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What can drones do for you?

Drones are one of the most unique innovations in decades. While drones are becoming more popular, many commercial companies are embracing this technology and creating new opportunities within their businesses.

Below are five examples of what drones can do for you.

1 Drones in Construction

Seeing a licensed Drone Pilot on a construction site is now a familiar sight.

From pre planning right through to completion there are a number of duties that a drone may carry out. Below are just five ways that a drone can help on a construction site:

Mapping - Maps can be used to regularly update clients in the construction industry on the progress of their projects. With many software’s available to assist post flight such as Drone Deploy; these maps help obtain data and assist decision making. Quick set up, quick results.

AdvertisingMany companies will hire a Drone Pilot to shoot high resolution time-lapse type photo / video to showcase they’re work on their website or across social media platforms.

Inspections - Most construction sites need regular checks and inspections – which can be dangerous work. Drones can carry out real-time inspections of high-risk areas so you don’t have to send people to them.

Safety - Drones can reduce risk. Working at heights are eliminated, drones can assess dangerous areas easily and quickly. The ability to use drones to conduct visual inspections of high-risk areas saves time and reduces risk.

Communication - Communication is key. With so many different types of workers coming in and out, site condition changes regularly. An aerial view gives a different perspective. Supervisors can sit down with information gathered and see any issues, potential problems, or threats to health and safety saving time and money.

2 Drones in Search and Rescue (SAR)

Using drones in search and rescue operations not only can save time and money, but also lives. DroneSAR is a search and rescue platform designed to rapidly execute autonomous aerial search patterns, capture and relay live drone video and offer a first-person view solution for incident command when coordinating an emergency first response. DroneSAR allows rescue agencies to conduct effective early stage aerial search so that lives can be saved. The Irish Coast Guard were early beta testers of the software and have since implemented a drone program which uses DroneSAR.

3 Drone Delivery

On January 29th, 2017 Ireland seen its first ever drone delivery. A DJI Inspire took a parcel weighing 250 grams from the shoreline to a boat anchored almost 200 meters away. The parcel contained medical supplies: an emergency thermal blanket, an Epi-pen, bandages, plasters, thermometer, first aid leaflet, gloves, wipes and burn dressings and also included a high energy bar and a bottle of water.

Fast forward three years and Irish company Manna are taking on an ambitious project that would see drones deliver you’re take away! Manna plan to deliver directly from restaurants to customers home this year. Flying at an altitude of 80 meters and at a speed of over 80kph – Manna are promising to deliver within a 2km radius in less than 3 minutes. ​

4 Drone Photo and Videography

Okay okay, perhaps the most common use of drones these days. But this is why it warrants a mention. Before drones came along the only way to produce an aerial shot was to rent a helicopter, send them up into the sky and hope you get the image you desired.

This meant you had a very expensive and time-consuming assignment to deal with. Most drones nowadays have a camera attached that can record video in 4K with a 12MP camera resolution. Drones quite simply make aerial shots easier to plan and much more affordable.

5 Drones in Conservation

During WWII a familiar sight for aircrafts flying over Ireland was the EIRE sign seen along the coasts of the country. The signs acted as sign posts for pilots on bomber planes as Ireland remained a neutral country during this time. Many of these signs were withered and became overgrown over the years. With the emergence of drones, many of these signs have become visible again and have now been restored to its former glory. There are over 80 of these signs scattered around the country.

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