Drones offer a relatively cheap and quick way to gather data from distant locales. A drone can take overhead footage that provides a bird’s-eye-view of the site, then travel within hours to spots that might take teams a day to reach. The drone is able to avoid terrain hazards while gathering insights that help site operators manage their assets.
Drones can survey, inspect and monitor large areas extremely quickly and efficiently.
Whether covering acres of crops in agriculture uses, miles of pipeline or transmission lines in asset inspections, or capturing details for comprehensive site management, drones can dramatically reduce the cost of transportation (both in fuel and work-hours) and data collection in far-flung places.
Other ways in which drones are being used to tackle distance include performing underwater marine research and environmental surveying with submersible drones, and transporting medical supplies to isolated hospitals in places like Rwanda.