Introducing The Future of Aerial Technology

Everyday across the country, good people are working tirelessly to ensure the world as we know it keeps on spinning. From local police and firefighters to maintenance teams and inspection personnel, departments are working around the clock to ensure we as a nation can both figuratively and literally keep the lights on.

But in these unprecedented times, the toughest teams need the smartest and safest technology on the market to take their service to the next level.

To meet this need, DJI just released their most intelligent, durable, and comprehensive drone to date.

Introducing the Matrice 300 RTK and Zenmuse H20 series.

The Matrice series hasn’t been significantly updated since the 200 back in 2017, so if you were wondering what new technological wonders DJI has conjured with the release of their newest addition to the series, you’ve come to the right place.


Flight Performance


The Matrice 300 RTK boasts some of the most impressive flight performance stats we’ve ever seen in an enterprise level drone. For starters, it supports a whopping 55 minute flight time – nearly double the flight time of current UAVs on the market. But that’s only the beginning.

It also supports improved reliability, superior flight performance, and powerful intelligent functions thanks to its new dual vision and TOF sensors. 

These sensors appear on all 6 sides of the drone as opposed to the usual four, giving the M300 an impressive 40m detection range and autonomous collusion control not seen in the market today. These sensors provide flight, navigation, and obstacle data directly to DJI’s new primary flight display, granting user-friendly situational awareness for pilots in conjunction with its automatic sensory systems.

The new UAV also sports a controller transmission range of 15 km (approx 9 miles), guaranteeing pilots a much larger circumference of work to take advantage of that 55 minute battery flight time.

But no matter the flight time, performance can be interrupted when batteries need switched. Typically, switching batteries shuts down UAVs completely, which then requires you to reboot your flight paths and systems along with the aircraft. However, the M300 comes with hot-swappable batteries that keep your drone on while you switch out its power source.

Along with waterproof IP45 technology and a bevvy of accessories that put third-party manufacturers to shame, the long-awaited update to DJI’s Matrice series puts the Matrice 300 RTK substantially ahead of all other drones in its class when it comes to flight performance.


However, a drone isn’t just for flying – it’s for capturing data. So how does the new M300 hold up in terms of producing quality inspections, surveys, and service capabilities?

Payload Capabilities

The good news is that the M300’s payload capabilities are top of the line, beating nearly every other standard camera payload offering in the aerial market. The bad news is…well, there isn’t any.

The Zenmus H20 series camera is an optimal match for this top-of-the-line drone. By using a combination of a 12MP wide angle camera, a 20MP 23x optical zoom camera, a thermal camera, and a laser range finder all in one payload, the Matrice 300 RTK offers the most comprehensive service offerings we’ve ever seen in a single payload.

What does that mean in terms of service capabilities? It means that, combined with the Matrice 300 RTK’s unmatched flight performance technology, the Zenmus H20 camera payload setup offers unprecedented productivity for a wide variety of in-field applications. For example, the M300 will minimize repetitive work by automating routine missions with AI spot-check. With it, you can mark an object of interest with the press of a button. From that point on and in future flights, the drone can automatically replicate the framing, angle, and height of your object. That means that routine inspections of cell towers, power plants, and more can be initiated with minimized redundancy and maximized efficiency.

But that’s far from the limit of this drone’s payload capabilities. It can also support 3 different payloads simultaneously. This can be advantageous for firefighters and police needing to outfit their drone with speaker systems, spraying capabilities, and more. 

On top of that? Aerial points of interest can be immediately synchronized with ground control teams to pinpoint subjects of interest by instantly sharing the precise location data of the marked subject. The drone also comes standard with a UAV health management system, a primary flight display, and smart inspection software to minimize convoluted flight routes and maximize your data efficiency rates.

In a world that’s progressively demanding more and more from society and our service workers, the DJI Matrice 300 RTK might just be the most significant technological advancement in the drone industry. So far in our tests, it has not only met but surpassed every expectation of what a drone can do and how well it can do it.

Want to learn more about what this drone can do for your team? Contact us at where? Call center? And a member of our team will break-down how your department can work safer, smarter, and more efficiently with the power of the M300 at your fingertips.

