Unmanned Systems: How drones can improve our lives

Unmanned aviation has unleashed a revolution in aviation. The question is: How can the private sector truly benefit from drones? When will we be able to hail an air taxi? And how can these new forms of mobility be deployed sustainably? In the new ILA exhibition area “UAV Base” you can meet the key players in unmanned aviation to discuss these questions – and many more.

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A range of possibilities

Entire new business models are now possible thanks to drones. They can boost service, comfort and safety in a variety of areas, such as

Maintenance

Drones can inspect wind power stations, bridges or dams. They can detect defects that previously could only be found with the laborious efforts of industrial climbers. They can be deployed in a fast, safe and inexpensive manner. ILA Berlin fosters dialogue between industry, researchers and end users to discuss the latest developments.

Logistics

Critical goods like medicine require fast, flexible delivery. Drones offer a way to bypass traffic, especially in densely populated urban areas. ILA features current pilot projects now underway.

Agriculture

Drones open up a world of new possibilities in the agricultural sector with precision farming. Now, the efficient use of machines for seeding and harvesting will be easier than ever before. At ILA, vendors will demonstrate how this technology works.

Urban mobility

It is expected that about 60 percent of the world’s population will live in conurbations by 2030. In a few years, UAVs are likely to improve mobility for millions of these city dwellers. The industry will exhibit the first prototypes of these so-called “air taxis” at ILA.

The entire sector in one single location

At ILA Berlin, an entire exhibition area will be dedicated to the full spectrum of unmanned aviation. Several dozen exhibitors from around the world will be there – ranging from manufacturers to research institutes, and from established system suppliers to up-and-coming startups.

Unmanned aviation will also be a focus of ILA’s prestigious conference program, where experts from industry, research and government will engage in focused, friendly dialogue – on issues like future UAV regulations, for example.

Uses for commercial drones

Drones already offer a wide range of potential applications. For example, the charity Doctors without Borders are conducting tests to determine how drones could improve access to medical supplies in isolated areas, while in South Africa they are being deployed to detect poachers. Experts also predict that unmanned aircraft will revolutionize processes in the logistics industry. These five sectors are expected to see the most important applications by 2020:

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