The construction industry struggles with a great deal of inefficiency as compared to other sectors. The industry has however been slow in embracing new digital technologies.

Two years ago, the construction industry recorded an increase in the adoption of drone technology. A drone is mainly used in the construction industry for surveying and inspection.

Using drones throughout a construction project cuts planning and survey costs; increases efficiency and accuracy, and eliminates disputes over the status of a project at a given point in time. It can also help stakeholders efficiently survey to avoid financial liabilities post-construction due to lack of maintenance and resultant damage to the environment.

According to Inside Unmanned Systems, ultra-fast charging (UFC) pioneer, StoreDot, recently launched its award-winning UFC technology for the drone industry, having achieved its mission of fully-charging a commercial drone in 5 minutes. This milestone will solve two major challenges: the slow charging times, which have prevented the drone industry from realizing its full potential, and the inability of a drone to be fully-autonomous and operate continuously.

As reported by The Engineer- UK, it takes between 60 to 90 minutes to charge a commercial drone, with full charge giving a flight time of just 30 minutes. As a result, drones spend far longer in the charging station than in operation. To overcome this problem, additional batteries must be purchased and swapped out between flights. This process is not only costly, but also requires a ‘man-in-the-loop’ to replace the batteries, which ultimately negates the autonomous operation of drone use.

The need for a person to be involved in the charging process also limits drone users’ range of operation, as they are restricted to locating charging stations at sites that are easily accessible to humans. This means that drones currently have to spend much of their limited flight time travelling to and from the nearest charging point, greatly reducing their operational efficiency. It also restricts the use of drones in harsh or dangerous terrains.

“The launch of a UFC solution for drones changes the game. By reducing battery charging time to just 5 minutes – which is up to 18 times faster than existing drone batteries – and eliminating the need for human intervention, drone operators have far greater freedom about where they can site charging stations. As a result, continuous, fully-autonomous drone operation is finally being made a reality”. Dr. Doron Myersdorf, CEO of StoreDot was quoted by The Engineer- UK Magazine.

“Drones will now be able to spend much more of their valuable flight time engaged in actual missions, greatly extending their range, rather than having to return to base to have their battery swapped out. At the same time, UFC will also enable drone users to expand their operations into regions they could not previously access. Both of these factors will significantly increase operational efficiencies and profitability, making the business case for drone use much more attractive than ever before,” he added.

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