The Future of Drone Mapping with the DJI Phantom four RTK

Last week, DJI introduced its latest quadcopter for industry: the Phantom 4 RTK. This product marks a major funding by DJI in the future of aerial mapping, and we couldn’t be more excited about the impact it will have on our group of drone operators.

While DJI frequently releases new drone fashions each year, the Phantom four 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 constructed-in RTK capabilities means highly accurate drone knowledge is now accessible to anyone. And we’re comfortable to announce that Phantom 4 RTK knowledge might be processed with DroneDeploy.

Till now, gathering highly accurate RTK drone data required a big hardware funding in your part. You both had to shell out upwards of $25,000 for a fixed-wing drone with constructed-in RTK, add an additional PPK kit to an existing drone in your fleet, or create a customized RTK quadcopter.

Now you can purchase a drone that comes ready to provide survey-grade maps off the shelf at a 3X discount to previous RTK systems. And it’s compatible with the batteries and other accessories you already own with your Phantom 4 or Phantom four Pro.

The Phantom four RTK produces high-decision drone maps (good day, 20MP sensor!) and 3D measurements which are accurate within a few centimeters — all with out utilizing ground management points (GCPs). We have been able to test the Phantom 4 RTK in advance of its release, and our preliminary testing produced accurate measurements within 1–three centimeters in X&Y, and 5 centimeters in Z.

Not solely will you gather more exact information, but your map exports from DroneDeploy will align completely to BIM models and other software. And when you examine maps over time, or side-by-side, every map will line up for more environment friendly comparisons. Why? Because every photo location taken with the Phantom four RTK is successfully an aerial GCP. That’s an enormous win for professionals evaluating job site progress, crops, or even measuring combination stockpile volumes.

Before the Phantom 4 RTK, if you happen to wished 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 four RTK you’ll be able to take off, hover, and land on a busy building site with ease, or examine a roof in a residential neighborhood while avoiding bushes and structures.