From the Floor of Commercial UAV Expo: One-on-One with AgEagle CEO Brandon Torres Declet

From the Floor of Commercial UAV Expo: One-on-One with AgEagle CEO Brandon Torres Declet

AgEagle CEO Brandon Torres DecletThis week on the Commercial UAV Expo in Las Vegas, DRONELIFE had the chance for an interview with one of many trade’s most widely known figures: AgEagle CEO Brandon Torres Declet.

Brandon Torres Declet first made an affect on the drone trade because the entrepreneur behind Measure, a drone companies and aerial intelligence firm based in 2014.  Under his management, Measure grew to be included within the prime 5% of drone companies within the trade by income.  In 2019, Aerodyne acquired the drone inspection services arm of Measure: in 2021, publicly-traded AgEagle acquired Measure’s drone platform, and Torres Declet was named AgEagle CEO.  After nearly 8 years within the drone area, Torres Declet has a novel perspective on the expansion of the trade, and what it takes to get enterprise prospects to purchase into drone tech.

“It’s been fairly the trip,” says Torres Declet.  “We’ve seen an amazing quantity of pleasure concerning the expertise, and a variety of hype concerning the expertise.  My purpose has at all times been to really do it – to essentially deploy the expertise at scale.  Now, individuals have actually caught up,” he says.   “It’s one factor to be excited concerning the expertise and one other factor to really be capable of present what you are able to do.”

Seeing drone expertise at work is a spotlight for Torres Declet: speaking to prospects and understanding the work.  “One of my favourite tales is of being out engaged on inspections at a wind turbine farm in Waco, TX,  in 110 diploma climate.  Seeing a drone at work, within the fields, could be very completely different than seeing the expertise on the tradeshow ground.”

That dedication to understanding how drones are getting used within the discipline informs AgEagle’s technique: providing a whole resolution versatile sufficient to work in all kinds of industries and purposes and to combine easily into current workflows.

The Flexible Full-Stack Solution

“Our prospects are actually on the lookout for the full-stack resolution – shopping for issues in items its onerous to make a profitable drone program,” says Torres Declet.

That mentioned, Torres Declet sees flexibility as key to scaling the enterprise and protecting all kinds of industries.  “Software is on the core of creating the tech priceless as a result of that’s the way you make use of the information,” says Torres Declet.  “There are different corporations attempting to do full stack: however our perspective at AgEagle is that we have to be versatile.”

In addition to the agriculture sector AgEagle started with, the corporate affords options in inspections, drone supply, safety, and extra – verticals that will have completely different necessities for plane, sensors, or software program.

“We’ve already introduced collectively two nice corporations: Measure and MicaSense.  Sensors and software program are crucial.  For AgEagle transferring ahead, you’re going to see extra functionality, an intuitive and simple to make use of platform that places design on the forefront, and also you’re going to see extra integrations: integrations like SAP and ERP programs, Pix4D, and extra.”

“At AgEagle we’re going for lots of various verticals, and you might want to have sufficient flexibility in your stack to have the ability to give prospects what they’re actually on the lookout for.  If you’re completely tied in to just one airframe or just one software program stack, that’s a really slender lane to remain in.”

“The phrase ‘horizontal integration’ precisely displays what we’re attempting to do.  Our software program platform is the whole lot from fleet administration to knowledge processing.  We’ve determined to go extra horizontal moderately than area of interest: in the end drone tech is chopping throughout a number of verticals and a number of purposes.”

“At the tip of the day, persons are on the lookout for one thing very particular. You want to speak to individuals and determine precisely what they’re on the lookout for… For us at AgEagle, the longer term goes to be being versatile.”

The Key to Adding Value to Drone Programs

Torres Declet says that drone expertise is turning into extra priceless to enterprise prospects, as prospects and suppliers determine how higher to combine drones into current workflows.  “The expertise has gotten higher: intestine on the finish of the day, it’s a flying digital camera,” he says. “But now, prospects have discovered find out how to derive worth from the tech and make it match into the processes that they have already got.”

“Customers have already got an current course of, and we don’t need to inform them that they want a complete new course of.  They have already got a approach of understanding their property – we’re simply providing them a instrument to try this higher.  We are layering in to an current course of.”

“If we as an trade suppose extra about find out how to deploy the tech, we’re going to be extra profitable,” says Torres Declet.  “Helping prospects to know the worth of drone tech inside their very own processes has gotten us to some extent the place we really feel like we’re progressing.”

Are Regulations Holding Back the Drone Industry?

Not actually, says Torres Declet.  He began Measure nicely earlier than Part 107, when every industrial use of drones required an exemption to Section 333.  “You’ve obtained to have the ability to show the efficacy of the tech and make cash in any regulatory atmosphere,” he says.

While taking part in regulation growth, Torres Declet sees no cause for the drone trade or their prospects to attend for drone integration.  “There is lots that we will do right now, and it’s encumbent upon corporations like AgEagle to inform prospects that we will present worth right now.”

“I don’t get what persons are ready for,” he says.  “There isn’t any magic wand.  You have to know the rules and work with them, show worth and make cash in any regulatory atmosphere.”

That entrepreneurial angle is a part of the AgEagle CEO’s make-up – however Torres Declet says that operating a big publicly-traded firm has it’s benefits over constructing a startup.

“Being on the head of a publicly traded firm is sort of a bit completely different than operating a non-public one,” he says.  “The sources that we will carry to bear for our prospects is thrilling: the analysis and growth that we will do, the brand new sensors that we’re going to ship, the brand new integrations that make it simple for our prospects to essentially do one thing with our knowledge.”

“It’s basically a special recreation from a useful resource perspective.  It’s actually enjoyable.”

Miriam McNabb is the Editor-in-Chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, an expert drone companies market, and a fascinated observer of the rising drone trade and the regulatory atmosphere for drones. Miriam has penned over 3,000 articles centered on the industrial drone area and is a global speaker and acknowledged determine within the trade.  Miriam has a level from the University of Chicago and over 20 years of expertise in excessive tech gross sales and advertising for brand spanking new applied sciences.
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