The Future of Drone Mapping with the DJI Phantom four RTK

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Final week, DJI announced its latest quadcopter for business: the Phantom four RTK. This product marks a major investment by DJI in the future of aerial mapping, and we couldn’t be more excited in regards to the impact it is going to have on our group of drone operators.

While DJI ceaselessly releases new drone models each year, the Phantom four RTK isn’t your average drone. It’s an enormous 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 knowledge is now accessible to anyone. And we’re glad to announce that Phantom 4 RTK data may be processed with DroneDeploy.

Until now, gathering highly accurate RTK drone knowledge required a big hardware funding on your part. You both had to shell out upwards of $25,000 for a fixed-wing drone with constructed-in RTK, add an additional PPK kit to an present drone in your fleet, or create a customized RTK quadcopter.

You can now buy a drone that comes ready to provide survey-grade maps off the shelf at a 3X discount to previous RTK systems. And it is compatible with the batteries and different equipment you already personal together with your Phantom four or Phantom four Pro.

The Phantom 4 RTK produces high-decision drone maps (good day, 20MP sensor!) and 3D measurements which are accurate within a number of centimeters — all without using ground management factors (GCPs). We have been able to test the Phantom four RTK in advance of its release, and our preliminary testing produced accurate measurements within 1–3 centimeters in X&Y, and 5 centimeters in Z.

Not solely will you gather more exact knowledge, but your map exports from DroneDeploy will align perfectly to BIM fashions and other software. And if you evaluate maps over time, or side-by-side, every map will line up for more environment friendly comparisons. Why? Because each photo location taken with the Phantom four RTK is successfully an aerial GCP. That’s an enormous win for execs evaluating job site progress, crops, and even measuring mixture stockpile volumes.

Before the Phantom 4 RTK, for those who needed to use a complete RTK mapping system out of the box, it required a fixed-wing aircraft. While these are great for some industrial uses, they are tough to maneuver and fly in city and residential areas. If you wish to examine a building or take a fast 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 building site with ease, or examine a roof in a residential neighborhood while avoiding bushes and structures.