Besides several startups, a few operator firms came up with innovative concepts that seem to pay off. Between 2012 and 2014, $6.3 million were invested into professional operator companies. In 2015, the number increased by 700% to $44.3 million.

Given the total investments worth almost $10 million in the first quarter of 2016 and a final version of (American) regulatory framework, we will have another record-breaking year ahead of us. Drone operations – just like commercial airline business – will be the biggest market segment in the future, and it will outrun all hard- and software manufacturer both in value and in growth rate.

It’s helpful to read past the translation. Drone operator companies are what we in the US would call service companies. These are the companies that are going to put the hardware, software and people together to deliver solutions to their customers. It is interesting that Measure which is probably the biggest US service provider is not even on the list.

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