As the availability of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles increase, so does the number and type of applications to which they are being used. To understand why the growth of UAV use is increasing so dramatically, let’s have a look at the top 6 UAV Applications of 2016.

6. Cinematography

From television programs, news and current affairs to movies, the use of the “drone shot” is becoming more and more noticeable. Aside from the novelty factor of including such a shot, it has the ability to provide a point of view that can reveal more than what we have previously come to know.

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5. Asset Inspection

Placing a manned helicopter crew in harm’s way in order to inspect assets such as powerlines or pipelines, can not only be a safety concern, but also highly inefficient wasting both time and money. Replacing a manned crew with an unmanned aircraft is proven to produce high quality information in less time, and at a fraction of the cost.

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4. Surveying

Surveying is a vital, however time consuming process that is essential to the successful completion of projects. UAVs with the right payload are able to decrease the time spent with similar levels of accuracy to ensure the project is completed successfully.

3. Communications Relay

As an alternative to satellites, a modern day approach to providing communications in remote regions of Earth via solar powered high altitude UAVs are currently being explored and developed by numerous private and commercial enterprises.

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2. Search and Rescue

When people go missing, the first hours are crucial in determining their whereabouts and returning them to safety. Getting a manned asset on site may take several hours and cost thousands of dollars. Having a man portable ‘eye in the sky’ that is quickly deployed and providing accurate information, could ultimately be the difference between life and death.

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1. Border Protection

In light of recent events in Europe and across the globe, ensuring safe borders has become a priority of countries around the globe. Providing those who have been tasked with keeping populations safe with an ability to identify threats from increased ranges, not only keeps those in harm’s way safe, but allows for additional time when making critical decisions that may result in retaliation or international condemnation.

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