What Are Commercial Drones Used For

What Are Commercial Drones Used For

Drones, or UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) are increasingly getting more involved in various commercial industries across all business sectors, with the FAA confirming that there were more than 122,000 commercial drone pilots in early 2018. We can safely question nowadays what industry doesn’t use a drone or at least should be?

These commercial sectors and what they do differ greatly, which really emphasises just how diverse and essential the use of UAVs are becoming. The commercial drone market is expected to grow to around 8.7 billion U.S. dollars worldwide by 2021, and reach approximately 13 billion U.S. dollars by 2025. If you’re thinking to yourself, “but what are commercial drones used for? And how many different sectors could possibly be making use of drones?”, then have a look at our detailed list below.

Land Surveying

Today the use of commercial drones or UAVs (unmanned aerial vehicles) for land surveying has become common practice. Drones capture data that can be used in a wide variety of mapping applications, they reduce the time spent collecting the data and survey areas quickly and safely.

When surveying for a whole day, it is extremely unproductive and time-wasting to need to bring a UAV down and change batteries every 30 minutes, which is why the ALTI Transition is perfect for this, having an endurance of up to 12 hours.

Nature Conservation

There are many technologies being developed to combat wildlife crime to predict, locate, track and catch suspected poachers.

But protecting against poaching is not the only use of drones when it comes to conservation. Drones can and are playing a significant role in predictive analysis of species in threat of becoming endangered, including surveying conservation areas and monitoring the wild life.


The growing population is resulting in increased global demand for commodities which is resulting in the industrialisation of farming for improved scalability. This means that production needs to be more efficient and productive, and UAVs are helping in most aspects of this.

UAVs are resulting in an increase in work efficiency and productivity, improved accuracy with automation and efficient crop management. The ALTI Reach would be perfect for agricultural assistant, as it is large in size and can carry a heavier payload for seeds or water.


The construction industry is in love with drones. This is all thanks to the time, money and hard labour being saved by commercial drones being used instead of the “normal” way of doing things.

For builders, an aerial view made possible with a drone allows them to better develop work plans, track progress and monitor and check for problems along the way. Construction sites are cramped and filled with many obstacles, making it impossible for a drone to have a land strip to take-off on, which is why it is essential to have a VTOL UAV like the ALTI Transition.


Mining companies are continuously looking for innovative technologies to help improve productivity and increase margins. The use of UAVs is one of these technologies to help mining companies to drastically improve operational efficiency.

It’s cost efficient, safe and secure, and with the use of UAVs aerial photography and remote sensors, mines can improve on productivity and further expansion. The best drone to use for mining would have to be a hybrid of fixed-wing and multi-rotar, being able to take-off and land vertically.

Search and Rescue

One of the many sectors taking advantage of drones is Search and Rescue. UAVs are coming to the rescue when there is an emergency, helping officials record and analyze crime scenes, and assisting search and rescue teams with almost every aspect of the job. Drones are assisting with supply drops, surveying areas where natural disasters have hit and fire rescue, just to name a few.

The ALTI Transition is perfect for S&R because it is small enough to get to hard-reach places, and can take-off and land virtually anywhere because of VTOL. Endurance is also of utmost important for search and rescue missions, and can mean a lot when time is a crucial factor, for example when looking for a missing person.

As you can see, UAVs are becoming more and more involved in everyday commercial life, and soon businesses will be unable to operate without them.