Yesterday CNN announced a deal with the Federal Aviation Administration to create new policies for using quadcopters and drones equipped with video cameras to cover news stories without disrupting commercial airspace. This is not the first time journalists have used video drones to cover stories that were too dangerous or large in scale to use conventional camera crews, however.
Lewis Whyld, a British journalist, used a homemade drone to get footage of the typhoon in the Philippines in 2013. In addition to getting shots for CNN, Mr. Whyld’s drone aided in search and rescue operations that were underway at the time. “The newspaper was for still images,” said Mr. Whyld, “but the Internet is for this.”
Now that CNN and the FAA have reached a deal, CNN will be giving data to the FAA to help them develop a defined policy for drones and Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) to be used by “newsgathering operations.” This implies that the FAA is expecting that more news organizations will be using drones and UAVs as a part of their video gathering strategy in the future. But news organizations aren’t the only ones interested in working with the FAA to develop drone policy. Companies like Google and Amazon are also at the forefront of developing new and innovative ways to use UAVs in their businesses.
Imagine, in the not-so-distant future, businesses can use UAVs to inspect incidents in environments that are unsafe for workers, drones can help technicians troubleshoot problems from miles away and quadcopters equipped with cameras can shoot extra footage from large events.
Now imagine trying to sort, organize and search through all of that footage. Many organizations are still cluttering up their servers with hours of valuable video footage that never gets watched because it’s too difficult to find the right video at the right time. With an enterprise video platform you can automate content ingestion, metadata and filing so that videos are organized and easily searched. And the best enterprise video platforms also include Speech Search which allows users to search through the audio tracks of videos to find the precise moment where a word was spoken.
In 2015 and beyond, businesses will be creating more and more video. An enterprise video platform is the ideal way to get the most out of that video content.