2016 Commercial UAV Expo Keynotes 3D Robotics, Airware, NOAA, PrecisionHawk, INTEL and Interior Department to Share How Drones Are Re-Shaping Business

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15 Product Launches, 150 Exhibits, Industry Visionaries and Serious Buyers to Gather at October Event to Discover Most Advanced High-Precision Drones and Industry Applications

The organizers of Commercial UAV Expo, taking place October 31–November 2, 2016 at the MGM Grand in Las Vegas, today announced the second annual conference will be the platform for over 15 high-precision drone product launches. Leading companies launching new systems and technologies include Aeryon Labs, Agrowing, AirGon, C-Astral, Datumate, EOS Systems / Photomodeler, Microdrones, Multirotor, Pix4D, RIEGL, Sensefly, SimActive, Smartvid.io TOPCON, Velodyne LiDAR and Infrafred Cameras Inc. Commercial UAV Expo is expected to draw over 2,000 participants, from across a broad swath of industries, who are pioneering the integration of commercial UAS in their businesses.

Commercial UAV Expo is North America’s first, best-attended and most trusted conference for commercial UAS. The show specializes in process, power and utilities; civil infrastructure; construction; surveying and mapping; mining and aggregates; precision agriculture; and law enforcement, emergency response, search and rescue (SAR). Unlike other drone conferences, it uniquely serves serious commercial buyers and large enterprise asset owners and operators, delivering high-level conference programming and best-in-class exhibits from high-precision solution providers.

The full Commercial UAV Expo education program features technology experts and industry-specific breakout sessions and panels to help those looking to integrate UAS understand the rules for drone operators as well as how to expand their own programs. It will highlight product previews and include a University Pavilion to showcase UAS initiatives from leading research and technical universities around the world.

The Commercial UAV Expo’s singular focus on top industry verticals for UAS integration brings together leading commercial drone visionaries to keynote the event. In the lineup this year are:

  • Chris Anderson, former editor of WIRED magazine, The New York Times bestselling author and CEO of 3D Robotics, on “The Opportunity is in the Information”
  • Jonathan Downey, Airware CEO & Founder, on “Aerial Data and the Enterprise: What’s Possible & What’s on the Horizon”
  • Dr. Robbie Hood, NOAA, on “Impact of UAVs on Investment in Data Management”
  • Anil Nanduri, Intel VP of New Technology on “UAV Initiatives at Intel”
  • Mark Bathrick, U.S. Dept of Interior, on “Four Must-Have Competencies for Commercial UAV Success”
  • Bob Young, CEO, PrecisionHawk on “Commercial UAVs: Transitioning into Tomorrow”

“The 2016 event showcases the industry’s leading companies and key thought leaders driving the market forward. It’s a critical time in the commercial drone industry, which estimates substantial revenue increases exceeding $12 billion in 2021 and generation of over $82 billion for the U.S. economy over the next 10 years,” said Lisa Murray, Director, Commercial UAV Expo. “Commercial UAV Expo is all about facilitating that growth by delivering the interactions that end user companies need and providing all the latest news on how the industry is evolving.”

At the 2015 event, over 1,500 professionals from 49 states and 37 countries attended; nine out of ten attendees were involved in purchasing decisions; and 94% found new products or services. The 2015 Expo featured 110 booths of vendor solutions from 14 countries. The 2016 event has rapidly grown, with 150 booths on the exhibit floor and attendance tracking 50% ahead of last year. Participants familiar with last year’s event speak candidly about the value of the conference:

Velodyne LiDAR has exhibited at nearly a dozen UAV shows over the past three years. While each show has its individual strengths, only Commercial UAV Expo reaches all the top verticals for UAV applications—including mapping, utilities, energy, and infrastructure,” said David Oroshnik, Director of Technical Solutions, Velodyne. “Additionally, the company’s other conferences have a long history of attracting well educated attendees who challenge us and help shape our product direction.”

Aerialtronics is pleased to support Commercial UAV Expo in Las Vegas this year as last year we found the quality of decision-makers attending the show to be top quality,” said Jeremy Wigmore, CEO, Aerialtronics. “The organizers delivered serious buyers in the vertical markets we serve where the Aerialtronics Altura Zenith ATX8 hardware, applications and solutions are best suited, creating a significant demand for our product.”

"For AirMap, Commercial UAV Expo is the perfect way to share ideas with the people and companies who use our drone airspace management platform—and for our team to learn more about the most important developments in the industry from the best issue experts in the business," said Greg McNeal, EVP & Co-Founder, AirMap.

