Developing an Internal Drone Program vs Outsourcing Drone Services
Drones are part of a modernized new path to revolutionizing how people work on industrial projects. Capable of reaching various heights, recording valuable information, and keep individuals safe for normally dangerous tasks, their use in the workplace can increase both efficiency and personal safety.
Of course, there comes a big question when deciding to use drones within your organization. Develop an internal drone program or outsourcing drone services? While many organizations may be interested in utilizing their own drones for business related tasks, in most situations outsourcing drone services is a considerably better solution.
Drones, especially those used in industries like real estate, agriculture, wind and solar, mining, industrial inspection, and any other business, cannot just be used on a whim. In fact, drones are required to abide by strict FAA regulations for flight and privacy, simply because of how easy it is to violate these principles without realizing it.
Indeed, there’s more to drone usage than just running down to your local store and grabbing one. Drone users, especially for the mentioned above, must abide by a strict set of regulations. Additionally, the drone user in question must be certified and licensed, while simultaneously keeping up with the constantly evolving State and Federal drone law. Those that do not abide by these laws and regulations are subject to criminal charges and fees, which is just money lost for your business.
Using a drone service circumvents these issues, since you’re no longer responsible for the cost and upkeep of abiding by new regulations. Additionally, you save time on the training and investment of properly certifying employees.
Even if you do assign an employee the task of operating a drone. Once the employee is certified, there is always risk they will breach a law or regulation. Whether intended or not, in an industrial environment, such regulations are challenging to abide to, and each time your workforce is found in violation, that’s money cutting into your project budget.
Pilots are also responsible for carrying out the intended task without error, which has its own challenges. Drones come with a variety of flight modes and operation demands. So, even if a worker is certified and abides by regulations, they still need to proficiently control the drone.
Proficiency in drone operations, are skills learned by utilizing drones in all types of operational situations. Our professional pilots operate drones on a full-time basis providing all types of professional services. To safely operate drones in industrial environments using your employees will require time, training and practice.
In addition, there are several other factors to consider: drone life, flight distances, wind, control at various heights, and others all prove to have their own challenges. However, our drone services offer all the efficiency required to meet these demands, using our own professional pilots and abiding by all regulations as required.
There’s also the matter of equipment and maintenance. Drones which observe and perform safety inspections are exposed to hazardous environments routinely. As such, it’s expected they may become damaged or become worn down over time. This results in either need for a total replacement or ordering repair parts, which can add up depending on the drone.
Our service on the other hand will charge you a flat, predictable fee, while managing the maintenance and upkeep of the drones ourselves. This way, you don’t need to worry about potential drone damages and its potential costs, all while getting the full use of drone services.
With our drone service, it’s also important to note we use a full range of powerful solutions to meet your inspection needs. Multiple solutions are available through our drone service; thus, you get an advantage without the need to acquire them yourself.
What are these advantages?
- Collision avoidance, which helps the drone avoid hitting walls, towers, or hard surfaces
- High resolution cameras for accurate recording of areas from a variety of angles
- High resolution radiometric thermal imaging, which allows our drones to detect and collect thermal data. Radiometric images store thermal data in each pixel of an image allowing post flight thermal analysis.
- Zoom capable cameras, which allows for pinpointing specific areas for inspection
- Dual battery platforms which allows for extra flight times and longer recording periods
- All necessary external battery and charging equipment which allows for continuous all day operations
All of these hardware additions are expensive and require a heavy investment. Replacing them – much less acquiring them – is another costly venture you avoid by utilizing our professional drone service.
Finally, our drone services are properly insured. It’s not generally known, but most insurance plans will not cover drone use. When operating drones, additional insurance is typically required. This is another cost associated with using drones, and over time, can add up.
In review, your costs would need to cover drone, additional equipment, regulatory compliance, certification, training, maintenance, parts, and insurance. All this adds up for what is supposed to be a flexible method for safety inspection. What started off as a great idea now sounds too expensive.
But, by using our drone service, you get around all these problems. We use the best hardware, follow regulations, keep updated on new FAA laws, have our own insurance, and manage the cost of operations. You’re only left with one flexible cost which yields you the results you wanted.
Drones are a modern way to handle old problems. It can’t be denied how much faster and safer they make inspection operations or how they help with planning. Real estate can use them for sales, agriculture can adopt them for better plant health data, and industries can use them during construction or inspection. But, of course, all this comes with a price.
However, thanks to our professional service, you don’t have to be left behind in the digital dust. If you’re looking for a modern method to handle specialized operations, consider utilizing drones. We offer you all the advantages drones can offer at a fraction of the cost.
Whether you decide to implement an internal drone program or would prefer to outsource drone services, Inspectifly can assist you! We offer a full range of Industrial drone services as well as consulting services, to assist you in setting up your internal drone program quickly and efficiently.
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