Small Body-Worn Camera attached to officer

How will Wearable Body-Worn Cameras Perform in 2017?

The rapid growth of the wearable camera market has surprised few over the last five years. Consumer wearable camera companies, such as GroPro, have made vast fortunes and become iconic brands for those with outdoorsy, adventurous lifestyles. The enterprise market for body-worn cameras (BWC) has recorded a similar uptake in demand, primarily driven by trial…

Amazon drone carrying a delivery of goods

Drone Delivery Deluge

Sometimes when we watch an action movie, we see our heroes struggling along a mountainside and suddenly one or two little pebbles roll down in front of them. It’s a cinematic shortcut to let us know that a landslide is coming. The pebbles have started falling down the mountain of potential that is UAV delivery.…

Zip dropping package

Zipline Raises $25 million in Series B Funding

Californian-based drone delivery company, Zipline, has raised $25 million in series funding which will be used for increasing its operations in Africa. The company estimates that it will be undertaking 100 emergency flights a day, delivering blood to transfusion clinics across the region, expanding its services in Rwanda and other areas of Africa. Zip, the…

Frame of aircraft

Drones – are these material to the business?

Following along from Valour Consultancy’s last blog about niche market opportunities in the drone industry, we might look at the construction of drones to meet these niche needs. When we think of vehicle construction, then there is a tendency to assume the manufacturer has chosen the best material for the job but manufacturers have to…

Worker controlling UAV

How does the Airware-Red Bird integration stack up?

In 2011, Airware started with the goal of developing a standard application for drone operations. Since the company’s inception, it has developed a cross-manufacturer drone fleet controller and an in-depth integrated data management system. Its solution is extensively used globally and by a plethora of different markets: insurance, construction, mining, utilities (including telecommunications), oil and…

Picture of Six UAVs

The Development of the Commercial UAV Industry

Humanity has a unique combination of intelligence, ingenuity and idiocy, that makes its every action an adventure. The UAV industry is such an adventure. At the time of publication of “The Future of Commercial and Industrial UAVs – 2016 Edition”, aviation authorities around the world are trying to impose order on the chaotic world of…

Technology Companies Lead Business Sectors in 2016

I recently came across an article informing me that the technology industry market value had overtaken the finance and energy industries. It stated the technology sector is worth $3.0 billion, business to consumer finance sector $2.7 billion, and consumer goods sector $2.6 billion. In the piece, an infographic showed the three most valuable companies in…

Chart illustrating growth trends of drone delivery market

The Business of Drone Development

There are various scenarios that might show the development of the ‘drone industry’. One used is from the Gartner Hype Cycle and it describes the idealised start-up and adoption of a new technology. It ignores international effects of differing adoption rates, competition and, when the market is saturated and new technologies arise, the inevitable drop-off.…

Drone Carrying Pint of Lager

Drone Delivery Dilemmas

Much is made about delivery by drone for Google and Amazon but, of course, the real money to be made is from replacing delivery by the postman, the pizza guy, the lunch counter jockey, even the coffee barista and all the other poor folk who tramp the streets and restaurant floors attempting to satiate the…