Top 20 Drone Technology Solution Companies - 2020

With its ability to unlock seemingly endless possibilities in the realms of remote sensing, site mapping, and aerial imagery, drones have played a critical role in enhancing the operational efficiencies of several industry sectors. At the same time, as drone technology assists firms gain a more holistic picture of their operations, they boost the decision-making process and unleashing newer avenues to revolutionize methods of data acquisition and analytics. Alternatively, drones can also play a vital role in environmental monitoring, which is gradually becoming a sector of high interest due to the oncoming impacts of climate change.

Today, drone technology is transforming day-to-day processes across a multitude of markets, including e-commerce delivery, logistics, filmmaking, agriculture, construction, and more. Looking to the future, drone applications are poised to go beyond its current horizons and play a critical role in aiding organizations to establish safer and more efficient operations. Beyond the business landscape, drone technology is also expected to become a mainstay in the conservation and disaster relief, minimizing the risk to human lives.

In order to assist enterprises in identifying the Drone Technology solution providers most suitable for optimizing their business, CIOReview has analyzed the strengths and capabilities of the top contenders in this field. This edition of CIOReview features companies with in-depth expertise in providing cutting-edge drone technology solutions that help consumers tackle the challenges involved in the development and implementation of operational strategies that do not require high human intervention.

We present to you CIOReview’s “20 Most Promising Drone Technology Solution Providers – 2020.”

Top Drone Technology Solution Companies

Top Drone Technology Solution Companies

ARGUS International is a specialized aviation service provider assisting organizations around the globe to enhance their UAS operations and stay compliant with aviation regulations.The company function under the flagship of SGS, the world’s leading inspection, verification, testing, and certification company recognized as the global benchmark for quality and integrity. Both ARGUS and SGS are working hand in hand to take aviation clients to the peak of their success by providing them a broad range of aviation services, including FAA certification, due diligence, audits, safety management, flight tracking, and training

Established in 2016, Macatawa has carved a niche for itself in the sUAS arena with its custom solutions and services. The company is now venturing into the unmanned underwater vehicle (UUV) to enhance the capabilities of first responders, inspectors, and assessors in gathering data underwater.Macatawa offers a range of solutions and services to help businesses enhance unmanned capabilities

SARA has overcome several hurdles to develop solutions that are cost effective and scalable. SARA scientists developed patented hardware and software to remove the noise of both wind and the host aircraft from detections, which otherwise mask sounds from other aircraft. This allows extended detection ranges and minimizes false alarms. Microphones and audio electronics are already mass-produced through large economies of scale for the audio and cell-phone markets. However, many of these components are not designed to meet more rigorous aerospace requirements

VideoRay is a global leader in underwater ROV technology and has become the largest producer of underwater ROVs in the world. VideoRay ROVs, with their cutting-edge engineering and pioneering technology, enable government and local law enforcement agencies, along with enterprises, to carry out a wide range of underwater operations robustly and reliably at a fraction of the cost sustained by larger ROVs. Currently, VideoRay ROVs are widely used in the USCG, U.S. Navy, and police departments across the U.S. They are also employed in national navies, coast guards, and port authorities worldwide, including the Royal Netherlands Navy, the Norwegian Navy, and the Saudi Border Guard

3DR

3DR

3DR is North America's leader in UAV technology, with a history rooted in the open source autopilot community that sparked the consumer drone revolution. They provide hardware, software, and consulting services. Their 3DR H520-G drone is Assembled in the U.S. and is trusted and approved by numerous Government agencies. And as a member of Dronecode, 3DR continues to help drive the software used in drones worldwide. They also work with companies interested in navigating the difficult and complicated FAA regulatory landscape, specializing in FAA UAS Type Certification, Drone regulatory compliance, and Test Engineering

AeroVironment

AeroVironment

A leader in the markets for small unmanned aircraft systems, tactical missile systems, high-altitude pseudo-satellites and commercial information systems. The company seeks more powerful ways to combine advances in cutting-edge technologies such as robotics, sensors, software analytics and connectivity to generate even more meaningful information and to elevate its customers' capacity to make smarter, quicker decisions

Airdata UAV

Airdata UAV

A committed team of drone enthusiasts with a mission to help keep aircrafts 'airworthy' by analyzing, identifying, and predicting critical failures and optimizing flight performance. Founded in 2015, Airdata UAV was initially built to provide crash-prevention information and give pilots much broader data than typically captured in a logbook. Today we provide a comprehensive drone fleet management operation platform, helping tens of thousands of small-to-large drone fleet operators in nearly 200 countries around the world. The company has extensive experience building software for virtualizing systems in the cloud, automating data centers, and in designing advanced analytics

AV3 AEROVISUAL

AV3 AEROVISUAL

AV3 AEROVISUAL specializes in consulting and application of geomatic technologies, drones, and data science. The company delivers precision, effeciency, and safety to the clients with some of the best multirotor drones and fixed wings, enabling them to perform high-precision aerial services. The solutions of AV3 AEROVISUAL are personalized and designed to perform the maximum performance to the clients

Black Sage

Black Sage

Black Sage is a CUAS solutions provider and systems integration partner, serving military organizations, internal security agencies, and airport authorities worldwide. The company’s name is inspired by the tough Western US plant, Black Sage, and its ability to thrive in extreme climates. Its western roots and time spent in classified environments built a respect for the words “black”, signifying knowledge and discretion; and “sage”, signifying wisdom. The mission of Black Sage is to protect civilian and military personnel from unmanned threats. Black Sage’s open architecture DefenseOS command and control software is the nerve center that controls industry-leading sensors and effectors required for a modular, layered defense network

