Cool Tech Tools: Drones
When drones were first introduced to the consumer market, they were thought of almost exclusively as novelty tech toys. But they can have a surprisingly high impact on the success of some businesses, too! The flying robots can be controlled by a remote device and usually include a GPS and built-in sensors. Drones can be used to help companies:
- Access places that may not be safe for employees to go
- Increase efficiency and productivity while decreasing workload and costs
- Improve accuracy
- Gather information for pricing estimates, such as roof repair
- Inspect items, such as a tree’s disease progression
- Monitor systems or the status of certain things, such as landfill fire risks
- Photograph items or locations from an aerial view for use in marketing or record documentation
Many industries have begun routinely using drones, such as:
- Waste Management
- Disaster Relief Services
- Professional Photography and Cinematography
- Real Estate
- Event Planning
- Highways, Traffic, and Road Safety
Rules for Drones
Before you fly your new drone, there are rules you’ll need to follow. The FAA (Federal Aviation Administration) has set the rules for flying drones safely. There may also be legislation passed at the state and local levels that you’ll need to check on.
When using drones for commercial purposes, you’ll need to register your drone, familiarize yourself with the operating rules for your type of drone, and pass a pilot’s test. Find out more here: https://www.faa.gov/uas
Cost of Drones
Drones can cost anywhere from $50 to $25,000 and more. A beginner recreational drone can cost under $100, while a beginner commercial drone can range from $300 to $500. A commercial drone typically starts at $1,000. Drone prices will vary depending on their size, features, and intended usage.
Incorporating drones into your business can be a great way to save time, increase efficiency, and reduce costs. Drones provide a unique insight into areas that may be difficult to access or monitor, and their capabilities are ever-expanding. With careful consideration and research, drones may be able to provide an invaluable resource to your business and give you a competitive edge.