Also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs), drones can be found in a variety of professional use cases; however, it was just a short time ago when they were quite limited in their capabilities. Today’s drone manufacturers have developed sophisticated flying machines for assisting architects in site surveys, farmers in crop management, and more.
The following are the top 9 ways drones are being used on the job and professionally, helping to increase output levels and efficiencies in various fields.
Drones are fast becoming the preferred choice for filmmakers to capture aerial or overhead shots. Instead of conventional helicopters, drones are cheaper, more maneuverable, and safer top operate In addition, they’re capable of taking 3D shots as well as panoramic aerial footage.
8. Aerial Advertising
If you haven’t heard of dronevertising, you’re likely to see it in action soon: instead of using blimps and airplanes, advertisers and brands can now use drones to create brand awareness from above. DroneCast and Hoovy are a couple firms out of many that offer dronevertising services.
7. News Media Gathering
Many news media organizations such as CNN and Al Jazeera are incorporating drones into their news gathering fleets. Though in the past such news gathering methods fell under intense scrutiny by many city regulators, it appears a legal framework has emerged permitting the use of drones to improve media coverage and information gathering.
6. Sports Coverage
If you’re into stadium sports, you’ve probably noticed an abundance of beautiful aerial shots used during sports coverage as of late. Sporting events are now being covered by drones to give viewers spectacular real-time footage of the playing field.
5. Architecture Planning
Architects face various on-the-job challenges that are now easily handled by drones—for example, because they are capable of capturing photos at angles that are virtually impossible using conventional methods, drones are being used to capture digital images for 3D maps used site planning and feasibility studies.
4. Postal/Order Delivery
You’ve likely heard of a Amazon Prime Air—Amazon’s drone-based delivery system that is capable of delivering packages to customers in 30 minutes or less. Other companies moving to drone-assisted delivery systems include Royal Mail, UPS, and 7-11, to name a few.
3. Security and Surveillance
Private security firms and local law enforcement agencies have begun to explore the use of drones for safety and surveillance purposes. Today’s drones are fitted with highly-capable HD cameras that are indispensable for searching for missing people, managing traffic situations, and taking footage of crime scenes and accidents.
2. Land Surveying
Previously, land surveyors relied on irregular and inaccurate methods on the ground for obtaining data. With the arrival of aerial survey helicopters and airplanes, capturing the topography of the land and cartography became an easier affair. Drones of course make aerial surveying even more cost effective—surveyors can employ small commercial UAVs capable of carrying a variety of visual imagery payloads that go lower and slower than traditional aircraft.
Today’s forward-thinking farmers are employing drones to manage and improve their yields—from aerial-based monitoring and crop management to drone-assisted mass spraying. Drone models such as the DJI MG-1—with its eight rotors, water/dust/corrosion resistant parts, and 10 kg payload capability—have been described as a safer and more efficient approach to crop dusting. Other manufacturers active in the agricultural drone space include PrecisionHawk and Agribotix, among others.
In short, the previous 9 examples are just a few ways that drones are transforming major industries. PricewaterhouseCoopers projects that the global market for commercial applications of drone technology could reach $127 million by 2020—so the sky is literally the limit when it comes the technology’s potential benefits and resulting market opportunities.