Ian Smith

Commercial drone industry expert

Commercial Drones FM Podcast

The Commercial Drones FM podcast was created in July 2016:

"The commercial drone industry is projected to be worth more than $20 billion in the next 10 years. Commercial Drones FM is the podcast for the commercial drone industry. Your host, Ian Smith—a helicopter pilot and international drone operator—guides you in discovering the people who power the drone industry, the concepts that drive it, and the global industries who already use drones in their businesses today."

The podcast achieved over 81,000 download in its first 6 months, with guests from Forbes, NOAA, The Verge, Bechtel, Emergence Capital, DroneDeploy, Red Bird, Delair-Tech, and more.

 

most influential people in the drone industry

In June, 2017, Ian Smith was named One of the Most Influential People in the Commercial Drone Industry by Commercial UAV News.

 

SPEAKING & CONSULTING

 

software development

Built and launched the Quick Map Overlays app on the DroneDeploy App Market in 2017. The app accumulates 400+ installs and 2,000+ app runs in a given 60-day period. Quick Map Overlays allows DroneDeploy users to overlay various geographic layers on top of the drone maps. Layers are customized and sourced from Mapbox and include terrain, roads, labels, railways, U.S. PLSS TRS data. I built the app using JavaScript, HTML, CSS, and DroneDeploy's open APIs.

 Overview of Quick Map Overlays in action within the DroneDeploy UI.

Overview of Quick Map Overlays in action within the DroneDeploy UI.

 

Interviews & PRESS

 The DroneDeploy platform includes the largest App Market in the industry, an increasing number of APIs to allow more points of integration, and a Private App option, which allows enterprise customers to customize a solution.  Private apps allow for features like custom flight settings, FAA checklist, customer reporting and workflow automation.  Ian Smith, Head of Business Development for DroneDeploy’s App Market, says that DroneDeploy is fostering an ecosystem of innovation.  They currently offer the world’s largest collection of apps – over 60, offering solutions for 9 industry verticals.  Over 1 million app runs demonstrate the market’s adoption, as does the over 100,000 app installs.  “People are finding these apps,” says Smith, “and using them to solve problems.”  “More apps, more value, new APIs – we’re opening up our platform for more integration points for an even better user experience,” says Smith.  “We’re opening the platform to the enterprise.”

The DroneDeploy platform includes the largest App Market in the industry, an increasing number of APIs to allow more points of integration, and a Private App option, which allows enterprise customers to customize a solution.  Private apps allow for features like custom flight settings, FAA checklist, customer reporting and workflow automation.

Ian Smith, Head of Business Development for DroneDeploy’s App Market, says that DroneDeploy is fostering an ecosystem of innovation.  They currently offer the world’s largest collection of apps – over 60, offering solutions for 9 industry verticals.  Over 1 million app runs demonstrate the market’s adoption, as does the over 100,000 app installs.  “People are finding these apps,” says Smith, “and using them to solve problems.”

“More apps, more value, new APIs – we’re opening up our platform for more integration points for an even better user experience,” says Smith.  “We’re opening the platform to the enterprise.”

Commercial UAV Expo, interview with Jeremiah Karpowicz about a Commercial Drones FM podcast episode featuring The Drone Analyst, Colin Snow

 DJI's Enterprise website—drones in construction case study

DJI's Enterprise website—drones in construction case study

 
 The Future of Commercial Drones | Expert Predictions for 2016 interview

The Future of Commercial Drones | Expert Predictions for 2016 interview

 
 GEOInformatics Magazine interview: Cloud Control for Drones - Creating Aerial Drone Maps Fast

GEOInformatics Magazine interview: Cloud Control for Drones - Creating Aerial Drone Maps Fast

 
 eLearners.com interview:  The Growing, Changing World of Drones

eLearners.com interview: The Growing, Changing World of Drones

 

Voiceover

Provided the voiceover for DroneDeploy's launch video of Fieldscanner, a new technology which enables drone operators to get extremely fast aerial maps in the field, on their device, with no internet connection.

Provided the voiceover for DroneDeploy's Product Overview video in July, 2017.

IAN SMITH, COMMERCIAL DRONE INDUSTRY EXPERT