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The Untapped potential of Orthomosaic Mapping&Drone Applications by Tedassie(m): 10:31pm On Jun 19, 2020
If you are a site engineer/ manager, farm manager, estate valuer, GIS expert, rescue operation coordinator, surveillance patrol team, forest manager, photographer/ cinematographer, etc. Chances are you may have come across this word: ORTHOMOSAIC MAPPING

The category of persons above should be familiar with either of these words: orthomosaic/orthoimage/orthophoto (all meaning the same thing) or you just did by reading this post.
An orthomosaic photo refers to an aerial photograph that has been geometrically corrected so that the scale is uniform I.e, with the same lack of distortion as a map.
Orthomosaic maps are made up of a series of individual photos taken by a drone (or other aerial means) along a specified flight path, and stitched up with the use of software so that they form a new composite image, consisting of all the smaller ones. Because it offers an accurate representation of the land, they can be used to measure true distances, allows for point clouds, volumetric, NDVI, as well as 3D tours.

*Orthomosaic maps of a Gully erosion site (photos taken by a UAV drone)

GIS mapping and UAV drones design and merchandise offers good business edge to various industries. Business tech buffs globally have swooped in to get a slice of this rapidly growing trend's pie,Nigerian entrepreneurs need to catch on to the trend asap.

The drone business opportunity market poised to grow 190% from 2014 to 2024, according to The Drone Co. For a budding entrepreneur, owning a drone in this day and age is a latent business opportunity just waiting to be explored and exploited.
For opportunistic businesspeople, drones have multiple uses and can be explored and utilized in a variety of ways:

One-man aerial film unit(filmmaking): With basic knowledge of operating video cameras and piloting drones, people can produce in-house documentaries,short-film,video snippets etc which would have otherwise require helicopters to shoot. Commercial photography and videography.

Agriculture Manning/Inspection: Drones can reach niche areas in half the amount of time that manual labor would take hence saving the farmer's time and energy! Farmers can use UAVs(by the way,UAV stands for Unmanned Aerial Vehicle. Drones are often called UAVs)
for pest and blight identification,crop health and weed identification and agriculture application such as fertilizer, pesticides and water distribution.

Mapping and Industrial Inspection: With a geo-referenced map,areas and objects can be easily measured and quantified with drones,which otherwise would take a ground team several vdays to cover. Architects, Construction site workers,Mining engineers,Shipping and Infrastructure professionals and more can be potential customers for a drone inspection business.

Drones are used for surveillance of disaster sites and areas with biological hazards, as well as in epidemiology for research and tracking disease spread.
Telecommunication drones are being used for diagnosis and treatment, perioperative evaluation, and telementoring in remote areas. Drones have the potential to be reliable medical delivery platforms for microbiological and laboratory samples, pharmaceuticals, vaccines, emergency medical equipment, and patient transport. Government agencies can facilitate drone use on the national agenda. The next steps include aggressive research initiatives in the areas of safety, industry expansion, increased public awareness, and participation.

Drone Advertising and Marketing: Drones have yet another unusual function of intelligence gathering and data mining for businesses. Backed by cloud services and big-data techniques, the unprecedented data gathering capabilities of drones have the potential to radically alter the competitive dynamics of the information landscape. Apart from this, drones can be used for marketing campaigns by carrying advertising banners and shooting aerial footage campaigns, maximizing exposure for companies.
Other drone business opportunities that is gradually taking the world by storm especially in this period that the world is experiencing a pandemic.
✓ Commercial inspection services
✓Package delivery
✓Residential Home delivery
✓Drone Aerobotics shows
✓Fast food home delivery...A host of fastfoods in the US(Domino Pizzza as at last year made plans to invest in the use of drones for pizza delivery)
✓Software Programming/Applications:
To the teeming software engineers and programmers,if you know something particular that the drone market is lacking then invest in creating an app for it.

cc: Mymyers45, Ujsizzle

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