There have been at least eight distinct levels of evolution within commercial drone technology, beginning with simply getting drones into the air reliably and culminating with complete industry- and application-specific solutions that enable organization-wide benefits. The early stages of this continuum were achieved years ago; the advanced stages are on the cutting edge and are in the process of being developed and tested today.
One: Affordable and Reliable Flight Control Systems
Three: Reliable Data Collection
Four: Data Collection at Scale
Five: Data Management
Six: Machine Learning
Seven: Industry- and Application-Specific Analytics
Eight: Systems Integration
Written by Don Weigel at Unmanned Aerial Online
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This article is adapted from a blog post by Don Weigel, vice president of professional services at Airware. He previously served as Airware’s vice president of product and led the development and launch of the first release of the company’s Aerial Information Platform.