2021-9-13
Ed Alvarado

Drone Industry Barometer 2021 White paper

Insights on the State of the Drone Industry today

  • 678 companies interviewed from 64 countries
  • 3 drone industry segments surveyed (hardware, software, services) along with company sizes
  • Top reasons for companies to adopt drones and what they use them for
  • Comparison of expectations vs reality for drone companies from 2017-2021 drone industry barometers
  • Effects of COVID-19 pandemic after a year of restrictions as well as forecast on long-term impact
  • Outlook on what drone companies prioritize and which market-drivers they consider most important

For more: ‘Drone Industry Barometer 2021: The State of the Drone Industry

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ABOUT THE DRONE INDUSTRY BAROMETER WHITE PAPER

This white paper provides insights into the opinions and perspectives coming directly from the drone industry. It is based on a survey which was conducted in August 2021 and which received almost 700 responses from 64 countries

We gathered responses from industry stakeholders from across all three segments (hardware, software, services). The survey covered a wide range of topics including company size, application methods used, reasons to adopt drones, priorities for the next year, and perspectives on market-driving factors.

Another key topic addressed in the Drone Industry Barometer is the way expectations by drone companies match with their experienced reality. Since the barometer is a yearly survey, it allows us to progressively assess how expectations and reality evolve from year to year. Given the impact of the coronavirus in 2020 and 2021, this topic played a major role on the expectations and reality of drone companies. Interestingly, towards the end of the pandemic companies have even higher expectations than they did before it, and they expect the long-term impact to be more positive than negative.

In short, the Drone Industry Barometer provides a yearly review of what drone experts across the world have experienced and how they foresee the industry will develop. It touches on the latest topics while providing continuity with previous editions in order to deliver the most comprehensive understanding of the state of the drone industry.

DRONE INDUSTRY BAROMETER 2021

EXECUTIVE SUMMARY

INTRODUCTORY FACTS OF THE DRONE INDUSTRY BAROMETER

DRONE OPERATION

EXPECTATIONS VS. REALITY

MARKET DEVELOPMENT BREAKDOWN

THE IMPACT OF THE CORONAVIRUS

RESOURCES

DRIVING FACTORS IN A DYNAMIC MARKET

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Figure 1:  Most Represented Countries on Drone Industry Barometer Survey

Figure 2:  Company Size of Respondents

Figure 3:  Survey Respondents by Segment

Figure 4:  Purposes to Operate Drones

Figure 5:  Reasons for Adopting Drones

Figure 6:   Market Development in the Next 12 Months and Their Reflections on the Past 12 Months

Figure 7:   Market Development in the Last 12 Months by Drone Industry Sub-Segment

Figure 8:   Market Development in the Next 12 Months by Drone Industry Sub-Segment

Figure 9:  Business Impact of the Coronavirus Crisis

Figure 10:  Long-term effect of the Coronavirus Crisis

Figure 11:  Survey Respondents’ Answers to What They Allocate Their Resources To

Figure 12:  Survey Respondents’ Assessment of the Most Important Market-Driving Actors in the Drone Industry

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FAQ about Drone Industry Barometer

How is the Drone Industry Barometer different to other reports?

The Drone Industry Barometer is our yearly free white paper that uses a global survey with maximum outreach within the industry. Among other things, it measures how companies have performed in the past year, what they expect for the future, how they prioritize their activities, and which market-drivers they consider most influential. It is a unique opportunity for us to listen to what drone companies directly about the state of the drone industry.

Who participated in the Barometer?

Our yearly barometer is completed by drone industry professionals all around the globe. In order to distribute it, we are supported by drone associations of several countries as well as drone-specialized media outlets and other event-organizing partners.

How can the Drone Industry Barometer help my business?

Our unique global survey provides feedback directly from drone industry professionals about the drone industry itself. It is an opportunity to hear from experts about their experiences, expectations, reasons to use commercial drones, and dozens of other topics regarding their drone businesses. Anyone who is currently in the drone industry, or who hopes to enter it, can find unique and exclusive data about commercial drones through out yearly Drone Industry Barometer.

Why is it called a "Drone Industry Barometer"?

According to the Cambridge dictionary, a barometer is 1) a device that measures air pressure and shows when the weather is likely to change, 2) something that can show how a particular situation is developing, or how people’s opinions on a particular matter are changing. This is exactly what the Drone Industry Barometer does: it checks how drone industry experts perceive their own industry, and in turn it offers an idea of how it is likely to change. What started as a European-focused drone survey has now become the leading global drone survey in the industry.

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