The Aviation Industry Provides a New Array for Multiple Tech Businesses.

Last month, the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA), the body mandated on behalf of the government to license and control the aviation industry gave a very game changing announcement. It is now possible to get permission to use drones in Kenya. As simple as it may sound, I see a lot of possibilities in this new litigation twist.

While reading on a certain book, 101 Ways to Make Money in Africa, I noted that the film industry remains highly untapped. Such a simple announcement from the government could go a long way in transforming the filmography sector. It is sometimes possible to see some of our friends from the media climbing trees or high places with a camera to take that perfect short. At other times they could be using those Lorries or equipment that carry people or camera that rotate around and go up and down in coverage. They however restrict them in terms of height, radius and clarity of coverage.

Henceforth we expect to see more and more drones being used in film and media industry. Some of these drones have some of the best camera properties. Covering an event ought not to be a headache any longer. I mean, why go out to capture something instead of flying a drone to do the event coverage. Perhaps only the reporter needs to be there unless it is very necessary and it is a big event.

The only challenge however is the privacy of the people. Imagine you are taking your bath and enjoying the moment and somebody decides to spy on you by flashing a drone above your open bathroom. I am just thinking aloud. Nevertheless as technology catches up, we will be in the age of “the cowards never started and the weak died along the way – that leaves us.” Those who adapt.

Simply said, the age comes with the promise of adapting or else going out of the way. You either change and accept or move off the way because it is only the strong ones who can measure up.

The announcement by Kenya Civil Aviation Authority (KCAA) also gives a better alternative for those eying the transport industry in urban settings. According to an African survey done in 2017, urban transportation is very conspicuous and among the top 10 largest opportunities available in the continent for those looking for where they can invest.

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Drones Vs Airplanes Photo Courtesy of Slate

E-commerce will also be a huge beneficially if we can be willing to adopt the latest technologies being in products delivery. In a way, people will be ordering products through e-commerce platforms and then getting their delivery by robotics systems infused in drones. This means that these drones will be used for logistical purposes which will be convenient and efficient in usage. This is an open opportunity for pizzas, lunches, and even drinks entrepreneurs to shine. No jams in delivery and your logistical work is done to your clients doorstep.

Unfortunately when it rolls out it may not be first launched in the less affluent areas like Kibera, Mathare and the likes. But then it will likely be launched in such high end areas as Kileleshwa, Karen, Runda and Westlands. I am seeing this area becoming a huge paradigm shift player in such markets. Let’s be part of the walk.

Agriculture will also be a huge beneficiary to the advantages presented by the KCAA move. It will be possible for the farmers to be hiring some of the light aircraft versions of the drones to use in aerial splaying of farms with liquid fertilizers and chemicals that prevent the growth of weeds (herbicides).

This is a huge business that can be a good venture now that agribusiness is taking root in the Kenyan market. Probably, those who are keen on going large scale will have to use these services for efficiency purposes. This will be like the tractors on hire along the Narok – Nairobi and Narok – Kisii highway. They are thus very green areas of investment.

Mapping, surveying and security areas are also very probable areas where there could be opportunities for investment. A visit to this years’ Nairobi Innovation week provided an insight to the mapping, surveying and also aerial spraying of pesticides to farms. Something is being done along those lines and thus new entrants can invest too. The market as they say is huge always. It only depends on how you look at it.

Going forward, there should be a change in how quick we sniff opportunities. It is important then, if we can mob up and open a drones assembling or manufacturing plant to serve the region. We can possibly do this.

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Geoffrey Ndege

Geoffrey Ndege

Geoffrey Ndege is the Editor and topical contributor for the Daily Focus. He writes in the areas of Science, Manufacturing, Technology, Innovation, Governance, Management and International Emerging Issues. For featuring, promotions or support, reach out to us at info@dailyfocus.co.ke
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