The Future of Drone Mapping with the DJI Phantom 4 RTK

Last week, DJI announced its latest quadcopter for trade: the Phantom four RTK. This product marks a serious investment by DJI in the way forward for aerial mapping, and we couldn’t be more excited about the impact it can have on our community of drone operators.

While DJI steadily releases new drone fashions annually, the Phantom four RTK isn’t your average drone. It’s a huge leap forward and will 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 information is now accessible to anyone. And we’re completely happy to announce that Phantom 4 RTK data may be processed with DroneDeploy.

Until now, gathering highly accurate RTK drone information required a large hardware investment on your part. You either had to shell out upwards of $25,000 for a fixed-wing drone with constructed-in RTK, add an additional PPK kit to an present drone in your fleet, or create a customized RTK quadcopter.

You can now buy a drone that comes ready to supply survey-grade maps off the shelf at a 3X discount to previous RTK systems. And it is compatible with the batteries and other equipment you already personal with your Phantom 4 or Phantom 4 Pro.

The Phantom 4 RTK produces high-resolution drone maps (whats up, 20MP sensor!) and 3D measurements which might be accurate within a number of centimeters — all with out utilizing ground management points (GCPs). We had 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 only will you collect more precise data, but your map exports from DroneDeploy will align completely to BIM fashions and other software. And whenever 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 4 RTK is successfully an aerial GCP. That’s a huge win for execs comparing job site progress, crops, or even measuring mixture stockpile volumes.

Earlier than the Phantom 4 RTK, in case you wanted to use an entire RTK mapping system out of the box, it required a fixed-wing aircraft. While these are great for some industrial uses, they’re tough to maneuver and fly in city and residential areas. If you want 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 possibly can take off, hover, and land on a busy building site with ease, or inspect a roof in a residential neighborhood while avoiding bushes and structures.