The future is here, and this time, the sky is no longer the limit. 






Building A Better Future, Together

“Injustice anywhere is a threat to justice everywhere.” — Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr. 


America is in pain. The coronavirus pandemic was only the beginning of our country’s concerns, as economic instability, rising unemployment, and now racial injustice have spilled over into our lives once more. 


If you have been following the news, you know perfectly well why our melting pot is boiling over. The death of George Floyd has reignited tensions between America’s police and the African American community as protestors take to the streets demanding justice for their slain neighbor. It’s a difficult time.  And while the difficulty of a company in these situations is far outweighed by the difficulties felt by the citizens and public servants in the affected communities, it’s important to remember that silence helps no one. So we’re going to say something.


The events in Minnesota are symptomatic of a disease, one that has stained America’s past and continues to affect its present. A stain that permeates our culture, our communities, our government, and our lives year in and year out. But the stain of racism has no place in our future.


It seeps into the seams of our institutions, cutting short the lives of minorities nationwide. It taints the public will, sacrificing trust in good police officers at the altar of the worst among them. It infects our hearts and turns us against each other when it’s more important than ever to stand united, together, to face the challenges of our future.


Pursuing justice and maintaining order shouldn’t be at odds in a civil society, and that’s something we believe at the core of our company. It’s why we work within communities to help public safety departments use drones as safely and responsibly as possible to diffuse situations before they become crises. It’s why our mission statement is to, “build a better future with drone technology.” Not to hinder, but to help. Not to hurt, but to heal.


We work with police, and all of our experiences have been overwhelmingly positive. We meet officers who are excited to get their hands on new technology that helps them do their jobs with more accuracy and understanding than ever before. But the experiences of one company does not encompass the complexities of the criminal justice system in America, and our job doesn’t stop there.


Responsibility and accountability are as important as safety and security, and as our collective hearts go out to the communities suffering in Minnesota and beyond, we pledge to commit as many resources, training personnel, and time we possibly can to help ensure both the police and the communities they’re sworn to protect can move forward with data beyond prejudice, safety beyond bias, and foresight beyond the bounds of racism. 


In the words of the man who’s sentiments began this article, “A riot is the language of the unheard.”


It’s time we listened.

Free Drone Replacement – How We Keep You In The Sky

Accidents happen.

But whether or not it’s a fender bender or a tree falling on your house, you shouldn’t lose your investment just because of an accident. After all, you’re not out $20,000 when your Ford Focus gets rear-ended.

We feel the same way about drones.

One of the largest hurdles facing the drone industry is the risk associated with inexperienced pilots flying thousand-dollar equipment. There’s no doubt that drones save businesses and local governments time, money, and lives, but when the chance of wrecking their drone fleet comes into play, smaller operations simply can’t afford to regularly purchase new drones over and over again.

This is a problem, because despite the significant benefits drone services provide, drone crashes are inevitable. Now, does this mean that smaller towns can’t afford to save as much money firefighting or as many lives with search and rescue?

Not if we have anything to say about it!

Thanks to our new Enterprise Shield program, drones purchased through our Enterprise program are eligible for free repairs and replacements.

The free replacement program was developed to compliment our turnkey drone service packages, which are custom designed to give your department everything you need to transition to drones as quickly and responsibly as possible.

Need drones? Check.

Need training? Check.

Need insurance? Check.

Red tape is everywhere, but it shouldn’t bog down innovation. It also shouldn’t stop you from saving money or lives just because your city is Hialeah instead of Miami.

Gordon Dowrey, our Director of Operations and Service Delivery at Suntuity AirWorks, believes the replacement program will help incentivize public safety departments with limited budgets to update their departments with drones.

“The advantages drones are providing to police, firefighters, city planners, and health officials are simply too great to ignore,” said Dowrey. “With the Enterprise Shield program we offer as a DJI certified dealer, we’re eliminating the largest barrier between you and a smarter, safer community.” 

Read more about what Gordon had to say about our free drone replacement program here.

Armed with our drone replacement program, upgraded drone packages that offer equipment, training, ongoing support, software, and now insurance with replacement guarantees, we’re turning our eye toward public departments across the country to help usher in the aerial age.

