NCET explore business and technology
By Dave Archer
Technology can touch our lives either through incremental improvements or through revolutionary developments that change the way that things get done.
Reno-Tahoe International Airport these days is home to both types of technological innovation as it continues to invest in improved safety and convenience for the thousands of travelers who rely on the airport daily.
Here’s one technological innovation that may surprise you: Most of us know that it takes longer to stop a car on a wet road after a storm. The same is true for an aircraft as it touches down on the runway.
New technology at the airport measures the amount of moisture on runways in real time and gets the information to pilots who adjust the braking of their aircraft accordingly.
That’s the sort of incremental technological improvement that makes life better for travelers.
At the same time, the airport facilities in the Reno-Sparks area host cutting edge research into drones – the technological revolution that promises sweeping changes in the way all sorts of business gets done.
Most of us have given at least passing thought to the way that drones someday might deliver packages to our front doorsteps or provide information to help firefighters battle a blaze in a remote canyon.
But how will drones — potentially thousands of them buzzing through the airspace over a city – co-exist with commercial air traffic and private planes?
In a remote corner of Reno-Stead Airport, researchers from private companies, government agencies and schools such as the University of Nevada, Reno, are testing drones and developing the technology that allow them to be used safely in congested airspaces.
In fact, Marily Mora, the president and CEO of the airport authority, is one of only two airport officials nationwide appointed to the FAA’s Drone Advisory Committee, a prestigious high-level group. In naming the 35-member group last year, the FAA noted that drone-development currently is moving at the speed of Silicon Valley.
Drone technology promises particularly great benefits in northern Nevada, which is well positioned to play a role for the drone industry similar to the role that Silicon Valley plays for information technology. The state has four years of experience as one of the designated test areas for drone technology, and it’s creating a cadre of entrepreneurs, researchers and technical experts that could create an important new industry for the region.
And the airport authority has plenty of good industrial sites, both at the Reno-Stead airport as well as near Reno-Tahoe International, that could serve as homes for that new industry.
There’s little question that Reno-Tahoe International Airport continues to serve as an important driver of the technology industry.
Learn more about the ways technology makes air travel safer and more convenient during NCET’s Tech Wednesday event from 5:30-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 14, at Reno Tahoe International Airport. More information about the location and parking, as well as registration, is at NCETwed.org.
Dave Archer is President/CEO of NCET, which produces educational and networking events to help people explore business and technology.