The popularity of drones soars without letup, with many industries finding the need to integrate the use of drones to help their businesses grow. This goes true for drone enthusiasts using drones for recreation, creative hobby, and other personal purposes. Yet despite the continuing relevance of drones in the consumer world, there is always the downside.
Like the numerous incidents of drone flying over restricted zones or higher than the allowed limit that continue to happen, plus other violations.
This situation makes drone security and public safety the #1 drone priority for 2019.
As this article by Peter Brown of Electronics 360 says, these kinds of incidents lead to
“important questions that will need to be addressed in 2019. Namely, how do governments and critical facilities prevent drones from getting so close and what penalties will be established to deter behavior?
In line with this, regulations is today’s challenge for the use of drones, as reported in this article by Geospatial World: “… drone regulations would ensure quality and boost competitiveness, provided the regulatory mechanism is not stifling. The increasing use of drones’ world over for civilian purposes has posed a challenge for regulations. The regulations are important so as to ensure public safety and standardizing the emerging industry.”
#2 drone priority for 2019 is the expanded use and growth in industries. “Adoption of aerial drones and drone technology will not be as widespread as some might expect. Instead, it will grow in select industries like agriculture, construction, insurance, mining and aggregates, public safety and first responders, oil & gas, survey engineering, telecommunications and utilities.”Read more here.
This study published by JSLS (Journal of the Society of Laparoendoscopic Surgeons) states in its abstract a list of benefits of surgical and medical use of drones:
For example, in the area of drone delivery. An article by Vox reported, “The Federal Aviation Administration on Tuesday authorized Alphabet’s Wing Aviation to start delivering goods via drones later this year. […]The approval is an important one, given that this marks the first time the FAA has granted a so-called air-carrier certification for drone delivery of items such as food, medicine, and small consumer products.
“[…] Drones have the potential to be reliable medical delivery platforms for microbiological and laboratory samples, pharmaceuticals, vaccines, emergency medical equipment, and patient transport. Government agencies have placed drone use on the national agenda. The next steps include aggressive research initiatives in the areas of safety, industry expansion, increased public awareness, and participation.’
Read here for more commercial uses of drones.