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5 Things to Consider When Setting Up Your In-house Drone Operation

Lessons learned from helping companies large and small get their drone programs off the ground

1. Create Corporate Buy-in with a Clear Plan of Adoption

You may already know that drones increase efficiency, drive down costs, and increase ROI, but what about your top execs? No matter how jazzed you are about drones, it doesn’t mean anything if you can’t convince corporate to back your efforts.

Elements to include in your drone program plan of adoption:

  • Start small with a proof of concept
  • Identify immediate opportunities with the highest rate of return
  • Focus on business outcomes, not just the exciting technology
  • Develop metrics to measure success
  • Include a data management plan
  • Gather input from key stakeholders

2. Understand The Regulations

3. Build a Strong Drone Team

You might start with just one drone at a single job site, but chances are, your program won’t stay that small for long. When it comes time to scale up, avoid growing pains by building a solid drone team and establishing clear roles and responsibilities.

DARTdrones will train your team and provide ongoing consultation. Learn More.

4. Minimize Risk with Insurance, Training, and Safety Procedures

There is a lot on the line with incorporating drones into the workplace. You’ll need to take the necessary steps to ensure you are minimizing that risk and doing everything to support a safe environment for the program to thrive.

5. Do Your Homework on Drone Hardware and Software

It’s important to choose the right hardware and software solutions early on so that when the time comes to scale, you won’t have to change gears and introduce a new workflow across your team. There’s a lot to choose from, so keep these things in mind as you shop around:

  • Keep budget in mind: In many cases, you don’t need the most expensive model on the market to get great results.
  • Newer is usually better: Invest in the latest drone model for a longer shelf life, more software integrations, and a better user experience.
  • Choose best-in-class software: To get the results you need, choose a broad, integrated technology solution like DroneDeploy. Ask about our platform’s powerful APIs, now available to enterprise customers.

Where To Learn More

  • Read more about choosing the right drone hardware in our two-part blog series: Part 1 & Part 2
  • Download our Drone Buyer’s Guide for a comprehensive review of the top drones in the industry.
  • See how McCarthy Building Companies expanded an in-house UAV program from one drone to twenty in less than a year with DroneDeploy. Read the case study.
  • Want to learn more about our drone mapping solution for the enterprise? Check out the complete rundown here.
  • Interested in what other ways DroneDeploy can improve your team’s efficiency? Read about our one-click collaboration and management tools.
  • Have questions about any of the latest updates, features, and capabilities? Get in touch with our team for more answers.

Get Started with DroneDeploy

Want to learn how DroneDeploy can help your business? Visit www.dronedeploy.com to start your free trial or request a consultation with one of our team members. The DroneDeploy mobile application is available for free download for both iOS and Android devices.



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