Last week, DJI introduced its latest quadcopter for business: the Phantom 4 RTK. This product marks a serious funding by DJI in the way forward for aerial mapping, and we couldn’t be more excited about the impact it’s going to have on our neighborhood of drone operators.
While DJI frequently releases new drone fashions every year, the Phantom 4 RTK isn’t your common drone. It’s a huge leap forward and can 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 information is now accessible to anyone. And we’re glad to announce that Phantom four RTK data can be processed with DroneDeploy.
Until now, gathering highly accurate RTK drone information required a large hardware funding in your part. You either had to shell out upwards of $25,000 for a fixed-wing drone with built-in RTK, add an additional PPK kit to an present drone in your fleet, or create a custom RTK quadcopter.
Now you can purchase a drone that comes ready to produce survey-grade maps off the shelf at a 3X discount to earlier RTK systems. And it’s compatible with the batteries and different accessories you already own along with your Phantom four or Phantom 4 Pro.
The Phantom 4 RTK produces high-decision drone maps (whats up, 20MP sensor!) and 3D measurements which might be accurate within a number of centimeters — all with out using ground management points (GCPs). We have been able to test the Phantom 4 RTK in advance of its release, 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 knowledge, but your map exports from DroneDeploy will align perfectly to BIM models and different software. And whenever you examine maps over time, or side-by-side, each map will line up for more efficient comparisons. Why? Because each photo location taken with the Phantom four RTK is effectively an aerial GCP. That’s an enormous win for pros evaluating job site progress, crops, and even measuring combination stockpile volumes.
Before the Phantom four RTK, in the event you wished to use an entire 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 difficult to maneuver and fly in city and residential areas. If you want to examine a building or take a fast survey of your site, you’d have been hard-pressed to do so safely with fixed-wing craft. With the Phantom four RTK you may 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.