Drones Drive New Revenue Streams for Mobile Industry

Unmanned Systems Industry Meets in Dallas, May 8-11 at AUVSI

Drones – or unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) – are big business. According to a report by the Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International on the industry’s economic impact, UAS are forecasted to create more than 100,000 jobs with an economic impact of $82 billion during the next 10 years. UAS are also driving new opportunities in a range of industries, including mobile.

Drone technology is already changing the game for wireless, as new regulations have enabled numerous commercial UAS applications. From the infrastructure perspective, carriers like AT&T are already using drones for tower inspections, siting and mapping. This will result in easier, faster and better network build-outs.  

But unmanned systems are not just useful for carrier infrastructure. In fact, they represent a valuable new revenue stream as service providers package data plans for operating unmanned systems, and a host of new companies have sprung up to manage and analyze the data that drones gather. Verizon is betting big on drones. It has invested in PrecisionHawk, which analyzes information gathered by drones, and recently purchased Skyward, a drone operations software company.

AUVSI’s upcoming conference – XPONENTIAL 2017 – is taking place in Dallas from May 8 to 11. It will feature an educational track dedicated to exploring the opportunities for UAS in wireless. Among the program’s participants are thought leaders from federal government, such as DOD, FAA, NASA, NOAA, and corporations, including AT&T, Cisco, General Electric, Sprint Communications, Qualcomm, Intel, and Facebook.

XPONENTIAL is the largest trade show for the unmanned systems and robotics industry.

More than 7,000 industry leaders and professionals from 55+ countries are expected to attend XPONENTIAL. The exhibit hall will showcase more than 650 cutting-edge companies, representing 20+ industries.

Speakers at XPONENTIAL will provide insight and actionable intelligence on the role of unmanned systems in a range of businesses, including agriculture, construction, defense, energy, mapping, wireless, oil and gas, retail, and transportation, among others.

Join us in Dallas to explore the latest developments in UAS technology and hear real-world case studies on the use of drones in the wireless industry.

March 15, 2017   

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