This weekend my friend Johnny and I went on a hike in central Pennsylvania to make a drone video. I have included the video at the bottom of this blog post! Johnny is a certified drone pilot and a has private pilot license as well. Johnny will also be doing drone work this summer and this got me thinking about the drone industry. How big is drone industry and how who are the industry leaders?
How much MONEY?!
The global drone market could be worth $127 billion by 2020, up from just $2 billion today, according to consulting firm PWC. In addition to defense, delivery, or aerial photography, the firm believes that drones will soon be used for verifying business claims, boosting crop yields, and creating special effects for Hollywood blockbusters. Clearly the marketing industry is doing very well and is suppose to grow even more. Now let’s look at some of the industry leaders.
Drone Industry Services
Coming in at number 1 is Zipline. Zipline has their headquarters in San Francisco, California. Zipline operates the world’s only drone delivery system at a national scale (500 deliveries per day within a 75-kilometer service radius) in Rwanda which was launched in 2016. They deliver urgent medicines and critical necessities such as blood to domestic hospitals. In 2017 they announced plans to launch a similar delivery system in Tanzania in 2018. You can check out how they are making a difference at Zipline.
Number 2 is the drone company Measure. Measure is located in Washington, DC, the company focuses on drone applications in telecom, construction, energy and media sectors. Measure partnered with companies like DJI and AES Corporation to foster their business and provide services that are more holistic and complete in nature. Measure’s partnership with DJI makes them a highly competitive company in the market.
Founded in 2008, Cyberhawk Innovations is the world leader in UAV inspection and survey and the conversion of UAV data into powerful management information. CyberHawk is coming in at number 3. Based in Livingston, UK, the organization delivers its services to oil & gas, renewables and rail companies all over the world. Some of their biggest customers include: Shell, BP, Siemens, Chevron, and Petronas.