Despite increasing regulations and a slight drop in commercial trends, drones continue to fill the skies. These innovative robotic machines allow their users to take to the clouds and have been invaluable to a variety of companies over several years. Surveillance drones promise to upgrade security measures, smart farming is growing with investment into agriculture drones, and delivery drones will ensure products arrive on our doorsteps more safely and efficiently. But as technology evolves, so do the ways people innovate their business with the introduction of drones into the day to day routine.

Below, we will highlight how drone technology has integrated itself within different parts of our society and how they to stand out in their industry to create that extra competitive edge:

Maintenance and Repair

Construction is a dangerous business. Sadly accidents happen while engineers or labourers have been investigating leaks, breakages and loose fittings which can be found in high rise buildings or areas with falling hazards. With the assistance of an inspection drone, the cause of any potential danger can be anticipated and planned for and therefore may reduce the risk of accidents in the workplace.

Emergency services

Due to advances in camera technology and thermal imaging technology, it’s reasonable to think that accident and emergency services will regularly use drones. Drones are a great way to find victims who would be hard to spot with just a police helicopter. Search and rescue operations will soon be able to use drones to find a missing person quicker, and therefore increase their survival chance.

Aid the response to natural disasters

As well as being used by our emergency services, the technology from drones can also be harnessed in times of natural disaster. After a natural disaster such as a hurricane or earthquake, drones could be used more frequently to locate victims, evaluate the damage caused by natural disasters and even send aid to victims. Drones have also been used to measure forest temperatures in areas prone to forest fires, to try and predict a likely breakout.

Surveying

Completing a geographical survey of an area or commercial site can be a time-consuming process due to the size and scale of the grounds that need to be explored and documented. However, some companies have made use of drones to cover at a much faster rate, saving costs in the process. As a bonus, some businesses even use the video for marketing purposes, making their resources go further for less capital.

Help create more efficient farming

Drones are being used to help the farming and agriculture industry to learn how to be more productive, bring down costs and get the most out of their yields. Agricultural workers can use drones to collect data about the land being used for farming so that they can maximise efficiency. Drones can also help identify an area of land that would be best suited to specific crops.

As well as increasing efficiency, drones are also being used in some parts of the world to pollinate certain plant species. It’s likely that in the future the use of drones within the AgTech industry could dramatically help fight against the decline in the bee population.

Photography & Travel Blogging

Many professionals have become a success story through writing or recording video online. Those that also use a drone can boast a range of vantage points that others will struggle to access. Dramatic, sweeping footage of rolling beaches, mountain ranges and lush plains have the potential to attract thousands of viewers. They’re cinematic, high quality and have driven followers of travel bloggers and social media influencers alike through the roof in a matter of months. The same can be said of any business who wants to stay ahead of the competition.

Be Inventive

Overall, drones are incredibly useful machines for commercial, corporate and communal purposes. The way we use them will have a significant impact on the way we innovate and shape the future for emerging industries, sectors and societies.

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