three images of Kespry user on job siteKespry is a company that creates automated drone systems for aggregates, construction, insurance and mining.

[Excerpted from an interview by Jeremiah Karpowicz with Paul Doersch, CEO Kespry.]

Q I thought it was enlightening to hear you mention that you saw the consumer drone market as being limited, while the enterprise market did not have those same sort of limitations. 

A The consumer drone market has been huge, but does seem limited by mostly video capture use cases. In the commercial drone market, there are just so many more potential applications, from capture to measurement to analysis and delivery and more.

There are typically two stages of finding and creating value with a disruptive technology in a commercial environment.

  1. The first is fitting directly into the existing workflow and providing a direct benefit, a cost savings or precision improvement for example.

  2. The second stage is establishing entirely new workflows and applications that were not previously possible or broadly considered.

Q Does the fact that you’re offering your customers a complete drone solution make you stand out from your competition?

A Kespry provides a full automated and integrated solution that clearly makes us unique. The Kespry drone flies autonomously over industrial sites, and then automatically uploads the data to the Kespry cloud, where it is stored, processed, analyzed and visualized with applications specifically designed for the markets we serve. No third-party service provider is required, which has meant less frequency of collection and higher costs. The Kespry drone is operated directly by the same people who are already on the site because it is entirely autonomous and extremely easy to use. Other approaches that require companies to piece together various components from different providers is just not scalable or practical, and too complex for companies to make it work on their own.

Looking to the future, Kespry views the drone as a node on the internet, that just happens to move in space and time.

This is a powerful approach to the problem. You can expect to see vast improvements in autonomy and automation over the next several years. Including drones better understanding their environments, being able to make intelligent decisions in-flight, and increased precision of data captured. The data processing automation at Kespry is already completely automated, completely scalable and provides the fastest field to finish in the industry. That being said, there is still a lot more work to be done developing data processing applications for specific needs across all industries.

Kespry can tell a compelling drone business story. And demonstrate ROI in language that is relevant to the verticals they are focused on.
Somewhere in all this, someone at the job site needs to hold a Part 107 but that will soon be a job description in certain industries. It will certainly be a whole lot easier and less expensive to train someone to pass the aeronautical knowledge test than it is to train someone to get a pilot’s license.
From that perspective Part 107 has removed barriers – and as you will read in the interview, Doersch has every expectation that “as the technology evolves, we expect regulation will evolve, and in the future address beyond visual line of sight, nighttime flight and larger aircraft, but FAA Part 107 meets most of the current market needs.”

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