Final 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 concerning the impact it would have on our community of drone operators.

While DJI frequently releases new drone models every year, the Phantom 4 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 data is now accessible to anyone. And we’re pleased to announce that Phantom four RTK data may be processed with DroneDeploy.

Till now, gathering highly accurate RTK drone data required a big hardware funding on your part. You both had to shell out upwards of $25,000 for a fixed-wing drone with built-in RTK, add an additional PPK kit to an present drone in your fleet, or create a custom RTK quadcopter.

You can now buy a drone that comes ready to supply survey-grade maps off the shelf at a 3X low cost to earlier RTK systems. And it is appropriate with the batteries and different equipment you already own along with your Phantom 4 or Phantom 4 Pro.

The Phantom four RTK produces high-decision drone maps (whats up, 20MP sensor!) and 3D measurements which are accurate within a few centimeters — all with out utilizing ground management points (GCPs). We had been able to test the Phantom four 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 solely will you gather more precise information, however your map exports from DroneDeploy will align completely to BIM models and different software. And while you evaluate maps over time, or side-by-side, each map will line up for more efficient comparisons. Why? Because every photo location taken with the Phantom 4 RTK is successfully an aerial GCP. That’s a huge win for professionals comparing job site progress, crops, or even measuring combination stockpile volumes.

Before the Phantom 4 RTK, in case you wanted to make use of a complete RTK mapping system out of the box, it required a fixed-wing aircraft. While these are nice for some industrial makes use of, they’re tough to maneuver and fly in urban 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 take action 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 inspect a roof in a residential neighborhood while avoiding trees and structures.