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    Taking to the Skies: Using Drones for Your Business
    James Nagy
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    Taking to the Skies: Using Drones for Your Business

    Drones are all over the news lately. From crashing firework shows to peeping into high rise apartment windows, they’re everywhere. The question is –do they have a place in your business?

    Well, currently, the FAA has banned drones (other than for personal use) from U.S. airspace. The problem nowadays is that commercial drones and personal drones are often the exact same devices. So, the FAA has to figure out the purpose of any given drone flying around according to current legislation. However, we already have big companies like Amazon planning on using drones to deliver packages and BP who are using drones with cameras and sensors to monitor their pipelines, roads, and equipment at Prudhoe Bay. Since we know that several big companies, like Amazon and BP, are working to develop their business around drones in the future –let’s play “what if”.

    What if the laws change and commercial drone use becomes legal and regulated? Should your company incorporate drone use into your business plan? Would they benefit you? How could they benefit you?

    A few ideas…

    • Overseeing conditions in remote locations that are tough to monitor
    • Fighting fires
    • Photographing events
    • Dusting and analyzing crops
    • Conducting tours (ex: MIT drones doing campus tours)
    • Providing security support by monitoring facilities for intrusion or theft
    • Scoping out a location or facility (for both you and your customers)
    • Helping real estate agents film sweeping home tours
    • Providing a view for news organizations and filmmakers
    • Delivering packages
    • Enabling the internet hotspots where there was not previously a signal

    As with most things, these suggestions vary extremely from point to point. Does your business fit into any of these bullet points? The main idea here is that if the FAA does regulate commercial drone use –the sky is the limit. No pun intended.

    This may very well change the way we do business. For instance, if you can deliver product via drone, will companies need to continue going through the middle man (UPS) or will they start packaging and sending to your door themselves? Also, what other uses do you see drones equipped for in the future?

    After seeing how many jobs can, and most likely will, be replaced by drones –is this the best option for us and our economy? I guess the cost savings to businesses will have to be weighed against the value of having actual human beings working those positions. What’s your opinion?

    I guess the big question really is –do you believe that drones should in fact be regulated for commercial use or banned altogether?
     
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    As a strategic leader and entrepreneur, James Nagy has a record of generating growth by leveraging the latest technologies to drive sales, marketing, product development, and profitability. He is known for identifying and capitalizing on market trends, developing effective tactics for implementation, enhancing operating performance, and serving as a trusted advisor and business partner. Skilled at working across operations, James builds strong, cross-functional relationships and communicates complex technical information to diverse internal and external stakeholders.

    A big picture visionary, James identifies and reacts to market trends, providing disruptive strategies that go beyond IT to include sales, marketing, and product portfolio management. Building on his experience as Director of Software Development with premier companies Midas International Corporation and SXC Health Solutions, Inc., James launched two successful consulting companies, Sprocket Websites Inc. and J&S Tech Designs. As the Managing Director, he provides innovative solutions to clients in small- and mid-cap companies.

    When he is not advising other business leaders, James lends his expertise to a variety of organizations. He is a Founding Member & Committee Member of the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce; he serves on multiple teams and committees for the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce; he is a Founding Member of the Chicago Area DNN User Group, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the New West Symphony. In his free time, James enjoys Sci-Fi, coin collecting, traveling and wine tasting.

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