Uses and Obstacles to Drone Technology in Business

Drones aren’t just for personal use. Plenty of businesses are making use of unmanned aerial drones to perform a variety of useful tasks to enable their businesses to do different things that were not possible before.

What’s Possible for Businesses Thinking About Drone Use

In the US, the Federal Aviation Administration has provided certain businesses with early approval to use drones to complete specific business tasks.

Drones are often used to provide a 360-degree view of business premises for security, remotely inspect installations for problems, or simply to relay back a series of images or video clips of an area without having to physically send an employee out to the location with the equipment to do so.

Particularly for a business that needs aerial photography of any kind, it’s hard to find a better solution than with an unmanned aerial drone unless you want to climb a very tall, wobbly ladder and snap a few photos off before falling down!

What Can Businesses Do with a Drone?


using a drone to taking pictures or video

While floor plans are certainly useful to have, and photos of each room do more than a worded description of the interior of a property, it’s still useful to see the property from every angle.

The exterior is viewable from all sides in most cases but getting an aerial view until recently hasn’t been possible.

For homeowners looking to avoid certain types of roofing installations, problematic tiles needing replacement later or brickwork chimneys that may be less than stable.

Using a drone to surveil and taking pictures or video is an excellent way to clarify the appearance and condition of the roof for curious buyers.

On-the-Scene TV Reporting

Drone for tv journalists

For video journalists and reporters who must travel to a scene quickly to capture shots of the latest goings on and get the best photos or video possible, a drone extends what they can do quickly.

Getting an aerial shot of an area before it gets blocked off is a useful way to provide a sense of scope about where the incident happened and how close it was to local sensitive places like a park, school, parking area, etc.

Farming Overwatch

Drones for farming overwatch

For commercial farmers whose dominion is an extensive amount of acreage that’s difficult to manage. They will be able to fly an unmanned drone to quickly cover the entire acreage to check for anything out of the ordinary is an inexpensive way to keep an eye on their investment.

While they will still need to get hands-on to check on the health of their crops in some situations, they can better isolate what needs more of their attention and areas that need less.

Temporary Wireless Internet

Drones can fly with wireless equipment to provide coverage to local areas that require it before the cellular company can get people on the ground to put up a temporary (or more permanent) tower.

This can deal with a downed tower due to a heavy storm knocking out local 4G or 3G service to rural communities that rely on it.

Alternatively, an area that hasn’t had service before could see a wireless telco wishing to run a trial service to test take up before investing serious money into more resources for a WiMaX or cellular-based service to provide local internet.

Aerial Photography

Drone for Aerial Photography

Photographers are increasingly using aerial photography to augment their other photos to create a complete portfolio or provide a full service to a paying client.

While on-land photos work wonderfully, having an aerial photograph to adds an added dimension that wasn’t present before and can really sell the project.


Drone for YouTubers

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Plenty of YouTube creators (known as “YouTubers”) include a consumer drone in their arsenal of camera gear to get shots from elevated vistas impossible otherwise.

Whether capturing where they’re camping overnight on Bureau of Land Management public land or showing off a local tourist spot from a different perspective, their video creations earn money as a business venture through ad-click revenue, promotion of products for a commission, and selling their private services.

Surveillance of Traffic Accidents or Traffic Flow

Surveillance of Traffic Accidents or Traffic Flow

Local authorities, regulators and other people working on behalf of the government may use industrial-sized drones to provide long-term monitoring of highways and problematic junctions where accidents or crime regularly occur (and people vandalize cameras used for traditional surveillance in the area).

Wildlife Monitoring at a Distance

Wildlife organizations wanting to preserve the life of endangered species from hunters and other threats can monitor them from a safe distance without disturbing their natural habitat.

Some drones can recharge from the power of the sun and stay airborne almost indefinitely (subject to maintenance issues).

These can be deployed to a vast area to monitor different collections of threatened wild animals without driving them out of the area with intrusive human interaction which could change natural habitat patterns.

Drone Delivery Service

Drone delivery services firm

One use of drones that are still undergoing heavy testing is the idea of using them to deliver goods to difficult to reach locations like far-off islands and mountainous areas.

The huge retailer, Amazon, and several other companies are attempting to master this alternative delivery method.

Border Monitoring

Drones for border monitoring

Extensive borders that are so long that they cannot be easily monitored with a few cameras.

Patrols can use drones with heat sensing equipment to pick up body temperature images moving on the ground.

Foot patrols can then be directed to the appropriate area to pick up people who have hopped the border illegally.

On the flip side, thermal sensors to pick up heat are useful in rescue operations to find stranded mountain climbers in time.

In conclusion

Whether tracking storms building up on the ground, flying in vital medical supplies to offshore islands, providing breathtaking aerial photography to YouTubers focused on travel videos, or delivering temporary internet service when the main provider is down, drones have numerous uses depending on the requirement.

Each drone is different with many of the industrial drone models being less familiar to consumers but coming with useful additions like platforms to carry essential supplies, thermal sensors or special drones with camera technology to take timed shots over extended periods for surveillance.

It’s really just a matter of deciding as a business what you want a drone to do and finding a model with that capability.
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