Many drone companies trying to pinpoint their marketing efforts have asked how drones are used on construction sites. The latest report from Drone Industry Insights (DRONEII) now has the answer: From measurement to security, the Drone Application Report 2021 lists 237 different commercial application examples.
Some companies focus on sectors: public safety, energy, or construction. It’s an approach that makes sense: companies often buy from partners they know. However, within these sectors there are a multitude of ways that commercial drones can be used: some require different features and accessories to achieve optimal performance. How exactly do corporate customers in each industry use UAVs? Identifying these applications could help manufacturers and partners develop the right sensors and software for each job. “Whether Germany, Sweden, Brazil or Malaysia, it’s drones innovative business development Similar to smartphones in the early 2000s, and the key is neither hardware nor software, but a combination of them into a valuable application, ”writes Ed Alvarado of DRONEII.
The best commercial UAV applications
In the power industry, DRONEII notes that the main UAV applications focus on inspections: in construction, surveying and mapping are the main uses. However, both sectors are using the technology for both purposes – as well as a host of other uses, including the advent of drone delivery on some construction sites.
“By doing energy In this sector, approximately 83% of the time, drones are used to conduct inspections that could be life threatening to a human or cost businesses millions of dollars in lost revenue. Another industry where drones are mainly used for inspection is real estate, rental and leasing, and industrial facilities (67%), ”Alvarado writes.
“Meanwhile in constructionDrones are mostly (80%) used for mapping and surveying (e.g. air planning, inventory management, topographical mapping, 3D reconstruction of locations or ongoing construction projects). This increases work safety, provides digital data that was previously not available, makes project management more efficient and accelerates projects, while at the same time reducing costs in terms of time and money. “
While UAV technology and sensors are often versatile, the increasingly sophisticated software industry enables the drone technology to be integrated into their existing workflows. The data indicate changes – the once absolutely dominant “photography and filming” is now the central application for only a handful of industries. As the ecosystem of AI-powered software, lightweight sensors, accessories, and automated hardware grows, so does the number of commercial applications.
Miriam McNabb is editor-in-chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a marketplace for professional drone services, and a fascinating observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Author of over 3,000 articles focusing on the commercial drone space, Miriam is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry. Miriam graduated from the University of Chicago and has over 20 years experience in high-tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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