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March 28th, 2017
Commercial UAV Expo Releases a Series of Free Reports Assessing the Outlook for the Commercial Drone Market in 2017

Portland, Maine, USA – Commercial UAV Expo today announced the release of a free series of reports that showcase how and where professionals charged with the inspection and monitoring of industrial assets such as electricity pylons, pipelines, and rails are actually using drones to make these tasks more efficient and safer. Additionally, the reports focus on the many ways in which professionals working in land surveying, precision agriculture, mining, construction and more have been and are set to leverage UAV technology in 2017. The reports can be downloaded here.

The “How are Professionals in High Tech Industries using Drones in 2017?” series is focused on seven different vertical industries.  Those seven industries are:

  • Surveying & Mapping
  • Civil Infrastructure
  • Mining & Aggregates
  • Construction
  • Process, Power & Utilities
  • Law Enforcement, Emergency Response and Search & Rescue
  • Precision Agriculture

“It’s interesting to explore the similarities and differences that professionals in all these different areas are sorting through in 2017,” said Jeremiah Karpowicz, Executive Editor of Commercial UAV News and author of the reports. “For the most part, regulation is a topic that pops up for everyone, but it’s a much bigger challenge for some than for others. On the other side of that, the role that public perception and reaction plays for the people looking to use drones on a farm is very different from the search & rescue professionals that want to use UAVs to make their efforts that much more powerful. It’s just an example of the opportunities and challenges that exist for commercial operators of all shapes and sizes.”

The reports feature insight from a variety of professionals across the drone industry. The experts that are quoted in the reports include: Dave Henderson, Director of Geospatial Sales, Topcon; Lewis Graham, President and CTO, GeoCue; John Perry, CEO, Altavian, Inc.; Thomas Haun, Executive Vice President, PrecisionHawk; Norm Lamothe, ‎Co-Founder – Head, UAS Agriculture at Deveron UAS; Linda Rhodes, Project Manager at Commonwealth Edison Company; Patrick Sherman, Founder, Roswell Flight Test Crew; and Gene Robinson of Drone Pilot, Inc.

“Our events are focused on high precision technology for highly technical work, and these reports reflect the best practices, applications and challenges that we’ve been able to more fully explore at our events,” said Lisa Murray, Event Director for the Commercial UAV Expo. “These reports will provide you with insight that will help you assess where and how things are going to change with your industry or with drone technology in 2017.”

All seven of the reports in the series “How are Professionals in High Tech Industries using Drones in 2017?” are free and available for download here.

About Commercial UAV Expo Europe & Commercial UAV Expo Americas
Commercial UAV Expo Europe and Commercial UAV Expo Americas, presented by Commercial UAV News, is a conference and exhibition exclusively focused on the commercial drone market covering industries including Surveying & Mapping; Civil Infrastructure; Aggregates & Mining; Construction; Process, Power & Utilities; Precision Agriculture; Law Enforcement, Emergency Response and Search & Rescue (SAR).  The European event will launch in Brussels, Belgium in June 2017. The third annual North American event is taking place October 24- 26, 201 7 in Las Vegas. For more information, visit  and The events are organized Diversified Communications, a leading organizer of conferences and trade shows with 15 years in the geospatial arena, including Commercial UAV Expo Americas, Commercial UAV Europe, SPAR 3D Expo & Conference and International LiDAR Mapping Forum.

About Commercial UAV News
Commercial UAV News, presenter of Commercial UAV Expo Europe and Commercial UAV Expo Americas, is a leading source of news, insight and analysis for the commercial drone market, focusing on Surveying & Mapping; Civil Infrastructure; Aggregates & Mining; Construction; Process, Power & Utilities; Precision Agriculture; Law Enforcement, Emergency Response and Search & Rescue (SAR). In addition to daily news and a weekly newsletter, the site features exclusive industry-specific reports about how drones are being used in various markets. Jeremiah Karpowicz is the Executive Editor.