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The 6 Types of Drone Data | Hammer Missions

Updated: May 19, 2023




Overview


Drones are a data business, but why?


When we cut it down it's not about the flying hardware (although it certainly helps) it's more about the data captured and how that data enables organizations to make better and more informed decisions about the job site.


Drone use-cases and applications are not new, they have existed for quite some time, drones are simply a new way of capturing and collecting the same data!

Here at Hammer Missions, we pride ourselves on providing the end user with the best tools to collect the highest-quality data available. High-quality drone data enables stakeholders and clients to visualise their assets, report on their assets and make calculated informed choices on their projects. This data can be constructed in 2D, 3D and now even 4D.


Knowing all of the above, how do we maximise our return on investment (ROI) on drone services and drone programs? We’ll take a look below.



The 6 Types of Drone Data


Just like any product or service, the more processed or refined something is the more value it adds to the end customer. On the opposite side of the scale, the more raw something is the less value it adds to the end customer


The same can be said for drone data.


There are 6 different types of drone data and the more refined that data is the more value it adds to the end customer


Below we will look at the six different types of data and give some definitions of what they mean.






Type 1: Raw Data


This typically includes drone data in its raw format, raw meaning images that have come directly out of the drone without any form of processing. These could be images, videos, or thermal images.


These images can be useful when a client just requires the imagery alone without any form of post-processing or manipulation.


Value: Lowest


Type 1 Data: RAW Images
Type 1 Data: RAW Images


Type 2: Sorted Data


This typically includes drone data sorted on a specific parameter, for example, drone data filtered by altitude, time and place they were taken on location or site.


Value: Low


Type 2 Data: Sorted Data
Type 2 Data: Sorted Data


Type 3: Arranged Data


This typically includes drone data arranged by location, time and place, potentially shown on a map to give it some form of context.


Value: Medium

Type 3: Arranged Drone Data
Type 3: Arranged Drone Data


Type 4: Presented Visually


This typically includes drone data processed into 3D models. We as humans live in a 3D world, so it’s easy for us to process and understand 3D data instantly.


Value: High


Type 4: Visually Presented Drone Data
Type 4: Visually Presented Drone Data


Type 5: Explained With A Story


This typically includes drone data processed into a timeline of 3D models, also known as 4D modelling, allowing end users to understand how things are changing on-site.


Change analysis reveals important insights about the site and very valuable information to have.


Value: Very High


Type 5: Drone Data Explained with a Story
Type 5: Drone Data Explained with a Story


Type 6: Actionable Insights


This typically includes drone data processed into 4D models alongside a report which provides key actions for the end user to take.


These key actions are exactly when drone data becomes less of a cost and more of a value. If the data-driven action that someone needs to take jumps out from the data itself, then that’s what adds the most amount of value to the end user


Value: Highest


Type 6: Actionable Insights | Drone Data
Type 6: Actionable Insights | Drone Data

Type 6: Actionable Insights
Type 6: Actionable Insights

Summary


In this post, we saw the 6 different forms of drone data, what they are and how they are helpful to the end customer.


The more processed the data, and the closer it is to type 6, the more value is added to the end customer.


We hope this article helps you understand the six different types of drone data and how it can benefit your customer.


If you'd like to learn more about how to produce high-quality data and get the most out of your drone missions, please feel free to visit our learning resources


If you haven't got a Hammer account as of yet and would like to try Hammer Missions you can get started on our free trial.


To learn more about our enterprise solutions, including mission collaboration, data processing, and AI solutions, please contact us at team@hammermissions.com


We look forward to hearing from you. - Team at Hammer Missions
















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