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Drone Summit and Mobility Now Conference – 1st & 2nd March 2024 – RDS, Dublin

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Drone Summit and Mobility Now Conference – 1st & 2nd March 2024 – RDS, Dublin

Drone Summit and Mobility Now Conference – 1st & 2nd March 2024 – RDS, Dublin
February 14
09:30 2024
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The advent of the railways, motorised road vehicles and air travel has revolutionised transport and society during the last two centuries. However, we are now entering a new epoch when transport, mobility and lifestyles will again be transformed. The Drone Summit and the Mobility Now Conference, which are being held on 1st and 2nd March at the RDS in Dublin, will highlight the latest developments and explore the implications of this fast-changing technological landscape.

Drone Technology

Combining robotics with aeronautics, drone technology is being increasing used across Irish industry in sectors such as agriculture, construction, transport and logistics. Drones also play a crucial part in inspection and monitoring, surveying and mapping and, of course, in defence and security.

As UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) become more sophisticated and versatile, their key role within Irish business and commerce will expand rapidly. This will provide new market opportunities for both existing businesses and entrepreneurs.

With its comprehensive conference programme of free workshops and key note speakers combined with a vast array of exhibitors displaying the latest technological solutions available, the Drone Summit, which is being held of 1st and 2nd March 2024 at the RDS in Dublin, will highlight the key trends and challenges facing this fast developing sector, while also offering practical solutions, as well as showcasing the latest innovations, developments in best practice and new technological advances.

The Summit will serve as a unique forum for ‘connecting’ technology companies, start-ups, investors and Irish and international end users of drone technology and services in order to facilitate investment, innovation, collaboration and the fostering of new commercial relationships.

Market Trends

While multi-rotor drones are currently the most widely used in the market-place, fixed-wing drones, which are able to fly for longer periods and cover more ground, are also becoming more popular. Indeed, rapid advancements in drone technology are fuelling market expansion.

Already an essential tool for many industries and service providers, the continued development of drone hardware and powerful software solutions is enabling growth and opening up new markets for many companies. Ireland has played a significant role in the development of European regulations, technical advancement and willingness to safely push the boundaries. This provides the Irish drone businesses and associated technology providers with the opportunity to expand across Europe and beyond.

The integration of AI and machine learning in drone technology will allow drones to undertake even more complex tasks. For instance, drones using AI driven navigation will be able to autonomously inspect infrastructure. Similarly, drone delivery services are expected to become more commonplace, by companies such as Amazon and Google.

The evolution of swarm technology will allow numerous drones to communicate and collaborate with each other in real-time, so improving their operational efficiency. Improvements in battery technology and charging solutions will permit drones to fly for longer and expand the range of tasks they can perform.

The incorporation of enhanced safety and security features, such as obstacle avoidance, remote identification capacity, geofencing and satellite navigation, are also significantly widening the application possibilities for drones. The expected rapid expansion in the use of drones is also accelerating the development of counter-drone solutions in order to protect certain locations from UAV intrusion.

Ireland is at the forefront of this developing drone technology. Consequently, the staging of the Drone Summit on 1st and 2nd March 2024 is timely.

Visitors to the event will be able to meet with Irish and international Drone/UAV professionals, suppliers and end users, for expert discussions and thought-provoking presentations from the people at the forefront of the industry. The Drone Summit will reveal how drones can improve workflow patterns and how UAV programs can be tailored to specific business needs.

Attendees at the Summit will have the opportunity to find service providers to suit their individual requirements, to meet and engage with thought leaders, and learn about new regulations and future advances. Expert advice will be available from hardware specialists and training and certification experts will be on hand to offer guidance.

Impressive Array of Speakers

An impressive list of speakers is being assembled to address the Drone Summit and to cover topics of interest, to highlight challenges facing Irish business and to suggest practical solutions. Carefully selected from well respected figures within business, academia and State organisations, the speakers are considered experts in their respective fields.

Registration for the Drone Summit is open at

Mobility Now Conference – 1st & 2nd March 2024 – RDS, Dublin

The Drone Summit is being held at the RDS in Dublin in conjunction with the Mobility Now Conference, which will also run on the 1st and 2nd of March 2024.

The Mobility Now Conference will focus on future mobility and the shift towards improved sustainability, shared transportation and the rise of autonomous vehicles. Mobility is undergoing one of the most transformational shifts of a generation, with far-reaching implications for the way we live our lives.

By 2040, most city dwellers in developed countries will no longer own private cars. There will be few on-street parking spaces and no public car parks in the centre of towns. In many cities, fossil-fuel vehicles will have been banned completely. Following the announcement that the EU will approve the sale of fully self driving cars the sector is preparing for significant investment and innovation.

The future of mobility is being fuelled by three key technology-driven disruptive trends: electrification of vehicles, connected & autonomous vehicles and Mobility-as-a-Service. So how can consumers and business seize the benefits of this mobility revolution?

Cities where cars, public transport, bicycles, e-scooters, and even offices are shared and rented by the hour will become the norm. Future transport modes will operate under subscriptions that offer low costs for slower journeys or a premium price for speedy luxury vehicles.

The Mobility Now Conference will be attended by policymakers, transport operators, tech companies, energy companies, OEM’s, local authorities, academics, NGOs, urban transport practitioners and urban planners to discuss and debate key issues and to consider when planning for sustainable city, urban and rural mobility.

Comprehensive Conference Programme

The Mobility Now Conference will feature an impressive line-up of leading experts, academics and representatives of State agencies who will engage in a stimulating blend of key note addresses and debates. The event will also feature an extensive exhibition showcasing the latest technological solutions and services.

Registration for the Mobility Now Conference is open at

The Organiser

The organiser of the Drone Summit and the Mobility Now Conference, Premier Publishing & Events, has been staging similar exhibitions and conferences in the UK and Ireland for many years. Forthcoming events include:

* UK Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition – March 28th – Marshall Arena, Milton Keynes, England;

* National Construction Summit – 18th April – Sport Ireland Campus, Blanchardstown, Dublin;

* Sustainability Summit – 28th & 29th May – Simmonscourt RDS, Dublin;

* Power & Energy Conference Exhibition – 13th June – Tower Hotel, Waterford;

* Northern Ireland Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition – 12th September – Titanic Exhibition Centre, Belfast, Northern Ireland;

* Scottish Manufacturing & Supply Chain Conference & Exhibition – 23rd & 24th October – Scottish Event Campus, Glasgow, Scotland.

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