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A drone or an Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) is essentially an aircraft without a pilot on board. Bear in mind that drones can range from ones that can fit in your pocket to ones that weigh several tonnes, the degree of control of UAVs or drones can vary from remote control by a flight operator on the ground to completely autonomous flights. Drones are used for purposes that range from surveillance and weather research to streaming Internet services and delivering essentials.
Drones are here to stay and will only proliferate more. From the entire range of drones that exist, the ones that will change the way we live are the ones used for three main purposes:
Security: Removing people from danger
Inspectors of assets like powerlines, cell towers and pipelines, rescue workers and even law enforcement can view and understand their point of interest without being placed in danger because drones offer a way for them to observe without being placed in mortal danger, this also allows people to make decisions faster and with more information.
Reach: Enhancing what we can see
Planning large scale projects like highways, or keeping track of how much mining takes place are some of the things that drones can help us understand better by helping us see the reach and observe places that are beyond the reach of humans because of inaccessibility or dangerous work environments. Drones offer a birds eye view of the landscape without missing out on the finer details.
Productivity: Getting things done faster
Drones do not have to worry about navigating the obstacles on the ground, because they are removed from the terrain they are observing they are very efficient at collecting information over large distances.
Drones, at the end of the day, are very effective and intelligent data gathering tools. To understand where the industry is heading and how it will shape up, you can read about it through helpful links listed below.
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Since drones are extremely good at collecting data in terms of cost and time, the natural question that follows is ...
Beyond just observing the world from an elevated point of view, technology can be used to channel that data and perspective through processing software and algorithms to turn visual data into numbers and decision points about how healthy an asset is or how fast a project is evolving.
Turning drone data into information and insights that can be used to make decisions are known as Drone Solutions and this is a domain that is rapidly evolving all over the world to help everyone from enterprises to farmers and governments.
Our own solution built from the ground up has helped connect farmers and evolved better business practices
There was a time when cell phones were not as ubiquitous as they are today, now more than a billion smartphone users in the world populate the world constantly connecting every corner of the Earth at every moment. Drones are heading in the same direction, soon there will be a day when the cost of owning a personalised smartphone/computer in the sky will be affordable enough for the average smartphone user today.
Keeping the future in mind it helps to know that flying and owning drones comes with enormous responsibility and employment opportunities.
Nice try, but one should learn where they are flying their drone or Unmanned Aerial Vehicle and learn the rules, laws and requirements of their country before even considering getting a drone.
Visit the drone regulations website to understand how your country regulates drones.
If you have a drone, and would like to know whether you can fly it, visit our quick guide to drone regulations in India .
India is yet to finalise drone regulations and permissions are granted on a case to case basis for predominantly government organisations, private companies working on government projects or research institutes. However, the Indian Government has been working towards establishing a policy wherein security concerns and potential applications for the good can be balanced through efforts made by the Director General of Civil Aviation (DGCA), Ministry of Civil Aviation (MoCA) and other ministries.
Key takeaways from DGCA draft on drone flying in India
Classification and registration of drones
As per the draft regulations, the drones are classified based on their maximum take-off weight.
(1) Nano: Less than or equal to 250 gm
(2) Micro: Greater than 250 gm and less than or equal to 2 kg.
(3) Mini: Greater than 2 kg and less than or equal to 25 kg.
(4) Small: Greater than 25 kg and less than or equal to 150 kg.
(5) Large: Greater than 150 kg
Registration of Drone is required - Except for Nano category and those operated by Government Security Agencies, all other commercial categories of drones will be registered by DGCA as per ICAO proposed policy in the form of Unique Identification Number (UIN).
Operating drones and hardware requirements
All drones are proposed to be operated in Visual Line of Sight, during day time only and below 200 feet. Dropping of any substances, carriage of hazardous material or animal or human payload is not permitted.
Micro and above category drones will have to be equipped with an RFID/SIM, ability to return to launch or home location and anti-collision lights.
Do's and Dont's
Certain restricted areas (meaning no flying) for operating a drone are:
(1) Within an area of 5km from airport.
(2) Within permanent or temporary Prohibited, Restricted and Danger Areas as notified by AAI in AIP.
(3) Without prior approval, over densely populated areas or over or near an area affecting public safety or where emergency operations are underway.
(4) Within 50 km from international border and beyond 500 m (horizontal) into sea along the coastline.
(5) Within 5 km radius from Vijay Chowk in Delhi.
(6) From a mobile platform such as a moving vehicle, ship or aircraft.
Drones are going to change the way industries like infrastructure and mining make decisions and with the forthcoming demand comes even greater demand for skilled pilots, data analysts and even business acumen to marry expectations and technology. You could either catch the updraft early or watch the drones take off into the future, if you are of the former do get in touch with us to be a part of the future!