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Drone Technology

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Drone technology is rapidly evolving and growing, increases work efficiency and decreases workload, increases productivity and reduces costs. Drone also known as Unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV), comes in wide variety of shapes and sizes. Drones are remote controlled since they are pilot-less airplanes, light weight, smaller in sizes and can penetrate tight locations.

Full potential of drones is yet to be harness, the area of application in our built environment is expanding as the technology keeps improving.

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Components used in drones

Drones are light weight and are equipped with the following components

  • Chassis.
  • Propellers.
  • Motors.
  • Landing gear.
  • Electronic speed controllers.
  • Flight controller.
  • Receiver.
  • Antenna.
  • Transmitter.
  • GPS module.
  • Battery.
  • Camera.
  • sensors.

Areas of application of drones

Drones have a wide range of applications including the following:

  • Aerial photography.
  • Shipping and delivery.
  • Traffic monitoring.
  • Geography mapping.
  • Disaster management.
  • Law enforcement.
  • Agriculture.
  • Rescue operations.
  • Weather forecasting.

Applications of drones in facility management

Drones are particularly helpful to facility managers in making working at height jobs, easier, safer and cost effective.

Drones are useful to facility managers in the following ways but not limited these areas

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Impact of drones on birds

Birds are the natural occupants of space, and deployment of drones in space will have impacts on them most especially some birds can attack drones as a form of defence seeing drones as being invading their territories.

Seeing drones around and hovering sound of drones can chase birds away from their nests.

Birds can attack drones considering them as their enemies which could cause injuries to the birds.

Likewise, drones can be used to monitor birds’ population shifts and their habitats.

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