Unmanned aerial vehicles - or drones - are a rapidly growing field, with great potential and many fields of application in the fields of security, civil protection, surveillance of facilities and natural environment, search and rescue and other important operational functions.
The last decade has seen a rapid increase in the use of drones by various agencies, companies and public organizations in many areas of facility management, many business operations and projects. Among other things, the results of the drone applications are encouraging for their further future development, development and widespread acceptance by the security service, but also by the civil protection bodies, for dealing with threats as well as natural and man-made disasters. Their ability to utilize in extreme weather and geographical conditions, the collection of data (video and audio) and their immediate transmission in real, but also their increasingly affordable costs, are just some of the key features that determine the evolution today and the impact of drones in the management of many projects, services and operations of security and emergency response and more.
The technological advancement in combination with the modern requirements for immediate response to security events >, but also the optimal management of natural and technological disasters as well as the preventive surveillance , are elements that have enhanced the use of drones in various application areas.
Drones spread their wings everywhere. Industry, logistics, agriculture, utilities, construction and mining, border security and defense, see autonomous aircraft in a range of useful applications and solutions, which will guide them in the coming years to invest significant capital in acquisition and use of drones.
They can also be used to meet business needs, such as surveillance of road network traffic, searches of missing persons , prosecution of smuggling < / detection of environmental and urban infringements , crime prevention , surveillance of areas of interest, involvement in forest and urban fires , research operations and rescue, surveillance and search of marine areas, protection of the marine environment and coasts, etc.
Drones can carry out research and broadcast live images in inaccessible and dangerous weather conditions, without the risk of loss of life or injury and available resources (considering the minimal cost compared to conventional research instruments such as helicopters).
Especially for disaster management companies provide an immediate overview of the site of the disaster and the general situation, achieving an assessment of hazardous conditions, monitoring and evaluating the effectiveness of ongoing operations, support to search and rescue operations (live view) and timely detection of of danger and providing immediate warning to the authorities and the public.
Of course, it is worth mentioning the widespread use of drones in many other applications such as professional aerial photography and video recording for events for the cinema, etc., the geographical mapping of inaccessible terrain and locations, the safety inspections of buildings, pylons electricity or telecommunications antennas. Also precision crop monitoring, monitoring of extreme weather conditions such as storms and forecasting of hurricanes and tornadoes.
It is also indicative that according to research by ReserachandMarkets, the global drone logistics industry will rise to $ 11.2 billion in 2022 and $ 29.06 billion in 2027, with an average annual growth rate of 21.01%. Based on existing technology, the transport of goods under 10 kg will dominate the market by 2022. However, as new technological innovations come to the fore, drones will become stronger , faster, safer and mainly cheaper, with the result that in the long run their use will be extended to the transport of significantly heavier loads. The explosive growth of the market also surprised the largest drone manufacturer, the Chinese DJI , which holds 70% of the market. According to the Financial Times, DJI's corporate customers grew by 80% annually.