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SkyOp launches drone consultancy

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SkyOp LLC, a leader in the training and deployment of drone technology, announced that it has launched a new consultancy division for enterprise-level corporations seeking to realise the advantages drone technology can deliver for large-scale businesses. Through its commercial UAV training division and its work implementing educational curricula in high schools and colleges, SkyOp has helped numerous clients navigate the intricacies of creating and scaling complex drone programmes. With the launch of its Enterprise Drone Consultancy, SkyOp is meeting the growing demand from businesses seeking to develop and deploy UAV technology for its inherent competitive advantages and impactful results to worker safety. To help guide executives through the application of drone technology for their unique needs, SkyOp has created a series of free assessment tools from which its programme specialists will develop a customised implementation strategy.

Leveraging its years of expertise, SkyOp is able to help enterprise corporations evaluate drone applications, establish the necessary internal compliance and policy procedures, and maximise the competitive advantage UAVs can deliver. As enterprise corporations seek to limit personal interactions throughout their operations due to the Covid-19 outbreak, drones can help reduce risk, lower costs, improve operational efficiency and productivity, and even open entirely new revenue streams for a business. Yet, many corporate decision-makers need assistance in determining exactly how drones can impact their business, how to go about building or scaling a program, and above all, how to deliver consistent return on their drone investment.

Proprietary cloud-based guide tools

SkyOp’s ‘Ultimate Drone Reference Guide,’ which initially served as the delivery platform for its interactive educational curricula, has evolved into a one-of-a-kind tool that enables SkyOp specialists to lead enterprise corporations through the complex process of realising the benefits of aerial drones for its own unique business model. From initial drone application ideation, to development of corporate procedures consistent with local, state and federal regulations, to creation of internal pilot training and data analysis capabilities, this proprietary cloud-based platform represents a one-of-a-kind collection of industry expertise.

“SkyOp can help corporations eliminate the guessing game when it comes to evaluating the business impacts of a drone programme,” said Brian Pitre, SkyOp LLC’s Founder and Chairman of the Board. “More often than not, the idea for an enterprise-wide programme starts with an engineer or industrial inspection specialist that sees the value of UAVs, but needs some expertise to back up their pitch to the C-suite. Our assessment tools and the initial insights our specialists can provide at no-cost will be invaluable to those that see the inherent competitive advantage that drones can bring to their respective fields.”

Overcoming the Covid-19 world

SkyOp is also rapidly expanding its virtual drone flight training capabilities to accommodate the unique demands being foisted upon the industry by the current Covid-induced travel and social distancing restrictions. These new capabilities will not only enable its individual pilot instruction and institutional educational curricula clients to seamlessly progress student learning, but ensure enterprise clients are still able to develop and deploy drones regardless of the public health restrictions on in-person instruction.

“In this time when it’s advisable to ensure social distancing we’ve designed an effective alternative to face-to-face instruction using distance learning tools for our clients and partners,” said Pitre. “While we routinely support our institutional educators and corporate drone trainers remotely, we are continuing to meet the evolving demands of this pandemic by reinventing the way in which we deliver some of our lessons. Our robust virtual drone flight training capability will enable SkyOp to continue our rigorous curricula unimpeded, regardless of the restrictions that may emerge in the future.”

Competitive advantages of drones

The FAA forecasts that there will be close to one million commercial drones operating in the US alone by 2023. Generally, the public is familiar with UAVs being deployed by the media or for public safety applications, but some forward-looking industrial sectors have also realised great success deploying aerial platforms. Within the energy sector, drones are inspecting power transmission lines, wind turbines, solar panels, etc., and innovative companies in the construction sector often leverage UAV platforms for site preparation, inspections, project monitoring, etc. Just as drone technology is able to reduce the amount of time it takes to turn data into decisions, SkyOp is able help its enterprise clients turn UAV technology into truly business-driving competitive advantages.

“A recent market report demonstrated that 88% of new drone users had a positive ROI in one year or less,” said Pitre. “The key to realising that outcome though is eliminating the bumps in the road from initial application ideation to programme deployment. Through our Enterprise Drone Consultancy, our unique assessment tools and our cloud-based platforms, we are able to provide the necessary guidance on how to undertake the massive job of building a UAV programme, enabling enterprise corporations to realise the business impacts of drones even amid the Covid-19 restrictions.”

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