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The New World of Apps for Drones

No one can deny that the drone market is already huge and still growing, with a considerable increase in demand for drones in law enforcement applications and technological advancement as the key drivers propelling the growth of the market. They are being used in variety of functions, both enterprise and consumer and evolved from novelty to part of our culture with an omnipresent at festivals and weddings, and recently have been seen helping save children from drowning.

But what opportunities does this present to developers? With the success it has increased the number of apps created with the intention of controlling these devices. The most common platform for this software is a mobile device — primarily Android but also IOS. With a number of off-the-shelf, proprietary controllers for drones. In fact, most drones sold today will include their own app to control the drone and pull images & telemetry data from it. Drones also create a market to create new experiences including gamification, business tools and entertainment as well as devices, it will not seem strange that even the Pentagon announced to recruit software developers for a Drone ‘App Store’.

The regulations and laws around drones are still a very challenging issue and with an increasing amount drones equipped with cameras become more accessible, they present a new set of issues for law-makers and regulators, who are attempting to speedily create new laws and guidance to govern their use and apply "old" laws to this rapidly developing technology.  Apps World Europe will be looking at the regulations to drone law with Peter Lee who specializes in this area as a senior associate at Taylor Vinters. As we see more laws and regulations starting to become into place we are already starting to see monetization business models.  Sky Futures co-founded by James Harrison will be giving a deep dive talk on how he grasped the opportunity of the drones market within the oil and gas industry.

Make sure to book your apps world pass here- To discuss and hear from key leaders in the drones market and the opportunities that are set for the future in this exciting space.

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