Altavian takes a different approach to UAV with aircraft built for tough environmental conditions and precisely accurate data collection. For this reason, we selected Commercial UAV Expo given the organizers’ ability to attract high-level precision measurement professionals and experts who recognize the power behind better data,” said John Perry, CEO, Altavian. “We anticipate a highly successful show in 2016.”

These leading UAS companies will be exhibiting at Commercial UAV Expo 2016, and the list keeps growing:

Acecore Technologies
Aeroscout GmbH
Aeryon Labs Inc.
AgEagle by Raven
AGERpoint Inc.
Airgon LLC
AirRobot US Inc
AL& Ei Resources
Altavian Inc.
Altus Unmanned Aerial Solutions
ARGUS Unmanned
Autodesk, Inc.
AUVSI Assoc of Unmanned Vehicle Systems Int'l
Balboa Capital
BayesMap Solutions, LLC
Bentley Systems
BirdsEyeView Aerobotics
Blue Marble Geographics
C-Astral Aerospace
Cardinal Systems
DARTdrones, LLC
Datumate Ltd.
Delft Aerial Robotics
Del Mar College
Draganfly Innovations Inc.
Drone Business Center
Dynamic UAV
Epson America, Inc
Falcon Unmanned
Field of View LLC
FLIR Systems
FlyCam UAV
Fortem Technologies, Inc.
Futaba Corporation of America
Harris Corporation
Hexagon Geospatial
Holmans USA, LLC
Indiana State University
Infrared Camera Inc
Inside Unmanned Systems
Intetics Inc
Keystone Aerial Surveys
Kinetic Energy Media
KOBAYASHI Precision Industry Co., LTD
Laser Technology, Inc.
Leica Geosystems Inc.
Leptron Unmanned Aircraft Systems, Inc.
Lockheed Martin Corporation
Microhard Systems Inc.
MULTIROTOR service-drone.com
Nightingale Security
North Dakota UAS Team
NovAtel Inc.
Orbit GT
Oxford Technical Solutions Ltd.
PCI Geomatics
Penn State University
Perkins Coie
Phase One Industrial
Phoenix Aerial Systems
POB Point of Beginning
Poms & Associates Insurance Brokers
Pulse Aerospace, LLC
R4 Robotics Inc
Rutgers University
Saxon Remote Systems
SBG Systems S.A.S.
SGS North America
SightLine Applications
Silicon Forest Electronics
SimActive Inc.
Spotscale AB
Swift Analytics
SwissDrones Operating AG
Terrasolid Ltd.
Topcon Positioning Systems, Inc.
Unmanned Aerial Online
Unmanned Safety Institute
V1 Media
Velodyne LiDAR, Inc.
Viper Drones
xyHt Magazine

Registration is still open for the conference. UAV professionals are encouraged to register in advance to save $100 compared to onsite prices and avoid long lines. Companies interested in learning about exhibiting may inquire here. Commercial UAV professionals may inquire about attending here.

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About Commercial UAV Expo

Commercial UAV Expo, presented by Commercial UAV News, is a conference and exhibition exclusively focused on the commercial drone market covering industries including Surveying & Mapping; Civil Infrastructure; Aggregates & Mining; Construction; Process, Power & Utilities; Precision Agriculture; Law Enforcement, Emergency Response and Search & Rescue (SAR). Commercial UAV Expo will take place October 31-November 2, 2016 at MGM Grand in Las Vegas.

About Commercial UAV News

Commercial UAV News is a leading source of news, insight and analysis for the commercial drone market, focusing on Surveying & Mapping; Civil Infrastructure; Aggregates & Mining; Construction; Process, Power & Utilities; Precision Agriculture; Law Enforcement, Emergency Response and Search & Rescue (SAR). In addition to daily news and a weekly newsletter, the site features exclusive industry-specific reports about how drones are being used in various markets. Jeremiah Karpowicz is the Executive Editor.

Commercial UAV Expo is organized by Diversified Communications, a leading organizer of conferences and trade shows with 15 years in the geospatial arena, including SPAR 3D Expo & Conference and International LiDAR Mapping Forum.


Lee Ann Corkhill, Diversified Communications
lcorkhill(at)divcom(dot)com; 1-207-842-5520

Sarah Borup, SHIFT Communications
UAVExpo(at)shiftcomm(dot)com, 617-779-1803

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