Business challenge: manage complexity
The drone ecosystem is complex, regulated, and fast-changing . For one thing most players are specialists of a specific building block within the value chain (platform manufacturers, software developers, pilots, operators, training centres…). With that in mind, it can prove difficult to gain a 360° perspective on a safe and innovative drone roadmap and build a powerful use case.
Broad set of skills and expertise required
Understanding aeronautical safety processes, complying with drone regulations, crafting technological solutions (platform, sensors, software) that match use cases, developing safe operational processes, integrating into digital workflow, deciding what is performed in-house vs subcontracted, scaling up from launch pilots to recurring programmes …. Important to realize that answers to all these issues form part of a well-thought drone roadmap. By all means it requires a broad set of skills, expertise, and experience.
The regulatory environment for drones is evolving, some say slowly. Certainly, while facilitating the emergence of promising opportunities, the regulators among civil aviation authorities have in mind what their citizens have entrusted them with for decades: their safety. As mush as 3.5 billion passengers travelled by plane in 2017, and this number continues to grow. First thing to remember is that safety is paramount in the aeronautical culture, this surely applies to drones. and developing a safety-driven roadmap is vital for success.
Another key point to remember is that a well-crafted change management approach is key to a successful adoption of this disruptive technology. For example, the key stakeholders within and outside the organisation should receive basic training on drones. Acquiring fundamental knowledge will enable them to understand the transformative impact of the project as well as tackle effectively its challenges.
Mastering complexity is key to success. Therefore organisations must develop an end-to-end approach to their drone roadmap, from crafting a powerful use case to setting operations, extract digital value and ramp-up.
Fields of applications for professional drones are expanding fast. However, the market is not « one size fits all ». Often, the specificities of a mission requires a dedicated solution and approach.