At EIS, so far we understand perfectly how businesses have used drones largely in video and photography, especially for marketing purposes, but there are many other applications of UAV technology that might surprise you. From agriculture to internet access, drones are a multipurpose tool that offers the potential to reimagine some of the most critical ways humanity operates.
* Here's how some pilots are already using drones, and how they might be used in the future for businesses both large and small.
Farmers can benefit from drones in several ways. In fact, many in the UAV industry cite agriculture as an enormous area of opportunity for drone technology. Not only can drones save farmers money by helping them identify failing plants early and take inventory of crops, but the machines can also be used to map and study the farmland and its irrigation systems. In each of these cases, utilizing drones helps expedite what are otherwise time-consuming projects. In addition, drones can be equipped to spray pesticides, fertilizers or water on crops. Each UAV is like a far cheaper mini-crop duster. And for farms with livestock, drones can also be used to monitor the animals and quickly gather and track useful data about animal health and population.
Architecture and construction
Architectural firms and construction contractors are also benefitting from the use of drones. Much like professionals in real estate, architects can use images and footage of a property to create 3D renderings of the structures they aim to build. By cheaply and quickly creating aerial shots on which to place an architectural rendering, architects can create real-world concepts of their projects. This ability is indispensable to creating accurate designs and understanding how they fit within properties. Access to these plans during the construction project is also useful to the people bringing the design to life.
Drone-based delivery services probably constitute one of the most obvious applications.
Engineering firms are also utilizing drones on in-depth projects like oil pipelines, transmission cables and maintenance inspections. Engineering firms are involved in things like road construction and maintenance, airport planning, and infrastructure projects etc.
Environmental monitoring and conservation
Much like how farmers use drones to monitor crops and animals, the technology can be utilized to keep tabs on ecological environments. UAVs are discrete and can monitor animal populations without disturbing them.
This type of monitoring offers important insights into conservation efforts, migration tracking, habitat management and flood assessment, which is particularly useful on the coasts.
Drones also provide data on the health of vegetative and animal populations, and the technology offers a unique ability to identify species in hard to reach places.
Another obvious use for drones is in media coverage. Previously, aerial shots were available only to large news corporations that could afford a news helicopter. Now, local journalists and small-scale media outlets can easily capture aerial footage for news coverage.
In addition, drones can get into tighter areas, lower to the ground than a news helicopter could ever hope to travel. Even simple tasks, like recording a face-to-face interview, can easily be made more dynamic and engaging with a camera-equipped drone hovering nearby.