Compact and handy electronic items have played a tremendous role in this era providing an entrenched support to the aviation industry. “Unmanned Aircraft Systems” using miniature sized drones has made a good name in the aircraft industry. The rising technology has shown up limitless potential especially with the evolution of geographic information systems and photogrammetry.
There has been a good vibe in the industry about emerging drone technologies that are economical and can be used satisfactorily by GIS professionals. Of course, the old vibrating platforms can never help in keeping the senses of techies alive every time. As a matter of fact, there is an imperative need of a well-established knowledge about drones among individuals.
A person should be wise enough to make comparisons between different versions of technology and should be able to distinguish upcoming challenges associated with it. A need of selecting appropriate equipment and their maximum utilization with respect to the platform is the ultimate target of aviation industry. In this regard, Microdrones played an important part to provide user friendly access and enhanced features enriching UAS customer’s experience. It has the potential to boost up the aircraft industry extravagantly. Additionally, they have become way handy to play with, especially when it comes to powerful, cost-effective and accurate technological features.
Kim Wolter, a German engineer working for Dhom had submitted a master’s thesis in the field of geographical science and systems. He believed that UAVs are still not explored completely in terms of their measurement efficacy. He found nearly idle characteristics of microdrones with Seigne, a Microdrone Specialist. Wolter used these microdrones’ md4-200 with a maximum of 200 gm of payload having an image quality compatible with the UAV’s flying over Swiss Alps and even DHL recently.
Also, Wolter who had previously used GPS and SAPOS believed in the integrated Microdrone as ideally a balanced system with a proper camera mount, base station, and appropriate software to produce results. As his concerns were basically related to the accuracy levels achieved by a particular microdrone without taking into regard its respective limitations, Wolter believed that there is a need to analyze the project context to further evaluate the performance ratio.
Still, Microdrones were far away from providing the absolute quality as gained in an airborne survey. There is a need to remember that inaccuracies can be removed by getting hold of the control points and that is achieved by conventional measurement procedure.
Having ingrained knowledge in geology and survey, Wolter says : “For me, Geoinformatics is a link and a communication medium that allows to bring together people and institutions from various fields and to give them a common basis in order to gain new insight”.
This means that Geoinformatics together with the support of UAV will automatically provide real-time positioning on aerial platforms. Nonetheless, these study methods will help in providing justifications towards the need of using new surveying methods for further accuracy compared to the classical methods.