One of the joys of technology is watching new innovations become pervasive throughout societies across the world. There was a time when one wouldn’t answer a phone on a bus, now, 10 minutes on a bus will sound like a soap opera. Eye contact on a Japanese subway is impossible as eyes are glued to the screen not to the blank subway faces of the fellow subway traveller.
Drones are now rapidly becoming pervasive. They have several applications starting from consumer toys, all the way to being the cornerstone of sophisticated military action. Amazon has trialed drones to deliver packages and the potential role of drones in a connected world is unlimited. The role of the drone in managing wildlife and agriculture provides considerable scale and cost benefits.
Unless you are in Indonesia. I was on a website of a hotel that I will stay at for an upcoming conference in Bali and was surprised by this addition to the FAQ’s.
This is no simple hotel generated initiative. Drones are heavily restricted and regulated in Indonesia. The punishment for breaching the regulations is severe. Flying a drone over 150 meters at any time, in any location needs a license that is not simple to procure. Fail to get a license, and then you leave yourself liable to three years jail and a fine of approximately US$75K. Indonesia is a country that can under regulate, or significantly over-regulate, particularly around national security issues (real, or imagined) and this is a vivid example of the way in which the country operates. If the Indonesian government does not like something the simple advice is to avoid it completely. It works for drugs, it works for drones.
The drone is going to be a very significant aspect of much of the life of the global population in the next generation. The Indonesian example highlights how important regulatory environments are to ensure that the innovation permeates throughout an environment. Clearly in Indonesia, the government feels that safety and security threats outweigh the social and societal benefits of the technology. How long this last will depend on managing the technology and ensuring that safety issues of the populace are managed.
If you require further information, please contact Phil Hassey, CEO of capioIT. capioIT is an advisory firm focused on helping organisations to understand customer experiences from emerging technology as the world becomes Digital. Phil may be contacted easily in the digital and real world.