Mr. Kranz is the Chief Technology Officer for Cognizant Drone Venture. Cognizant Drone Ventures is a part of Cognizant Technology Solutions, a Fortune 200 multinational IT consulting company. Mr. Kranz is involved in business development, technology evangelism, and solution architecture in the emerging Unmanned Aerial Systems (UAS) sector with a specific focus on Big Data analytics, the Internet of Things (IoT) and connected products.
Mr. Kranz is also a certificated private pilot, single engine land with both high performance and complex endorsements. Additionally Mr. Kranz is a certificated 14 CFR, part 107 commercial rated remote drone operator in the US and has equivalent ratings in Europe. He has been flying remote controlled fixed wing aircraft for over 40 years.
Finally, Mr. Kranz is a member of the FAA’s Unmanned Aircraft Safety Team (UAST) – an industry-government partnership to foster safe UAS operations. In this capacity he chairs the Data Working Group - whose charter includes drone flight data collection, sightings reports and the proposed Unmanned Aircraft Safety Reporting System (UASRS).