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We just released the results of our third annual drone industry benchmark survey and it’s a kicker.

The 2018 Drone Market Sector Report examines worldwide drone sales, service providers, business and public agency users, and software services. This independent research, which is sponsored by DJI, DroneDeploy, DroneInsurance.com, and Trimble, finds a growing demand for businesses to use drone-acquired data in their day-to-day operations as well as other fresh insights on major drone industry segments.

Research

Our online market survey garnered over 2,500 respondents representing over 60 industries worldwide. Our analysis yields 10 key insights that summarize the current state of the industry, plus detailed analysis of drone adoption by businesses and enterprises.

Report

The 107-page report presents the results and analyses from each survey question. It’s organized to match our survey, with four sections that correspond to the four major segments of the drone industry:

  1. Drone aircraft and payloads purchased
  2. Service providers that offer drone-based imaging or sensing services for outside hire or sale
  3. Businesses and public agencies with drone programs
  4. Software apps or online services for drone operations and imaging

The report features more than 60 helpful figures and tables and offering insight and analysis on:

  • Who’s buying what types of drones from which makers at what prices and for what uses.
  • How large the drone-based service providers are, and how they position themselves to their target industries.
  • Who the business users of drone-based projects are, and which industries have traction.
  • How much service providers, business users, and public agencies are using flight management, mission planning, and image processing software for drone-based projects.

Findings

Among the more interesting findings are that commercial drone fleet sizes are smaller than most people think. If you believe the hyperbole, there are hundreds of thousands of drones in the airspace at the same time, but the survey finds that the average commercial user has just two drones that are only flying two projects a month and most of those flights consume less than flight three hours.

There are many other insights in the report, but these three are especially worth highlighting:

  • Professional use of drones is growing. We find that almost three-quarters of all drones weighing over 250 grams are purchased for professional purposes—either governmental or business. This is up from last year.
  • DJI continues to dominate the market and has made gains this year in every category from drone aircraft at all price ranges, to add-on payloads, to software. Survey data shows DJI is still the dominant brand for drone aircraft purchases, with a 74% global market share in sales across all price points.
  • Most businesses and public agencies are new to drones, have small programs, and perform their own services. The survey finds that nearly three-quarters of businesses or public agencies have only had a drone program in place for two or fewer years.

How to get it

You can download a complete prospectus or purchase the report here: http://droneanalyst.com/research/research-studies/2018-drone-market-sector-report-purchase

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In this August 2018 report, we list the top software applications and data services for processing drone images.

This one-page report includes

  • Vendor name
  • Product name
  • URL link to the website

Read more about drone data services in 5 Tips for Evaluating Online Drone Data Services.

Complete the form to get your free report

We’ve just announced the release of our Quick Start Guide to Drones in Public Infrastructure. This new report is the third and final series of white papers we’ve done to provide a complete primer to drone use in specific industries.

The report consolidates our best insights into the challenges and solutions drones add to inspecting assets like bridges, dams, highways, towers, and railways. It shows how drones add value to digital representation of physical assets and what information companies and public agencies are gleaning from the data their drones collect.

The paper answers questions like:

  • How big is the public infrastructure inspection drone market, and who are the major solution providers?
  • How do state DOTs, civil engineers, railroads, and telecommunications firms use drones and what challenges must be addressed?
  • What do you need to know about regulations, pilot certification, insurance, and training?
  • What are the best practices for adopting drones into existing workflows?

Here is an excerpt from the Drone Use in Public Infrastructure section:

“MDOT estimates that a standard bridge deck inspection takes eight hours, a crew of four people, and heavy equipment – costing at an estimated $4,600. The same inspection with a drone, however, requires just two people and two hours to complete at an estimated cost of $250.

A March 2018 survey, by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials, found that 35 of 44 responding state departments of transportation (80%) are using unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) for a wide range of purposes. The survey also finds that 20 state DOTs have incorporated drones into their daily operations. All 20 are deploying the technology to gather photos and video of highway construction projects. In addition to photography, 14 states also reported using them for surveying, 12 for public education and outreach, 10 for bridge inspections, eight for emergency response, six for pavement inspections, five for scientific research, two for daily traffic control and monitoring, and one for conducting high-mast light pole inspections.

Of the 35 states deploying drones, 23 have established comprehensive policies that cover the acquisition, operation, airspace restrictions, and training and permitting of drones and pilots. Twenty-seven of the state DOTs said they were adding full-time staff to operate and maintain their drone fleets.”

