7.5. Centralized vs decentralized drone operations

A large company with many operating locations might have drone operations at different locations or at one or more centralized locations. It might be beneficial to centralize certain aspects of drone operations (pilots, training, procurement, legal, insurance), but not others (drones, batteries).

Risks

  1. Fragmented operations create entities too small to implement best practices a centralized unit could employ and thereby fail to lower the overall accident risk.

Audit Steps

  1. Analyse the potential for service quality and safety improvements with a more centralized or more decentralized approach to drone operations.
  2. Analyse the potential for cost savings with a more centralized or more decentralized approach to drone operations.
  3. Analyse the potential for cost savings through centralized procurement of drones, batteries and spare parts.
  4. Analyse the potential for cost savings with equipment or staff sharing across different company entities and locations.
  5. Review the capacity utilization of drone operations.
  6. Compare mission cost calculations from different drone operations within the company.
  7. Compare drone, battery and spare part prices paid by different units with drone operations.

 

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