Drone technology applications

Drones are incredibly useful aerial vehicles – boasting instant take off, versatile flight capabilities and a relatively low running cost, they are quickly becoming favoured by businesses over traditional aerial solutions such as helicopters or airplanes. A drone’s practicality can also be leveraged with the addition of sensors and other types of technology that can be attached onto them, taking them from being simply a flying object to one that can collect data and perform a wide range of tasks. Here we explore some of the main types of drone technology and sensors, and the applications they are used for.

Many consumer drones may come with a camera already integrated into them. However, when looking to complete industrial applications, much more advanced cameras and imaging systems can be used to collect the type of imagery needed to make informed business decisions. Agriculture companies rely on multi-spectral imaging to help them identify problems with their crops, while surveying firms and emergency services must use cameras capable of taking high-quality images from long distances to be able to monitor areas effectively. Specialist cameras have also been developed to aid the film and photography sector, capable of capturing the stylised shots needed to push the industry forward.

Infrared sensors/ thermal imaging sensors
Thermal imaging and infrared sensors can be used alongside these cameras mentioned previously to offer advanced insight when monitoring or surveying. Police and other emergency services can use these sensors to help their search and rescue and surveillance missions, quickly spotting human movement in dark or challenging environments. They are also being used to aid conservation projects in Africa, and thermal technology can also measure crop water stress in agriculture. Finally, the efficiency of a building can also be assessed by capturing data over time using a thermal imaging sensor.

LiDAR sensors
LiDAR sensors are used to create high resolution 3D images, models and maps. These detailed, accurate models are useful for structural inspection, power line inspections, archaeology and mining applications, as well as for surveying urban environments and forestry uses. What’s more, LiDAR sensors can aid collision avoidance in drones, ensuring safe and effective flight.

These are just a few of the established drone sensors that are helping many industrial applications. However, there are further innovations in the sector that could drive more technological tools to market, such as the methane and gas detecting drones that could soon revolutionise the world of safety inspection!

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