Drones have become essential since 2012, but high cost and technical limitations have reduced the use of drones until the turn of the decade. After the initial buzz that came with its discovery, the FAAs 2016 adoption of regulations which coincided with a drop in price. The use of drones has become economically viable for lots of other purposes, aside from video recording and taking pictures.
But what’s the impact of these changes on governments and businesses waiting to implement drone technology in their line of work? We would look at different industries or fields where drone technology becomes efficient.
Due to the increase in the business application of AI, more drones have been acquired by majority stakeholders in different fields to ease the effect of the labor on man. There’s even a prediction that government and businesses will spend around $13 billion on drones in the coming few years.
Of all drone applications, the delivery robots have created lots of public attention, but we’re still in the early stages. They’re still held back by federal and local regulations. Commercial drones are currently paving the way in terms of application in gathering localized visual information in several industries such as Agriculture, infrastructure management, construction, inventory, military, and many more.
Drones play an essential role in the world of agriculture as farmers can get real-time information about vast tracts of land. Drones, in this case, can help track lots of things such as crop growth, water consumption and flow, soil analysis, land temperature, and heat signature. Before now, only those who could afford it could carry out aerial surveillance, and that is occasional as people had to fly planes over their land at least once a week. But with drones, you can do it every day if you like, as it costs a few hundred dollars.
People use drones these days for surveying and mapping and to inspect and monitor their properties in a cheap and faster way. It is a more comfortable, more productive, and time-efficient way of checking your property. Apart from properties, companies use drones to inspect other forms of infrastructure such as AT&T that check their cell tower using drones, a move that could save lives from communication tower related fatalities. Even Duke Energy and Southern Company use drones to check power lines, storm damage, and power plants. These are structures that take $3,500 to $5000 to inspect, but the drone technology cut them down and made it more efficient.
You can also use it in the construction industry for real-time aerial inspection. This gives site owners the ability to inspect and survey sites for any mistakes quickly. It also helps reduce the error of dangerous accidents by 91 percent. An industry leader in software for construction and architecture, Autodesk, had made multiple investments in 3D robotics in 2016. Through their Forge platform, 3D robotics are providing a UAV to cloud storage solution. The drones capture site data that gets stored on Autodesk software for analysis.
You can use drones to improve safety in the mining industry with real-time information on mining activities. Drones provide an efficient way of managing stockpiles and help with inspecting grading control, site exploration, and total management. With drones, miners can figure out more ways to design dumpsite, roads, pits so it can reduce the impact on the environment.
Oil and Gas
Drones are used today by oil and gas companies to spot fugitive oil spills, detect gas leaks, or even sight whales. Now even oil companies also use drones to monitor whale migration paths such as Exxon Mobil. These drones help measure the impact of oil exploration activities on the environment before conducting offshore operations. Today you can find drone use in the midstream oil and gas sector. Still, they can be applied to almost every aspect of the industry, including well and pipeline inspection, land surveying and mapping, and for security reasons.
So yes, drones can be of valuable use to industries and are already being used by some sectors. It is cost-effective, time-efficient, and safer than applying traditional means.