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DroneDeploy

DroneDeploy

Create Aerial Maps and 3D Models

DroneDeploy UK Reseller

 

What is DroneDeploy?

DroneDeploy is an intuitive solution used to create aerial maps and 3D models. Using their mobile app - which is available on both Android and iOS - it’s possible to transform a range of DJI drones into reliable and powerful mapping tools. The DroneDeploy app facilitates automated flights from take-off and right through to landing while automatically capturing images that can be uploaded to their software for processing. These stills can be used to create a range of visualised data from 2D maps to 3D models.

 

Why Consider DroneDeploy?

  • An intuitive, simple to use solution
  • Affordably priced and feature rich
  • Potential for a greater ROI when compared to its competitors
  • Rapid processing and accurate results
  • Works with a range of DJI drones
  • An all in one drone surveying and mapping solution

Want to Know More?

What are the Subscription Options for DroneDeploy?

Drone Deploy FeaturesExplorer (Free)ProBusiness
Map & 3D Model Processing5 / monthUnlimitedUnlimited
Max Photo Upload per Map50010003000
Max 2D Resolution5 cm/pixel2cm/pixel1cm/pixel
Processing PriorityLowHighTop
SupportCommunityEmail & ChatEmail & Chat
Android & iOS Mobile App
Annotations & Collaboration
NDVI & Elevation Layers 
Volume Measurement 
Map & 3D Export 
Shapefile & Contour Export  
RTK & Custom Coordinates  
User Management  
Co-Branded Portal  
Ground Control Points  Cost per Map
 

Using DroneDeploy

 

DroneDeploy Orthomosaic

Orthomosaics

Collate accurate georeferenced, orthorectified maps.

DroneDeploy Terrain Modelling

Terrain Models

Create highly accurate topographic modelling, with DSMs.

DroneDeploy NDVI Analysis

NDVI Analysis

Collect simple crop health visualisations with five algorithms.

DroneDeploy 3D Mapping

3D Models

Construct detailed, accurate 3D models and point clouds.


The DroneDeploy App

 

DroneDeploy for iOS and Android

DroneDeploy’s mobile app allows users access to automated mapping services which are suitable for both beginners and professionals. Giving you complete control out in the field, their solution is a must-have for those looking to conduct aerial mapping services.

The app makes it simple to create flight plans on any device allowing you to launch a mission with automated take-off, flight, image capture and landing. You can keep on top of your flight through a live first person view and are free to take back control of the drone at any time.


Key App Features:

  • Intuitive user experience packed with functionality
  • Instantly measure both area and volume
  • Access your orthomosaic, NDVI, interactive maps and 3D models
  • Collaboration is made easy via shared maps and comment functionality
  • Help is always at hand thanks to DroneDeploy’s in-app support
  • Seamless compatibility with a wide range of DJI drones

These features make it simple to put together a range of data visualisations from orthomosaic, NDVI and digital elevation interactive maps to 3D models. DroneDeploy's full functionality suite is available for use through seamless integration with a highly intuitive app, making your aerial mapping projects as easy as the results are accurate.

 

DJI Drone Compatibility with DroneDeploy

DroneiOS v. 9 *Android 5+ **NDVI Capable?Flight time (mins)

DJI Inspire 1 V1

Compatible

Compatible

Only with supported NIR camera

20

DJI Inspire 1 V2

Compatible

Compatible

Only with supported NIR camera

22

DJI Inspire 1 Pro (with DJI MFT 15mm f/1.7 ASPH camera)

Compatible

Compatible

Only with supported NIR Camera

15

DJI Inspire 2

Compatible

In Development

Only with supported NIR Camera

27

DJI Phantom 4

Compatible

Compatible

No Compatible Cameras Available

28

DJI Phantom 4 Pro

Compatible

In Development

No Compatible Cameras Available

30

DJI Phantom 3 Pro/Advanced

Compatible

Compatible

Only with supported NIR Camera

23

DJI Phantom 3 Standard

Compatible

Compatible

Only with supported NIR Camera

23

DJI Matrice 100 (with DJI Camera)

Compatible

Compatible

Only with supported NIR Camera

Up to 40 mins

DJI Matrice 600 (with DJI Camera) *Currently no RTK

Compatible

Compatible

Only with supported NIR Camera

30-35

DJI Mavic Pro

Compatible

Compatible

No known NIR camera

27


Learn More

 

Now that you know what to expect it’s time to enquire further and discuss your needs with our team. DroneDeploy is a powerful aerial mapping tool that has taken the UAV mapping industry by storm, find out how it can benefit your business.

