US: The buzz in the geospatial profession on unmanned aerial systems (UAS) will draw the attention of MAPPS members at the association's annual Summer Conference that will be held from July 27–31, 2014 in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.
Interest in UAS is increasing each day. MAPPS claims that it has been at the forefront of the technology since it started discussions on the subject in 2007. The upcoming five-day conference aims to provide greater insight into UAS and other emerging markets that will provide business opportunities for the private geospatial profession. The organisers have stated that at this year's conference a day will be dedicated to UAS platforms, sensors, data collection and processing, markets and regulation and will include live demonstrations.
The schedule released by MAPPS show that a session titled ‘Teaming: Large and Small Business Perspectives’ will provide an overview of how MAPPS membership can facilitate teaming and partnering and how to create strategic business partnerships. This will be complemented by a session on marketing messaging using defined business goals to create succinct communication plans that provide actionable results to your target market.
The UAS sessions will focus on regulatory framework for the Notice of Proposed Rule Making (NRPM) to be initiated by the Federal Aviation Administration, opportunities for private sector geospatial firms to pursue the ability to operate UAS systems, the certification of authorization process and the application process under Section 333 of the Federal Aviation Reauthorization Act of 2012.
Panelist of senior executives at the conference will also discuss at length the complex question of mergers and acquisitions and provide their view of the ever-changing landscape of the market in a session: Where is the Geospatial Market Going.