As more and more drones fly into the sky to survey the Earth’s surface, map the surroundings, estimate crops and traffic, huge amounts of data are generated. According to a report by Research and Markets, the UAV market is expected to grow from $17.2 billion in 2017 to $48.9 billion by 2023. Demand for big data for commercial use, technological advances, and increased venture capital funding will continue to drive the rapid growth of drone use. Agriculture, property development, and road safety are some of the industries that use this data. Despite the fact that drones are valued for the images and videos that they receive as a result of shooting, they are increasingly used to obtain other types of information, including data on soil moisture, emissions of harmful substances, geodetic data, etc.
According to Research and Markets, it is expected that drones will be most in-demand in agriculture. Instead of crossing hundreds of thousands of acres on a tractor or on foot, drones can quickly fly over farmland. Which areas will require more irrigation due to drought, or where there is too much moisture due to poor drainage? Are there any reasons leading to crop destruction? Are there crops that are oppressed but can be saved by quick action? These and many other questions can often be answered more quickly and accurately at a lower cost by analyzing drone footage.
Obtaining data on threats to public health and life
Drones are also effective in assessing threats to public health. Since they fly at a low altitude, they are not hindered by clouds when problems are detected. Drones are used to assist in disaster recovery by assessing damage, searching for victims using not only video but also thermal imagers to search for dangerous points that cannot be detected on the ground or in conditions that are too dangerous for humans. An example is the assessment of conditions after the earthquake in Japan that damaged the Fukushima nuclear plant.
Drones can be used to fight forest fires not only by dropping flame retardants, but also
to determine the size of fires and the likely areas where they can spread.
Aggregating information from drones about car crashes can help predict the most
dangerous road sections and take measures to improve safety. Drones can also collect
evidence during road accidents and map the scene.
From mapping construction sites to surveying individual sites, drones can also collect useful data for both builders and real estate agents. Data obtained from drones can be used in building management software applications to monitor the entire construction project.
Using data obtained from drones, the real estate agent can quickly view the information to select the parameters that best meet the client’s requirements. In fact, research shows that large real estate companies use drone images to sell a home 3.5 times more often than small firms.