The 10-page report also provides a SWOT analysis (strengths, weaknesses, opportunities, and threats) for evaluating and designing your drone program and comes with an appendix that includes links to valuable online resources such as attorneys, advocacy groups, training & certification, and waivers & authorizations.

You can get the free report here.

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Knysna, South Africa, July 26, 2018 – ALTI UAS, world-leading unmanned aircraft developer and manufacturing company, launches advanced Ground Control System (GCS). A complete control and command station for the ALTI Transition unmanned aircraft system as well as other stand-alone aircraft control or camera gimbal and sensor control unit.

The ALTI GCS is an advanced, modular, multi-link unmanned aircraft command and control system. It features everything from a high-quality intel computer, pre-loaded with all the relevant mission planning software, dual screen design layout, backup data telemetry link, long range control link, main digital data link (flight planning and telemetry) as well as HD video support, all integrated seamlessly into a lightweight Pelican Air travel case.

An optional Range Extension Package is available for the ALTI GCS, which boasts a long-range data and video operation of up to 100km, made possible using a pneumatic telescopic mast and directional grid antenna along with a 10W Microhard amplifier and optional antenna trackers.

The ALTI GCS is complete with Intel NUC computer including wireless keyboard and mouse and comes standard with duel 15.6” LED HD display monitors allowing for 160°/160° viewing angles. The digital and video link is powered by Microhard MIMO 2.4Ghz pMDDL2450 ENC radio systems, a solution that provides the bandwidth and range needed for complex data intensive applications.

The ALTI Ground Control Station is designed specifically for the ALTI Transition, It is the ultimate all-round compact GCS solution for effectively controlling the ALTI Transition and other similar unmanned aircraft” said Duran De Villiers, Director, ALTI UAS.

The ALTI GCS is compatible with the ALTI Transition, a highly capable, reliable and affordable civil use commercial VTOL (vertical take-off and land) aircraft. The Transition features impressive endurance of up to 12 hours, 3m wingspan, and with zero take-off run required, making it a pure VTOL unmanned aircraft.

The ALTI GCS is compatible with various other unmanned aircraft, fixed wing, rotor wing, as well as hybrid aircraft, small quadcopters to large, long endurance fixed wings and more.

The ALTI GCS is available with and included in any purchase of the ALTI Transition and also available for sale as a stand-alone product. For more information on the ALTI GCS and ALTI Transition contact:

Telephone: +27 44 382 7051
E-mail: 
sales@altiuas.com
Website: www.altiuas.com

Luzern, Switzerland – July, 2018

Drone Harmony reinvents the way people fly drones commercially. With its professional flight planner users gain safety and quality due to full automation, from obstacle avoiding plan generation to the actual flight execution. The app collects ultra-high resolution images and videos.

The unique benefits of using the Drone Harmony app include:

  • Full automation: Plan generation, obstacle avoidance and flights are all done automatically.
  • Full 3D interface: All interactions from objects definitions through plan generation to the flight itself are visualized in 3D to eliminate uncertainty and errors.
  • Better quality in less time: Collection of ultra-high resolution images and videos, precise  and fully reproducible in a fraction of the time.
  • Easy to use and learn: Intuitive interfaces, full visualization, training in less than 30min.

Drone Harmony works with a number of industry partners on drone workflow automation for various  industrial use cases, including Bentley System’s Reality Modelling team, SiteSee (AUS), The iGlobe Group (RSA), VertSpec (USA) and EasyInspect (Denmark), as well as dozens of customers and resellers around the world. Drone Harmony enjoyed fruitful collaboration with these companies on projects ranging beyond cell tower inspections.

More than 20’000 experienced professional pilots, hobby pilots and even beginners already benefit from the powerful Drone Harmony mission planner.  For this reason Drone Harmony offers different pricing / license plans:

  • The Basic Version ($29 lifetime price after a 30 days free trial period) is ideal for individuals flying their drone during outdoor activities or holidays.
  • The Pro Version ($29 monthly license after a 14 days free trial period) is perfect for a small company operating with an inspire offering complex inspection, mapping and professional cinematographic services.
  • The Business Version ($99 monthly license after a 14 days free trial period) is suited for a drone business performing regular inspections with several professional drones at larger scale, requiring consistent data, reduced time on site and the ability to deal with complex data capture scenarios.
  • The Academic Version ($49 monthly license after a 14 days free trial period) is intended for universities, research groups and institutions with research projects involving professional drone flying.
  • Enterprises with many job sites that require seamless and customized integration of drone operations into the company workflow processes will be able to get a customized Enterprise Plan. The fight planning platform allows Drone Harmony to quickly create new flight patterns tailored to the enterprise’s requirements.

