Industrial Drones are also called Unmanned Aerial Vehicles. They are increasingly becoming indispensable in a lot of industries.
With the United States being the world leader in the production of drones, it is imperative to analyse the trend of the US market as far as Industrial Drones are concerned.
The Drone Industry in the US grew up to US$ 1 billion from US$ 40 million in 2012. According to some predictions, this industry will contribute up to US$ 46 in the GDP of the US. The main challenge is to counter the Federation Aviation Administration’s inactive response in amending rules and regulations.
Rising competition and demand have been pulling up the prices and rapidly advance the technology. Modern-day Industrial Drone companies are coming up with the following features:
- 4K high-resolution cameras.
- Built-in GPS and Auto-pilot.
- Collision advance
- Terrain follow
- Active tracking
- Ability to fly at speeds of 50mph and above.
Let us now look at the top 10 commercial uses of Industrial Drones:
- Real Estate: Drones are often used by Listing agents to make attractive videos of their property. This also helps to capture those areas which may be difficult to inspect on foot. It not only enables home service companies to reap benefits but the exterior home inspections can also be done. This saves the time, effort and money of the inspectors.
- Golfing: For marketing purposes, Industrial Drones can be used to capture beautiful videos of golf-courses. It has allowed the spectators to catch the golf course in the ways which were not possible in the past. It also allows the coaches to work on the game of their team members.
- Inspections: Industrial Drones are useful for inspections. For example, they can be used by oil companies to inspect pipelines. Similarly, wind energy engineers can perform inspections on wind turbines. This ensures that heavy machinery need not to be lifted and human life is not put at risk. They can capture HD photographs of every joint, support or crack and this observation can be better than that of a human engineer.
- Agriculture: Drones has allowed farmers to analyse the water content of the soil. This gives them an idea of drainage and irrigation issues. They can also decipher the speed at which their crops are grown using drones. They have the technology to identify crop-wrecking bugs and to take out the livestock to pasture.
- Security: They have their application in the security field like they are being used to protect the American border from Mexico. They can also be used to track down terrorists in warzones. Educational institutes can use them to monitor campuses and identify abnormal activities. It also has the features to escort employees to their villages at night.
- Weddings and Special Events: Weddings are amongst the most epic events of your lives and drones can make their documentation also epic. Aerial photography and videography have been made possible through drones. They can also beautifully capture the bride walking down the aisle.
- Search and Rescue: Industrial Drones are critical in finding people in the areas affected by fire, flood or other disasters. Sensors are embedded in the drones which allow them to locate humans through heat signatures. Video streaming feature of drones can be used for visual identification. GPS technology can ensure that the right locations of the people can be identified.
- Special delivery: Google’s custom-built drones take-off and land vertically but alter their orientation to fly like a glider. This gives them greater flight distance which can be used to deliver things to people in remote areas. In fact, Amazon is planning the use of drones for delivery purposes. Using modern imaging technology, the drone can deliver the package to a safe location like the driveway.
- Land Surveying: Site surveying can be done more effectively as well as efficiently owing to drones. They can fly hundreds of acres, capture photos and videos, locate water flow patterns and the availability of various minerals and resources. This information can be analysed in a shorter duration of time.
Insurance Claims: Industrial Drones has facilitated the insurance industry. Through this technology, one can inform their insurance company about a car accident through a mobile app. Drones can come out and gather the picture of the accident scene for the evidence. Drones can come in to capture home damage in form of photos and videos and quicken up the insurance process.