10 ways to use drones to improve your business

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10 ways to use drones to improve your business

The rapidly growing global drone market presents a plethora of opportunities for companies to enhance their operations, or for new businesses to emerge.

With analysts putting the global drone market opportunities at between $11 billion and $13 billion by 2020, organisations stand to gain by harnessing the new capabilities unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) deliver. Nearly three million drones will be manufactured this year alone, and the global market revenue for drones is expected to top $11.2 billion by 2020.

Airborne Drones South Africa highlights 10 key areas where drones can offer compelling benefits:

1. Construction efficiencies – Drones offer construction firms and developers efficient new 2D and 3D mapping methods, as well as thermal and multi-spectral imaging and real-time data for Building Information

Modelling. This allows for greater efficiencies from preconstruction through to maintenance phase.

2. Asset management – Currently the most compelling drone application for asset management and protection – whether for power lines, buildings, humans, wildlife or roads – they are deployed for rapid, efficient inventory and survey purposes.

3. Maintenance – Drones support ongoing routine facilities inspections at lower cost and risk, particularly in potentially hazardous areas or for tall structures.

They allow for wear and damage assessments – supported by technologies such as thermal imaging cameras – bypassing the need for ground crews and specialised equipment. They can also be used for routine deliveries of consumables and spares to reduce costs and potential downtime.

4. Agriculture – Advanced agriculture will depend on drone technologies for multiple applications, such as crop and irrigation inspection, precision spraying, mapping and security.

5. Mapping – For developers, civil engineers and local authorities, drones mapping applications are an efficient geographic survey tool – even across challenging terrain and bodies of water.

6. Surveys and research – The use of drones for mapping and geographic surveys can also add significant value to marketers and brands researching target areas, as well as to public sector authorities confirming census data or assessing development needs.

7. Risk monitoring and claims assessment – For the insurance sector, drones efficiently assess population density, natural risk, property values and damages, enabling more accurate forecasting, more competitive products, and faster claims resolution.

8. Safety and security – Unlike satellite imaging, traditional aerial surveys, or human resources on the ground, drones can conduct highly-targeted surveillance with live feeds and no risk to human life.

In high-risk situations, such as civil unrest or natural disaster, drones allow for ongoing assessment of the situation, supporting rapid and appropriate response.

Drones can also be deployed for search and rescue purposes and potentially for emergency medical deliveries.

9. Film and multimedia – Already widely is use in this field, the potential to add new dimensions to multimedia is significant. Aerial visuals also offer opportunities to the real estate, hospitality and tourism sectors to enhance marketing and communications.

10. Drones-as-a-service – multiple new business opportunities now exist for the launch of specialist drone surveillance and survey services. For more information, visit www.airbornedrones.co.

Issue 6 - September 2017 - February 2018

Issue 6 - September 2017 - February 2018

This article was featured on page 60 of SABI Magazine Issue 6 - September 2017 - February 2018 .

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