Drones are a viable tool for data collection and provide real-time information. Using data analytics enable inspecting bridges, mining, and weather forecast easier.

With technological advancement, the world is transforming right before our eyes. For instance, companies like Amazon use drone technology for faster and more efficient delivery. Also, in E-commerce instead of using humans as a delivery partner, drones are being used widely to drop parcels. But is it all that you can do with drones technology?

The true power of drones goes beyond that. Think of drones as a part of the broad network that collects data difficult to combine otherwise. In addition to taking aerial images, drones can collect data on everything from the health of the crops to thermal leaks in the building.

Let’s discuss in this blog how digital innovation leaders can leverage drones for data collection and perform better with data collection.

Making Sense of Data with Artificial Intelligence in Drone Technology

AI-enabled drones rely mostly on computer vision to detect objects and collect data even in flying mode. Computer vision works through the neural network that enables drones to perform object detection, tracking, and classification altogether. In addition, neural networks can be trained to continue learning during operation, thus improving detection and analysis.

Moreover, the incorporation of Artificial Intelligence in drones makes them automate some or all of their operations. Types of drone data that can be collected by using drones are as follows

1.    Images

Drones with an in-built camera, equipped with thermal, infrared, and HD capabilities is fruitful for public institutions and other organisations to get clear images from each angle to study the behavior and examine changing patterns.

2.    Voice & Video Communication

A damaged network infrastructure or low coverage slows down response time and reduces efficiency. Using drones equipped with automated voice technology can make data transfer and communication easier and faster.

3.    Sensor-generated Data

A drone equipped with a sensor helps in the data collection of multiple information such as a change in speed, distance, temperature, light, sound, and presence of magnetic objects.

4.    Location & Navigation

Don’t want to lose unforeseen circumstances? Drones are happy to help you. Drones in-built with GPS tracker and radar makes collecting and sharing precise information easier. These drones are best for surveillance, mapping, and geospatial exploration.

 Top 5 Use Cases Of Drones for Data Collection

1. Inspecting Bridges

An American infrastructure report says that 42% of bridges are 50 years old, in poor condition, and need regular inspection to remain safe.

Traditional bridge inspections including snooper trucks are costly, dangerous, and often lead to other problems like lane closure and traffic.

An AI-enabled drone is a perfect hack to combat the high surveillance and visual observer costs. . By using sensors, these drones easily detect and localize critical information like maintenance and safety issues with minimal human intervention.

2. Inspecting Mines

The mining industry is a hazardous industry due to the presence of higher levels of explosive and toxic gases involved in the inspection process.

Using drone technology keeps inspectors safe from exposure to toxic gases, dangerous heights, and exposure to falling debris.

Inspectors can explore and analyze any area by using drones from a safer place. Also, drones provide real-time monitoring and decrease the fatality rate.

3. Inspecting Power Lines

The traditional method of powerline inspection includes the inspection via foot, car, and helicopter. In addition, rural powerline, rough terrains, and high lift usage make the inspection time-consuming and dangerous.

Drones armed with a camera and thermal imagery sensor can quickly scan the area, collect the data by limiting human intervention. Therefore, drones enable utility companies to track the changes in the power line and poles over time and plan renovations.

4. Inspecting Oil & Gas Pipeline

The oil and gas pipeline industry requires regular inspection to prevent pipeline bursts, punctures. Documenting and inspecting multiple checking points along the pipeline is challenging for the inspection team.

But adding data analytics, post-processing, and automated drones can gather data around the whole area for possible corrosion factors. Additionally, the automation capabilities enable drones to trigger alerts in emergency events and minimise risk.

 5. Weather Forecast

As the climate is changing so does the face of natural calamities. And traditional weather forecast methods fall short in forecasting accurate weather.

Using drones to collect the atmospheric pressure improves the weather forecast accuracy. It also enables meteorologists to provide accurate 10-day weather forecasts and advanced warnings for natural calamities like tornados and typhoons.

The Future with Digital Eye

In day-to-day situations, it’s hard for a person to be available in physical form. Using drone technology can step up the real-time information game transform like never before.

By using data analytics and machine learning algorithms, drones can help businesses fastly process the data collection and make daily operations easier. So, are you ready to fly high with data via drones?


Vatsal Ghiya is a serial entrepreneur with more than 20 years of experience in healthcare AI software and services. He is the CEO and co-founder of Shaip, which enables the on-demand scaling of our platform, processes, and people for companies with the most demanding machine learning and artificial intelligence initiatives. https://www.linkedin.com/in/vatsal-ghiya-4191855/