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UK introduces new standards for drones

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This week the UK’s House of Lords hosted an event organised by Drone Major Group, in collaboration with the British Standards Institution (BSI), which saw the unveiling of the country’s new Drone Standards.

The standards, set to come into force for the first time in Spring 2018, will release the true potential of this industry, and transform business sectors from transport to infrastructure and agriculture to medicine, according to the group.
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The new measures are expected to lead to strengthened public confidence in safety, security and compliance within an industry which is set to be one of the fastest growth sectors in the world.

The event was attended by BSI Chairman Sir David Brown, politicians including Aviation Minister Baroness Sugg, and other senior stakeholders in the drone industry, including manufacturers, users, service providers, economists, academics and media.

Robert Garbett, in his role as Chairman of the BSI Committee on Drone Standards, stated in a speech that “after several years of work and global collaboration, detailed draft standards are expected to reach BSI Committee stage by Spring 2018, following which there will be a period of wider consultation, expected then to lead to adoption shortly thereafter.”

He added, “The development and adoption of the first quality and safety standards for the drone industry will make 2018 a pivotal year for an industry which is set to become a global phenomenon. It is the year when British and world standards will be crystallised, energising the industry, and enabling it to meet its full potential to the benefit of UK plc, and indeed economies worldwide.”

“Two years ago drones were forecast to spawn a $100 billion industry by 2020*[1]. But today the opportunities are perceived to be even greater than this since such projections were based upon available data at that time which predominantly focused on the air industry, and we define the entire drone industry as covering surface, underwater, air, and space. If you look at the entire picture the figures are much larger and growing faster than anyone expected. If you then forecast the impact of integrating drone technologies across these environments, the figures will take on an ever more exciting dimension.”

In his closing remarks, Garbett acknowledged the government’s stance in ensuring the done industry is ‘not choked by over regulation’and not “stifling a great new sector which has the potential to make such an important contribution to the wellbeing of people and businesses throughout the world.”

*[1]   Goldman Sachs – http://www.goldmansachs.com/our-thinking/technology-driving-innovation/drones/