The aerospace and defense industry continues to be a hotbed of innovation, with activity driven by developments in artificial intelligence technology and machine learning, as well as the growing importance of technologies such as drones, satellite technology, and big data. According to GlobalData’s report on Artificial Intelligence in Aerospace, Defense & Security: Remotely Controlled Drone Imaging, the aerospace and defense industry filed and granted more than 174,000 patents in the past three years alone.
However, not all innovations are created equal, nor do they follow rising trends. Instead, their evolution takes the form of an S-shaped curve, reflecting their typical life cycle from early emergence to accelerated adoption and eventual stabilization and maturity.
Determining where particular innovations are in this process, especially those in the emerging and accelerating stages, is critical to understanding their current level of adoption and their likely future trajectories and impacts.
More than 180 innovations will shape the aerospace and defense industry
According to GlobalData’s Technology Foresights, which mapped the aerospace and defense industry’s S-curve using an innovation intensity model based on more than 262,000 patents, there are more than 180 areas of innovation that will shape the industry’s future.
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Remotely controlled drone imaging refers to the process of providing real-time or delayed imaging using high-quality cameras mounted on drones—this has important industrial and commercial applications.
GlobalData’s analysis also uncovers the companies at the forefront of each innovation area and assesses the potential reach and impact of their patenting activity across applications and geographies. According to GlobalData, more than 40 companies are engaged in the development and application of remote-controlled drone imaging, including technology suppliers, established aerospace and defense companies, and emerging start-ups.
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“Application diversity” measures the number of distinct applications identified for each relevant patent and broadly classifies companies as “niche” or “diversified” innovators.
“Geographic scope” refers to the number of different countries/regions in which each relevant patent is registered, reflecting the intended geographic scope of application, from “global” to “local”.
Number of patents related to remote-controlled drone imaging
Source: GlobalData patent analysis
One of the largest patent applicants imaginable for remote control drones is SZ DJI Technologies, which produces a range of small and photographic drones with important industrial applications. The images generated by these drones are high-resolution and have been developed for use by Shenzhen DJI in various industries, including agriculture. The second-largest filer of patents in the industry is Sony Group, which makes a variety of light commercial drones for use in various industries. Some other major patent filers in the industry include Samsung, Canon, and Autel Robotics USA.
In terms of application diversity, Isolynx is the largest company, with Guangzhou Xiangfei Technology and Sony Group in second and third place, respectively. From a geographical perspective, Korean Air ranks first, followed by Israel Aerospace Industries and Xiaomi.
Remotely controlled UAV imaging has important applications in battlefield technology as well as in defense production and facility management, and the commercial advancement of this technology will promote the application of technology in the field of defense.
To learn more about how artificial intelligence is disrupting the aerospace and defense industry, visit GlobalData’s latest feature study on the subject: Artificial Intelligence in Defense.