The Future of Drone Mapping with the DJI Phantom four RTK

Final week, DJI announced its latest quadcopter for industry: the Phantom four RTK. This product marks a significant investment by DJI in the way forward for aerial mapping, and we couldn’t be more excited in regards to the impact it should have on our neighborhood of drone operators.

While DJI ceaselessly releases new drone models annually, 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 built-in RTK capabilities means highly accurate drone knowledge is now accessible to anyone. And we’re happy to announce that Phantom 4 RTK data could be processed with DroneDeploy.

Till now, gathering highly accurate RTK drone information required a large hardware funding on 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 current drone in your fleet, or create a customized RTK quadcopter.

You can now purchase 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 different equipment you already own together with your Phantom 4 or Phantom four Pro.

The Phantom 4 RTK produces high-resolution drone maps (howdy, 20MP sensor!) and 3D measurements which can be accurate within a number of centimeters — all without using ground management points (GCPs). We have been able to test the Phantom four RTK in advance of its launch, and our preliminary testing produced accurate measurements within 1–three centimeters in X&Y, and 5 centimeters in Z.

Not only will you collect more precise knowledge, but your map exports from DroneDeploy will align completely to BIM models and different software. And once you compare maps over time, or side-by-side, each map will line up for more efficient comparisons. Why? Because every picture location taken with the Phantom 4 RTK is effectively an aerial GCP. That’s a huge win for execs comparing job site progress, crops, or even measuring combination stockpile volumes.

Before the Phantom 4 RTK, when you needed to use a whole RTK mapping system out of the box, it required a fixed-wing aircraft. While these are great for some industrial makes use of, they are tough to maneuver and fly in city 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 do so safely with fixed-wing craft. With the Phantom 4 RTK you’ll be able to take off, hover, and land on a busy building site with ease, or inspect a roof in a residential neighborhood while avoiding trees and structures.