The success businesses and public departments are seeing, thanks to the advancements of drone technology, is no accident. That’s why we’re committed to making sure that you’ll never have to face the brunt of an aerial accident alone.

If you’re interested in applying for this program or learning more, reach out to us at

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Suntuity AirWorks and Suntuity University Present Free Multi-Series Webinars to Help First Responders Leverage Drones to Combat COVID-19

Suntuity AirWorks (, through its collaboration with Suntuity University’s AirWorks Academy (, is offering free webinars to introduce public safety officials to drone technologies that can enable them in their fight against the COVID-19 Pandemic.

Leveraging Suntuity University’s Learning Management Systems and Suntuity AirWorks’ enterprise equipment support teams (, the webinars will enable public safety officials and first responders to take immediate advantage of the safety and efficiency of drone technologies and services during the pandemic.

The free webinars are a part of the Suntuity Group Pledge offerings ( to give back to communities when they need it the most, and help them work safer and smarter by ensuring public safety personnel have access to the same lifesaving drone technologies used across Europe and Asia to effectively flatten the coronavirus infection curve.

“We created these webinars to enable our heroes on the front lines of this pandemic to leverage drone technologies readily available today to effectively fight the coronavirus pandemic while minimizing potential for harm to themselves,” said Marc Pretorius, Head of Training for Suntuity AirWorks. “The services that drones can provide, from aerial sanitization to thermal disease inspection, are too important to ignore. Now is the time to act quickly in order to make sure our cities and towns have the tools and knowledge they need in order to save lives in the face of this growing pandemic.”

The first of three scheduled webinars is available now at, with two following each consecutive week.

Suntuity AirWorks is further prepared to, on an as-needed basis, train public safety officials and first responders on how and why drone integration can update their existing services.

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About Suntuity AirWorks
Suntuity AirWorks ( is the UAV and Drone services division of the Suntuity Group of Companies, with drone and UAV service offerings in multiple countries and across the US. It’s hardware and software platforms deliver state of the art industry-specific solutions from DJI, FLIR, Berkley and other reputable organizations. Suntuity Airworks recently acquired BirdsiVideo and Osprey Assessments, two of the largest UAS service networks across the United States.

About Suntuity University
Suntuity University ( is the comprehensive drone and solar training division of the Suntuity Group of companies. Students of AirWorks Academy can receive a Certified Drone Professional (CDP) certification through a curriculum that covers a wide range of drone regulations, processes, technologies and solutions.

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How Drones Are Fighting The Coronavirus

In January, the CDC warned us.
In February, it spread across Europe.
In March, it became a pandemic.

The coronavirus is now a worldwide crisis.

Like many across Asia and Europe, Americans are finally witnessing the drastic effects COVID-19 puts across our personal, professional, and social lives. From panic-buying toilet paper to panic-selling stocks, the virus has changed American life for the foreseeable future.

As of today, there are over 80,000 confirmed cases of coronavirus in America, and public officials are moving quickly to try and “flatten the curve” with government issued quarantines, and non-essential business shutdowns. While some Americans remained skeptical of the potential harm this virus could cause, the markets, experts, and governments have spoken.

It’s easy to get caught-up in the doom and gloom of pandemic concerns, but it’s important to keep our eyes on the prize and focus on what drones are doing to actively combat the coronavirus in order to pluck us out of this mess and back into the world as we knew it.

Now is the time to act, so here’s a breakdown on how communities and businesses are using drones to combat and contain the spread of the coronavirus.

Aerial Sanitization

One of the most unique and useful applications of drone technology during this crisis is in the sanitization of contaminated surfaces without putting humans in harm’s way.

This is accomplished by outfitting enterprise-level (or, “heavy duty”) drones with precision spray capabilities. Drones in this category are built for industrial-scale services, and that includes drones meant to spray fertilizers and herbicides on crops.

As a certified enterprise DJI drone dealer, we know a thing or two about outfitting drones with different payloads, and with quality UAVs already on the market built with precision-based spraying in mind, all that’s left is for cities and states to act quickly to mitigate their infection rates.

China’s drone sanitization practices are virtually eliminating all risk to cleaning personnel in hospitals, public places, and transportation hubs, and experts expect the newly automated practice will save thousands of lives over the course of the pandemic.

