Final week, DJI introduced its latest quadcopter for industry: the Phantom four RTK. This product marks a significant funding by DJI in the way forward for aerial mapping, and we couldn’t be more excited about the impact it will have on our community of drone operators.
While DJI often releases new drone models each year, the Phantom four RTK isn’t your common 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 constructed-in RTK capabilities means highly accurate drone data is now accessible to anyone. And we’re joyful to announce that Phantom 4 RTK information might be processed with DroneDeploy.
Until now, gathering highly accurate RTK drone data required a big hardware investment in your part. You either had to shell out upwards of $25,000 for a fixed-wing drone with constructed-in RTK, add an additional PPK kit to an current drone in your fleet, or create a customized RTK quadcopter.
You can now buy a drone that comes ready to produce survey-grade maps off the shelf at a 3X discount to previous RTK systems. And it’s appropriate with the batteries and different equipment you already own along with your Phantom 4 or Phantom 4 Pro.
The Phantom four RTK produces high-resolution drone maps (good day, 20MP sensor!) and 3D measurements which can be accurate within just a few centimeters — all without using ground management factors (GCPs). We were able to test the Phantom 4 RTK in advance of its launch, 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 precise information, however 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, each map will line up for more efficient comparisons. Why? Because every photo location taken with the Phantom four RTK is effectively an aerial GCP. That’s an enormous win for professionals evaluating job site progress, crops, and even measuring combination stockpile volumes.
Earlier than the Phantom four RTK, if you happen to needed to use a complete RTK mapping system out of the box, it required a fixed-wing aircraft. While these are nice for some industrial makes use of, they’re troublesome to maneuver and fly in city and residential areas. If you want to examine a building or take a quick survey of your site, you’d have been hard-pressed to do so safely with fixed-wing craft. With the Phantom 4 RTK you can take off, hover, and land on a busy construction site with ease, or inspect a roof in a residential neighborhood while avoiding trees and structures.