Geographic Frontiers

Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)


Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS)

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Geographic Frontiers provides clients with the expertise necessary to develop policies for use of UAS’s and engage with their constituents to ensure there is understanding and acceptance of how they will be used. The company can make technical assessments of the type of UAS and sensors that meet a client’s requirements. This includes helping the client to understand if procuring and using UAS’s fits their needs. Geographic Frontiers assists clients in operationalizing UAS and the data they produce. We can provide advice and training on how to manage and analyze the imagery or video data.
Specific services:
Cost Benefit Analysis: Geographic Frontiers can assist state and local jurisdictions and businesses determine if UAS’s make economic sense based on client requirements and other assets such as piloted aircraft or other sources of surveillance or remote sensing data. Armed with an objective, unbiased business case analysis, Geographic Frontiers clients will have greater confidence in their decision.

Constituent Engagement Plans: Let’s admit it. Public perception of UAS’s or “drones” is not universally positive. However, UAS’s represent a technology that provides costs savings and capabilities that will benefit a number of applications. Geographic Frontiers can help government agencies, particularly at the state and local level, develop plans to engage with their constituents to better ensure acceptance of UAS’s within a jurisdiction. This public engagement will also allow constituent input that may in turn better guide how an agency will employ a UAS.

Public Relations Plans: Whether a business or a government agency, as plans to use UAS’s are developed, it will be important to communicate the “why” and “how” the UAS’s will be employed. A viable public relations strategy will go a long way toward eliminating misunderstanding and ensuring public acceptance of the use of UAS’s as they understand the utility and efficiency of this emerging capability.

Platform and sensor technical assessments: Based on client requirements, these assessments will describe--in non-technical terms—the strengths and weaknesses of UAS platforms and sensors allowing clients to make informed decisions on which systems will best meet their needs.

Tailored Tactics, Techniques, and Procedures for UAS Operations and Data Analysis: The aim of this analysis is to develop tailored guides used by personnel in the company or agency in the day-to-day operation of UAS’s as well as in analysis and management of the data they produce. Unlike a UAS operator manual that describes how to operate the fight platform, these will cover end-to-end operating guidelines. It allows management to define limits on UAS operations and ensures any data collected is handled appropriately and responsibly.

Data Management Plans: Depending on the purpose and use of the data collected by UAS’s, there can be important ramifications for how and how long the data is stored. Having a defined policy will be important so that data important to the required operations can be available whether for legal considerations or for temporal or trend analysis. Data management plans also specify how the data will be “tagged” or catalogued so it can be easily retrieved. Lastly they help a client in developing the technical requirements and specifications for their data storage archive.

Imagery/Video Analysis and Reporting Training: There is much more to analyzing UAS data than simply watching a video feed. This training will cover methodologies for extracting and analyzing data from a sensor to make meaningful reports that decision makers can respond to. It also covers how sensor data can be merged with other geographic information or general information to produce reports based on more comprehensive analysis.