The concept of drone delivery is not new. Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) that deliver packages are in discussion for a few years now. But nobody has a clear view of how the drone delivery system should work. Should drones be flying in the cities, over people, where they should drop packages and how they should navigate? We’ll share our point of view:
Our opinion on drone delivery
At Drone Employee we think that drones have practical applications like medicine delivery or 30-minute express delivery of essentials. Some tech giants already experiment with drone delivery for years but the concept is still not widely popular.
From our perspective the key to creating worldwide drone delivery system is decentralization. Managing a fleet of autonomous drones that deliver packages is a complex task that involves many steps and multiple stakeholders. It includes collecting and updating topography data, providing air traffic control, maintaining the drone fleets, operating landing and charging stations and so on… One company simply won’t be able to do all of it!
We believe that small businesses should be responsible for their respective local territories and areas of expertise. Autonomous drone operations involve multiple stakeholders and supply chain can get very complex. We use Ethereum and smart contracts to connect all stakeholders. This gives them the opportunity to stay in control of their data.
For example, small logistics companies can compete on the San Francisco last mile delivery market, while in San José other companies work using the same universal protocol. The air traffic controllers will work in a similar fashion. Individual companies will be responsible for their part of the process. It is simply inevitable! And they will work in a single network to enable long-range operations.
How can I participate in drone delivery business?
Drone Employee created a network where all the stakeholders involved in commercial drone market can take part in bringing a worldwide drone delivery network to life!
Air traffic control
The first step to the global drone delivery network is to set up a safe environment. We have talked to regulators (FAA, Rosaviation, etc) all over the world to consider their vision for the air traffic control system. Essentially, with our software, you can start your own dispatch the same way the airports do now. All you have to do is create a 3D topography map of your local area and install Drone Employee software. Drone Employee decentralized infrastructure allows organizing multiple air traffic control stations so that the drone operators could go over multiple stations in a single long-range mission.
The second step is to put the drones to work. In order for drone delivery to make any sense, the drones should be fully autonomous. And that is exactly why we use Ethereum and smart contracts in Drone Employee. We believe that as the market for commercial drones is becoming more complex the drones should be able to create legally binding contracts by themselves! With Drone Employee a drone can confirm the route with the air traffic control station, buy insurance for its location, weather, and payload, and even order maintenance service when needed. The owner of the drone can now treat it as an employee, not as a tool she should use.
Finally, someone should support drone delivery system on the ground. The landing stations where the drone would drop packages can also be the service “garages” where drones can get quick repairs and battery recharge. And the permanent drone service companies should be able to accept the drone’s automatic request to do the necessary repair.
All in all, drone delivery is bringing many new opportunities for new types of small business. Contact us to find out how you can start your drone delivery business!