DroneDeploy, a cloud-based drone software company, has announced a new solution that addresses drone data portability challenges in remote areas that have Internet bandwidth constraints. The company says its new Turbo Uploader makes it 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 industry-standard formats.
The company says it could take hours to upload a single drone data set in a remote area, but with the Turbo Uploader, users can upload their images in a fraction of the time. For example, a typical 30-minute DJI Phantom 4 flight over 160 acres of land captures nearly 1,000 images that can total more than 4 GB of image data. Assuming the global average Internet connection speed of 6.3 Mbps, the data set would typically take at least an hour and a half to upload, but with the Turbo Uploader, it would only take about 10 minutes, according to DroneDeploy.
“The improvements in upload speed will make the imagery created much more valuable than we have ever had,” said Jim Love, a DroneDeploy beta tester and herbicide specialist at Beck’s Hybrids, an independent seed company.
“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,” stated 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.