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Could a Drone Be On Your Christmas Wish List?
(Drone image courtesy of steve_lodefink from Flickr)

Jokes aside, whilst the photo of a drone delivering a pizza in Mumbai might look a little far fetched the reality is many Australian Businesses have started to think about how they can launch themselves into the Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) or drones space to better their businesses.

Not undermining the larger and more pressing issues surrounding privacy, as a society we can’t ignore the fact that drones are revolutionizing the way we connect with people and our environment, bridging gaps that even other modern technologies have been limited by. In March this year Mark Zuckerberg announced Facebook’s plans to rollout internet connectivity to remote areas of the globe using drone technology. As early as next year Facebook will trial drones as large as Boeing 747’s in classified areas of the US with a projected date of only three to five years before the project could be live.

Paramedics are incorporating the use of drones into their Search & Rescue procedures whilst Wildlife Conservationists are using drones to ward off poachers and assist with monitoring species populations. The Agricultural sector is tipped to dominate in the UAS market as these devices allow for precision delivery of fertilizers, pesticides and water to crops. The most obvious use of the drone is for aerial photography, video, 3D and 4D mapping. Industry sectors such as Real Estate, Property Developers and Local Councils are all potential markets that could benefit from adopting a drone as a their next business tool.

Today a business can invest in a drone stacked with a plethora of advanced technologies for as little as $1200. What should you look for when buying a drone? It should have a good battery life and be durable with good GPS software. To operate it commercially within Australia a UAV Operator/Controller Certificate from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA) is required. There are also guidelines about operating drones in and around built up areas. On top of this it is essential you consider purchasing adequate insurance, primarily Public Liability. Insurance House has a number of Specialty Insurers and Underwriters that can assist with Liability Insurance and any additional covers you may require for your drone.

So if a drone does make its way to your Christmas wish list and you’ve been good, Santa might just leave one under your tree. That is as long as he doesn’t accidentally hit a drone with his sleigh along the way.

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