Business technology has risen to some pretty impressive heights in the past, but none so spectacular as the recent approval of drones for business purposes. This is not a drill. Approved August 29, 2016, businesses can use drones for any number of reasons, as long as they follow specific U.S. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) guidelines.
Your first thought after hearing this momentous news probably echoed mine: what possible use could most businesses have for drones? Images of toy-generated corporate warfare immediately sprang to mind, but, in fact, many businesses have already formulated some rather ingenious uses for the remote-controlled flying machines that have nothing to do with aerial battle.
Look forward to drones, more officially known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV’s), in the following capacities in the near future:
While current drone models can only carry about 55 pounds, including the drone itself, business technology is likely to continue to develop in this direction if Prime Air from Amazon pans out like developers are expecting. They claim parcels could be delivered to customers in as little as 30 minutes. No doubt consumers will be happy about that perk if all goes according to plan.
Farmers are also excited about the usefulness of drones for viewing crops, assessing harvest yield, and scouting for dying or diseased plants. All the assessments that currently require manpower and constant management in the fields can be done quickly and efficiently with the help of drones.
News broadcasters and other media outlets are constantly trying out new methods for getting the best video or the latest scoop. With this newest business technology development, media broadcasters have gained a valuable tool for scouting traffic patterns, taking footage of conflict situations from above, getting access to difficult to reach stories, and more. As long as paparazzi don’t overstep their bounds, drones promise to be a serious boon for the news industry.
The drones also have the potential to contribute to more accurate engineering projects. With aerial viewpoints, engineers can more accurately plan and assess structures. The drones can also be used to inspect potential problem areas in important structures like bridges and highways without having to shut the structures down entirely and dispatch crew for dangerous inspection missions without ample cause.
When building or planning a structure, architects are often limited to speculation, mathematics, and scaled models. With drones, architects and construction firms can get full video of the grounds or construction site and use it to build 3D models based around the actual landscape for more accurate planning and rendering.
As with most business technology developed in the last decade, drones will also have serious application for advertising. They can fly advertising posters around town, like moving billboards, as well as help obtain new video footage and perspectives for different types of social media campaigns.
Drones will be useful in obtaining aerial shots for different types of photography. With a little more attention to photography and camera technology, drones could even add a whole new dimension to some aspects of a photographer’s list of options for wedding or party picture packages, such as video taken by a drone throughout the event.
- Real Estate
For real estate agents and the home selling markets, drones provide an extended method for marketing a home. A drone-based tour video would give buyers a full view of the home and properties, from aerial or up-close perspectives.
- Internet Access
Finally, one of the most fascinating projects taking place in business technology right now has already launched. Facebook’s Mark Zuckerberg has already successfully tested a drone called the Aquila that is designed to be solar-powered and to fly for months at a time over developing countries where it will deliver internet connection to the residents below. This project is all part of Zuckerberg’s plan to expand Facebook’s user base to over 5 billion by 2030.
Undoubtedly, crafty entrepreneurs will find more lucrative and creative uses for drones in the next few years, as this trend in business technology continues to develop. Some days, it’s easy to feel like a participant in a sci-fi novel with some of the incredible new technology hitting the market every year. Who knows what will happen next?
About the Author - Ashley Choate is a native of Jacksonville, FL where she lives with her son, dog, and three cats. She graduated Magna Cum Laude from Jacksonville University with a BA in English and holds an MAED in Adult Education and Training. She lives for reading and writing, learning and teaching, and figuring out the day-to-day traumas and joys of mommyhood. .
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