September 9, 2017
How Drones are Re-imagining Entire Industries
Drones have made the shift from hobbyist fun to real-world business applications. We’re seeing drones used in a variety of industries to do everything from improving security to aiding sales. For less than $100 for a starter model, a business can employ the use of drones in a wild mix of fun, practical, and profitable strategies.
This article will take you through:
· Which industries are making the most out of drones
· What to consider before you buy one
· How to learn the basics and put them into action
The Benefits of Drones in Various Industries
Government usage of drones have been active for decades but it was only recently (due to advancements and reduced costs) that they’ve reached the hands of your average consumers. Now, they’re making great changes to our access to information and how businesses operate. Here are a few things industries are using drones for.
· Shipping and delivery
· Storm tracking
· Security and monitoring
· Safety inspections
· Construction site monitoring
· Journalism and film
· Law enforcement
· Agricultural monitoring
· Real estate marketing
Tens of billions of dollars have already been spent on drone technology and this will continue to grow within the next decade. These items will improve the safety of the workplace, especially in the construction industries.
Great advancements in monitoring for security and safety inspections will make drones commonplace in warehouses, on farms, and for big events.
Drones: Important Considerations
If you are unsure about which drone is right for you, you’re not alone. With so many features and options to choose from, doing some research is a good idea. One way is to compare various models. With a company like Protocol New York, drones are available in a variety of price points with a wide range of options, all in one place, making comparisons easier. This can help educate beginners, professionals, and others during the selection process.
Another way do your due diligence is through the internet. Documentation, in the form of manuals, and online videos provide a great way to understand the intricacies of the drones you’re looking to purchase. Look at frequently asked questions will aid in this decision-making process and help you understand the basics of flight, replacing parts, and the use of the paired apps for different models.
Consider the following features while comparing units:
· Flight time
· Speed and maneuverability
· Return to home (auto)
· Video camera & quality
· Controller design
It’s best to start small – really small – like under $50 small – with a toy drone to get a feel for the controls and flight. Plus, you won’t feel as bad if it gets lost. Then, once you’re comfortable, you can scale up and go for one in the $100 range to get a real sense of drone flight. From there, the sky is the literal limit.
Learning the Basics and Integrating the Features
Now is a good time to get started learning the basics of flight as drones are becoming popular in many consumer and public industries. In fact, learning to competently fly a drone is a skill that could prove to be an effective point when negotiating job responsibilities or even taking on a new career.
The basics and learning features of a drone is accomplished through:
· Local Classes – Many companies and even colleges offer group classes to learn drone flight. These environments will pair you with a skilled instructor and have you mastering the basic commands often within a week. There are even places that offer to come to you to train a group of employees.
· Instructional Videos – YouTube and Udemy are two stellar sources to find thousands of hours explaining (and showing) the basics to advanced. You may even be able to contact the individual and request private one-on-one lessons.
· Attend a Meetup/Race – Local meetups and the racing circuit are especially popular places to mingle with enthusiasts and get a glimpse on how to put drones into action. Here you can swap parts, discuss features, share experiences/knowledge, and find guidance.
· Practice – Like they say, “practice makes perfect” meaning an hour a day, over the course of a few weeks, should have you quite comfortable with drone flying.
If you think your company could benefit from the use of drones, talk with the higher-ups at the business and make your case. You might even volunteer to attend workshops and classes to make it happen.
How would your industry benefit from the use of drones?