There are several applications that drones are particularly suited for. Chief among these applications is the ability to create a high definition top-down map of an area. This aerial imaging capacity helped bring drones into the mainstream, and is still one of their greatest earners. In order for the map to be viewed by the operator and their clients, the drone would have to be retrieved. Then the pictures could be assembled into a single map that would be easily readable. For large areas of land, this could be a long process. It could also require subsequent drone flights to fill in missing details.
However, with the introduction of new data processing techniques, that lengthy process has been eliminated. Multiple software can now automatically pieces together the images and creates a real time map of the flight zone. Operators can see where they are missing information and immediately return to fill in errant spots. If further detail is required in certain areas, they don’t have to review the images before approaching more closely to increase the definition. The map is available instantly, something that is of critical importance for some higher demand industries.
This capacity allows industry leaders to view real time data of ongoing operations. Agriculture concerns can view crop conditions immediately after a drone flight – or have an operator on hand to regularly update the map. These software have the ability to place location pins, flagging areas of particular interest for increased scrutiny over time. Disaster relief efforts can keep operators on location to update command centers in regard to the situation on the ground. Particularly concerning situations can be approached more closely, and the results instantly analyzed at a central location.
There are also benefits to commercial drone training. The key to effectively piloting a drone for business purposes is efficiency, and real time mapping can help develop skills related to that. Drone training classes can use the mapping software to teach students the most efficient paths to produce fully realized maps. The faster that a drone operator can cover a space in full detail, the faster they can move on to the next parcel.
We are still early in the adoption process for unmanned aerial systems, and technology is increasing at breakneck speed. The greater the abilities of drone technology, the more uses we will see for commercial drones, and the greater the adoption rate. That makes commercial drone training a critical component, as the demand for operators will only increase in the years to come.