Propelling Drone Innovation: Development, Testing and Deployment Opportunities in an “Open Skies” Environment
Tuesday, October 06, 2020: 10:30 AM - 11:15 AM
LIVE Q&A Roundtable Scheduled, OCT 7 @ 12:30 PM ET
This presentation highlights the absolute importance of innovation, now more than ever, for advancing and expanding the UAV/UAS industry. Presented from the perspectives of both the developer and the regulator, our presenters will speak to the holistic approach necessary in order to move from the lab to the market, and ultimately to the skies.
Our speakers are a senior official from Switzerland’s forward thinking regulatory authority, FOCA, which in July 2020 announced a joint effort with the FAA to co-develop harmonized standards and measures for integrating UAS into shared airspace; and two senior executives from companies that use data to advance drone applications across industries, discussing their platforms as well as the challenges and opportunities of the ecosystem in which they have flourished. These companies are INVOLI, whose technology enables drones to safely share the sky with manned aviation, and Drone Harmony which automates mission planning in the most challenging vertical inspection scenarios.
With a long history of achieving global milestones, Switzerland is today a bellwether to the UAV/UAS sector with commercial, research, academic and governmental bodies all in alignment. The “Home of Drones” is a leading location for developing both the technologies and the companies behind them, due to its robust R&D ecosystem, pragmatic regulatory body, active U-Space program, ongoing BVLOS activities, and highly productive and cost effective business environment.
Switzerland presents globally unique conditions for researchers, professors, developers, and service providers in the UAV/UAS sector. The ongoing U-Space and SORA (specific operational risk assessment) initiatives, linked to a pragmatic regulatory authority, allow companies to advance their technical development and test new paradigms in a real-world environment. As the industry continues to evolve and expand, special-purpose drone technologies with unique capabilities are being developed to address increasingly specialized tasks. All-purpose UAV platforms are giving way to new and unique technologies that are themselves creating unforeseen use cases and new business opportunities. For the industry to continue to expand we must encourage and rely upon a continued stream of innovation, perhaps more than ever before. No country provides a better foundation for innovation than Switzerland, and this added-value is what propels new technologies to the forefront.
C-Level Executive,Analyst,Business Development/Sales,Consultant,Management,Engineering/Technical,Government/Policy/Regulatory,Marketing/Communications,Research & Development,Student
Artificial Intelligence,Air,Industry,Education/Business,LiDAR,Sensors,Standards,Airspace Integration