Top 12 Non Military Uses For Drones

Here’s a look at how Drones are currently being used around the world that shows the real potential of this technology.

As your probably aware, many individual entrepreneurs, small business and large company’s are putting robotic aircraft to good use.  Non-military Drones have become an inexpensive and accessible way to help accomplish many task. It’s just a matter of time before regulations are lifted and they are more widely used.

Top 12 drone uses
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Here we have compiled a partial list that provides some insight into current Drone Applications and Uses

  • Journalism, Filming and aerial photography — Drones are starting to be used in sports photography and cinematography. They were used in the 2014 Winter Olympics in Sochi for filming skiing and snowboarding events. Another group considering using drones is journalists. The ability to collect footage and information for use in live broadcast is a real possibility in the near future. aerial photography for the Real estate market is becoming more popular also.
  • Shipping/ Delivery — While the FFA is not in favor of Drone delivery, company’s like Amazon, UPS and DHL see its potential. Drones can be used to deliver small packages, pizzas, letters, medicines, beverages etc. at short distances
  • Disaster Management — After a natural or man made disaster, a drone provides a quick means to gather information, navigate debris with a portable and useful technology that doesn’t drown out cries for help, and that can be deployed by teams that are working a specific area. Equipped with high definition cameras and radars, Drones can give rescuers access to a higher field of view without the need for wasting resources on manned helicopters. And, because of their small size, they can provide a close-up view of areas where larger aerial vehicles would prove perilous or inefficient.
  • Search and Rescue/ Healthcare — With thermal sensors, drones can quickly discover the location of lost persons, and are particularly useful at night or in challenging terrain. The search and rescue mission is a battle against time, particularly in harsh conditions, and drones become a powerful tool because of the ease of deployment. Besides locating victims, a Drone could potentially be used to “drop in supplies” to an otherwise unreachable location. For example a drone might be utilized to lower a walkie talkie, gps locator, med supplies or water to a stranded victim before rescue crews are able to extract them.
  • Geographic Mapping — Drones can reach difficult-to-access locations like eroded coastline or mountaintops and acquire very high-resolution data to create 3D maps. The technology is already available to amateurs and professionals, enabling them to collect data and instantly download the imagery. Some are even using the collected data to contribute to crowd-sourced mapping applications like OpenStreetMap.
  • Structural Safety Inspections — Drones can provide faster access to high-quality, real-time visual inspection for all types of utility company’s that need to inspect power lines, oil and gas pipelines, transmission towers, buildings and bridges, wind turbines and rotor blades enabling the inspector or team to access the information from a safe position. The inspection of complex infrastructure will benefit from regular aerial monitoring. The ability to sense in three dimensions, take thermal readings, and to detect metal strain will greatly improve infrastructure inspection. Small Drones that can hover and get close will provide a new level of detail to improve performance.
  • Precision Agriculture — Agricultural use of drones could comprise 80% of the market. The reasons include the need to closely monitor crops to improve management and yield, the need to do this more regularly and cheaply, and the environment of private land with little threat to others. Near-infrared sensors can be tuned to detect crop health, letting farmers react and improve conditions locally with inputs of fertilizer or insecticide.
  • Wildlife Monitoring/Poaching  — Poaching is a bigger problem than ever before, elephants, rhinos, and big cats are vanishing at a disturbing clip, The presence of drones has proven to serve as a deterrent to poachers and illegal loggers. They also monitor salmon, rabbits, seals, sea lions providing new insight into animal behavior. The devices have many advantages in this type of monitoring and research, including the ability to approach wildlife closely without spooking it, the ability to operate at night, and with thermal camera sensors, drones provide unprecedented protection.
  • Law-Enforcement and border patrol — Helps with crowd surveillance and public safety, help in monitoring criminal activity, Crime scene and fire investigations. The border patrol monitors criminal smugglers of migrants and drugs with Drones.
  • Construction Sites — The monitoring from above of construction project sites provides a new input during all phases of a project life cycle. Aerial photography is done now for only the largest projects, however the input would be used more widely and more frequently if more readily accessible. The ability to quickly model from above in 3D with increasing precision will provide a important way to check on projects, compare to plans, as well as better coordination of materials on the job site.
  • Storm Tracking/Forecasting — Sending drones into hurricanes and tornadoes provides new insight into their behavior and trajectory. Unmanned systems are the best approach to these dangerous situations, and with specialized sensors to detail weather parameters, new insight becomes possible.
  • Fun — Plenty of hobbyists are picking up drones to play around with, both by flying remotely and by programming drone AI (artificial-intelligence). It can be used in many ways to capture videos and photographs. Such as the Dronie.

Given the growing interest, and the ability for Drones to be easily adapted for new areas of application, as the technology advances, these machines will become more robust, with the ability to accommodate heavier payloads and longer flight times. There will be new sensors and systems made available tailored for a wider range of specific applications.

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