Crowd Management

In this new era of “social distancing,” emergency personnel like EMS teams, police, and firefighters are on the frontlines once the health of an individual or group turns sour. But in a pandemic, can we lower the risk to their safety while maintaining their services?

The answer is “yes,” and that’s why the public sector is turning to drones to help keep distances and monitor crowds that gather despite CDC warnings.

In California, the Chula Vista Police Department is readying their drone fleet with thermal imaging and loudspeakers to keep police out of infectious scenarios while maintaining peace.

Drones like the Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual (available through our DJI Enterprise Dealership) are ideal for this scenario, as they’ve already demonstrated their ability to carry both optical and IR cameras, as well as the capability to carry either a spotlight, a loudspeaker, or flashing beacon.

Spanish police forces are currently using drones with loudspeakers to enforce city-wide lockdowns, and American emergency personnel now have the opportunity to use similar aerial effects in order to maximize safety while minimizing exposure risk.

Medical Delivery

Medtech companies are using drones to telecommunicate medical testing, delivery supplies, and hold appointments with patients exposed to the coronavirus. The idea is to keep hospitals from reaching capacity while still providing frontline care to those at high risk of contamination.

In this way, drones are being used to ensure doctors can communicate with patients directly while delivering critical tools such as thermometers, masks, and gloves to families exposed to the virus.

But that’s only the beginning. Drones are also being used to deliver food and necessary medical supplies to quarantine patients across Asia. While some may view the practice as overboard, it’s important to note that while the virus originated in China, they are the only country using drones to widely combat its effects. And it’s working.

Drone delivery is still in its infancy in America, but companies are moving quickly to adopt aerial delivery processes to both combat the current threat and plan for a smarter, safer, and more efficient future.

A Smarter, Safer COVID-19 Response

Suntuity AirWorks is committed to a single purpose — to build a better future with the power of drone technology. To help combat this pandemic, we’re offering our complete suite of enterprise solutions to all businesses, communities, and individuals who need the drone equipment, training, and support necessary to battle the coronavirus as safely and efficiently as possible.

Visit to learn more or contact a team member who will build a turnkey drone service package custom fit to your needs in order to ease your transition into the advancements of drone technology.

During this infectious crisis, drones are providing the innovative solutions needed to combat the spread of coronavirus and get us back to business as usual. But after seeing how effective drones have been in combating the pandemic, maybe businesses will remain changed after all — this time for the better. 


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Fighting Fires

Fighting Fires from The Skies

This past weekend, Suntuity AirWorks hosted a booth at the Daytona Beach Fire-Rescue 2020 conference, and if you saw us there, you got a first-hand look at how drones are revolutionizing emergency safety procedures nationwide.

But in case you didn’t, you may be wondering, “How can a drone help with fires? Do they spray water from the sky?!”

Well, kind of…

But as that capability finds its footing, drones in firefighting today are used for far more than simply replacing a hose on the ground for one in the air. 







Each drone comes with various capabilities. From the tiny Mavic’s maneuverability and speed to the Matrice’s payload customization options, if there’s a job, there’s a drone for it.

This flexibility has positioned drone services as one of the fastest growing industries in the country. Drone pilots and professionals use different capabilities and payloads (cameras, sensors, etc.) for a variety of situations, from roof inspection to survey-grade mapping, so save clients money, time, and most importantly, lives.

Armed with these aerial capabilities, firefighters are being trained to send in drones with protective casing, thermal imaging, and hotspot detection software to pinpoint different heat signatures, structural concerns, and potential victims trapped in a blaze.

Despite their universal use, according to a report, in 2018 only 186 fire and EMS departments were actively using drones in their emergency procedures. But, according to a report by Goldman Sachs, the coming decade will show that number grow significantly with over $881 million expected to be generated by using drones in firefighting.

This is because data is the oil of this next century, and the value of data in an emergency field is invaluable.

When lives and millions in property damage are on the line, seeing through smoke to identify toxic substances or going where firefighters can’t to save buildings only scratches the surface of what drones can do to impact the world of firefighting.

