FAA UAS Integration Pilot Program Set to Facilitate Amazing Drone Use Cases

Intel Supports Program that Provides Mechanism to Develop and Enforce UAS Regulations


November 27, 2017

By Anil Nanduri

Tuesday marks the deadline for states and localities applying for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Integration Pilot Program to submit notice of intent to the FAA. Interest is literally sky high, underscoring the excitement surrounding this area of innovation. Earlier this month Intel applauded the program, which aims to provide a mechanism for state, local, tribal and private sector partners to work with the federal government to develop and enforce UAS regulations.

Thousands of interested parties are already working together to encourage further testing of the integration of UAS technology. In coordination with localities, the program will allow organizations to create strategic partnerships that promote the use of drone technology to benefit communities, test technology solutions that address concerns related to their deployment, and generate critical data to inform smart public policy.

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The program proposals are expected to facilitate amazing drone operations – some we may not yet have even thought of. We do know that this new industry will create global economic opportunities with public safety, commercial and entertainment applications.

We have already seen drones addressing a range of real-world problems by providing safe access to hard-to-reach locations. Some examples include our work in disaster recovery, asset inspection and even tracking polar bear populations in the Arctic. Intel is pushing the boundaries of drone technology with systems that could be valuable in a broader range of testing scenarios:

Intel is committed to supporting the drone ecosystem and showcasing how drones can be used in productive and exciting ways, making amazing experiences possible, now and in the future. Intel brings a wide range of technology innovations from the data centers in the cloud to 5G communication platforms, computing on the edge, autonomous vehicles and artificial intelligence. We are excited to join others as the FAA UAS Integration Pilot Program is implemented in states and cities throughout the United States. As UAS technology applications take off, this program and the innovation of the parties involved have the potential to pave the way for American leadership.

Anil Nanduri is vice president of the New Technology Group and general manager of Unmanned Aviation Systems at Intel Corporation.

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