that drone users should appreciate.
On this first segment of “Stories of the Drone”, we hear from Jason Reagan, a communications professional with 18 years of combined experience in communications, news, marketing and information technology. Jason is a blogger and a self-proclaimed "geek evangelist" in the area of emerging tech and science. Jason works as a corporate communications director for a company in Boone, North Carolina and he’s a regular contributor to on-line magazine, Drone Life. On this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Jason talks about recent stories about drones and law enforcement, conservation, the drone deterrence industry, FAA enforcement and humanitarian use.
Could your UAS company benefit from a strategic alliance?
Steven Smith is President of Ultravance Corporation, a company that works with select UAS manufacturers and end-users helping them land new customers. He has played a pivotal role introducing 3D printing, 3D LCDs, and has worked for years with UAVs. Steve was the top sales engineer at four companies and has extensive experience working in the Middle East, Asia, Latin America, and Africa. And that’s only part of his extensive technology experience. Recently Steve partnered with Mike Pick, CEO of the start-up SkyFallX to develop strategic partnerships to move the new company forward.
On this edition of the Drone Radio Show, Steve talks about his background in technology and the UAV industry and his role with SkyFallX as a strategic partner. He also talks about seeking other strategic partnerships to advance the company's mission. If you have a background in business or technology and interested in working with UAS companies and developing strategic partnerships, then Steve’s insights should be very valuable.