The Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs) and their services are gaining popularity across companies owing to the advancements in drones technologies accompanied by changing national & international regulations regarding their adoption for commercial purposes. Various sectors, besides the military, are utilizing drones due to the benefits of better precision, enhanced productivity, increased safety, reduced labor cost, and more scalability. Hence, its demand will generate high value as numerous end-user firms outsource to third parties who operate drones, manage data and supervise maintenance. Inkwood Research estimates the global drones data services market to grow with a CAGR of 44.11% from 2019 to 2027.
Following are the Drone Services Transforming Major Arenas:
Mapping & Surveying
Drones are changing the fields of agriculture, transport, and construction & real estate by providing cost-effective & time-saving mapping & surveying services. With the drone surveys, the farmers can periodically monitor the field & changes in vegetation and identify the trouble spots, which will help improve crop management & production. Similarly, using unmanned aerial surveying, the construction company can save time, money and reduce human health & safety risks involved while inspecting a roof and accessing hard-to-reach areas. The companies such as Parrot S.A and 3D Robotics developed UAV software and drone imagery services for civil engineering, construction & mapping applications.
Photogrammetry is the science of determining measurements between objects with the help of photographs. It is used in topographic mapping, architecture, collision engineering, manufacturing, police investigation, quality control, and geology. Organizations in these sectors are adopting UAV LIDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) and unmanned aerial photogrammetric survey as it is comparatively inexpensive and allows rapid studies over a large area. Also, the accuracy of surveys is improved with the help of GPS-enabled drones, digital cameras, and advanced computers. Drone manufacturers like DJI and 3D Robotics developed models adaptable to a range of cameras and sensors like LIDAR.
3D Modelling & DEM
The drones can provide the 3D model and Digital Elevation Model (DEM) services for various terrain-related applications like road planning, town planning, construction of landscapes, and environmental sectors. With the help of camera drones and photogrammetric analysis algorithms, pilots can produce overlapping aerial photographs and 3D terrain models. The geologists can ascertain the volume of the excavation of an open-cast mine from dumps and other landforms with the help of the 3D model. DEMs applications in environmental sectors include coastal monitoring, terrain analyses, water management, forest inventory, and climate impact studies.
Other services provided in the drones market include security surveillance, search and rescue, underwater inspections, and range delivery. With the ability to deliver items to hard-to-reach remote areas, drones are considered the future of last-mile delivery for consumer goods with reduced time and cost of delivery. The companies are also utilizing drones services to serve medical purposes. For instance, Zipline, a Silicon Valley startup, delivers blood and vaccine supplies to underdeveloped regions of Africa. Similarly, an e-commerce business like Amazon is developing innovative drone delivery systems such as Amazon Prime Air and transforming the E-commerce industry.
With the use of commercial drone services, the business world is modernizing and flourishing. This economic impact, in turn, surges the application of drones across industries and creates a spillover effect on the growth of the drone data services market.