Want to try before you buy? DroneDeploy has you covered with its Explorer Plan which gives you an idea of what to expect with a limited version of the software. If you want to learn more about DroneDeploy and have Heliguy walk you through the process, don’t hesitate to get in touch with us:


DroneDeploy FAQs

 

General

Can you carry out a multi-battery flight in DroneDeploy?

Yes. It’s simple to swap batteries and continue your mission. Bring the drone back to its home point when the battery is low on power, swap in the new battery and restart your plan from the exact point where you left off.

Does DroneDeploy work with both Apple and Android devices?

While Android and iOS work well with DroneDeploy, Apple products offer a smoother experience than because of how Android handles a USB connection.

What happens when you fly autonomously with DroneDeploy and you lose your lightbridge controller and/or video signal?

If you lose connection, press and hold the Return to Home button on the controller to call back the drone. Once it returns, begin the mission again after power cycling the drone and restart your mobile device.

If you want to take control of the drone during the autonomous flights can you switch back to the DJI Go app and bring it back to the home point?

Yes. You can also press the Home button on the RC or in the DroneDeploy app. Alternatively, you flip the mode switch to disengage autonomous flight.

Does DroneDeploy support automated flight planning for mapping areas with large vertical topography like mountains, buildings, and towers?

The DroneDeploy mobile app allows you to capture oblique photos of objects using the Orbit at End of Mission tool. For best results, we do still recommend conducting some manual flying with your drone and then processing those images with DroneDeploy’s software.

Does the mobile app control my drone's camera angle?

Yes, the DroneDeploy mobile app automatically controls the camera to tilt down in a base position after reaching your preferred altitude. For areas where you need to tilt the angle of your camera, such as when conducting 3D models, you will need to fly manually.

To avoid burnt images due to the sunlight, what kinds of camera settings do you recommend?

If you're flying on a bright day, the images may be washed out unless the white balance is adjusted to "Sunny" in the DJI Go app. For these settings to apply, you must turn off Automatic Camera Settings in the DroneDeploy app in the advanced section of the flight plan.

What is the recommended front and side overlap?

We recommend that all images should have significant overlap (at least 70% side and front). The greater the image overlap, the easier it is for the software to process your image. Higher overlap gives you greater map detail.

Map Processing

Can I create 3D maps in DroneDeploy?

Yes, you can generate 3D models by using your drone for 3D mapping. Upload your geo-tagged drone imagery to DroneDeploy, and the software will take care of the rest. One of the big differences between DroneDeploy and other alternatives is that they carry out the processing for you in the cloud, so it doesn’t require a lot of desktop processing power.

Is it possible to upload additional images to a map after it has been processed?

Yes, you can upload additional images to a processed map.

Drones and Cameras

Do you need LIDAR drones to create elevation maps?

No. Elevation maps are created using standard geo-referenced cameras on drones. DroneDeploy does some advanced maths to figure out elevations by looking at differences in perspective between two overlapping images.

Do you need any filters on the cameras?

No, but the camera settings should compensate if you choose to attach one. Filters can be useful for taking some of the glare and reflection out of imagery which can help improve the final product.

Can you process thermal imagery in DroneDeploy?

Currently, the software stitches geo-tagged thermal imagery in the colourized JPG format. There are plans to support radiometric JPG and TIFF files moving forward.

What type of SD Card is recommended for mapping large areas?

A high-speed SD Card with at least 16GB storage is recommended for the best result.

Accuracy and Compatibility

What software could my customers use to view and manipulate the data exported from DroneDeploy?

DroneDeploy supports exporting in many file formats. Each data export format is different and you can use them in a wide variety of software.

How accurate is volume measurement using DroneDeploy?

Extensive testing has found volume measurements to be accurate to within 1-2% when compared to traditional ground-based laser measurements.

How would I use Ground Control Points to increase accuracy in volume measurement?

Ground Control Points (GCP) are an effective way to increase accuracy on a global level. However, the data you are getting from a standard drone flight without GCPs will produce highly accurate volume measurements as those measurements are at the local level. These measurements are typically 98-99% accurate so GCPs are not necessarily needed. Learn more about accuracy here.

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