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Final week, DJI introduced its latest quadcopter for business: the Phantom four RTK. This product marks a significant investment by DJI in the future of aerial mapping, and we couldn’t be more excited about the impact it would have on our neighborhood of drone operators.

While DJI steadily releases new drone models each year, 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 knowledge is now accessible to anyone. And we’re comfortable to announce that Phantom 4 RTK knowledge may be processed with DroneDeploy.

Till 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 built-in RTK, add an additional PPK kit to an current drone in your fleet, or create a customized RTK quadcopter.

Now you can buy a drone that comes ready to produce survey-grade maps off the shelf at a 3X discount to previous RTK systems. And it’s appropriate with the batteries and other accessories you already own along with your Phantom four or Phantom four Pro.

The Phantom 4 RTK produces high-decision drone maps (good day, 20MP sensor!) and 3D measurements which can be accurate within just a few centimeters — all without using ground management points (GCPs). We have been able to test the Phantom 4 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 exact data, however your map exports from DroneDeploy will align perfectly to BIM fashions and different software. And while you examine maps over time, or side-by-side, each 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 an enormous win for execs evaluating job site progress, crops, and even measuring combination stockpile volumes.

Earlier than the Phantom four RTK, in the event you wished to use a whole RTK mapping system out of the box, it required a fixed-wing aircraft. While these are nice for some industrial uses, they are troublesome to maneuver and fly in city and residential areas. If you wish to inspect 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 four RTK you’ll be able to take off, hover, and land on a busy construction site with ease, or examine a roof in a residential neighborhood while avoiding trees and structures.