Who is using drones?
Now is the perfect time to invest in drone technology! More business and government entities are implementing drone programs to increase the efficiency and safety of their operations. After the initial outbreak of COVID-19, daily tasks became unsafe and, at times, illegal to perform. Industries that have never used drones in the past are using them to provide the same services they did before COVID-19, while social distancing.
“COVID, of course, caught everyone by surprise, but what we’ve seen is an acceleration of drone adoption trends,” says Jan Gasparic, DJI director of strategic partnerships in a statement to Fortune Magazine.
Police Departments are ramping up their drone programs to enforce social distancing. In the U.S. and other nations, several cities have deployed police drones with loudspeakers to tell crowds to disperse. Most of these drones monitor areas where large groups tend to congregate, like public parks and beaches.
In New Jersey, Elizabeth Police Department was one of the first to model drone usage to encourage social distancing. “These drones will be around the city with an automated message from the mayor telling you to stop gathering, disperse and go home,” said a police officer in a statement to Fox News.
Police officers are not the only ones conducting crowd monitoring. Some citizens have taken it upon themselves to use their drones to decrease gatherings. According to CBS News, a New Yorker attached a loudspeaker to his drone and flew it around the city, encouraging people to remain 6 feet apart.
Drone delivery for consumer goods has been an idea floating around in recent years but did not gain traction until social distancing became the new norm. The FAA approved UPS as a drone airline in October 2019. Since then, small deliveries have become increasingly popular to avoid close contact with others. UPS and CVS partnered with a retirement village in Florida to deliver prescriptions, according to The Verge. Medicine is one of the easier products to deliver with a drone because of its light weight.
The coronavirus forced schools to operate remotely, and drones are helping. The Smithsonian Magazine reported Montgomery County, Virginia, is using drones to provide summer reading materials to students at public schools. The drones do not have to land to make a delivery but can hover while lowering a package down to the students.
Even restaurants are employing drones to deliver food. In Holly Springs, North Carolina, a drone company partnered with local restaurants to provide food during the height of the virus, according to WRAL TechWire. Although we do not always see drones in our everyday lives, it is not hard to believe that we will soon, which is why now is the time to invest in drone technology.
Whether it is a drone enthusiast gathering footage from a deserted city, or a real estate agent giving house tours, drones are being used for virtual tours. NBC12 reports real estate agents in Richmond, Virginia, using drones to conduct virtual tours and to upload videos of houses online. The drone videos allow potential buyers to tour a home from the safety of their own house, and it provides a different perspective of the property.
Construction sites have been able to operate during COVID-19 with virtual tours provided by a drone. According to Industry Today, “A drone is able to collect and monitor data in a more effective and efficient manner which not only aids in virtual tours but could also, according to a report by PwC, save the UK construction industry over $4 billion by 2030.”
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