Kenya Clears Way for Drone Entrepreneurship

In Innovation, Tech

Kenya’s chief law officer Githu Muigai has approved a new set of regulations allowing civilian or commercial use of drones opening a plethora of business opportunities in the country helped by the rapidly falling prices of drone.

“In general sense, Kenya now allows non-military use of drones,” said KCAA director-general Gilbert Kibe. “With the official communication, the gazette notice together with aeronautical information circular will be published and thereafter drone operations will be allowed in Kenya.”

You can get a drone on Amazon at a cost of $130 that is KSh13,000, however the average drone price is $200 which is slightly over Ksh20,000 while the most expensive drone goes for about Ksh50,000. But drone owners will wait a bit longer for the Kenya Civil Aviation Authority to draft an operating framework.

Agriculture

Drones are already appearing on farms, but haven’t yet reached a critical mass. Part of this is due to slow-moving regulations. (Japan has been crop dusting with drones for 15 years!) But part is also figuring out the best, easiest, and most useful applications.

At 3D Robotics, we seek out the advice, opinions and knowledge of experts, and we respond to it. We’re nerds, not farmers. Drones will help farmers, and it’s the farmers who will change the world.

Film making

Perhaps drones are best-known now for carrying GoPros, so this may seem like the obvious opportunity. But we have yet to see the full-blown revolution in Hollywood (or Bollywood, for that matter). What would that look like? But they’re infinitely cheaper, more maneuverable and safer than helicopters.

Project or site management

You can monitor things like construction, for one thing – document the real progress and compare to the digital plan. You can also accurately monitor and document deterioration and other such changes over time.

Humanitarian work

Area monitoring of relief efforts in areas hostile to relief workers, taking and relaying real time videos and mapping of affected areas. Drone owners can offer their services to global humanitarian agencies at a fee.

Delivery

Retail operators have been using drones for years now in the US and other countries in preparation for approval for commercial use of drones. Parcels and ready-made food among others could easily be delivered using drones.

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