Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAV) or Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) are sometimes known as the “eye in the sky” or popularly as DRONES. Drones are multiplying quickly and changing the world as we know it. Drones are already impacting how we do business, manage security, conduct inspections and respond to emergencies.
From military origins, drones have become commercially useful in a wide range of roles including search and rescue, surveillance, security, mapping, infrastructure inspection, disaster management and humanitarian efforts, agricultural inspection, science and research and even retail package delivery.
Drones have become essential tools for saving lives and providing fast disaster relief at low cost and lower risk to response teams. Because drones can quickly and remotely search through and inspect large areas, damage assessments and locating civilians using drones has become the new first response standard.
Prior to the development of drones, taking photographs or video from the air required the (very expensive) rental of fixed-wing or helicopter aircraft.
With the advent of low-cost drones equipped with high-resolution cameras, taking aerial images is now easily affordable for photographers. Images and video taken from the air offer a perspective that cannot be matched from the ground, and drones can safely operate at much lower altitudes and in more confined spaces than aircraft.
Photographers and filmmakers now routinely use drones to take high-quality images and video from the air, such as of:
- Sporting events
- Real estate
- Weddings and other special events
- Film and TV subjects
2. Security Surveilance
Home and commercial security is another area rife with opportunity for a drone business. A drone can capture live video footage of a home intrusion and transmit it to a smartphone, as well as notify the police if required.
Drones can also assist in detecting other threats to property such as fire and water leaks. Live video feeds from drones can be sent to a home or business owner’s mobile device, to a central monitoring facility, or directly to emergency responders.
3. Building Inspections: Roofs, Chimneys, Siding
Roof inspection by hand can be an involved, costly, and hazardous process, particularly on multistory structures. With drone technology, however, building inspections can be done safely and inexpensively, making this a great drone business idea.
A drone can perform a close-up survey of the exterior of a building and deliver high-resolution video of the roof, gutters, chimneys, and building envelope, enabling a building owner to detect trouble spots in advance.
If you have a background in construction or building inspection, a drone inspection service could be an ideal business or an add-on to your existing inspection services.
4. Agricultural Surveys
Drones are revolutionizing agriculture. The ability to survey crops from the air with an inexpensive unmanned aerial vehicle equipped with a variety of sensors enables a farmer to collect an unprecedented amount of useful data, including information about:
- Soil hydration
- Variations in soil composition
- Pest/fungal infestations
In addition, drone crop surveys can be taken weekly, daily, or even hourly as required. Accurate information allows for optimal crop irrigation, fertilization, and pest control. Reducing water and pesticide usage and maximizing crop yields benefits the bottom line and the environment.
5. Mapping and Surveying
Land surveyors are increasingly turning to drones to acquire highly accurate digital survey data from the air in a fraction of the time (and expense) required by survey teams on the ground.
Using base station reference data and GPS, specially equipped drones can gather three-dimensional cartographic information with an accuracy of within 1 to 2 centimeters after processing. Cartographic surveys are used in many industries, including:
- Flood and pollution monitoring
- Forestry management
- Urban planning
When your organization faces twenty first century challenges, consider Lifted Drone Services a part of your essential toolkit. Our pilots are professional, well trained and experienced.
Lifted Drone Services teams are well-versed in cautionary operations; we won’t add to the risk—we’ll minimize it.