There’s a reason one firefighting technician told CBS drones were, “The best tool we’ve gotten since the fire hose.” Drones are changing the way fires are fought with active incident infrared imaging, post-fire documentation, and data collection processes that weren’t even thought of a decade ago.

Want to learn more? Visit to see how we’re updating police, municipalities, and emergency response teams with the tools, training, and savings they need to update their processes with the considerable benefits of an aerial advantage.


Business Drone

Which Drone Is Best For Your Business?

As we wrap up the 2019 holiday season, drones have once again been atop many techy’s “Best Gifts” and wish-lists. After all, how many tech-loving mom or pop could say no to the fun, functionality, and potential of something like this?

But, as the professional market has clearly shown, drones are far more than just toys. In fact, each year, new entrepreneurs will race to Best Buy and DJI to pick up their tool of choice and try to make a business out of aerial photography, inspection, marketing and more.

According to the FAA, there are over 1.5 million registered drones in the United States alone. This tells us a few things.

1. Americans are buying drones.

2. Americans are trying to make money with their drones.

We know this because the FAA only requires drones to be registered if they’re to be used for commercial use. There are undoubtedly many Americans looking to make an extra buck or start a business with their drone of choice, but what does that look like at a larger scale?

Unfortunately for most, a grand majority of these businesses won’t take off thanks to a cool-down of hype surrounding the industry and what aerial technology offers. The good news is that a drop like this means that the hobbyists, amateur pilots, and just-for-fun small businesses have closed up shop.

This leaves the market with a unique opportunity for well-established, professional drone businesses, as well as businesses that build drone programs from the ground-up. Fortunately, Suntuity AirWorks covers both ends of that spectrum, but in case you want to go it alone, you’ll need to know what mistakes to avoid. 

The first choice you’ll have to make is to know what drone to buy for your business — so here’s a comprehensive look at the major drones on the market now, organized by price/complexity, for you to peruse and make a decision for you, your business, or your community. 

For this breakdown, we’ll be exclusively focusing on DJI drones. There’s a reason DJI owns a whopping 76.8% of the drone market, and that reason coincides with how many of their drones continually top the review charts. It’s also why we at Suntuity AirWorks have become certified DJI dealers!

The Mavic Series

When it comes to drones for surface-level business operations, the lowest price point starts you off at the DJI Mavic series. Slick and technologically impressive for their price points, the Mavic series is more than capable of producing marketing videos, arena monitoring, and basic inspections. It’s considered a “consumer” drone by DJI, but that doesn’t mean it can’t still provide slick movement, powerful runtime, and supreme portability. 

However, it shouldn’t be used for most commercial purposes beyond marketing videos or gathering raw footage. Services like roof inspections, cell tower inspections, and infrared are outside of most mavic capabilities due to their lower-end megapixel count. Even so, the Mavic series is an excellent choice as a companion drone to your main service drone, and it should be the second drone you purchase to start your fleet. To find out the specific specs of each Mavic available, you can find a comparison sheet here, and if you’re interested in the latest Mavic Mini, you can find a suitable review here.  

The Phantom Series

The Phantom series is where we start to see the class of drones that are considered prosumer. These drones are typically at a higher price point than most consumers can afford due to the fact that they come standard with numerous capabilities that professionals need.

The Phantom series of drones are versatile, dependable, carry a fixed camera, and offer multiple features such as a collision avoidance system, 20 megapixel camera, 4K video, and up to 25 min flight time. This is the drone that introduces pilots to opportunities in mapping, 3D modeling, infrastructure inspections, and more. The Phantom 4 Pro is the place most budding drone businessmen and businesswomen start.

The Inspire Series

While the Phantom series is great, the Inspire series is where we start to see truly unique professional services come to pass. It is considered a professional level drone, with few real consumer uses. It’s “middle of the road” price point follows suit with more options for professional applications.

Unique features of the Inspire series includes raised landing gear that make 360 camera rotation possible, an option for two controllers (one for pilot, and one for the camera), interchangeable payloads with upgrade options for zoom lenses or thermal sensors, and more. This is the series used in Game of Thrones to film the dragon flight scenes, but it’s also used outside of cinematography for thermography, infrastructure inspection, and high-level scanning/modeling. 

