Drone technology is being used in hundreds of different ways. Here is just some of them...
1. Residential & Commercial Real Estate
Real estate agents are now using drone footage to showcase homes to potential buyers. Drones can capture the dramatic beauty of an estate in the woods or provide the layout of a property. Additionally, drones can help interested clients understand the grade and proximity of various structures on properties.
2. Film, TV & Advertising
Drones are revolutionizing the television and film industries by providing safer and less expensive alternatives than dollies and booms on helicopters. Because of the lower cost, aerial drone footage is being used more often and to capture shots that haven’t previously been available to directors.
3. Construction Management
Among the industries using drones, the construction industry is showing the fastest growth. Drones are used in nearly every step of the construction process from bidding and site surveying, to monitoring the construction process, and even showcasing the final product. Using drones in construction improves communication, helps keep projects on track, improves the accuracy of measurements, saves time and resources, and improves site safety.
4. Agriculture & Land Management
Drones used in agriculture can give farmers and ranchers a “bird’s eye view” that allows them to track their herds and monitor their crops, even over hundreds of acres of land. Sensors on drones can pick up information through digital imaging and infrared that is useful for spotting disease or other crop problems but might not be readily or easily visible to the naked eye. The data collected from drones is being used to help improve crop yield and farm efficiency.
5. GIS, Mapping & Modeling
Drones can aid surveyors with mapping the topography of an area. The data collected can be used in GIS/CAD systems to create 3D models. Sensors added to drones can penetrate even the densest vegetation to deliver elevation and surface features.
6. Search & Rescue, Firefighting, Forest Management
Drones allow forest rangers and wildlife firefighters to check out large areas of land through remote footage. Thermal imaging can be used to detect the presence of life using their heat signature, which is helpful in search and rescue operations. Infrared and thermal images can also let firefighters see through smoke and determine the hottest areas of a fire, which can lead them to more informed decisions about entry and resource use.
7. Package Delivery (Coming soon)
Amazon, UPS, and even the postal services of many countries continue to work toward drone delivery services. Many tests have been done and permits from governing bodies secured. Drone package delivery will be rolled out in limited areas within the next two years and will change the way goods are moved around the globe thereafter.
8. Medical Delivery, Mobile Defibrillation
Drones can be fitted with sensors and attachments and used to deliver supplies or medications to remote or inaccessible areas, such as mountaintops, islands, or areas cut off by flooding or other damage. The US Fire Administration has also been testing delivering Automatic External Defibrillators (AEDs) to bystanders to assist hikers and campers who are experiencing cardiac arrest.
9. Mobile recharging of electric vehicles (Coming soon)
Amazon has patented technology that allows a drone to recharge an electric car in a remote area. The vehicle would connect to the drone for a power boost that would enable it to get to a full recharging station, and, in some cases, stay connected to the drone until arrival.
10. Collection of Sports data for NFL, MLB, Golf Courses
Drones are being used in televised sporting events to get footage that wire-mounted cameras cannot. They are also being used by athletes and coaches to obtain information about the layout of a golf course, for example, or to analyze a team’s performance.
11. Wildlife and Herd Management
Biologists can use drones to conduct field research, including getting to see natural phenomena that have been previously impossible to witness. Researchers and forest rangers use drones to track the movement of herds and other specific animals. They can locate treetop nests or pods of whales in remote oceans. Amazingly, drones can also be used to scare away invasive wildlife to protect an endangered species.
12. Corporate and Home Security
Security teams are using drones to monitor the perimeters of a property, large parking lots, college campuses, and other outdoor venues. Thermal imaging allows for night-time monitoring as well. Privately used drones are also creating issues for corporate and home security, too, as people do not wish to be under surveillance.
13. Private Investigation
Drones are a common replacement for chartered aerial photography. Private Investigators are using drones to locate missing objects, to compare the land’s topography to Google Earth images (which may be several years old), to reconstruct events and crime scenes, and for pre-surveillance before entering an area.
14. Military & Defense
Although probably the most common industry known for drone use, the functions of drones in the military and defense industries continues to grow. Pilots have flown thousands of unmanned missions to deliver millions of pounds of supplies to troops in remote areas and special forces outposts. Drone surveillance has led to the capture of many high-profile military leaders, and drones have been used to drop explosives on enemy targets while minimizing the danger to the lives of soldiers.
Drones have the potential to be a major disruption to the transportation industry, particularly regarding supply chain logistics. Whether by train, ship, or plane, goods move in large containers. Shipments wait until there are enough goods to transport as to justify sending a liner across the Pacific or a train across the continent. With drones, smaller packages can be transported quickly and more efficiently, shortening supply chain management times and potentially getting products to market sooner.
16. Entertainment & Drone Racing
Humans will find a way to make a sport out of anything, and drones are no exception. Specialized drones are being developed by engineers and enthusiasts and being put through their paces on challenging courses that are visually intriguing for spectators to watch as the footage is live-streamed. If skeptical, you should check out The Drone Racing League and its many sponsors.
17. Accident Investigation & Crisis Response
Drones are transforming the lives of police officers and first responders. After an automobile accident, a drone-certified officer can conduct an investigation that used to take hours but is now only a matter of minutes, all by sending up a drone to snap geo-tagged photos from a wide area. Officers can then feed the data into modeling software to reconstruct the events that led to the accident.
18. Restoration of Communications by using drones as cell towers
In 2017 after the devastation Hurricane Maria brought to Puerto Rico, AT&T successfully deployed a drone carrying cellular tower equipment to restore service to a 40-square-mile area on the island. This marked a future for drone technology to bring services to even the most remote of areas and to assist with restoring communications in places that have been cut off due to a natural disaster.
19. Insurance, Roof Inspection and Storm Damage Assessment
Drones also improve the ability to monitor and inspect roofs and other high or hard-to-reach places. After an earthquake, drones can inspect towers and steeples or even view damage over a wide area quickly after a storm ends.
20. Emergency Management
In an emergency, such as a hurricane or tornado, drone footage helps emergency management teams learn the extent of the damage. Drones can also be helpful in delivering supplies and medication to areas that are inaccessible to conventional transportation during an emergency.
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