DroneDeploy, a developer of cloud-based drone software, has created a new solution that addresses drone data portability challenges in remote areas that have Internet bandwidth constraints. DroneDeploy's new Turbo Uploader makes it exponentially faster for users with slow Internet speeds to upload drone images for processing, while additional improvements increase the speed with which users can load and view maps, and make it faster to export drone data into easy-to-use, industry-standard formats.
Users in rural areas are expressing excitement about faster uploads, according to DroneDeploy.
"The improvements in upload speed will make the imagery created much more valuable than we have ever had," says Jim Love, a DroneDeploy beta tester and Herbicide Specialist at Beck's Hybrids, a U.S. independent seed company.
Speed isn't the only consideration. Data upload will also be more cost-effective for overseas users with Internet data caps or who pay based upon data usage.
Key features include:
- Turbo Uploader: Improves upload times of drone images by 10 times, while slightly reducing the mapping resolution; early DroneDeploy beta users in agriculture found that reduced drone map resolution had no impact on their ability to detect crop stress and variability.
- Map loading improvements: Users with slow connections may see maps load up to four times faster, making it easier to navigate, interact and make measurements on their maps.
- Smaller export file size: Exports of GeoTiffs, a common export format, will now be four times smaller without any loss in resolution, making it easier to import them into other standard industry software such as Esri ArcGIS and Ag Leader SMS.
"We're working with customers worldwide that are leveraging drone maps, such as farmers detecting crop damage and estimate yields, mining facilities monitoring excavation volumes, and oil and gas production companies monitoring environmental compliance," says Mike Winn, CEO and co-founder of DroneDeploy. "However, these are often remote locations that find scaling drone operations to be a major challenge given unreliable Internet speeds. We are excited to be the first drone software company to offer a solution for businesses who want the benefits of cloud-based infrastructure, without worrying about data bottlenecks."
The new features are available now at no additional cost to all DroneDeploy users.
DroneDeploy is a cloud software platform for commercial drones. It enables professional-grade imagery and analysis, 3D modeling and more from any drone on any device. DroneDeploy users have mapped and analyzed more than 5 million acres in over 130 countries. The company is located in the heart of San Francisco.