The Matrice Series

Now we’re getting into the big boys of the drone world. The Matrice series are industrial-level drones. Their high price-tag keeps even Hollywood away, but that’s because it’s designed specifically for specialized commercial applications at a large scale. It comes with RTK (with survey grade positioning), 17” propellers, water resistance, high-wind speed resistance, and complete customization for its payloads.

This means that the Matrice series can carry the heaviest, most high-end cameras, LiDAR, and up to three sensors all at once. And that’s just the beginning.

Crystal-clear zoom miles away? Check. Thermal capabilities that can spot the exact sections where a hot-spot will cause a system shutdown? Check. Optical Gas Imaging? Check. With a Matrice, the possibilities are endless.  

So what series is best for you to start, or better yet, best to upgrade your business? Is a Phantom better for a police force, or would a Mavic due well enough for traffic monitoring? Should an energy business invest in a Matrice, or will the thermal capabilities of an Inspire do just as well for their needs?

If these are the types of questions you find yourself asking, you’re in the right place. To learn more about running a drone business alongside Suntuity, visit us at To upgrade your businesses with discounts on drones, staff training, and insurance opportunities, visit us at

We’ll know what’s just right for your needs, and we can help you get up and running. Our goal is to evolve your industry will drone technology, and that starts with you. 


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New FAA Rules Set The Stage for Citywide Drone Services

Do you remember the first time you ever held a cell phone? Whether it was as a child or an adult, when America made the switch to mobile phones, we took our first steps with both excitement and trepidation. We all knew they were a sign of major changes to come, but none of us could really grasp just how much cutting the cord would alter not just our lives, but the entire country.

Flash-forward to today, and our iPhones are more like mobile computers than mobile phones. Sure, they can still take calls, but the possibilities and advancements of the cell phone exploded as more and more customers bought in to the new marvel of the modern era.

The same cautious excitement has met the drone industry today. When consumer and professional drones hit the market five years ago, people only considered them as a means of videography — like a mini helicopter with a camera. But just like the cell phone, drones are already evolving into the game-changing technology of the future.

This is due in part to new FAA restrictions easing their grip on the industry. In a new move called the Unmanned Aerial System Integration Pilot Program, the FAA has set out to test less restrictive regulations with governments and private partners nationwide to better understand and implement drone technology in the future. 

In May, the FAA selected 10 test locations that will serve as ground-zero for incorporating aerial data into our everyday lives. These test sites will test drone use for delivery, data collection, inspection, city use and more as the FAA relaxes limitations for each instance. We’ve covered the complications of drone delivery here before, so who is really set to benefit when drone technology is more universally accepted across the country?

Overwhelmingly, the beneficiaries of increased drone use will be local communities, co-ops, and cities. Communities and neighborhoods small and large alike are already updating their emergency response, public safety, and engineering teams with drone technology, but significant growth is expected to compliment public departments dealing with traffic, missing persons, mosquito spray, infrastructure inspection, crime scene investigation and more. 

But regardless of the possibilities, the real-world results pouring in from drone services today are also having a direct effect on the movement toward further innovation. Even outside of the FAA’s test locations, states are seeing a rush to implement these services now as opposed to later with drone services that already follow the more restrictive FAA guidelines. 

In a recent “Fly-In” for over 100 public safety officials in Syracuse, NY, emergency responders were able to get their hands on aerial technology and perform routine drone tasks that would save time, money, and lives with drones in the future.

In response to the event, New York State Homeland Security and Emergency Services Commissioner Patrick Murphy said, “Unmanned Aerial Systems have rapidly become a critical component of emergency response operations, making it essential first responders have the training they need to utilize these devices in the field.” 

With drone services already impacting communities today and city-wide expansion planned for tomorrow, the possibilities for drone services are almost as endless as cell technology once was in the 90’s and 2000’s. But instead of adding gaming or dating apps to your life, drones will add efficiency and intelligence to already existing public services. On the eve of the drone era, only one question remains — how will drones evolve your community? 


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How Drones are Making Communities Safer, Smarter & More Accountable

Drones are changing the way business gets done in agriculture, energy, and telecommunications, but did you know that drone services are making just as big of an impact in your community?

