ACMA - RadComms2014 UAS Technology an Emerging Strategic Capability in Driving Australian Productivity By Mark Xavier (Group MD/CEO) Focus of this Presentation UAS/UAV Technology (Overview) Productivity Benefits (How, What & Where) A Market Disruptor (Evolutionary vs Revolutionary) Business Strategy (Options – buy, lease or rent) Capability Sustainment (Challenges) Platform Type Control & data-links 4G, P2P, WAN, etc Sensors EO/other (day / night) Data Information Real time or Stills Ground Control Station Applications - Actionable Product HD streaming video – Day/Night; HD stills – Colour, Hyper/multi spec, 3D models; Sensing – weather/climate/environment; Telecom/Mobile - Bandwidth Platforms; Delivery – food/water, medical, SAR & SFR NB: CASA 600+ applications Small RPAS in emergency management QLD Rural Fire Trials 2010 Real-time appreciation Rapid decision making Accurate resource allocation Task Prioritisation OH&S support Tactical view anywhere via www 3D Survey of Mines & other Assets 3D Modelling of terrain and other assets UAS Human Regulations Technology Organization Operations Support Remote Crew Maintenance Operational & Effective Networks of Integrated Systems Productivity Is an average measure of the efficiency of production. The ratio of inputs to outputs in the production process. UAS/UAV Technology will provide the end-user the geospatial information to deploy more cost-effectively: Labour; and Capital (including other robots). The result will be significant productivity gains particularly once a multiplier effect can be achieved using other robots and automation. A few % will result in $B to Australia’s GDP bottom line. Example - Robots as a Productivity Multiplier Productivity Benefits – Who? Mining & Energy Agriculture & Aquaculture Forestry & Environment Infrastructure & Construction Education & Tourism Government & Defense Hi-Tech Industries NB: Any sector that is geospatially challenged! Productivity Benefits – How? 24/7 Automation (Never Sleeps) Accuracy (cm/mm – revolutionary in many sectors) Repeatability (Change Management) Reliability (Continuous Improvement) Access (Business Model & Low-Cost Options) Productivity Outcome Higher Quality of Output (Premiums) Higher Quantity of Output (new markets) Lower Cost per unit Produced (Efficient) Reduced Waste (use only what is required) Continuous Improvement (tech & processes) Productivity – Challenges Technology Uptake (Capability Development) Regulatory Issues (Pace of Change) Public Perceptions (False & Real) Bandwidth (ACMA Challenge) Data (Processing, Storage & Privacy/Security) The National Airspace (NAS) > 500ft Operations (Higher Barriers to Entry) Larger Systems 20kg+ 100ft Buffer/transition zone < 400ft Operations (Lower Barriers to Entry) Small Systems 1-20kg The National Airspace (NAS) > 500-60,000ft Operations 100ft Buffer/transition zone < 400ft Operations The Market Disruptor > 500ft Operations (Hi-Regulatory costs) Evolutionary – Substitution of current Aviation Capabilities < 400ft Operations (Low-Regulatory costs) Revolutionary – New Industry Capabilities Market Development Example > 500ft Operations (IBM - Big Blue) 100ft Buffer/transition zone < 400ft Operations (PC on every desk) Majority by UOC numbers 99% < 400ft systems (Tier 1 UAS) < 7kg electric fixed and or multi-rotor Visual line of sight (VLOS) Scope for BVLOS, night & populous ops Lower cost to purchase, comply & employ Tiered UAS Business Approach Tier 1 – Organic Tactical ‘tool box’ approach Tier 2 – Service Agreements with Govt/ASX Tier 3 – Federal Agencies (ADF/BPC) • Tier 1 UAS are revolutionary (new capability tool) • Tier 2+ UAS are evolutionary (supplement manned operations) N.B: Access to any tier will be limited by cost & difficulty of employment Business Model Options Organic developed capability Purchased 3rd Party Services Mixed – organic & 3rd party services* Usually for overflow or for beyond routine tasks N.B: Volunteer crews in EMS organisations Small UAS/UAVs in volunteer based community organisations could be significant SLSA Beach Trials 2012 UAS Human Regulations Technology Organization Operations Support Remote Crew Maintenance Operational & Effective Correctly Employed UAS/UAV Technology will have a Significant Commercial Multiplier Effect in Driving Australia’s Core Economic Productivity QUESTIONS ?