Mr. Kranz is the Chief Pilot and Sr. Technical Architect for Cognizant Technologies Solution’s Drone Venture. Cognizant is a Fortune 200, multinational IT consulting company. Mr. Kranz is involved in business development, technology evangelism, and solution architecture in the emerging Optionally Manned (OM) and Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) sector with respect to machine vision, Big Data and the Internet of Things (IoT).
Additionally he is responsible for delivering solutions, best practices, design patterns, patent applications, white papers, podcasts and journal articles as they relate to data collection, analytics and visualizations in the unmanned aircraft field.
Mr. Kranz is also a USA certificated private pilot, single engine land rated with both high performance and complex endorsements. Additionally Mr. Kranz is a USA certificated 14 CFR, part 107 commercial rated remote drone operator and RO1 commercial operator in Norway. He has over 30 years’ experience with robotics, machine vision, radar processing, target tracking and remotely operated aircraft.
Finally, Mr. Kranz is a member of the FAA Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team (UAST) in the United States, whose goal it is to provide industry direction and promote safety within the UAS community.