UAE enters the drone age of technology

Remote-controlled drones are making life easier for a gamut of businesses, from farmers to utilities and delivery firms.

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Remote-controlled drones are making life easier for a gamut of businesses, from farmers to utilities and delivery firms.

But the new technology is also causing almost as many problems.

While the financial savings and productivity delivered by drones is enticing a quick take up, regulators have been slower to react, creating a potentially dangerous gap between the use and abuse of the technology.

“Like many different types of technology, the technology always comes first with all the opportunities that go with it, then regulation and liability tend to catch up later,” Robert Bond, head of data protection and cyber security at Charles Russell Speechlys law firm, says.

A study recently carried out by YouGov on behalf of the law firm found a third of business decision makers (34 percent) say they are already using drones or they will be in the future. The figure rises to more than half within the construction and real estate industries, and over a third in the retail sector. More info

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