CompassDrone

CompassDrone

Compass Family of companies have 25 years of geospatial experience and 7 years of drone mapping consulting experience. They are providers of best-in-class geospatial drone solutions. They have introduced CompassDrone, a one-stop-shop for all things and services, including drones, sensors, software, training, and services. They are the first industrial and geospatial dealer for DJI and focus on empowering mapping professionals to deliver drone-based solutions to their clients

Frontier Precision

Frontier Precision

Frontier Precision is an employee-owned company with over 30 years of experience serving survey, mapping, engineering, construction, GIS, drones/UAS, forensics, law enforcement, forestry, water resources, mosquito and vector control, and natural resources professionals throughout the western U.S. Since its inception in 1988, Frontier Precision has expanded its footprint to South Dakota, Minnesota, Colorado, Alaska, Montana, Idaho, Hawaii, Oregon, and Washington. Additionally, Frontier services Wyoming and Utah. The company prides itself on offering unmatched customer service with industry experts who always find a solution to fit clients’ needs

Juniper Unmanned

Juniper Unmanned

A leading insights provider to innovative project managers in large enterprises. The company's remote sensing technologies give managers unprecedented access to information about physical assets. Besides, the company's artificial intelligence and analytics give its clients powerful tools for determining the best course of action. Driven by big data analytics, managers of electric utilities will be able to minimize fire risk, highway managers will be able maintain pavement more effectively, and construction managers will complete projects in a fraction of the time

Opener

Opener

Opener is an aircraft designing company that is heralding a new era of aviation. They have designed an affordable, safe, easy to operate, and all-electric vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) vehicle - BlackFly. With the highest priority for safety, this personal aerial vehicle (PAV) aircraft is fitted with triple-modular redundant flight systems, control surfaces, and sensors. The batch production of the first 30 BlackFly vehicles began in the summer of 2019

Phoenix LiDAR Systems

Phoenix LiDAR Systems

Builds custom survey-grade laser mapping systems, and automation software for flight planning, acquisition, and post-processing, enabling clients to collect detailed, 3D topographic information for a wide range of commercial and research applications, including engineering, construction, mining, and more. Phoenix LiDAR Systems was the first to introduce commercial drone LiDAR to the market. When organizations seek to digitize the physical world, whether for surveying, archeology, film, or more, Phoenix LiDAR builds them a fully integrated UAV LiDAR system, combining its hardware and software with an assortment of sensors to create a customized system that is ready to fly

Rizse

Rizse

Rizse is an advanced robotics and AI firm developing robust autonomous drone platforms to streamline aircraft inspections. The company is an advanced robotics and A.I. firm developing a fully autonomous drone platform to streamline aircraft inspections. Its state-of-the-art lidar system and high-precision camera empower technicians to work efficiently and consistently. Relentless in its pursuit of perfection, the company is elevating the industry one inspection at a time. Rizse's autonomous drone system can complete full primary inspections ten times faster than the typical fuselage inspection process with greater consistency. Besides, it reduces the amount of time heavy machinery needs to be operated near the aircraft

Skydio

Skydio

Skydio is a leading drone manufacturer in the U.S. The company is a world leader in autonomous flight technology, leveraging breakthrough AI technology to create world's most intelligent flying machines for consumers, enterprises, defense, and civilian agencies. Founded in 2014, the company has gathered a world-class R&D team with leading experts in AI, robotics, cameras, and electric vehicles from top companies, research labs, and universities. Skydio is trusted by leading enterprises across a wide range of industry sectors and is backed by top investors and strategic partners including Andreeson Horowitz, IVP, Playground, Next47, Levitate Capital, NTT DOCOMO, NVIDIA

SOLSPEC

SOLSPEC

A leading software company focused on remote sensing data collection, processing, and analytics for the energy, transportation, power transmission, natural resources management, and civil engineering industries. SolSpec leverages its proprietary data processing and analytics automation engine to help its customers solve the common challenges they face with off-the-shelf analytics designed for the industries they serve

UAV Factory

UAV Factory

UAV Factory was established in 2009 with the goal of developing the most advanced technology in the small, long-endurance unmanned aircraft market segment. The company's culture is based on developing the best operational technology utilizing agile methodology. Its products are operating in the most demanding conditions around the globe, fulfilling the most challenging missions possible. These products are the first choice for commercial applications such as linear infrastructure inspection, security applications, mapping, and aerial nuclear radiation measurements. Especially, UAV Factory’s Penguin C series UAVs are used by governments around the world in defense, as well as search and rescue applications

VALKYRIE SYSTEMS AEROSPACE

VALKYRIE SYSTEMS AEROSPACE

Started by former Special Operations Military leaders, Valkyrie's advanced, state-of-the-art command and remote flight control system supports manned and unmanned air, land, and sea surface mission requirements for all military branches as well as domestic federal partners. Valkyrie Systems Aerospace vehicles contain specifically designed, interchangeable interior modules that allow for safe and efficient delivery of both personnel and cargo. Valkyrie’s Guardian and Eagle hold several key advantages over surface-based amphibious vehicles currently in military use

vHive

vHive

vHive specializes in guiding clients through the digital transformation of their field assets and operations by equipping them with the most scalable drone platforms. The company is revolutionizing how clients capture, process, analyze, and act upon their field data. Through its cutting-edge solutions, the company is lowering costs, improves times and inspection quality, and ensures employee safety, while inspiring employees to enhance their work value within the company