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Whitepaper | Drone Industry Barometer 2019


  • 500+ companies interviewed from 74 countries
  • Second Drone Industry Barometer –  a follow up on the European Drone Industry Barometer 2018
  • All three drone industry segments (hardware, software, services) surveyed with targeted questions
  • Outline of resource spending and prioritisation across the drone industry
  • Industry reflections on drone regulations and authorities
  • Produced in collaboration with INTERAERIAL SOLUTIONS in preparation for INTERGEO 2019, a conference and expo in Stuttgart.
  • For more details see also our ‘Views from the Industry‘ blog post.

About the Whitepaper

This joint DRONEII and INTERAERIAL Solutions whitepaper gives reader an insight into opinions and perspectives coming from the drone industry. It is based on a joint survey which was conducted in April 2019 and which received over 500 responses. We gathered responses from industry stakeholders from across all three segments (hardware, software, services) and 74 countries. The survey covered a wide range of topics including application methods used, views on drone regulations and spending plans for the next year. The aggregated results can be found inside the Drone Industry Barometer 2019 whitepaper.


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    Adam Klaptocz
    Adam Klaptocz
    Co-Founder and CEO, RigiTech
  • “In an on-demand market study, Drone Industry Insights helped us to quantify the commercial UAS market. This analysis was a vital piece in our fundraising efforts and in helping us make informed business decisions for the future.“

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    Eric Butler
    COO & CFO, Robotic Skies
  • ”The market study and insights provided by helped us to align our future services in terms of market needs, competition and go-to-market strategy.“

    Ulrich Hoffmann
    Ulrich Hoffmann
    Project Lead UAV Services Development, Lufthansa Technik AG
  • “I find it really impressive how the team have built up a broad and proprietary knowledge base around the commercial drone market ecosystem.“

    Bastian Schäfer
    Bastian Schäfer
    Innovation Manager, Emerging Technologies & Concepts AIRBUS
  • “Drone Industry Insights offers a broad market overview and convinces with profound studies on the trends and application areas of commercial drones. The data of Drone Industry Insights enable a focused development of our product portfolio and quickly reveal opportunities and risks.”

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    Leica Geosystems
    Director Marketing & Communications, Leica Geosystems
  • “DRONEII’s due diligence study of the counter-drone market and regulatory landscape helped us significantly in our decision to invest into the industry.“

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    Dov Rozenberg
    Associate, Claridge
  • “The insights generated through in-depth interviews with commercial drone industry players helped us to better understand our target group and adjust our strategy accordingly.”

    Christophe Francois
    Christophe Francois
    SVP, Marketing, AirMap
  • “DRONEII’s market research and competitive intelligence has provided us with an in-depth look into the potential of drones in the construction industry. The total addressable market figures and potential product strategies will go a long way in helping us plan our next steps.“

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  • “Since being published on the Drone Market Environment Map 2019, we have received collaboration inquiries from several foreign companies.”

    Noriyuki Toide
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  • “You provide excellent market updates and insights. In such a dynamic market it is good to have a resource that is doing a great job in keeping the community organized for others to make sense of it.”
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    Bret Gardner
    Director, Partner Development, ISC Consulting Group
  • “The team of helped us to find networks and channels to regional markets to reach a stable position in the global drone industry”

    Toru Tokushige
    Toru Tokushige
    Founder & CEO of Terra Motors and Terra Drone
  • “DRONEII supported us well by providing specific market research including helpful measures and by establishing a relevant network. In my opinion, there is no one who better summarizes the European drone market than DRONEII.”

    Maresa Ziegler, TÜV Süd
    Maresa Ziegler
    Manager Business Development, TÜV SÜD Product Service GmbH

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Table of Figures

Figure 1:  Map of Drone Industry Barometer Survey Respondents

Figure 2:  Most Represented Countries on Drone Industry Barometer 2019 Survey

Figure 3:  Survey Respondents by Drone Industry Segment

Figure 4:  Application Methods Used by Drone Service Providers vs. Business Internal Services

Figure 5:  The Gartner ‘Hype’ Cycle

Figure 6:  Survey Respondents’ Assessment of the Market Development in the Last 12 Months

Figure 7:  Survey Respondents’ Assessment of the Market Development in the Last 12 Months by   Drone Industry Sub-Segment

Figure 8:  Survey Respondents’ Expected Market Development Over the Next 12 Months

Figure 9:  Survey Respondents’ Expectations of Market Development in the Next 12 Months by Drone   Industry Sub-Segment

Figure 10:  Survey Respondents’ Expectations of Market Development in the Next 12 Months and Their   Reflections on the Past 12 Months

Figure 11:  Survey Respondents’ Answers to What They Allocate Their Resources To

Figure 12:  Survey Respondents’ Resource Allocation According to Industry Sub-Segment

Figure 13:  Survey Respondents’ Assessment of the Most Important Market-Driving Actors in the Drone   Industry

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