The commercial drone technology ecosystem has come a long way in the last half-decade. Enterprises around the world that have spent several years exploring drone technology’s potential are finding that the business insight that can be achieved from this technology can be a catalyst for profound transformation.
Twelve years ago, I started a student organization at MIT to build a drone as part of an intercollegiate competition, never imagining that drones would be a ‘thing,’ a major area of VC investment, high on the agenda of CIO’s and CEO’s, or that they would become a cornerstone of my life for the next decade. My experience building that first drone and my conviction that drones (along with the right software) would drive value in countless commercial applications, is what drove me to start Airware — the company that I have led as its Founder and CEO for the past six years.
The FAA has begun working toward the development of a system called Remote Identification, designed to track aircraft and operators for flights that go beyond the bounds of those which are explicitly allowed by Part 107. The FAA also announced a new UAS Gateway, which will automate the airspace authorization process.