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Standards for Drone Operations Coming in 2019

For several years the rapid development of drone technology has transformed the world. Used as tools for various needs, from filming locations from never before used vantage points to search and rescue operations, drones have opened up incredible new possibilities, even potentially dangerous ones.
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There are little guidelines drone operators, especially civilian ones, can follow when using the technology. The same can be said about drone manufacturers. It will take probably many more years until the proper legislation governing this new type of machine will be put in place on a scale that could make a difference.

But the first steps toward such a future will be taken next year, when the International Organization for Standardization (IOS) will release the first worldwide standards for drone operations.

This week, IOS released the draft set of standards for public consultation, with comments being accepted by the end of January. The adoption of the standards is expected to be announced worldwide by the end of next year.

As per IOS, the standards will apply to drones operating in all environments - surface, air, space, and underwater. The guidelines are meant to cover everything from the operation of the drones to safety, privacy, and security.

Safety-wise, IOS will back the enforcement of no-fly zones in certain areas like airports. Flight log protocols, maintenance, training and flight planning documentation will also be the focus of the new standards.

Because drones have opened up a new world of possibilities for prying eyes, IOS will also try to set the guidelines for keeping people and their data safe.

“Empowered by Standards, drones are set to provide the key to some of the most pressing economic, transport, security, environmental and productivity challenges faced by governments and industry throughout the world,” said the organization in a statement.

“As well as speeding up the delivery of large-scale infrastructure projects, drones are expected to reduce the need for some major transport projects altogether.”

More details on the standards can be found at this link.

 
 
 
 
 

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