Drone Industry Insights (DRONEII) has named this year’s top drone service providers.
Correction: a previous version of this article incorrectly identified Aerodyne Group as a US-based company. Aerodyne Group is founded and based in Malaysia.
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Winners were divided into two categories. “…to rank the best drone service companies in the world, we used the size, growth and public attention as reference to determine companies’ performance,” writes DRONEII’s Estaban Zanelli. “The ranking is split into the 5 best remote sensing companies and the 5 best companies for drone delivery.”
Insights from the Listings: It’s a Wide Open Field
The full report lists the top 20 drone service providers in both categories. As commercial drone operations begin to scale, drone service providers take on more importance.
While 8 of the top 20, including the top 3 drone delivery service providers are based in the U.S., Zanelli points out that their primary operations take place in other countries. In remote sensing, the list is globally diverse. “…the best companies for remote sensing only feature 5 American companies in the top 20. So despite being a majority in the overall rankings, the role of the US in terms of operation and influence is not as large as it may initially appear.”
In addition to being geographically diverse, few of the companies that made the list of top drone service providers are backed by large corporations.
Energy is Still the Biggest Customer for Remote Sensing Drone Service Providers
Whether enterprise businesses outsource drone operations or establish an in-house drone team depends upon a number of factors. Right now, the biggest customer for DSPs is energy. “As may be expected, almost all of the top 20 remote sensing companies prioritize and are active in the Energy Industry (utilities). This is not only a major industry in terms of the importance of utilities and the money involved, but also in the way that drone technology provides unique improvements to efficiency, safety and savings of both time and money,” Zanelli writes.
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