Inside Unmanned Systems

DEC 2018 - JAN 2019

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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ENGINEERING. PRACTICE. POLICY. 49 December 2018/January 2019  unmanned systems inside How companies can best implement drones into business operations. by Renee Knight A s the number of applications for unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) continues to grow across a spectrum of industries, business leaders who want to benefit from the technology must determine how to implement drones into their workf low—whether that means developing a program in-house, hiring service providers or using a mix of both. Yes, there are plenty of potential benefits that come with integrating drones into a company's operations, but it's not as easy as tasking an em- ployee who f lies drones as a hobby with creating a program. To get the most out of UAS, leaders from various departments must work together to establish a solid business case for incorporating drones, as well as a plan for implementation. Creating that plan can be challenging, espe- cially for businesses that have no experience with aviation. There are benefits to both in-house programs and outsourcing, but it's often difficult to determine the best way to successfully implement this emerging technology into a business model. It usually comes down to how the company wants to use UAS and how often, said Ed Hine, vice president of operations, energy, for PrecisionHawk. PrecisionHawk recently acquired ser vice provider HA ZON Solutions, where Hine served as the chief operating officer. "It really varies from company to company. Some companies want to focus on core competencies and outsourcing within those core competencies while others want to expand in breadth and use drones to cover routine work," Hine said. "The first things we ask companies we're working with is how they might use UAS, how much work there is to do, how much training would be required (for in-house pilots), how much burden they want to take on and what their peak demand is." Insourcing Outsourcing VERSUS Sourcing continues on P. 53

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