Aerial Mapping Takes a Leap with DroneDeploy's New iOS App

By CIOReview | Friday, February 12, 2016
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SAN FRANCISCO, CA: DroneDeploy, a cloud software platform for commercial drones unveiled its plan to introduce iOS flight app, aimed to simplify and automate the capture of aerial data for the iOS platform. So far, there hasn’t been a really defining technology for operating DJI’s drones. The underlying objective revolves around making powerful aerial data accessible and productive for everyone. This gives an edge to people using drones from DJI, as the software can autonomously fly and capture images, make professional maps for analysis, and perform 3D modeling.

The applications of drones stretch across almost all industry verticals and they have been transforming businesses since the very inception. These verticals comprise the industries likes of agriculture, mining, construction, real estate, and research. DroneDeploy provides aerial imagery and insights for its users utilizing the technology behind the latest generation of drones in a faster, safer, more user-friendly, and cost-effective manner.

"We're thrilled to offer flyers globally the ability to automatically fly and produce professional-grade maps for free on their Apple iOS devices,” said Mike Winn, CEO and Co-founder, DroneDeploy. “Now with just two taps on an iPhone or iPad, users can launch their mission and collect the data they need to extract insights for their business.”

The leading edge technology behind DroneDeploy has been so enticing for hobbyists and other global enterprise so far that users have produced and analyzed over 1 Mn acres of maps, expanding across 30 countries and 6 continents. The technology also reaches out and helps farmers to identify irrigation and pest issues, and while also reducing fertilizer applications. Construction sites and mining operations are benefitted with reduced costs and increased worker protection. Their Phones & Drones initiative tracks the effects of El Nino on West Coast for predicting rise in the sea-level. This in turn has enabled The Nature Conservancy to crowdsource drone citizen scientists with DroneDeploy’s web-based collaboration tools.

The iOS flight app includes live stream First Person View (FPV) and supports DJI’s best drones, including the Phantom 3 Pro, Phantom 3 Advanced, Inspire 1 and Inspire 1 Pro. The app is the only independent mapping app to presently support the Zenmuse X5 camera, built specifically for aerial photography and cinematography.