Weekly Wrap – 1st May 2014


Hi I am Tom McLeod, Co-Founder of McLeod Governance.

This is what I would be thinking about this week.

A couple of days ago I had the opportunity to pilot my first ever use of a drone.

For those that may not be aware a drone is an unmanned aircraft.

The drone that I was using was the drone of a friend and he had built it in his garage and was testing it out at the nearby oval.

I used it and it was as easy as driving a remote control car.  Interestingly I was also able to watch the vision from the drone at the same time that I was flying it.

And it struck me at that moment and in subsequent research that the use of drones may be a very significant development in the management of risks within an organisation.

Now before I start I do want to acknowledge that the use of drones – and especially drones embedded with cameras – has significant and fundamental privacy issues that we as a society need to debate and address.

Having said that there are three uses that I can see for drones moving forward.

One is obviously in physical and security surveillance.

The second would be in something such as supply chain monitoring.  Could you, would you, is it appropriate to have a drone sitting above a plant or  truck as it moves through the supply chain noting inefficiencies in the supply chain and opportunities for improvement.

And the third area is using a drone to improve research in terms of how particular aspects of your operations interact with other elements of the environment – having a constant view of that would be extraordinarily valuable.

There are no doubt other new ways that we can use drones in the management of risks within organisations and these are but three.  I think that we are in for a very interesting time if we can address the key and fundamental privacy issues.


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