Inside Unmanned Systems

JUN-JUL 2016

Inside Unmanned Systems provides actionable business intelligence to decision-makers and influencers operating within the global UAS community. Features include analysis of key technologies, policy/regulatory developments and new product design.

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8 unmanned systems inside   June/July 2016 AIR HARDWARE Photos courtesy of senseFly, PrecisionHawk, microdrones and Topcon A s the unmanned sector evolves and more manufacturers enter the mar- ket place, buyers have an increasing array of hardware and software options to con- sider at various price points. For professionals looking for an unmanned aircraft system (UAS) to fly surveying and map- ping missions, it might seem like a cheaper, more basic system is a good place to start. Rec- reational and entry-level systems, however, may not have the capabilities needed for these types of applications—even though some manufac- turers claim they do. Choosing carefully, keep- ing clearly in mind the desired results and how those results will be used can save drone opera- tors, and their clients, time and money, experts told Inside Unmanned Systems. "There're many factors that come into play," said Michael Singer, founder and CEO of Dron- eView Technologies, which provides aerial data acquisition and data processing for surveyors and civil engineers. "Understanding the proj- ect parameters will help to dictate what the right tool is that solves for that end result. And that's an important thing because there's lots of press that we've all read that you can go on by Renee Knight There are many UAS platforms on the market, but they're not all well suited for every application. Some surveying and mapping applications require more advanced solutions, and while that may mean a more signifcant investment up front, companies and clients will save time and money in the long run. SURVEYING MAPPING: THE RIGHT TOOLS FOR THE JOB and WEB EXCLUSIVE Microdrones recently merged with Avyon, a Canadian-based solution provider and alliance partner, and expanded operations into the U.S. For more on this, read High-end German Drone Manufacturer Expands to U.S. at senseFly eBee

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