Portland, Maine USA, November 24, 2014 – SPAR 3D announced today that it will launch Commercial UAV Expo, October 5-7, 2015 at Caesars Palace, Las Vegas, Nevada. As organizers of premier 3D technology events in North America, Europe and Asia, SPAR 3D is well established in the data capture and imaging technology space. “We have been listening to our customers and watching the market for some time,” said Lisa Murray, Director. “While it is well known that the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is a game-changing technology, the regulatory environment and concerns over safety have kept commercial growth to a minimum. Given the potential benefits of approved commercial UAV use and global market projections of $12 billion for commercial UAVs over the next decade, the time is right to launch this event.”
Industry agrees. Topcon’s Director of Geospatial Sales, Dave Henderson said, “Moving forward, it is vital that the industry has an event dedicated to commercial UAV use. SPAR 3D is uniquely qualified to host such an event given their history and expertise delivering top notch business and technology events for 3D precision measurement and imaging. They already have established relationships with providers and potential users in key market sectors eager to integrate UAV systems.”
“We are excited to connect the UAV community with potential customers in surveying and mapping, civil infrastructure, mining, construction, process, power & utilities, precision agriculture, law enforcement, security and emergency response,” said Ms. Murray. “These are natural markets for Commercial UAVs, and ones in which we have established contacts. Seasoned professionals in aerial, mobile and terrestrial data capture technology are particularly interested in the business benefits UAVs provide, including potential cost savings, ease of use, immediacy of data delivery and increased accessibility.”
Commercial UAV Expo will feature an exhibit hall of UAV manufacturers, component and sensor manufacturers, software providers and service companies. Organizers expect upwards of 1000 attendees and 80 exhibits in 2015. Las Vegas was selected for proximity to key players on the West Coast and an affordable and accessible location for the entire market. A two-day conference program will feature programming tracks including commercial applications, hardware and software options, cost considerations, the regulatory environment and data management and integration.
“In speaking with providers in the UAV sector, it is clear an event focused on industries suited to small UAVs is needed,” said Ms. Murray. “While the overall UAV sector is currently dominated by defense and military applications, it is hard to imagine any industry that will not be affected by UAV adoption. Our customers rely on our technology events to deliver the latest innovations on the market. They want to see what’s new and what’s next. Clearly, what’s next is the UAV, and we are excited to showcase this next wave of innovation at Commercial UAV Expo next year.”