Fal­con EYE Drones MID­DLE East in­dus­try Pre­dic­tions

Ac­cord­ing to the UAE based lead­ing drone op­er­a­tor, AI and drones will be­come in­sep­a­ra­ble in up­com­ing years with the num­ber of drone users tripling within the next 12 months

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Fal­con Eye Drones re­leased Mid­dle East drone in­dus­try pre­dic­tions fea­tur­ing top trends that are likely to emerge in 2019 and its plans to fur­ther in­crease ap­pli­ca­tion of the ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence (AI) pow­ered tech­nolo­gies within its op­er­a­tions. Based on the qual­i­ta­tive client sur­veys con­ducted through­out 2018 and its col­lec­tive in­dus­try ex­per­tise, the UAE based drone ex­pert iden­ti­fied sev­eral prom­i­nent themes that will be dom­i­nant in the up­com­ing year.

While the UAE gov­ern­ment will con­tinue lead­ing drone tech­nol­ogy devel­op­ments in the re­gion, with the Dubai fly­ing taxi re­lease sched­uled for 2020, the pri­vate sec­tor will be­come more open to­wards in­te­grat­ing drones into their op­er­a­tions. The de­mand for drone tech­nolo­gies will come 70% from pub­lic sec­tor ap­pli­ca­tions and 30% from across com­mer­cial do­main. Fal­con Eye Drones pre­dict an over­all in­crease in the drone flights re­gion­ally by at least 150% with the num­ber of drone tech­nol­ogy users tripling over the course of the next year.

In­spec­tions and sur­vey­ing will con­tinue dom­i­nat­ing the sec­tor fol­lowed by ae­rial film­ing and pho­tog­ra­phy. Con­struc­tion sec­tor will be in­te­grat­ing drones into all the stages of their projects to achieve a com­pet­i­tive edge and speed up the con­struc­tion process. Emer­gency ser­vices, farm­ing, lo­gis­tics and car­tog­ra­phy ap­pli­ca­tions will be lead­ing drone use cases in the Mid­dle East.

While the com­mer­cial sec­tor will be more in­clined to­wards op­er­at­ing drones, it is un­likely for them to do this in­de­pen­dently. Drone-asa-ser­vice providers will be in even higher de­mand in 2019. Soft­ware man­u­fac­tur­ers of­fer­ing data eval­u­a­tion so­lu­tions, drone-as-a-ser­vice op­er­a­tors and hard­ware ven­dors will see a much higher de­mand next year.

“We are wit­ness­ing a sig­nif­i­cant rise in de­mand from across var­i­ous in­dus­tries and we be­lieve it will con­tinue grow­ing ex­po­nen­tially in 2019. While pub­lic and pri­vate sec­tors both rec­og­nize un­matched ben­e­fits drones rep­re­sent, ex­per­tise in op­er­at­ing this type of tech­nol­ogy in this re­gion is not very com­mon. In ad­di­tion to the tal­ent short­age, drone reg­ula-

tions are still rel­a­tively tight not only re­gion­ally, but glob­ally, and drone-as-a-ser­vice providers are in a unique po­si­tion to fill this gap”, said Rabih Bou Rashid, Manag­ing Di­rec­tor of Fal­con Eye Drones.

Fly­ing drones is no longer a unique value propo­si­tion amongst ser­vice providers, there­fore, data pro­cess­ing and anal­y­sis will play ever in­creas­ing role in this sec­tor. The com­pany cur­rently uti­lizes at least 17 types of soft­ware ap­pli­ca­tions while op­er­at­ing 3 ma­jor types of drones that in­clude DJI M210 mul­ti­ro­tor for close up in­spec­tions, ebee X fixed wings drones for large area map­ping and Elios pro­tected de­sign drones for con­fined spa­ces.

“Safely op­er­at­ing drones and col­lect­ing data is just the tip of an ice­berg. What re­ally mat­ters is what we can do with this data, how fast we can process it and what use we can make out of the in­for­ma­tion we col­lect. Ar­ti­fi­cial in­tel­li­gence is be­com­ing an in­te­gral part of to­day’s drone sec­tor and to fur­ther evolve in this area, we need to con­tinue in­vest­ing in its de­vel­op­ment. In 2019 we will be ad­vanc­ing our AI ca­pa­bil­i­ties in par­al­lel with the re­in­force­ment of the qual­ity and so­phis­ti­ca­tion of hard­ware and soft­ware of UAS in the Mid­dle East”, added Rabih.

While Fal­con Eye Drones con­sider 100% in­crease in in­vest­ments in the de­vel­op­ment of Ai-pow­ered soft­ware ap­pli­ca­tions in 2019, the com­pany makes equal­ity strong em­pha­sis on the im­por­tance of ed­u­ca­tion and tal­ent sus­te­nance.

Last month, Fal­con Eye Drones in col­lab­o­ra­tion with the Zayed Univer­sity and ICBA, held Drones Syn­ergy con­fer­ence in Dubai, re­gion’s first event that fea­tures Project Based Learn­ing ap­proach to al­low par­tic­i­pants to gain prac­ti­cal UAVS knowl­edge based on real field tri­als and data ac­qui­si­tion us­ing the lat­est drones tech­nol­ogy and pro­cess­ing tech­niques. The com­pany is com­mit­ted to con­tin­u­ing in­vest­ing its time and re­sources to fur­ther nur­ture re­gional tal­ent and ex­pand drone ap­pli­ca­tion ca­pa­bil­i­ties thus pro­mot­ing re­gional tech­no­log­i­cal growth and de­vel­op­ment with 3 ma­jor ed­u­ca­tional pro­grams in the pipe­line for 2019.

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