The drone industry has seen a significant uptick in business during the last six months, believes North Dakota-based UAS flight operator SkySkopes, as drone companies cook up new unmanned solutions to problems posed by the pandemic.
“Amid the pandemic crisis,” the company revealed, “drone service providers (DSPs) are increasingly being classified as ‘essential service personnel’, delivering critical, contactless solutions across a diversity of use cases – healthcare, Covid research, energy, transportation, oil-and-gas, surveying and construction.”
Other uses include vital reconnaissance, mapping and imagery for police, fire and search-and-rescue agencies, as well as medical deliveries.
“The economic and public disruption of the pandemic forced everyone – the public and private sector – to rethink how we do things,” Matt Dunlevy, CEO of DSP SkySkopes, said. “Agencies and corporate clients have begun to understand how powerful UAS technology can become as a positive agent of actionable change in a Covid world.”
Drone service providers such as SkySkopes are aiming to revolutionise the new role of UAS tech as an essential service in a pandemic world.
Headquartered in North Dakota, the company primarily deploys drones to produce actionable intelligence for utilities and oil companies by using sensors such as LiDAR, optical gas imaging and EO.
Since the outbreak earlier this year, SkySkopes has been certified as essential service personnel in states across the US.
As the COVID-19 continues to evolve and force commerce and government to face ‘new-normal’ obstacles, writes SkySkopes, the worldwide network of professional drone service providers will continue to innovate contactless, remote and essential solutions to the global community. Services will continue to expand to meet new challenges — aerial disinfection of public facilities, social distancing communications and essential services support.
“No one knows the scope or duration of the pandemic. But our society has always come together to create safe, effective and ethical strategies to address challenges like Covid-19,” Dunlevy said. “Drone companies such as SkySkopes want to build on those values by strengthening the ties that bind us together during adversity.”
“As heroic workers make a difference on the ground, we’ll take to the air. We’ll support emergency missions and we’ll increase the reliability and efficiency of the national energy grid by utilizing unmanned aircraft. We’re not going anywhere.”