Powerful New Drone Cameras Announced

Drones have long been used to help map and survey assets from the sky. That’s because, when it comes to visual inspection, UAVs offer a significant time efficiency advantage over traditional on-foot data collection methods.

But ease is one thing — accuracy is another.

From erosion inspection to 3D cell tower mapping, the ability to precisely identify areas of concern is paramount to companies managing multi-million dollar assets. Drones have proven to be up to the task, but with the announcement of Zenmuse’s new P1 and L1 cameras, UAVs are set to change the way we see surveying, 3D modeling, and mapping forever.

Let’s start with the P1.

Zenmuse P1-Full Frame – The New Benchmark for Aerial Surveying

Set for compatibility with DJI Enterprise drones, the P1 is designed for photogrammetry missions. The robust versatility of the low-noise, high-sensitivity sensor ensures greater control, accuracy, and capture efficiency simultaneously from both 2D and 3D models.

The camera itself has been upgraded to 40 megapixels, and can be outfitted with 24, 33, and 50mm lenses. Coupled with a capture system at a GSD of 3cm, an 80% front overlap rate, and a 65% side overlap rate, this payload is more than ready to replace your traditional photogrammetry systems.

But that’s not all.

It’s also outfitted with a 3-axis gimbal with Smart Oblique Capture, a full-frame sensor that can take a photo every 0.7 seconds, and a global mechanical shutter with the new TimeSync 2.0 system.

The point? You can now accurately cover over 3 km of photogrammetry data in a single flight. This means that, in a single workday with the P1 camera, you can easily cover 7.5 km of elevation mapping, 3D modeling, and more.

However, if you’re looking to dive even deeper into aerial surveying, then the Zenmuse L1 deserves your attention.

 

Zenmuse L1- A Lidar & RGB Solution for Aerial Surveying

 

Are you looking to add real-time 3D data to your DJI Terra or Matricce 300 RTK? What about true-color point clouds for immediate insights onsite? Then the Lidar capabilities of the L1 are for you.

This Lidar module of Zenmuse’s new lineup sports an IP44 rating that lets you accurately scan in rain, fog, or at night with a 70 degree FOV and visible light camera with a 1-inch sensor.

But the real star here is the laser light used in the camera for unparalleled data precision at 240,000 points per second. With raw information at this magnitude, the L1 was built to acquire and communicate critical dimensions on the point cloud model using measurements and annotations.

It also allows users to cross IMU and GNSS data for point cloud and visible light calculations, along with POS data calculations, to effortlessly generate reconstructed models and accuracy reports. 

 

Which is right for me?

 

Both the Zenmuse P1 and the Zenmuse L1 were built for the mapping and surveying market, but that doesn’t mean that their capabilities fully overlap.

Stunningly accurate modeling, surveying, and mapping can be achieved with each, but the Lidar capabilities in the L1 will put it out of the price range of those looking for photogrammetry needs outside of ground surveying for construction. The P1’s focus on photogrammetry and frugal design makes it more appealing to companies looking for building, erosion, and damage inspection, while the L1 is geared towards large-scale surveying with pinpoint laser accuracy requirements.

Regardless of the model you choose, both further legitimize drones as the most efficient, safe, and now accurate source of data inspection and analysis from the skies. 

 

How Drones Are Fighting The Wildfires

The West Coast is burning.

Over the past month, more than five million acres have burned across California, Oregon, and Washington. Tens of thousands of people living in the Pacific Northwest are now displaced. At least 27 have perished in the fires. But that’s only the beginning.

Millions unaffected by the flames are subject to the smoke, which, according to the EPA’s Air Quality Index, is 200 points above the maximum threshold for “unhealthiness.” The air quality in Oregon is so far beyond “hazardous” that scientists simply don’t know what the long term health effects may be.

As the Earth continues to warm and the climate continues to produce more volatile weather patterns, we can expect situations like this to become more of the norm than an outlier. This means that, as a nation, we must come together in order to work safer, smarter, and more efficiently than ever before.

That’s where drones come in.

In order to curb fires before they spread, monitor areas of concern, and see through smoke in order to find displaced or trapped people amongst the blaze, drones are offering the unique opportunity for firefighters and first responders to gain an upper hand.

Thanks to their unique mobility and ease of deployment, one of the ways drones are helping today is by dropping “Dragon Eggs” on at-risk areas in order to contain the spread before it reaches new territories. These “eggs” are balls filled with fiery chemicals that are deployed by fire teams in what’s called a “burnout operation.” These operations were historically only enacted in rare occasions via helicopters, but with drones, they are seeing wildfire containment upwards of 61%.

But that’s only the beginning.

Drones with thermal cameras are also being used to scan the outskirts of the fires in order to identify rogue embers and hotspots spreading outside of the burn area. With this live monitoring capability, firefighters have been able to immediately douse new wildfire offshoots before they become infernos of their own.

We’ve covered the use of drones in traditional firefighting before, but as new firefighting threats emerge in 2020 and beyond, it’s important to remember that drones have evolved the way we think about information.

Just ten years ago, helicopters were the only way to track and combat wildfires.
So what are you saving when switching from a helicopter to drones?

For starters, price. The cost and flight of a helicopter is nowhere near that of a drone, let alone an entire fleet of drones complete with thermal cameras and volumetric measuring capabilities. But we should also consider ease of use, speed of deployment, and the practical application of a drone on-scene in the back of a truck, vs a helicopter on a landing pad 60 miles away.

But what’s the real price for sticking with traditional technology over upgrades to our ways of thinking? Our forests. Our property. Our lives.

