Will enterprise drone adoption outpace consumer drones in 2019?

Will enterprise drone adoption outpace consumer drones in 2019?

Consumer drones such as the Phantom and Mavic line of drones have dominated not just the consumer drone market of hobbyists, or professional photographers. Even commercial users looking to use drones n technical fields like inspections, mining, oil and gas and agriculture have been using fairly low-cost drones like the Phantom or Mavic. But that might change. At least, Drone Deploy thinks so. Drone Deploy, which creates aerial mapping software, released a report of its “2019 Commercial Drone Industry Predictions,” and one of its most surprising predictions suggests that enterprise drone hardware will outpace consumer models in 2019. DJI itself is already pivoting deeper into the enterprise market, releasing products focused at commercial buyers, such as DJI’s Phantom 4 RTK and the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual. Last month, DJI released its “Government Edition drone,” intended for use in high-security situations by government agencies around the world. The DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual Part of the reason for the change is that enterprise-grade drones have gone down in price. And yes, even the biggest corporations have a budget. For companies seeking highly-accurate data collection, RTK tech can now be found in drones for less than $7,000, and the Mavic 2 with thermal camera is now just $2,700. That’s down almost 5x from previous DJI drones equipped with thermal cameras, according to Drone Deploy. It also has to do with the fact that enterprise adoption of drones is growing lately. While RC enthusiasts and photographers jumped on drones at a massive scale

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The best drone for carrying a LiDAR sensor

The best drone for carrying a LiDAR sensor

If you need to create an advanced aerial 3D map of something like a bridge, the ground underneath a dense forest canopy, or even the massive Christ the Redeemer statue in Rio de Janerio, you may need to use LiDAR. LiDAR (Light Detection and Ranging) is a sensor technology that uses laser pulses to map out objects on (or protruding from) the ground. By combining light pulses with other aerial data, LiDAR can create a precise, 3D model of the Earth and its service, as well as terrain and elevation models. Drones have made LiDAR technology even easier to come by, as LiDAR systems can be mounted on a drone as an “all-in-one 3D mapping device.” DJI Matrice 600 Pro The best drone system for carrying a LiDAR sensor There are a handful of systems out there that are meant for drone-based LiDAR, but many of them don’t seamlessly integrate between the drone and the sensor, meaning a lot of work on your end to connect the two. The easiest way to create a drone-based LiDAR system that’s as close to “ready to fly out of the box” as you’ll get is by mounting a ScanLook A-series LiDAR system to a DJI Matrice 600 airframe (or the Matrice 600 Pro). The Pro version is an upgraded version of the Matrice 600; the Matrice 600 is not available from DJI directly in the U.S. The DJI Matrice 600 Pro, which costs about $5,000, improves upon the Matrice 600 with improved flight performance

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The drone delivery arm of Google now has an app for air traffic control, and you can download it

The drone delivery arm of Google now has an app for air traffic control, and you can download it

There’s a new drone app ready for you to download on your phone — and it’s made by Google. Wing, which is primarily viewed as the drone delivery arm of Alphabet (the company formerly known as Google), this week released its OpenSky app for Apple iOS and Android devices. But the company is also working in drone traffic management, and one of their first, public-facing steps is a consumer-facing app called OpenSky. The OpenSky app is designed for anyone (hobbyist or commercial operator) who flies drones in Australia to help them manage their flights. Here’s how it works: 1. A drone flyer enters their flight location in the app, as well as what type of drone operator you are: either recreational, commercial (flying drones commercially less than 2kg) or ReOC (flying drones commercially with an operator certificate issued by CASA). 2. The app spits out a checklist of factors including airspace restrictions, known hazardous situations, and proximity to airports and heliports. 3. From there, drone operators can receive alerts related to emergency response situations, nearby sporting events, or other situations that may impact available airspace. The app itself is pretty basic, but Project Wing added that the app would be “the first in what will be a range of OpenSky products.” Project Wing worked closely with the Australian government to design the app, which is approved by the Australia’s Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA). In fact, Wing is currently developing another set of tools for CASA to communicate with drone flyers. Aside from airspace

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New DJI Ronin-SC brings smooth, drone-like video to mirrorless cameras

New DJI Ronin-SC brings smooth, drone-like video to mirrorless cameras

As mirrorless cameras rise in popularity, DJI has designed a new, Ronin-SC gimbal to bring that same smooth, drone-like effect to videos shot on mirrorless cameras, too. The DJI Ronin-SC DJI today launched the $439 Ronin-SC, which is a lightweight, 3-axis stabilizer for mirrorless cameras. It’s smaller, lighter, and cheaper than its predecessor, the Ronin-S. The new Ronin-SC is 41% lighter in fact, coming in at just 2.4 lbs. That means no more tired arms for filmmakers who might have otherwise had to hold the Ronin for long periods of time. The Ronin-SC is designed to seamlessly integrate with most popular mirrorless cameras on the market, including the Sony A7 line; Nikon Z6 and Nikon Z7; Panasonic G9 and Panasonic GH line; Fujifilm XH1, XT2 and XT3, Canon EOS R and M50; and more. See the complete list of Ronin-SC compatible mirrorless cameras here. It’s also compatible with some DJI accessories including a new, lighter external focus motor, Command Unit, DJI Force Pro, DJI Master Wheels, and some third-party accessories. The Ronin-SC’s predecessor, the Ronin-S, is a designed for large and heavy cameras such as DSLRs, though it can also accommodate some larger mirrorless cameras. DSRLs use a reflex mirror to reflects light up to the optical viewfinder. On the other hand, mirrorless camera don’t use an optical viewfinder, instead exposing the imaging sensor is exposed to light at all times. This new Ronin-SC gimbal isn’t just an exact copy of the Ronin-S but simply rejiggered for mirrorless cameras. Even

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Day 2 of Amazon Prime Day 2019 drone deals are here

Day 2 of Amazon Prime Day 2019 drone deals are here

Day 2 of Amazon Prime Day 2019’s deals bonanza is here. Although it’s a day in name, the sale is a day in name only. This year’s Amazon Prime Day sale lasts a whopping 48 hours, which means there are plenty of drone deals to be had. Here are some of our favorites on Day 2 of Amazon Prime Day 2019: Save $6 on this “Tiny Whoop” style Holy Stone drone ($23.99, down from $29.99): This drone resembles the popular “Tiny Whoop” racing drone — though it’s made by a different manufacturer. It’s tiny, so would make a great stocking stuffer for Christmas in July. Unlike the Tiny Whoop, it won’t connect easily with FPV Goggles, but you can see what the drone’s camera is seeing through a smartphone app. It’s a great toy for kids — and kids at heart. Which drone skin is your favorite? I like the blue one on the top right! DJI Drone Skins to customize your drone ($12.72, down from $15.90): These are a fun, low-cost way to spice up your drone and give it some personal flair! The waterproof decals made of 3M Scotchcal are easy to paste on your DJI drone and controller. Designs (through UV inkjet printing technology) include camouflage, a cool, outer-space looking design, and a calming blue (my favorite). I also like how these function up as a protection device for your drone, as they are tough to scratch. 20% off the Samsung T5 Portable 500 GB SSD ($80,

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