Amazon Drone: Revolutionary Delivery System {12}

by J C
Humble Beginnings
Jeff Bezos, founder and CEO of Amazon, Inc. worked in investment banking before he would create the conglomerate company known worldwide in 1994 by starting out as an online bookstore. Bezos’ reasoning for creating an online store was the “2,300 percent annual growth in web usage” (Price III, 2013) that was experienced during this time. With Amazon, Inc. being a pure online store with a wide database, it allowed the company to house numerous amounts of books without the limitations of on location bookstores.
When Jeff Bezos hired new employees, he emphasized on customer service as being the number one trait and priority for his new recruits. He would also have humble desks for his workers to use which would be “made of doors and 2x4s” (Price III, 2013) not only because they were least costly but to show the work environment that Bezos hoped to create. Within the next few years, Amazon, Inc. would become millionaire company and within the later years in the billions.
The Amazon Drone
The idea of the drone is to deliver packages in thirty minutes for faster satisfaction from customers and to hopefully pave a way for a normal form of deliveries for other companies in the near future. A viral video of this drone, a.k.a. the Octocopter, has circulated over the web showing the process of how the delivery process would work. In the video, an Amazon warehouse worker puts a single item into a small, plastic yellow tub. The box then travels on a conveyor belt, which stops under a Prime Air Octocopter. The Octocopter grabs the package and takes off outside the warehouse doors. It continues to fly over fields, urban areas, and finally reaches its destination dropping the package off at the front of the door. Bezos says that these drones will only be able to carry up to 5 pounds which accounts for “86 percent of the items Amazon currently delivers” (Maisto, 2013). Amazon continues to work with the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) on rules for unmanned aerial vehicles to be permitted in the urban skies (Maisto, 2013). By 2015, Amazon anticipates to begin implementing the Octocopters in their Prime deliveries with the hope that the FAA’s rules will be in action by that time.
An expert on unmanned aerial vehicles named Dr. Darren Ansell brought up a few challenges that Amazon will face with its drone debut. Ansell talks about the Octocopter’s awareness saying that “The UAVs do not currently have the awareness of their environment to be able to avoid flying into people… to deliver goods to people’s home for example in residential areas, the UAVs must overfly densely populated towns and cities, something that today’s regulations prevent” (Maisto, 2013). Ansell also talks about the security issues suggesting that since the drones are unguarded that they are vulnerable to theft as well as with the package.
Some people are also concerned that with the implementation of the drone, the postal service will only have the task of returning unwanted packages. Amazon, however, have had talks with the United States Postal Service to reserve Sunday as a shipping day for them (Rash, 2013). This idea is already in effect in the New York and Los Angeles area and in time will apply nationwide.
The Amazon drone will revolutionize the delivery system we know today by enacting a faster way to receive packages. As with every new process, there are some issues to overcome, as well as some barriers to deal with. However, Amazon, Inc. has already started on ways to work with government organizations to overcome some of these obstacles by working with already placed laws on air travel. The Amazon drone is something of a work of fiction that will be seen by all in the near future. read more...


by Ermie C
There are many things that people have to consider when we deal with the process of SDLC. We understand what it’s like to create a true program, process, etc. We need to know the business rules and find a way to create the best product for our customers. When we talk about SDLC, we need to consider what needs to happen in order to make things go to according to plan. There’s a lot of problems that need to happen in order for us to understand what we need to do to make our client a loyal client. If we have a loyal client then we have a stable basis of what we need to do. SDLC is the most important thing we need to do because it’s what shows us what we truly want. If the way we as developers handle the situations, then we will never understand what we need to do. If we love what we do, then we can do what we do the best. If we don’t have a process of what we need to do, then we are lost in the point of finding ways to do things right. In this article, they mention the architecture and they are risk based cost efficiency, business enabling, adding value, empowering customers, assurance, governance, and compliance. I don’t need to explain any of these, but as developers we know what we need to do. This article explains what we need to do to make things happen for a any customer and we need to follow that process. We are a growing developers and we will never understand the true way to develop things if we forget the steps to crate it.. read more...