Drones in a box biding their time waiting to do their masters bidding. This is a market I see a bright future for.
Why does a mine or building site need to call up a trained pilot to fly the same route day in day out? Rather have the drone do it and then tuck itself up, back in bed charging whilst the images (data) is automatically sent back to be processed in a GIS hub. No human intervention at a local level.
Airobotics see this as a key market, they would. They make the boxes. They have just released a White Paper on the subject. You can find it on their website http://go.airobotics.co.il/automated-drones-mining-value-chain-wp-lp
I have a hunch this phrase, Mine to Model, is going to be trotted out all over the place. It’s a good one.
“Mine-to-Model” refers to the process of translating real-world features into the digital mine model. Drones are positioned to become the primary data-harvesting tool to support this concept, with the ability to cover wide areas efficiently and accurately. The automated drone system executes the entire chain of procedures from the data request until the processed 3D model. Once a request is submitted, the automated system, launches the drone, executes the data-harvesting mission, lands the drone, and conducts all upkeep necessary in preparation for future missions.
Depending on the nature of the data, insights can be accessed in real-time while the drone is flying and otherwise can be further processed by computing systems on the ground prior to data delivery. The end-to-end automation of drone operation and data processing creates real value which impacts the bottom line.
Not many people chasing this value chain, they might regret it. The problem I do see though is that an expensive setup seeks to replace the lowest paid worker with a Phantom 4 Pro and a calendar.
The problem I do see though is that an expensive setup seeks to replace the lowest paid worker with a Phantom 4 Pro and a calendar.
It still remains one of my drone technology picks for 2017 there will be large businesses out there that can write off the cost against convenience.