Drones are making their custom installation (CI) channel debut in a big way at CEDIA 2015, Oct. 15-17. Stampede, a North America Pro-AV distributor, and Unmanned Vehicle University (UVU) have announced their co-sponsored Drone Pavilion schedule, which includes more than 25 training sessions, flight demos and presentations. The flight demos and presentations will be held at the Drone Pavilion, booth 8207, while the UVU training sessions will be hosted in Ballroom G – Omni, both at Kay Bailey Hutchison Convention Center in Dallas.

“The Drone Revolution has officially spread to the commercial Pro-AV channel, and integrators in every vertical market are benefiting from ‘AV in the Sky’,” says Kevin Kelly, president and COO of Stampede.

The nine subject-specific presentations to be held throughout the show’s three days include:

  • An Introduction to Drone Video Systems
  • FLIR Presentation/ Demo
  • Vidyo – Video Conferencing with Drones
  • Deploying Drones
  • Extended Warranties: Protecting Your Drone Investment
  • Drone Management: Virtual Air Boss
  • The FAA and Commercial Use of Drones
  • Keeping Track of Your Drone
  • Fixed Wing Drones: Products and Applications

Drone demos will be conducted inside the Pavilion’s enclosed Flying Cage by industry-leading drone manufacturers, such as DJI, xFold, Vision Aerial, X-Craft, AEE, Panoptes (Sense and Avoid), and VideoBank (Live Data Tagging).

And finally, UVU is offering nine hour-long training sessions, three each day, that cover a broad range of topics including Large Property Surveillance; Oil, Gas & Energy Industry Applications; 3D Mapping with Drones; Law Enforcement/ Security/Public Safety; Large Sporting Event and Entertainment Event Coverage; The Drone/Unmanned Systems Business Opportunity for the CI Integrators; Cellular, Telecommunications & Wireless Video Support; Transmission from Aerial Platforms to the Operations Center; and Ranching & Livestock Asset Tracking and Management.

“Industry analysts predict that over the next five years, drones will be used by more than 40 percent of all businesses and that by 2024, the commercial drone market will grow to represent 12 percent of the $98 billion total market,” Kelly says. “These 25-plus presentations, demos and training sessions will equip the commercial and residential CI integrators and dealers, in virtually every virtual market, with the foundational knowledge required to take advantage of this multi-billion dollar opportunity.”

For a complete schedule of CEDIA 2015 Drone Pavilion training sessions, demos, and presentations by day and time, click here.