Aerial Services’ Mike Tully (President & CEO) was quoted on GeoDataPoint.com last week in an article titled “Keeping an Eye on Unmanned Aerial Systems” by Linda Duffy. This article highlighted Mike as one of a handful of visionaries in the use of UAV/UAS in the field of remote-sensing and beyond. Mike and colleagues will also be presenting at next week’s MAPPS Summer 2013 conference on the topic of “Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) Regulations and Sensors”.
An except of the GeoDataPoint.com article is below:
Tully is presenting the portion of the session about sensors and how the latest developments in oblique, LiDAR and 3D technology relate to UAS. “Technology is progressing very quickly, particularly in the areas of flight, miniaturization, position and orientation, and sensors,” says Tully. “There are incredibly innovative people out there in their garages trying to figure out a new way to address these issues. The military has driven the technology to this point, but now there are new players entering the market that will change the paradigm in which we currently operate.”
The progression of UAS from primarily military assets to commercial mapping tools is being watched closely by the members of the MAPPS organization. “MAPPS members are interested in this because UAS is going to be disruptive to the geospatial businesses and will seriously impact the mapping profession over the next five to 10 years both positively and negatively,” says Tully. “For example, when GPS became readily available, our engineering clients got their own GPS and started doing most of the smaller mapping projects that we did. UAS will cause the same trend. Farmers, for example, might purchase a mapping UAS and regularly map their own fields much more cost effectively than an aerial mapping firm can do today.”
UAS will result in more opportunities and new markets for mapping because they will be simpler, faster and less expensive. “It’s important for traditional mappers to understand the limitations and possibilities of UAS, and explore how they complement their existing mapping tools,” says Tully. “Changes will need to be incorporated into new business models in order for traditional mapping firms to compete. Mapping may become a ‘platform as a service’ business. There may be big players who are collecting all the time, so continuous updates through a subscription service could be made available to a large number of markets.
“We feel that the combination of flight, sensor and geospatial technologies is coming together to do something very different with UAS,” says Tully. “We need to be prepared for the changes ahead in order to make the most of the many new opportunities this disruption will present.”