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Forecast Analysis: IoT Enterprise Drone Shipments, Worldwide

Published: 15 November 2019


In 2028, IoT enterprise drone shipments will total 3.1 million units, rising from 0.2 million in 2018. The largest segments will be construction monitoring and retail fulfillment, shipping 952,000 and 583,000, respectively, in 2028.

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  • Forecast Assumptions
  • Market Impacts
  • Notable Changes
  • Influencing Factor: Drones Provide New Capabilities
    • Forecast Assumption: To save costs when surveying sites, the number of U.S. construction drones per employee will increase twelvefold between 2018 and 2028.
    • Forecast Assumption: Retail drones provide customers with rapid service, so they will increase from 6,100 U.S. retail employees per drone in 2018 to 27 retail employees per drone in 2028.
    • Forecast Assumption: To reduce manual tasks, complex drones will grow from 9% of agricultural drone shipments in 2018 to 34% in 2028.
  • Influencing Factor: Companies Want to Save Operational Costs by Reducing Manual Processes
    • Forecast Assumption: To survey claim areas at a lower cost, insurance drones will grow from one per 152,000 people in 2018 to one per 6,000 people worldwide in 2028.
    • Forecast Assumption: Drones monitor U.S. building health more inexpensively, so their usage will grow from one drone for 470 commercial buildings in 2018 to one drone for 25 commercial buildings in 2028.
  • Influencing Factor: Governments and Businesses Worldwide Are Emphasizing Safety
    • Forecast Assumption: Fire service and police drones investigate incidents without risking lives, so drones will grow from one per 210,000 people to one per 19,000 between 2018 and 2028.

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