We remember before the year 2000 hit, people were talking about flying vehicles and how technology would change our lives. Anything that flies that was not meant to fly has this certain “fun” factor that everybody sees. Add to that the functionality of taking photos and videos and being able to secretly live out the inner pilot in us, drones have definitely found its place in our hearts.
But as we move forward, are we really limiting the drone to this “fun” box? As drone service providers in Dubai, we aim to educate the people that “fun” can also stand for “functionality”.
In this blog, we give you 5 ideas of how your toy can actually do more than just fly around and why you should really invest on them for your business. After all, the real deal is, business will spend up to $13B on drones between 2016 and 2020, according to Goldman Sachs.
5 Reasons Why You Should Invest in Drone Services in Dubai
1. Extreme Temperatures
This is a no-brainer. Dubai and any region in the Middle East can be scorching hot. This is a nightmare for those out on the field. One thing is for sure, we’re not falling short of UV rays anytime soon. The dangers of UV rays are even more real than you expect. In the Middle East, there are 6.9 deaths per 100,000 people in 2013 and the statistic grows by at least 0.9% annually.
Just imagine this: being inside a cool room or under a covered spot, controlling your drone to check things out for you. Save your skin, save your health and the plus side? Your data is probably going to be even better than you expected.
2. Inaccessible places
We asked a couple of engineers here in Dubai what their pet peeve was at work and they both said the same thing: not being able to inspect awkward locations and tight spots. It’s either dangerous or simply inaccessible for humans because of structure or other risk factors associated with a current spot (i.e chemical plants, flare stacks). Would you risk the life of firefighters to find hotspots in a forest fire?
Most industrial drones today are not really small. We won’t lie. But their robust structure and the ability to fly gives them every advantage over the naked eye of a man on the ground doing manual inspection. In case you have not noticed, Dubai has been steadily growing infrastructures over the years and this increases challenging situations for most contracting companies. Some things just cannot be done.. well. Except if you have drone, of course.
3. High-Risk for Humans
Any workplace has its associated risks and any country has a form of worker’s compensation in place. Dubai is not a stranger to construction and other risky industries. After all, that’s why the United Arab Emirates is successful today – the focused growth on the oil and infrastructure businesses has paved the way for increasing revenues and opening the economy to greater and bigger opportunities. However, it is also a known fact that industries like these have huge health and physical risks. According to the article from Security Middle East Magazine, employers cause majority of the workplace injuries. This may be as simple as ineffective protective gear to unknowingly putting workers in danger to accomplish strict deadlines.
The UAE Federal Labour Law No. 8 of 1980 states that the maximum employer’s liability is not more than Dh 35,000. Surely, a limb or life is worth more than this. But will advanced drone services in Dubai set you back that amount? Of course not. The cherry on top is this: Safer workplace, happier crew, increased productivity – this is something that you cannot put a price tag on.
4. Cost-effectivity and Flexibility
Since we are on the discussion of prices, how much do drone services really cost? It would really depend, and that’s an honest answer. But the beauty of it is it diverts the project budget towards actual results which would be data interpretation and execution rather than time-consuming and effective manual labor.
Before drones, industries mainly used helicopters. Helicopters are great, can cover great distances and can easily carry a whole crew of people to do the surveying. But nothing in life is free, of course. Nothing is even cheap nowadays. Hiring a helicopter sets you back at around $2,500 per hour. Per day, helicopters can cover about 150 miles of land area for data gathering. Given the price tag and let’s close it on a 4-hour session which probably might not even be enough, you do the math. We can almost hear the dollar bills ruffle.
Advanced drone services in Dubai won’t make you wallet cry, that’s for sure. Shoot us an email and we’ll be happy to look into it for you here at Skystance. Trust us, we’re better at what a chopper can shoot.
5. Better data volume and data processing
Early days of inspection and surveying consisted of paper and a lot of it and a whole lot of manual labor.
It takes days to finish a site, even weeks. Not to mention the time it takes to actually plot the data points and come up with substantial information for the project. If you were plotting a small piece of land, it should not be an issue. But for hectares of land, a small mistake can have huge consequences both physically and financially. An error in thousands of data points can mean the success or failure of a project.
According to this video, this contracting company in the US were able to finish two-weeks worth of work in just three days. Imagine all the time that you saved and all the effort that would now be devoted to actually implementing the data collected. That’s more time for the things that matter most to you which include weekends, family and even enjoying your job with less physical exertion.
The most obvious advantage of using advanced drone services especially in Dubai is you get real time information. This greatly increases the accuracy of your data and allows you to plan projects in a timely and update manner rather than waiting weeks. This translates to reaching deadlines faster and keeping your clients happy.
What else do you think are the reasons why drones should be used in Dubai? Are you part of any industry that would greatly be at an advantage using drone technology? Let us know and we’ll be happy to discuss your options. Fly on!