Drones offer unparalleled views from above, but the cost and complexity of operating drone equipment often outweigh the benefits for many organizations – even for individuals. Now Aquiline Drones (AD), the nation’s fastest-growing drone manufacturing and cloud technology company, is just weeks away from launching the nation’s first true “Drone-on-Demand” (DoD) mobile app.
“Many individuals, businesses, law enforcement agencies, public works departments, and the military are missing out on the invaluable data collection capabilities of drones because they lack the resources for an in-house drone operation,” explains Barry Alexander, CEO, and founder of Aquiline Drones. “Akin to Uber and Lyft, individuals and businesses can now enjoy the luxury and convenience of ordering both private and commercial drone services right from their fingertips. A modern-day convenience everyone should have!”
The DoD app will be accessible through all mobile devices, including smartphones and tablets. The user may order aerial photography and videography services for most everything; utility inspections (power lines, wind turbines, bridges, tunnels, railroad tracks, etc.) outdoor events, real estate, safety patrol, search and rescue missions, precision farming, tracking wildlife, beach patrol for spotting sharks and countless other applications.
“Beyond simple viewing and camera capabilities, the drones manufactured and deployed by Aquiline Drones are managed and supported by the world’s first aviation-inspired drone cloud that gathers, analyzes, models and stores data and video,” says Alexander. “Additionally, as a drone airline committed to safety, our drone-on-demand service was designed to elevate the safety standard, fostering a more responsible introduction and use of drones in society.”
Alexander notes that drones are difficult to control. One bad move and an amateur pilot could be looking at hundreds or thousands of dollars in damage, or a full drone replacement. Drones also have an unfortunate reputation as annoying gadgetry utilized to invade privacy.
DoD addresses all these issues comfortably and utilizes artificial intelligence to essentially remove the risk of hardware loss and liability from bad piloting associated with consumer drone ownership. And with AD’s Flight to the Future drone training academy, a new breed of highly trained and safe drone pilots is well underway to perform the jobs generated from customer app requests.
AD is one of four drone airline companies in America but the only one privately owned by professional aviators.
On the supply side of the industry, AD is focused on using both semi-autonomous and autonomous drones to record predefined physical locations submitted through customer requests via the app. AD’s proprietary drones are manufactured in Connecticut and equipped with capabilities such as AI-assisted object recognition, target tracking, 4K video recording, thermo and night-vision, and other essential features. The job of fulfilling customer service requests through the app will be performed by graduates of AD’s Flight to the Future program, an online drone pilot training course and employment opportunity for anyone 18+ that launched this month.
Users of the app will have the unique experience of interacting live with the drone during flight, plus later obtain footage of the recorded content. The hourly cost varies depending on the customer’s request, job complexity, flight duration and other factors.
“We envision a world in which humans and drones live and operate harmoniously, using their real-time control, autonomy and analytics to reduce costs, create new business value and save lives,” concludes Alexander. “At the same time, we recognize the responsibility of ensuring our equipment work within a legal and ethical framework through our collaboration with the FAA and other government and public-interest organizations.”