Moreover, Drone Harmony mission planner app is the basis of a new fully automated capture app tailored for cell tower inspections, featuring a scene-centered workflow, a full 3D planning environment and obstacle avoidance. Automated workflows have proven their potential to reduce the death toll of tower climbers and to cut inspection costs by as much as 50%. Planning and setting up the inspection flight with Drone Harmony takes about 5 – 10 minutes. A game changer.

The iGlobe Group which is a specialized integrator, focusing on geospatial orientated applications in the mining, municipality, utility, and private sector, has already tested Drone Harmony Cell Tower Scan extensively. Both managers and pilots are enthusiastic about this app. They were able to reduce the inspection time from 19 to just 8 hours and drastically increase the quality of the deliverable.

Drone Harmony was founded in 2016 by a team of highly educated problem solvers with a passion for drones, software and automation. From the very early days, Drone Harmony have set out to tackle the mathematical and engineering challenges of enabling cost-effective deployment of drone technology in industries, where existing technologies were unable to deliver.

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INTERGEO is approaching 2018 with a forward-thinking conference programme. Under the headline “Geoinformation – the DNA of digitalisation”, this year’s event is focusing on the digital transformation of business and society. From 16 to 18 October 2018, the INTERGEO conference in Frankfurt will contextualise key developments and scenarios for a geoinformation-based digital future. “As a cutting-edge location for both businesses and universities that boasts an excellent international reputation, Frankfurt offers the perfect conditions for hosting this leading international trade fair. Over the course of three days, the spotlight will be placed on the products, solutions, know-how, innovations and visions behind geoinformation in the era of digitalisation,” explains Prof. Hansjörg Kutterer, President of the INTERGEO host, DVW (German Society for Geodesy, Geoinformation and Land Management). “And we confidently label geoinformation the DNA of digitalisation. After all, in the same way as humans are shaped by their genes, geoinformation is steering the digital revolution.”

Droneblog readers now have an opportunity to get a free entrance pass to INTERGEO 2018. Use voucher code Droneblog_IASEXPO18, and follow these simple steps to secure your place:

  1. Redeem the voucher code at www.intergeo.de/tickets and get a free ticket to the fair.
  2. As soon as you have successfully registered, print out the ticket and receive free access to INTERGEO 2018.

Don’t miss this great opportunity to see first hand new, emerging technologies and the future of the digital revolution

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Previous articleTerra Drone Corporation Develops Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) Traffic Management (UTM) in “Drone Highway Initiative.”

Terra Drone Corporation have developed UTM’s new function based on Terra UTM, in regards to the technical verification of “Drone Highway Initiative.” * 1 Tokyo Electronic Ventures (TEPCO Ventures)* 2 and Zenrin Co., Ltd. are promoting.

In March 2018, in cooperation with the TEPCO group, Terra Drone carried out Automatic drone flight utilizing simulated data assuming acquisition from meteorological observation equipment attached to the power transmission facility.

Demonstration

 (1) A linkage between meteorological observation data and Terra UTM.

Terra Drone and TEPCO Ventures linked processing data acquired from meteorological observation instrument attached to the power transmission tower to Terra UTM.

(2) Drone flight utilizing meteorological observation data

When Terra UTM recognizes data of strong wind which is beyond a previously determined threshold acquired from weather observation instrument(we preset threshold), Terra UTM automatically takes the drones to the prescribed evacuation area.

 

Results of demonstration

According to the success of the demonstration, the critical essence of the “Drone Highway Concept” to improve the safety of airspace where drones fly by various sensors attached to TEPCO’s power transmission tower is useful. Besides, the practical utility of Terra UTM as the platform for the concept and its extensibility is also proven.

By providing Terra UTM as the platform for various projects including the “Drone highway concept,” Terra Drone and TEPCO Ventures continue to contribute to the safe and secure drone flight, and eventually, realize the “Revolution in the Sky.”

 

* 1 Toward the realization of “Drone Highway concept” http://www.tepco.co.jp/press/release/2017/1399151_8706.html

* 2 TEPCO Ventures Co., Ltd. is a wholly owned subsidiary of TEPCO Holdings Co., Ltd. established in May 2018 and succeeded to the drone highway Initiative. TEPCO Ventures Website: https://www.tepcoventures.co.jp/

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The success of the tourism industry has skyrocketed with the new popularity of drones. With a strong online presence of these visually stimulating aerial videos, people are becoming more interested in travel. They crave to reach new heights and travel to different places, thanks to the videos of breathtaking views that are popping up in all social media platforms.

