ACMA - RadComms2014
UAS Technology an
Emerging Strategic Capability in
Driving Australian Productivity
By Mark Xavier
(Group MD/CEO)
Focus of this Presentation
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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
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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
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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?
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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?
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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
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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
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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%
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< 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 ?