Interest in developing the commercial potential of unmanned aerial vehicles — or drones, as popularly known — seems to increase daily even though the Federal Aviation Administration has yet to develop regulations authorizing their use.
A collaboration between the Idaho National Laboratory, the Idaho Department of Commerce and the state’s universities is in the works to advance drone technology in the Gem State.
And agriculture stands to be the biggest beneficiary of its work.
In December the FAA announced six states that would serve as tests sites for drone technology. Unfortunately, Idaho didn’t make the cut.
But in January, Steven Edgar, president and CEO of Advanced Aviation Solutions, and his partners determined Idaho has enough resources to pursue the concept on its own. He’s in charge of a state task force working to set up the partnership.
Alan is serial entrepreneur, active angel investor, and a drone enthusiast. He co-founded DRONELIFE.com to address the emerging commercial market for drones and drone technology. Prior to DRONELIFE.com, Alan co-founded Where.com, ThinkingScreen Media, and Nurse.com. Recently, Alan has co-founded Crowditz.com, a leader in Equity Crowdfunding Data, Analytics, and Insights. Alan can be reached at alan(at)dronelife.com