Now, helicopters are no longer needed to capture aerial coverage because drones now available for use. One of the most prominent posts across all social media are travel videos taken by drones. Let’s take a look at how drones contribute to tourism marketing.

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Innovation in Video Content Creation

Thanks to drones, the hospitality industry has dramatically cut costs on producing high quality aerial videography and relevant video content promoting travel destinations. These videos replace mainstream, smartphone photography for the consumption of online viewers. They aim to increase number of views and “shares” week after week. With the help of social media platforms, many dream destinations all over the globe have been discovered after their aerial videos started “trending” online. It’s easy to entice travelers when they see cinematic videography of their dream destinations, and with the use of drones, some of the most beautiful aerial video has been captured and posted online.

Promoting Isolated Places

Drones are highly capable of capturing places not known to many people. Business owners of hotels and resorts located on top of a mountain or in the middle of an unknown island have turned to drones for tourism campaigns. What’s more, travelers themselves who love to capture amateur aerial videos promote these places as they share their experiences on social media. The possibilities of these amateur videos reaching to numerous audiences are endless.

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Producing Videos to Promote Leisure Activities

When traveling, people do not only visit to see the place, they want to experience the leisure activities being offered and enjoy the amenities. Quality videos of different activities while capturing the whole landscape of the locale have helped tourism boost its online presence everywhere. Heart pumping activities can be captured as they happen, giving thrill to those who crave adventure.

Photo credit: https://www.pexels.com/photo/ceremonial-event-1046538/

Promoting Culture

Through Videos People have made travel goals to see different tourist attractions around the world. But one thing that attracts people to certain places is the opportunity to experience a unique culture. Postcard-worthy pictures and iphone shots cannot compare to the cinematic drone videos that are the staple of tourism video campaigns. The site of a new city in natural light catches the interest of travelers, showing a true “feel” of how it is to be in that particular location.

Tourism drones have revolutionized tourism campaigns, helping grow economic activity in more ways than one. They creates opportunities for videographers to showcase the wonders of the world, and to promote various cultures as well. After all, a wonderful culture deserves appreciation from millions of viewers and soon to be regular visitors.

Guest post by Amanda Shaffer

Amanda Shaffer is a freelance blogger and outreach specialist. She enjoys slow-paced travel to the distant corners of the galaxy, always bringing along her trusty pooch, Bond. Amanda enjoys snapping super-professional photos with her phone or – when she’s lucky – exploring with a friend’s drone for a bird’s-eye-view of new adventures. For inquiries, you can find her on LinkedIn here.

Team UAV, a leading drone inspection and survey company based in the United Kingdom have today launched a confined space drone cage solution specific for the DJI Phantom 4 drone – the most widely used drone in the industry.

Lewis Pritchard CEO of Team UAV said; “We’ve been developing dronecage in response to the growing confined space and indoor drone inspection industry. Before Dronecage, the cost of carrying out these inspections and surveys were restrictive due to the high cost of associated drone equipment. Dronecage has completely changed the way confined space inspections are carried out by dramatically lowering the cost of the drone equipment associated with them, giving the user ultra high quality data and making these types of tasks even safer by using familiar, user friendly equipment that requires no extra training to use.

Already, Team UAV have seen a significant increase in the amount of indoor and confined space inspections as a proportion of our business, so we can only say that having this product as part of our capability portfolio has increased the areas in which we can operate. It is sufficient to say, users of Dronecage can now provide higher quality datasets to their Clients, safer and at a more competitive rate. This should really help drones come to the forefront of the confined space inspection & survey industry.”

Dronecage is made from ultra-lightweight, advanced aerospace grade carbon fibre memory materials. It is ergonomically designed to be robust, take hits, knocks and bumps and carry on flying. Dronecage is lightweight too, meaning it has long flight times, has ultra bright LED lights available and requires no extra training to be used.

The Aerobo team works on hundreds of film and commercial projects a year and often encounter young, innovative talent who isn’t getting recognition they deserve. Few are pushing the boundaries with aerial photography, and the Aerobo team wants to help shine a light on those who are.

This is why the aerial cinematographers at Aerobo are hosting an Instagram drone photography contest for emerging talent. They will announce finalists on a weekly basis. After 5 weeks, the grand prize winner will take home $500 and earn a feature on their website.

See the announcement here, and read this post for full eligibility criteria.