By Gladys Bates
Final week, DJI announced its latest quadcopter for business: the Phantom 4 RTK. This product marks a significant investment by DJI in the future of aerial mapping, and we couldn’t be more excited concerning the impact it can have on our community of drone operators.
While DJI ceaselessly releases new drone fashions each year, the Phantom 4 RTK isn’t your average drone. It’s a huge leap forward and will undoubtedly have a significant impact on aerial mapping for years to come. Why? The advent of a quadcopter with built-in RTK capabilities means highly accurate drone information is now accessible to anyone. And we’re happy to announce that Phantom 4 RTK data can be processed with DroneDeploy.
Till now, gathering highly accurate RTK drone data required a large hardware funding on your part. You both had to shell out upwards of $25,000 for a fixed-wing drone with built-in RTK, add an additional PPK kit to an current drone in your fleet, or create a customized RTK quadcopter.
Now you can buy a drone that comes ready to produce survey-grade maps off the shelf at a 3X discount to previous RTK systems. And it is suitable with the batteries and other equipment you already personal along with your Phantom four or Phantom 4 Pro.
The Phantom 4 RTK produces high-resolution drone maps (hi there, 20MP sensor!) and 3D measurements which are accurate within just a few centimeters — all without using ground control factors (GCPs). We had been able to test the Phantom four RTK in advance of its release, and our preliminary testing produced accurate measurements within 1–three centimeters in X&Y, and 5 centimeters in Z.
Not only will you gather more exact information, but your map exports from DroneDeploy will align perfectly to BIM fashions and different software. And while you evaluate maps over time, or side-by-side, every map will line up for more efficient comparisons. Why? Because each photograph location taken with the Phantom 4 RTK is successfully an aerial GCP. That’s an enormous win for professionals comparing job site progress, crops, and even measuring mixture stockpile volumes.
Earlier than the Phantom 4 RTK, if you happen to needed to make use of an entire RTK mapping system out of the box, it required a fixed-wing aircraft. While these are nice for some industrial uses, they are difficult to maneuver and fly in city and residential areas. If you want to inspect a building or take a quick survey of your site, you’d have been hard-pressed to take action safely with fixed-wing craft. With the Phantom 4 RTK you possibly can take off, hover, and land on a busy development site with ease, or inspect a roof in a residential neighborhood while avoiding timber and structures.
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