We typically think of drones as a way to inspect industrial processes or annoy your neighbor, but cities nationwide are moving quickly to implement the advantages of drone technology for their first responders, city planners, and law enforcement. What does that mean for your community? The prospect certainly sounds ominous — after all, it looks an awful lot like “Big Brother” when governments and data collecting drones mix.

Fortunately, police departments are already following a safety roadmap to ensure drones are used to their fullest potential in hopes of creating a better, safer, and more positive police force. First and foremost, every police department begins their drone practices by creating a map of the city. These orthomosaic maps are used for various reasons, from mapping schools for active shooter situations to documenting crime scenes, and all of them provide police departments with the one thing they need most — information. 

Police are referring to their 2D and 3D maps to preemptively plan for the proper tactics and investigations needed to minimize risk when a situation turns sour. The better first responders understand a situation, the better they can handle it.

Next, police are seeing excellent drone use when it comes to traffic and event management. Cities that host large events have found that drones help see crowd movement in real time, which helps organizers plan for better crowd efficiency while police can monitor the entire situation and allocate officers exactly where they’re needed.

This same philosophy is being applied to traffic management. Police have typically only been able to dictate traffic after an accident from specific locations along the road, which severely limited their ability to manage traffic as a whole instead of from one chokepoint. Along with traffic light inspection and accident analysis, cities are already starting to see where the flow of people and vehicles can be improved.

How else are police departments using drones? Perhaps most importantly, they’re using them to save lives.

This is accomplished two-fold. The first way is through enhanced search and rescue efforts. Drones allow police to cover more ground at a more efficient rate than with helicopters or on-foot efforts, which have resulted in hikers, accident survivors, and missing persons being found in otherwise dire circumstances.

The second way is through informational de-escalation. It’s no news that American police officers are facing increasing levels of backlash from communities when a situation goes wrong. Many of these events are due to the intensity of a tough situation made worse by the split-second decisions officers have to make every day to either save or take a life.

It’s an impossible situation, but drone de-escalation efforts are being used to help officers and communities alike through on-scene monitoring. By accessing the scene from the sky before arriving on foot, police officers have access to critical information that can help paint a more accurate picture of the threat level of any given situation.

The monitoring can simultaneously be used to record by-the-book police interactions in conjunction with body and dash cams, granting another layer of protection and accountability to every police force implementing drone technology. Drone uses like this are already seeing dividends for police departments applying them with the right UAV tools, training, and systems to ensure new practices help, rather than harm, our communities.

Interested in learning more about which drone equipment and training packages are best for your city? We’ve got you covered. Check out our new Suntuity AirWorks Enterprise offerings to see how updating your community may be easier than you’d think.


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The Next Generation of UAVs is Here

The next generation of UAV technology is here, and DJI once again leads the industry into its next phase of innovation. During their 2019 Airworks conference last week, DJI introduced new drones, tools, and technologies to help bring drones into a new phase of precision data services.

One of the most exciting additions was the new DJI Phantom 4 Multispectral drone. While precision agriculture has been made possible by professionals fixing unique camera upgrades to service-grade drones, DJI’s newest Phantom model is set to be an out-of-the-box agricultural offering that maximizes efficiency in agricultural land management.

The Phantom 4 Multispectral was announced alongside the Agras T16 spraying drone, which is set to replace agricultural spraying airplanes at launch, and their timing couldn’t be better.

A new agricultural report indicates that drones will complement almost all agricultural processes in less than a decade thanks to their power to improve plantation, monitor crop growth, and supply important inputs to farmers in real time.

Along with their agricultural announcements, DJI introduced new gimbal attachments that allow developers to add various custom sensors and cameras to their units. 

While all of this is good news for the aerial industry, privacy concerns voiced by many (including the US government) continue to plague the drone manufacturer.  That’s why Suntuity Airworks is here – to ensure this new technology is properly vetted, registered, and signed-off on by professionals who know how to save you time, money, and lives with drone services.

While DJI looks to further innovate the world of drone manufacturing, Suntuity Airworks is positioned to further hone our drone services, training, and city-wide enterprise offerings with the best (and safest) technology available. 


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