More and more companies are putting drones to work as they gather aerial data to support large-scale projects from inception through to completion.
Take the heavy industries of mining and construction, where drones are offering much more than just pretty pictures to show off progress to management.
They are actively keeping workers safe by taking on dangerous inspections; mapping environments to help get projects off the ground; and providing a persistent eye in the sky as work gets underway.
Two obvious questions are worth looking at from this point. Is that data being captured as efficiently as possible? And could the resulting insights be improved to provide more value to companies using drone technology?
The benefits of a global pilot network
There's no doubt that the barrier to entry for businesses looking to incorporate drones into their operations has gotten lower. Prices are coming down while capability is shooting up.
But that doesn't necessarily mean getting an in-house drone team is the best option for all. Missions can be irregular and uniquely challenging. Regulations are shifting and hardware innovation is always on the horizon.
It can be a lot to keep up with. Which is why training and keeping a full-time team is probably beyond the needs of most businesses.
That's where we come in. DroneBase provides companies small and large with a flexible, on-demand aerial data service, enabled by a community of skilled pilots across every state in the country.
With that comes the reassurance of consistency. Tapping into the DroneBase network means high-quality data from licensed, trained, and insured pilots - time and again.
The benefits are obvious: Our clients get what they want, when they want it, cutting out needless inefficiencies in the way they apply a technology already saving them time and money.
4D insights, on-demand, wherever you need them
But gathering data is only one half of the story. Which brings us to last month's announcement of our new partnership with aerial data specialists Hangar.
Hangar's 4D InSight tools offer customers in the construction, infrastructure, telecoms, and energy industries a more intuitive way of handling aerial data.
4D insights put an emphasis on the dimension of ‘time’, making it easy to scroll through the progress of projects to analyze changes over a series of missions. By teaming up and giving Hangar access to the DroneBase pilot network and API, we're paving the way for businesses to garner more insight from their drone deployments.
Now that Hangar has access to the features that make DroneBase a unique and powerful platform, the potential scale of those insights just got a whole lot wider.
Together our pilot network and Hangar's analysis tools offer a winning combination and a compelling alternative to taking drone operations in-house.
We will capture data on demand, convert that imagery to the requested specifications, and deliver the insights in as little as 48 hours.
Want to explore the potential of drones in construction in more detail? Check out our recent post on the benefits of using drones in the industry.