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Covid-19 Could Be Boon for Drone Industry

May 4, 2020
Drone flying through the sky.

While Covid-19 has slowed or stopped most on-site projects, new drone delivery services have surfaced. But according to Drone DJ most business within the drone segment is not dropping off, because work still has to get done. Dan Burton, CEO of DroneBase, says the company inspects wind turbines every year. 

With the need for social distancing, drones are in even more demand. 

“Now in the Covid era, there’s much more focus on this technology’s ability to provide safer inspection, risk-free, contact-free inspection,” he told Drone DJ.

Drones also offer a way to inspect damaged properties remotely. “Now in the Covid era, there’s much more focus on this technology’s ability to provide safer inspection, risk-free, contact-free inspection,” he says.

A local drone pilot can fly the drone to collect images, with no need to actually walk the property or climb a roof.

Demand for drones on a building and construction site inspection has also gone up, he says, as workforces are locked down. That’s true even for companies that had in-house drone departments. Burton says that these companies were already starting to outsource providers, but the desire to keep their employees safe has accelerated the move.

 

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