Significance of Drones Across Industries
According to Drone Market Research by ABI Research done at the end of 2021, the drone market valuation by the end of 2030, expected to be $92 billion. At a CAGR (compound annual growth rate) of 25% to 32%. It translates, that the revenue of drones and UAV domain will double every 18 months to 36 months. Out of the figure for 2030, 70 % of it will be contributed, by the commercial sector. By the end of this decade, India will generate more than 500,000 new employment opportunities, courtesy: of the drone and UAVs sector, which will range from Drone Pilots to Drone Insurance Agents.
So is the hype real? Does the “thing” with wings on its back have the potential to revolutionize the industry? More specifically, will it be the technological messiah to solve the pressing problems of humanity? Stay tight! & get your reading glasses on. Because, by the end of this blog, we are sure you will have a positive opinion about this.
Well, for today, we will focus on the sectors in which drone and UAV technology has significant advancements and have already deployed with their responsibilities.
- Survey and Mapping
- Transmission and Power Lines
“Agrarian Economy”, is what India is known for. Most of India’s household is dependent on agriculture. We all know that the tech boom India has been under for the past couple of decades, almost every sector of the industry has harnessed its capabilities, and in doing so they have been and are still flourishing. Considering agriculture as the backbone of our nation, there should have been applications of technological systems that would have utilized automation, AI & ML with an aim of efficient utilization of resources, minimal wastage of crops, and increased production by knowing the suitable crop, weather, soil conditions for the growing season. Sadly this hasn’t been the case, and every morning our newspaper reading sessions are usually coupled with us sipping on hot tea and reading about the pathetic condition of our farmers. But, better late than never, now with drones, farmers can do sensing/mapping, spraying/ irrigation even soil analysis! Yes, you read it right, with just a click. Let’s discuss some aspects of it.
- Soil & Topography
With the help of image sensing and LiDAR that are mounted on the UAV, a farmer can understand his soil terrain, and all of its topographies and detect soil erosion on his land just in a little time. The main advantage of this would be that the farmer will be aware of his farm, because of the bird’s eye that he possesses.
The entire soil analysis from the alkalinity to its moisture content, along with the suitable crops for it to grow following its characteristic will be available on his palm
- Spraying of Pesticides and Irrigation
In the Indian agriculture ecosystem, still, age-old techniques are in use for watering crops and spraying pesticides. There are two disadvantages of this, the first of it being excessive wastage of resources and non-uniform distribution across the croplands. Second, being time and unnecessary labour, and the cost associated with it.
- Weather check and Meteorology
Farmers are not aware of the possibility of precipitation and several other weather conditions that pose a threat to their produce. Numerous times we have witnessed, due to unseasonal or delayed rainfall, the proper condition wasn’t met for the farmer for his crop to germinate or have been destroyed due to floods. This adds to the pain of the farmer. With the help of the drone weather sensing the farmer will be furnished about the calamities upcoming that can be a danger to his crop, which will give him time at hand to take precautions or delay sowing depending upon his farm.
Survey, Mapping & Construction
Gone are those days, when surveying a 10-acre land would require a group of workers, several months, and large capital and still end up being not accurate as desired. Surveying, planning, or monitoring construction now can be made super easy and convenient with the help of various solutions.
- Photogrammetry & Orthomosaic
Capturing thousands of pictures, stitching them together to make a larger map of the land, while maintaining its accuracy. It results in a 2D and 3D map, involving all of the features of land such as elevations, depression with the measurements of it. This will be a boon in town planning and several other applications related to it.
- Progression Monitoring
In the construction Industry, this is a significant problem, because when it comes to larger sites it becomes really difficult for the site manager to inspect the construction and its quality with the time that he has during the day. With the power of video streaming and crunching images, now he can inspect the entire site without the hassle of going on-site instead now it is possible on his device that too with minimal lag. Not just this, but also the stockpile and inventory management are quite convenient.
Transmission and Power Lines
Going across the country roads, observing those massive geometric structures and thousands of miles-long wires, that carry out electricity. Have you thought about how difficult would it have been to construct it?
Compared to the construction of it, the maintenance of these systems is more dangerous. Forget the time and cost, simply give a moment to think how hazardous and life-threatening would it be for the workers who are assigned to do this job.
- Accessibility to Terrains
Usually, the transmission system, are located on hills and mountains, which are difficult to reach for humans. With drones, you gain access to those places without hassle but also capture images, that provides a ton of data ranging from fault to parts that demands repair or replacement, etc.
- Significant reduction in time
The manual inspection involves, checking every wire and the parts of the structure. Sagging of the transmission wires can be easily detected by capturing the images of days. The job that used to take weeks can now be done in a couple of days, also with reduced expenditure and importantly, eliminating the risk to the life of workers.
Can the Drone Boom match the IT Boom? Well we only aim to solve as many problems as possible and before anything.
Creating more time to Live!