Many business owners worry about the impacts of technological change. Yet drones (or UAVs) are a prime example of the benefits available to businesses regardless of size or industry.
Speaking before the Bankwest-sponsored seminar “2040 Farming – The Next Generation”, David Kerr, CEO of Interspacial Systems/3D Aerial, said that a diverse range of industries are increasingly recognising the potential of drones.
“Unmanned aerial vehicles or drones have many uses in society. They can be used for things like security, real estate photography, mining [and] agriculture,” he said.
Other uses include surf lifesaving and reconnaissance by emergency services.
In agriculture alone, David says the uses of this technology are far-reaching, enabling farmers and primary producers to achieve a new level of efficiency as well as removing the risk of injury and death due to accidents.
“If you’re a water bomber or a crop sprayer, you have a one in six chance of having an accident,” he said, noting that tests are already underway in Queensland with unmanned water bombers and crop dusters.
David said drones also offer farmers more efficient means of herding and mustering livestock, as well as surveying paddocks and using thermal imagery and other types of specialist photography to determine things such as soil temperature and saturation levels.
SME owners have previously outlined to My Business how they are embracing technology to transform both how they engage with their customers and how they operate behind the scenes.