North America’s commercial drone industry will hit $2.4 billion by 2020, increasing in value by almost 2,000% from 2015. With China owning upwards of 70% of the market, US government agencies grounding foreign drones over security concerns, and dozens more compliance regulations in play, there’s a huge opportunity for US manufactured UAVs (or unmanned aerial vehicles) to secure a section of the market.
One company rising to this challenge is Tunnel Radio. Traditionally focused on wireless communication and asset tracking for mining, utilities, and oil/gas industries, they approached Teague with the intent of expanding their portfolio to address the underserved market for industrial-grade utility drones.
With an upcoming demo for a large potential customer rapidly approaching, we needed to quickly address the mechanical, usability, and aesthetic challenges of Tunnel Radio’s first airborne industry solution, SKIA.