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The Future of Drone Mapping with the DJI Phantom four RTK

Final week, DJI announced its latest quadcopter for trade: the Phantom four RTK. This product marks a major investment by DJI in the future of aerial mapping, and we couldn’t be more excited in regards to the impact it would have on our neighborhood of drone operators.

While DJI regularly releases new drone fashions every year, the Phantom 4 RTK isn’t your average drone. It’s an enormous leap forward and can undoubtedly have a significant impact on aerial mapping for years to come. Why? The advent of a quadcopter with built-in RTK capabilities means highly accurate drone knowledge is now accessible to anyone. And we’re pleased to announce that Phantom four RTK data might be processed with DroneDeploy.

Until now, gathering highly accurate RTK drone knowledge required a large hardware investment on 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 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 previous RTK systems. And it is compatible with the batteries and other accessories you already personal along with your Phantom 4 or Phantom four Pro.

The Phantom four RTK produces high-decision drone maps (hi there, 20MP sensor!) and 3D measurements which are accurate within just a few centimeters — all with out using ground management points (GCPs). We have been able to test the Phantom four RTK in advance of its launch, and our preliminary testing produced accurate measurements within 1–3 centimeters in X&Y, and 5 centimeters in Z.

Not solely will you gather more exact data, but your map exports from DroneDeploy will align perfectly to BIM models and different software. And when you compare maps over time, or side-by-side, every map will line up for more efficient comparisons. Why? Because each photograph location taken with the Phantom 4 RTK is effectively an aerial GCP. That’s a huge win for execs comparing job site progress, crops, or even measuring mixture stockpile volumes.

Earlier than the Phantom 4 RTK, when you wanted to use a complete RTK mapping system out of the box, it required a fixed-wing aircraft. While these are nice for some industrial uses, they’re tough to maneuver and fly in urban and residential areas. If you wish to inspect a building or take a fast survey of your site, you’d have been hard-pressed to take action safely with fixed-wing craft. With the Phantom 4 RTK you possibly can take off, hover, and land on a busy development site with ease, or inspect a roof in a residential neighborhood while avoiding bushes and structures.