The US show makes a great entrance in Europe
The American spirit and the way how to make people comfortable was shown during the two days exhibition. Well organized, very welcoming and a guest list of most of the European drone companies proved it. Although it was the first commercial UAV Expo in Europe, the organizers set up a place where people from 48 countries across all industries, exchanged their experiences and learned about new business opportunities.
Europe is the main driver of hardware technology
During sessions and on the exhibition floor European companies were the main presenter of Hardware solutions. Of course, this event took place in Europe and the exhibitors were mainly Europeans, but, as well the minor Americans participants believe in the high quality in the professional UAV class manufacturers besides the still consumer drone focused like DJI and Walkera.
The European regulation still needs time
Koen de Vos explained excellently the current progress in rulemaking of the European Commission and EASA for the regulatory framework of commercial UAV operation. Although the framework delivers high opportunities for the commercial use of drones, it takes longer to handle 32 member states. During ‘waiting’ the national aviation authorities have established their own regulations – although this might mean drone operation, in general, is forbidden. So, there is a high degree of uncertainty regarding the harmonized European regulation. The US already overcame this hurdle opening the sky for testing and operating various UAV applications.
Include the client – actionable data management
A few years ago, everyone was happy to send a small drone into the sky which delivered images or videos. Today we have a large and comprehensive UAV eco-system (platforms, sensors, software and operators), but during the discussions with participants and guests, the message was clear: The system infrastructure nowadays is much more complex than some years before. Providing solutions in combining aerial data with other sources (ground, plane and satellite) as well as transferring the data into the client’s systems, regardless the industry, is the next evolutionary step for the UAV industry.