Recently, Measure announced its partnership with AES, a Fortune 200 global power company. Over the next year, AES and Measure will deploy drones at a scale unprecedented in the energy and drone industries, flying in seventeen countries with an estimated reduction of more than 30,000 hazardous work hours annually. Jesse Stepler, Measure’s COO, and Zac Penix, AES’ Director of Drone & Robotic Solutions, are here to share the details of this groundbreaking partnership and what it means for the future of drones in the energy space.
As with any emerging technology, the American drone industry is full of visionaries and dreamers, awake to the promise of what the technology could mean for them, their respective businesses, and the nation’s economic dynamism. These individuals don’t envision a world where drones merely capture video; but one where they can also livestream breaking news straight to the newsroom. Drones won’t simply perform telecommunication inspections, but will swarm to beam internet from up high. Drones won’t only deliver pizza, but deliver pizza of their own volition, with no operator in sight. While this type of innovation is on the horizon, it has not yet fully arrived. For emerging technologies such as drones, it’s dangerous to present what is beyond the realm of current reality as possible; unrealistic expectations will inevitably result in underperformance, which will result in loss of confidence in a promising industry.