3 Things You Need to Know About Drone Scanning
Drone scanning is a technological breakthrough that’s allowing businesses and individuals to exploit the power of computer vision in new ways. The applications of drone scanning are wide-ranging so it’s already being exploited in a number of use cases. Farmers, architects and field service agents are all using drones to improve the way they work. But there’s still huge potential for manufacturers, logistic providers and tech companies to start using drone scanning to save costs and reduce unproductive work practices in their organisations.
Here’s a quick look at where drone scanning is already in use and where it’s likely to go in the future. And if you want to start drone scanning yourself, skip to the bottom and find out how you can start drone scanning with just your smartphone and your favourite drone!
Drone Scanning is Getting More and More Popular All the Time
Drones have exploded in popularity since 2015. With the ability to capture high quality video from stunning aerial angles, it’s changed the way people record everything from sports competitions to music festivals. Of course, computer vision developers have also tried their hand at exploiting the agility of drones to design new and unique projects.
Some existing drone scanning use cases you may be aware of include 3D modelling of buildings, farm surveying through color analysis of fields, and aerial cell tower inspections. These applications are growing in popularity and make sense for companies as they help save money, improve safety and provide high quality results.
Drone scanning is a great way to remove workers from dangerous situations such as aerial cell tower inspections. Traditionally, cell tower inspections are manned operations that involve workers climbing towers with a harness to conduct routine inspections. With a drone, the entire process can be completed as an unmanned mission from a safe distance.
In the case of farm surveying, drone scanning provides farmers with information that’s otherwise unavailable to them. They can use drone scanning to detect fungi and parasites, assess field drainage and calculate acceptable rates of crop loss during harvest. These practices are essential for any farm hoping to reach smart farming standards.
3D modelling of buildings has many applications. It can be used to track progress on large scale infrastructure projects or to plan home remodelling projects. Overall, the applications of drone scanning are cost-effective and can gather data in a variety of ways.
Drone Scanning Makes Perfect Sense for Businesses
On top of a wide variety of use cases, drone scanning is also a cost effective way to gather images and data. This makes it perfect for businesses that need to quickly share information to decision makers and planners from remote locations. With the possibility to leverage real-time visibility, decisions can be made and implemented in a very short amount of time. In this sense, drones make the business world smaller and more manageable.
And manned drone operations are just the beginning of what’s possible for businesses. With the ever-improving development of autonomous drones, businesses will soon be able to deploy their drones to scan and photograph data on a routine basis. The potential for automated data gathering in real-world situations presents a huge potential for companies to streamline their data gathering activities.
Companies all over the world still rely on manual data entry and typing to gather data in their everyday processes. Human typing and data entry have inherent problems as forms of data collection. Most importantly, it’s almost impossible for any individual to have 100% accuracy during these processes. Typing mistakes can occur at any point and can have multiple causes such as distraction, fatigue and stress.
With autonomous and real-time drone scanning, companies will be able to gather data with a much higher accuracy than before. This improved data accuracy will have a number of benefits for companies and will help to avoid unnecessary loss and time waste during daily processes. This is part of the reason that Price Waterhouse Cooper expects drones to save businesses $127 billion in the next few years.
Drone Scanning is Already Being Used to Read Text and Codes
At Anyline, we specialize in developing mobile text recognition solutions. We provide mobile OCR technology to companies that want to scan license plates, passports, serial numbers and more with their smartphones. You can combine our mobile text recognition technology with your drone to create the perfect mobile scanner. And there are a number of companies that are already tackling warehouse management use cases with drone scanning.
Eyesee is one company that’s developed a drone to scan packet information in warehouses. As you can see, drones can quickly travel between packets and gather their information in an instant. The same type of scanning is possible with Anyline for all of the following use cases:
- License Plate Scanning
- Utility Meter Scanning
- Shipping Container Scanning
- VIN Scanning
- Serial Number Scanning
Our technology works offline to keep scan results secure and provides +99% scan accuracy. It even scans in low-light conditions when installed on devices where automatic torch activation is possible. With the ability to instantly capture and transfer data when a secure internet connection is available, Anyline can be combined with a drone to create the most versatile drone scanning unit possible.
Interested in Drone Scanning with Anyline?
Want to start using your drone to scan text, codes or more? Anyline offers a range of mobile text recognition solutions for the most common use cases such as license plate and serial number scanning.
Anyline has been chosen as one of only 5 companies to be a Gartner Cool Vendor for SCE in 2018. Gartner Cool Vendors exist across all major areas of technology innovation. Those that stand out do so because they offer some disruptive capability or opportunity.
Anyline has been listed as a Cool Vendor for supply chain execution because of their mobile OCR technology. The text recognition of Anyline can scan target text, such as serial numbers or documents, with your mobile device. This technology is backed by artificial intelligence and machine learning to provide the most accurate scan possible.
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