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About DroneDeploy

DroneDeploy develops a cloud software platform for commercial drones, and is making aerial data accessible and productive for everyone. DroneDeploy is transforming the way businesses leverage drones and aerial data across industries, including agriculture, construction, mining, inspection and surveying. Simple by design, DroneDeploy enables professional-grade imagery and analysis, 3D modeling and more from any drone on any device.

DroneDeploy Headquarter Location

1045 Bryant Street

San Francisco, California, 94107,

United States


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Using Digital Twins And Drones To Capture Physical Enironments

Dec 28, 2021

getty In 2020, the worldwide digital twin market size was valued at $3.1 B, and by 2026, it’s expected to reach $48.2 B. Amazon Web Services’  TwinMaker  manages existing data streams to understand a production line in a factory. Nvidia’s  3D Omniverse digital twin  platform simulates and predicts climate change. These digital twin tools capture physical environments from existing sensors and data streams and enable simulations. Capturing large physical environments takes time to inspect and map - take the construction of a solar power plant with more than 1,000 acres. According to Mike Winn, CEO, and co-founder of  DroneDeploy , by creating a digital replica of these sites, you can more easily track, predict and act on these environments in real-time versus sending human workers to inspect different areas constantly. “Having digitized data helps with collaboration - whether that is a whole city or planet,” said Winn. “Workers in different geographic areas can analyze the same assets at the same time without having to be in the same place.” Winn says that today, digital twins are being used in new ways to capture a physical space and allow people to inspect better and work on any farm or construction site from any location. “A great example of how digital twins and drones can be used to make construction safer is solar installation,” said Winn. “Every rooftop solar installation requires a roof survey, and historically did that with people climbing on roofs, but now solar installers like  Sunrun  are using drones to capture digital twins of rooftops.” “Drones are a game-changer for solar installers, which replace ladders, measuring tapes, and hand-drawn roof surveys with a quick drone flight, which is safer and ten times more accurate,” said Winn. “Software that automates drone flights and 3D digital twins have shortened Sunrun’s roof surveys from two hours to 15 minutes.” MORE FOR YOU Winn believes that digital twins and drones help keep workers out of precarious rooftops or near dangerous equipment in the oil and gas industries. “They also limit on-site visits and enable workers to continue operations remotely, which has been especially important during the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Winn. “For example, instead of multiple workers traveling and going on-site, one person can fly a drone, create a digital twin of the site, and easily share it with team members to review and collaborate. The whole process saves time and resources and also provides one accurate “source of truth” for documentation needs.” Civil infrastructure Win says they have seen the use of drones and digital twins grow in the construction and energy industries.” “Construction companies can now create a virtual twin of the construction site and share with owners and architects, saving on travel and time and keeping them connected to site progress,” said Winn. “Utility solar field construction can be on remote sites; but now one person can fly, easily overlay design plans to track progress, and share with a wide group of people to keep everyone informed.” London-based start-up  Sensat  is using digital twins in civil infrastructure projects. Bidders are using the company’s digital twin software on the  next High Speed 2 and Lower Thames Crossing project  to give them the insight to identify critical risks with more than just topographical maps. Farming Farmers are also using drones to monitor and capture digital twins of their fields. A farmer can fly a drone over their crops, create a digital map of the farm, and analyze plant health and the growth of crops in their fields. “We worked with Corteva to apply machine learning technology to drone imagery to help farmers, agronomists, and R & D teams to understand crop emergence in minutes,” said Winn. “This solution is completely offline and allows our customers to get in-field insights from anywhere.” Winn says an in the future; he would like to see every farm have a robot or drone already on-site regularly capturing field data. ‘Then if any areas of concern arise, the farmer can be alerted and then remotely dispatch a ground rover or drone to spray pesticide or any other required remedy without leaving their office or home.’ 2022 trend - robotics, drones and digital twins The most significant trend DroneDeploy is paying attention to is how digital twins will power workplace automation with drones and ground robotics. “With drones in the sky and robots on the ground, businesses can capture a complete reality of a physical site from any angle, inside and outside.” By 2030, the global industrial robotics market is expected to more than double in size, reaching $37 billion -  Charting Disruption 2022 “With these 3D digital models, they can then program robots to operate automatically within it, and in the long run, take actions,” said Winn. “Imagine that a technician could program a drone to fly over a solar power plant, identify thermal hotspots and then automatically trigger ground robots to walk to the hotspot and assess the problem.” “This is possible because robots are programmed with a digital twin of the plant and know where to walk, what to inspect, which anomalies to detect, and what to act on,” adds Winn. DroneDeploy has raised $142.6 M from Bessemer, Energize Ventures, AirTree, Scale, Emergence, Angelpad, Uncork and Frontline Venture. Follow me on  Twitter .

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DroneDeploy Patents

DroneDeploy has filed 4 patents.

The 3 most popular patent topics include:

  • Unmanned aerial vehicle manufacturers
  • Aerodynamics
  • Operating amusement attractions
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