The Future of Drone Mapping with the DJI Phantom four RTK

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

While DJI often releases new drone models annually, the Phantom four RTK isn’t your common drone. It’s an enormous leap forward and will undoubtedly have a significant impact on aerial mapping for years to come. Why? The advent of a quadcopter with built-in RTK capabilities means highly accurate drone knowledge is now accessible to anyone. And we’re comfortable to announce that Phantom 4 RTK information could be processed with DroneDeploy.

Until now, gathering highly accurate RTK drone knowledge 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 buy a drone that comes ready to provide survey-grade maps off the shelf at a 3X low cost to previous RTK systems. And it’s suitable with the batteries and other equipment you already personal together with your Phantom four or Phantom four Pro.

The Phantom four RTK produces high-resolution drone maps (good day, 20MP sensor!) and 3D measurements that are accurate within just a few centimeters — all without utilizing ground management points (GCPs). We were able to test the Phantom 4 RTK in advance of its launch, and our preliminary testing produced accurate measurements within 1–3 centimeters in X&Y, and 5 centimeters in Z.

Not solely will you collect more precise knowledge, however your map exports from DroneDeploy will align completely to BIM models and different 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 photograph location taken with the Phantom 4 RTK is successfully an aerial GCP. That’s an enormous win for professionals evaluating job site progress, crops, or even measuring mixture stockpile volumes.

Earlier than the Phantom four RTK, for those who needed to use a complete RTK mapping system out of the box, it required a fixed-wing aircraft. While these are great for some industrial makes use of, they’re difficult to maneuver and fly in urban and residential areas. If you wish to examine a building or take a quick survey of your site, you’d have been hard-pressed to take action safely with fixed-wing craft. With the Phantom four RTK you may take off, hover, and land on a busy development site with ease, or inspect a roof in a residential neighborhood while avoiding bushes and structures.