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Report sees first-responder drone-uptake quicken over next three years

by Michael Willoughby

Many first-responding (emergency) organisations are likely to adopt drones in the next three years, a new report finds.

The Wind study says that, although “UAM is currently still in the early stages of development, significant UAM programs are expected to be part of many responding organisations’ business strategies in the next 1 to 3 years.”

Respondents also told Wind that that “‘ensuring safety’, ‘gaining public acceptance’, and ‘cybersecurity/safety certification compliance’ were the key challenges facing UAM.”

Further findings indicated that: “governmental/institutional based use cases are expected to lead in the UAM market, with transportation and data-collection services likely to be the initial private sector-based applications,” and “cybersecurity and safety standard compliance are considered key, although stronger consensus around specific standards within the UAM industry was still needed.”

Finally, says the report’s executive summary, “UAS sub-systems play a key role in making the UAM market viable, with respondent preferences for systems’ ability to run several applications at once and the ability to migrate existing applications to their current and/or next designs.”

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