We have the power today to easily and effectively monitor, scan, and prevent fires with recent advancements in drone technology. The next step is updating our firefighters and first responders with the training and equipment they need to apply that technology to the best of its ability.

Drones can make our communities, our country, and our planet a smarter and safer place in the future. With the applications we’re seeing today fighting wildfires, inspecting energy infrastructure, and maintaining communication networks during crises like this, perhaps there’s reason to believe the future can be brighter than woes of 2020 would have had us otherwise believe. 

Buying VS Leasing Your UAV

Over the last decade, it’s safe to say that we truly live in an era of technological innovation. The computers, software, and technology we used back in 2010, for example, are not even comparable to the phones, data processes, and learning programs used in business today. Unfortunately, for many mid-sized businesses, that can be a double-edged sword.

On one hand, it’s easier than ever to streamline costly procedures and information systems with new and disruptive technology. On the other hand, within a few years that technology will be obsolete as newer technology enters the market. 

The same conundrum can be found in the UAV service industry. With technology that’s still so new (and constantly improving), drone services are constantly being updated with the latest software, cameras, and UAVs to ensure that inspection and data collection services can advance at an even faster rate. And while this is good for a company’s services, it can be a hefty investment — particularly if entire drone fleets are purchased just before newer, better drones are announced.

Luckily, we at Suntuity AirWorks offer drone leasing to help mitigate cash flow and ownership problems that come with investing into new technology. But that begs the question … which option is best for your business? Leasing, or buying?

Let’s find out!

The Advantages of Leasing Drones

First and foremost, the primary advantage of leasing business equipment is that it allows you access to the assets you need at a minimal initial expense. With this option, your cash flow can remain relatively unaffected as you add $20,000 worth of UAVs to your fleet. In addition to the initial monetary advantage, lease payments are also tax-deductible as a business expense, which reduces the net cost of your lease by a significant margin.

Beyond expenditures, however, is the fact that leasing drones allows for more flexible terms of ownership than you’ll find with loans for buying equipment. If you lease a drone and find out 6 months later that newer drones have entered the market, we allow easy lease upgrades to ensure you’re not stuck with an outdated drone in your back pocket.

Of course, the disadvantage of leasing is that you’re paying a higher overall cost proportional to the amount of time you would have spent owning the drone. Smaller payments, flexible terms, and tax deductions vs higher overall cost.

The Advantages of Buying Drones

The largest and most obvious advantage of buying business equipment is that you own it. This is especially true when your equipment has a long lifespan and is not likely to be outdated, such as with office furniture or large machinery, but how does owning a drone compare? Before we answer that question, let’s consider some additional buying advantages.

Since you’ll own the drone, you will only be paying the price of the equipment itself rather than a higher price over a set amount of time. You can also deduct your fleet and equipment as an asset of ownership on your taxes, as well as the depreciation of that equipment as time goes by. On top of that, owning the equipment means that you can eventually sell it to regain value before purchasing newer upgrades.

But let’s consider the major disadvantage of owning your drone fleet. The Expected Useful Life (EUL) for UAVs and their payloads is between 3 – 5 years. That’s a far cry from the EUL of office furniture.If you maintain your equipment, you can reach the latter end of that timeframe, but as software and systems evolve, so too do the necessary quality requirements required of your drone. However, there’s also a greater initial expense when buying drone equipment, and if your equipment becomes obsolete, you’re stuck with it. 

What’s Best For My Business?

When considering the major advantages of leasing vs buying, your first step is knowing your organization’s needs compared to the advantages and disadvantages of leasing vs buying.

If you only need a few entry-level drones to provide basic volumetric measurements, surveying, or on-scene monitoring, then you’re less at risk of functional obsolescence than a company using high-level enterprise drones and software to detect gas leaks with thermal imagery. That means buying might be the best option for your business. But if your company requires the higher-level drone operations (like in the latter example), then leasing is most likely better for your business.

With these factors in mind and more, your best option is get a comprehensive breakdown of drone needs vs price to determine exactly how you can best save money while improving your processes with the power of drone technology. That’s where we come in.

Contact us today https://suntuityairworks.com/contact/, and one of our drone representatives will provide a price breakdown that’ll determine which drone buying or leasing packages will work best for your business.

Upgrading your industry with UAV expertise has never been as easy and necessary as it is today, and as we prepare for the changes of tomorrow, Suntuity AirWorks is here to help you save time, money, and lives every step of the way. 

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 833.424.7957 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 https://suntuityairworks.com/enterprise/.


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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 (https://suntuityairworks.com), through its collaboration with Suntuity University’s AirWorks Academy (https://suntuityuniversity.com/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 (https://suntuityairworks.com/enterprise/), 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 (http://suntuitygroup.com/suntuity-cares/) 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 https://suntuityairworks.com/mavic-2-public-safety-webinar/, 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.

For more information on Suntuity AirWorks and its drone services, click here: https://suntuityairworks.com/enterprise/

For more information on Suntuity University and its training capabilities, click here: https://suntuityuniversity.com/

About Suntuity AirWorks
Suntuity AirWorks (https://suntuityairworks.com) 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 (https://suntuityuniversity.com/) 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.

Disclaimer:
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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 https://suntuityairworks.com/enterprise/ 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 www.suntuityairworks.com/enterprise 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.

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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 www.suntuityairworks.com/academy. To upgrade your businesses with discounts on drones, staff training, and insurance opportunities, visit us at www.suntuityairworks.com/enterprise.

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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