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Enterprise Technology Review | Friday, October 11, 2019
Drones will contribute to the substantial return on investment of different industries with their potential to access hard-to-reach places.
Fremont, CA: In recent years, drone technology have immensely penetrated all the sectors, including science, agriculture, marketing, construction, archaeology, and environment. By adding existing technology such as cameras, infrared, 3D mapping, sensors, and software in drones, researchers have found new avenues for their use. When these technologies are incorporated, the drones can solve various problems across all sectors with better solutions owing to their popularity. So the CIOs of different areas recommend drones for their benefits like saving time, money, and lives for various applications.
The real breakthrough in weather monitoring is forecasting soon, before severe weather strikes. Weather drones can help forecasters predict patterns precisely. While satellites, radar, and balloons are used to check the conditions in the upper and middle atmosphere, drones can be used to measure the same in the lower atmosphere.
Drones can assist fire and rescue departments in reducing the staying time of fire crews after the initial fire has been put out because of the residual fire in the underground smolders away. The images and videos generated by drone cameras can help fire crews gauge the structural ability of a burning building so that fighters can escape before a potential collapse. Also, the required workforce and resources to tackle the fire can be gauged using the drones. To replace expensive helicopters, drones have been invented for surveying the devastated area to rescue the people at risk.
Environmental and Ecological Applications
A few years back, water sampling to track pollution or the presence of invasive species in ponds, lakes, and rivers was implemented manually using hauling equipment and boats. Drones built with equipment replace this trend as it can scoop up multiple samples containing eDNA left behind by plants, animals, or other organisms at once into a container that is taken to the lab for testing. There are simple drones that perform analysis by merely using a spectrometer on the water they collect.
Surveying Archaeology Sites
Drones are expected to play a significant role in archaeology, where small UAVs with cameras can be used to map ancient sites in a shorter span. Thermal imaging cameras in drones can produce images of buried structures using advanced photogrammetry methods that are combined to create thermal maps of the archaeological area. Sometimes, ancient ruins can be located by thermal cameras. Further, the distances and angles between the objects can be accurately calculated, thus needless to rely on complicated surveying methods.
Wildlife Conservation and Photography
As animals such as rhinos, elephants, tigers are increasingly poached for their tusks, skins, and other body parts, this can be prevented using lightweight anti-poaching conservation UAVs. It can track them in their natural habitats while monitoring the state of forests and detect poachers via thermal imaging. These drones are affordable alternatives making a significant impact on wildlife conservation.
Clicking pictures of birds and other wildlife is really challenging. But drones make it possible using an expensive telephoto lens, electric power, and brushless motors that reduce noise levels. This allows flying close to animals without disturbing their activity and capture amazing pictures and videos. Monitoring wildlife always by circling around them is feasible these days.
Agriculture is not an exception as drones are being used here extensively. They are used for simple and time-consuming tasks, including surveying farm buildings and fencing, inspecting, and checking for flooding or irrigation hosing for leaks.
Mining and Logging
Drones are increasingly utilized for their speed. The Time-of-Flight (ToF) cameras for drones with its software has varied uses, including object tracking and scanning, measuring volumes, obstacle avoidance, 3D photography, reactive altimeters, and navigation. As mining and logging companies have large stockpiles of materials like stone, gravel, rock, pulp, and more, their volume can be measured quickly.
Earlier it was a helicopter that catered to the needs of promoters, advertisers, movie-makers, and news reporters through aerial images and videos for promotions. Now, drones have become one of the tools for media and reporting tools. The advent of drones has eliminated the need for hiring helicopters and crew with their high resolution, interference-free image, and video capturing and flying capability. The latest top drones have advanced features that hold them in a position to record videos by remotely controlling the pan, tilt, and zoom of the drone to get the best possible aerial view at all times. For a professional photographer, drones enable them to take stunning pictures at required angles and positions with their best camera stabilization systems.
Assisting Sport Coachers
As drones are ideally used for aerial photography and can carry top of the range cameras to great heights, they can be utilized by sports coachers for the following purposes.
• To teach the players while helping them thoroughly understand and plan.
• To analyze the nature of the ground for grass, uniformity, and other parameters before planning a match.
• To monitor the progress of construction and provide suggestions during the construction phase of a golf course.Inspecting buildings and surveying pipelines
In spite of giving accurate pictures of a construction site, whether it may be medical buildings, power plants, petroleum, and chemical refineries, pipelines and distribution centers, drones carry out inspection, allowing companies by seeing detailed images of the structures. There are thousands of power, water, natural gas, and other utility lines running across every country whose interruptions can have severe consequences on human lives. Therefore, monitoring them is mandatory and is accomplished by quality drones that give crystal clear aerial images helping the analysts detect flaws in the pipelines quickly.
Besides, these drones can be employed to locate landmines where the technology will work using a remote laser imaging platform called LiDAR to identify sites. In gaming and modeling, smaller models of colossal monuments, buildings, and sculptures can be created using 3D images obtained using drones. Undoubtedly, the drones will play a huge part in human lives. Although drones are in their infancy stage, their benefits are enormous, and when fully utilized, they can affect the industries tremendously for a positive outcome.