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Fast Facts
Advertisers' Index
Aegis Insurance Services Inc. ............................. 3
Arpin Group Inc. ......................................... 19, 23
Asset Controls Inc./Windfall ............................ C4
CAT Scale Co. .................................................. 13
CDS Moving Equipment Inc. ............................. 15
Champion Risk ................................................. 41
CompuMove Systems Corp. ............................. 37

SEPTEMBER | OCTOBER 2017

DRONE REVOLUTION: LEVERAGING COMMERCIAL DRONE TECHNOLOGY

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The airspace could get a lot more
crowded-and the roadways slightly
less crowded-if Amazon has
its druthers.
Several years ago, Amazon
announced its intentions to start delivering packages via unmanned aerial
vehicles (UAVs), otherwise known as
drones. In December, the company
completed the first Amazon Prime Air
delivery in the U.K. The Prime Air
delivery system uses drones to safely
deliver packages to customers in 30
minutes or less.
Recently, Amazon registered a patent for a multilevel drone fulfillment
center. Likened to giant beehives, these
large cylindrical warehouses would be
built at the centers of cities, allowing
drones to fly in and out of the distribution centers' many windows. This
would be in lieu of delivery services
that drive packages to your house.
"There is a growing need and desire
to locate fulfillment centers within cities, such as in downtown districts and
densely populated parts of the cities,"
said the patent application, published in
June by the U.S. Patent and Trademark
Office, in addition to several other
drone-related applications by Amazon.
"By locating the fulfillment centers
within the cities, items may be more
quickly delivered to the growing

population of people that live in the
cities, as well as the large population of
people who work in the cities."
In November in New Zealand,
Domino's Pizza made the first pizza
delivery by drone. This was made
possible via a partnership with Flirtey
drone delivery service. Domino's plans
to perform additional drone delivery
trials in Australia, Belgium, France,
the Netherlands, Japan and Germany.
Drone technology, however, has
the potential for much more than just
pizza and package delivery, especially
because drone adoption is still in its
infancy. Aerial photography and video
will be increasingly transformed by
drones. Drone-mapping software could
create 3-D models of everything from
inaccessible terrain to storage facilities.
In the realm of law enforcement, drones
could assist in border control surveillance. They could even be instrumental
in unmanned cargo transport.
By 2025, commercial drones are
expected to create 100,000 jobs and
have an economic impact of $82 billion on the United States, according to
the Association for Unmanned Vehicle
Systems International (AUVSI). The
commercial possibilities for drones are
seemingly endless, and they're disrupting business as usual in industries all
over the world. n

DeWitt Companies Ltd. LLC .............................. 9
Direct Systems Inc. .......................................... 22
Enterprise Database Corp. ................................. 2
EWS Group ...................................................... 17
Havener Enterprises Inc. .................................. 27
Kentucky Trailer Manufacturing .................... 7, 43
MiniMoves Inc. .................................................. 4
MoverOne ........................................................ 15
MSS ................................................................ 47
National Vanlines ............................................ 25
The New Haven Cos. ....................................... 45
Paul Hanson Partners Specialty
Insurance Solutions .................................. C3
Plycon Van Lines
Plycon Transportation Group ...................... 47
Stevens Worldwide Van Lines ........................... 21
Trans Advantage Inc. ....................................... C2
United Brokerage Co. ....................................... 18
Universal Storage Containers LLC ...................... 1
Vanliner Insurance Co. .................................... 29



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