With the way drone technology has developed over the past year, there is obviously never enough time to discuss all the emerging developments in the drone industry. So to keep in touch with all the goings on, we have organised the first edition of the Drone and Unmanned Aviation Conference for 2024; which we have scheduled for the 6th and 7th of June 2024 at Emperors Palace Convention Centre in Johannesburg.
There has been yet another in significant shift for commercial drone technology in the past year, especially in re-imagining the way drones work in communities and industries. The obvious example has been an explosion of drone-in-a-box systems, also known as Xbots, drone nests or drone docking systems, which have seen faster response times to security situations, and better effectiveness for other industrial applications that include delivery, agriculture, survey and mapping, as well as inspections at various sites.
Drone nests have however seen the need for human pilots getting steadily reduced as one pilot can take control of as many as 25 drones in the air at the same time, creating conversations on the fate of drone pilots on the value chain.
Having said that though; topical issues still remain in most African countries, especially on the regulatory front: where nations like the US and Spain are embarking on citywide drone operations; that possibility still looks distant for most African countries, a reality which has spelt doom for delivery drones; since almost all cargo drone operations will have to go beyond the pilot’s sight at some point.
It is important that the continent stays in touch with the world in as far as progress in civillian drone use is concerned, as evidence on the ground has shown that the benefits of the technology to the continent far outweigh the negatives.
This edition of the Drone and Unmanned Aviation Conference will cover all these issues and more; our panel of world-class speakers will lead discussions on the application of product technology (which include drone development status, technology innovation, airspace management, education and training, UAV engineering, design and construction) in the fields of medical supply and general cargo delivery; agriculture, construction, mining, remote sensing, surveying and mapping, forestry and disaster prevention and public safety.
The event will also shine a spotlight on the global key research and application areas of UAVs and innovation in safety supervision, robust discussions on the pace of local drone innovations as compared to the rest of the worldwide, and explore the profound impact UAVs on social development in the future.
Besides, delegates will learn about internationalisation, specialisation, and marketisation of drone technology at a panel discussion that will be conducted with all the leading technology and policy voices in the industry today.
It will be another festival of technology transfer, as all previous delegates have come to know about the flagship drone technology event in the country. It is a great opportunity for drone stakeholders to converge again, network and learn new insights at a world-class venue as well as experience drone technology at work during the live demos.