The first drones were highly proprietary and closed systems. Designed for very specific, almost hobbyist tasks, they were not built to handle all the possible and new exploratory new world of ideas. The idea of a more open systems approach gives potential uses a far broader horizon than we are currently seeing in the military or with hobbyists. I sat down with Romeo Durscher a leader in the industry to talk about new business models and how the second evolution of drones is far more advanced than what you may believe.
Romeo Durscher is the Vice President of Public Safety at Auterion. Born and raised in Switzerland, Romeo came to Asterion after six years at DJI. He spent 13 years at NASA’s Solar Dynamics Observatory. Commercial UAV News named Romeo “One of the 25 Most Influential People in the Commercial Drone Industry”, as well as “One of the Top 7 Drone Visionaries in Emergency Response & Public Safety”. The non-profit global organization DRONERESPONDERS awarded him with their first “Public Safety Drone Leadership Award” to recognize his exceptional leadership in advancing the implementation of public safety drone programs across the globe. Romeo moved to the US in 2007, began working at NASA, and has seen these drones, even the hobbyist versions, with their eye in the sky capability, change our perceptions of the planet. Association for un-manned drones believes drones could create 100,000 new jobs and be an $80bn as early as 2025. Romeo works through a real example of how a lumber company would use drones as part of their business model.
Asterion provides enterprise and government with an ecosystem of software-defined drones, payloads, and third-party applications within a single, easy-to-use platform based on open-source standards. The platform gives operators a plus benefit choice, flexibility, and assurance, to improve their drone workflows, from mapping to inspection, cargo, and ISR, www.auterion.com
Here are some of the more expansive application ideas for drowns that can carry a stack of applications in an open-source world:
- Drones that track and then collect the mucus of whales as they are blown out of the air holes to understand their diets and the changing climate effects on their food ecosystems.
- Where drones are designed to search for lost hikers both before human resources can get to the destination and in tough to reach places with night-vision lenses. Three thousand departments use drone programs compared to just 500 with access to aircraft (planes or helicopters).
- Acting as a co-pilot for fire and rescue crews, they get to the sites, scout the environment, and send back data to the dispatch centers and firetrucks.
- Drones can be used to swarm specific hazardous situations and collaborate to reduce the risks before human intervention.
- Drones could also act as co firefighters with specific payloads for delivery in the fire-fighting process.
- Ground units could connect with sky-bound teams to complete complex navigation and redirecting tasks through hazardous environments (off-road and at a disaster site).
Open source presents the suitable, trusted model where the community manages the behavior as social values will shift towards a more relaxed acceptance and usage of drones in everything we do, from school to running companies. The only way to do this, in Romeo’s opinion, is to let the open source community use the concept of the wisdom of crowds to drive constant innovation and ownership out the hands of a few vendors and interested bodies.
Romeo has actively participated in drone missions for search and rescue operations, natural disasters, such as the Tubbs, Carr, and Camp Fires in California, emergency responses, and various training exercises. He has appeared in media forums from ABC’s Good Morning America, New York Times, to Wired magazine Romeo can be found on Twitter at @RomeoCH. LinkedIn: https://www.linkedin.com/in/romeodurscher/