Enterprise organisations are increasingly turning to in-house unmanned aerial solutions to trim costs and increase efficiency, claims Sky-Futures.
Sky-Futures’ co-founder Chris Blackford has identified a shift in the commercial drone market due to end-users wanting to be more proactive to their in-house inspection needs and demanding greater control over how asset inspection data is collected and how it is used to make their operations more efficient and cost effective.
Blackford told Commercial Drone Professional: “Companies with major infrastructure projects or large volumes of assets are finding that other companies they’re competing with might already have this capability and they know that actually the future is about using robotics and data analysis software, like our Expanse platform, to be more efficient and be safer in their work.”
The technology company, which specialises in complex vertical inspections and data analysis software, first entered the market almost 8 years ago when little was known about drone technology.
But the company has found end-users are now much keener to adopt the technology now that there is wider acceptance and greater understanding of both drones and data software.
Blackford explained: “If you look at the way the market has grown, seven and a half years ago we had a war of attrition to get our first job. A lot of our energy went in to education and demonstrating the value of data captured by drones. The greatest competition to us isn’t competition itself, it’s actually adoption and education.”
“It is very important to support clients, not just on what drone technology and software can do and how it works, but also the value it brings. For example, using drones for vertical inspections is 85% more efficient than scaffolding or rope access. This in itself translates into significant savings for our clients.”