Drones are going to be a critical step in logistics technology, but that only solves half of the problem. The often overlooked part in drone delivery is the supporting systems that enable safer and more efficient systems. Drone infrastructure is critical in bridging that gap. Infrastructure that charges the drones, house the drone, and perform package handling autonomously that removes the drone-human interaction makes the process exponentially safer and more effective.
Interview with Ryan Walsh
Question 1: What drives you?
I’m driven by the potential of a world where people are able to access meals, medicine, and their packages effortlessly with just the push of a button. Drone delivery provides people the freedom of spending more time with their loved ones and doing the things that they love, instead of running errands.
Question 2: Why should the delegate attend your presentation?
It will be important for the planners and decision makers looking to implement drone networks to understand the full ecosystem picture of what is required to successfully execute those strategies.
Question 3: What emerging technologies/trends do you see as having the greatest potential in the short and long run?
The development of more efficient battery technologies and 5G will be critical to scaling the drone market.
Question 4: What kind of impact do you expect them to have?
Better batteries will increase the performance capabilities of the drones through heavier payloads, faster and longer flights over further distances, as well as more efficient airframes. 5G will provide the low latency communication required to have thousands of drones in the sky that can communicate with each other and the networks in real time. That will allow infinitely safer operations through more effective route planning, route adjustments, and collision avoidance.
Question 5: What are the barriers that might stand in the way?
Many of the barriers are being removed in both batteries as well as 5G, however the lack of access to key components such as chips and the rare earth elements required to make them could be problematic. The supply chain issues reverberating from COVID are going to limit how quickly these technologies can be implemented.
In the near future, drones will be as common in our skies as cars are on our roads, unlocking potential for our society to improve every single person’s life.
About Ryan Walsh
As a former Army Ranger with the 75th Ranger Regiment, Ryan learned the lessons of working under extreme conditions to accomplish the mission. After leaving the military following several overseas deployments, he turned to entrepreneurship to be a leader in the drone industry. He began working on drone delivery in 2013, filing some of the first ever drone delivery patents in many countries around the world. He has 28 granted patents so far in the drone delivery space, where he is listed as the lead inventor, with over two dozen more patents pending.
He has a degree in Economics from Northeastern Illinois University and his MBA from North Central College.
Valqari is the market leader for universal drone delivery infrastructure worldwide. Valqari’s patented products provide the last-inch solution as drones begin to disrupt global logistics. Their landing stations provide frictionless end-points in the supply chain giving operators and customers a completely autonomous and touchless delivery experience.
Ryan Walsh is a speaker at the 2021 edition of the Unmanned Cargo Aircraft Conference.