Toronto Sun: Drones will mean businesses will move faster…and pizzas, too – Big Drone Show

Toronto Sun: Drones will mean businesses will move faster…and pizzas, too

If you ask an average consumer what a drone is, your likely response is a “fun toy” or something about Amazon.com or Domino’s Pizza delivery. The recreational drone market has exploded in North America. In 2016, the United States saw an over-200% increase in sales to hobbyists and Canada has seen a dramatic increase in licensing in recent years.

Drones are becoming a staple under the modern Christmas Tree. Some 2.2-million drones were sold worldwide last year – a 60% increase.

Although recording amazing aerial footage and faster pizza delivery times are both things everyone can get behind, the fact of the matter is drone technology and artificial intelligence has enabled cross-sectoral disruption in an unparalleled manner. Although much of the growth of drone use is on the hobbyist side, it is both the commercial and industrial applications that are revolutionizing the way things are done. It is what we specialize in at our firm, The Sky Guys, and what the industry in Canada and abroad is doing to break barriers, change how things get done, and create new and optimized solutions.

This fall, we’re looking forward to hosting the second-annual Big Drone Show – Canada’s largest unmanned aerial vehicle show – where we will bring industry leaders around the globe to the heart of Canada’s Financial District in Toronto. The recent developments of drone technology have enabled so much already, and the future is limitless when over 100 industry leaders meet to share ideas.

In Canada, the use of drones will enable us to overcome our vast geography to develop and build so much of our untapped potential. Artificial intelligence-equipped drones will be able to monitor pipelines and railways in the most remote parts of our country, saving money and increasing safety and reliability. This will allow safe and sensible development where it had previously been unfeasible.

A realtor needing aerial photography of a sprawling property would once have required a helicopter and photographer. A drone now replaces both, faster and at a lower cost. A manufacturing facility can avoid costly consultations by using drone technology and artificial intelligence to map and audit their facility for energy efficiency. Insurance claims can now be verified with the use of drones. The potential use of drones is seemingly endless, and the developments are fast-paced.

In Canada, the use of drones will enable us to overcome our vast geography to develop and build so much of our untapped potential. Artificial intelligence-equipped drones will be able to monitor pipelines and railways in the most remote parts of our country, saving money and increasing safety and reliability. This will allow safe and sensible development where it had previously been unfeasible.

The Big Drone Show is being hosted at the Metro Toronto Convention Centre. Countless businesses headquartered nearby have or will soon benefit from the advancements our sector has made, but even still, many of the executives will be thinking about getting that pizza a little bit faster. As an industry, we are about to change that.

Adam Sax is president and CEO of The Sky Guys and Defiant Labs, early movers in the UAV / Drone industry. Follow them on Twitter @TheSkyGuys

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