How Do Commercial Drones Work

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One of the more interesting things about drones is the field of commercial drone services. Using drones to create a viable business is no easy task, and offering enough value can be difficult in any emerging industry. Still, as the quality, affordability and technology of drones continue to improve, we are likely going to see even more businesses in related industries start to appear.

And it’s not like no businesses exist in the field of commercial drone services as it is. Take, for example. These businesses already exist in a diverse range of industries, from forestry and farming to building inspection and underground racing. But, with this diversity comes one central question: How do commercial drones work?

The Functionality of Commercial Drones

Commercial drones are capable of a wide range of activities from surveillance and monitoring to data collection and device installation. In some places, drones are being used both by criminals and law enforcement! Plus, many drone manufacturers and service providers are developing proprietary or semi-proprietary technologies to deliver a unique and unmatched service.

Working with Commercial Drone Service Providers

In general, the process of working with commercial drone services follows a similar pattern. This pattern also matches the philosophy behind most business ventures, as the overarching process can be applied to many situations. It starts with a consultation between the service provider and the customer, and then goes through the progress of the work being completed, and usually ends with some self-reflection and plans for upgrades or improvements in the future.

Below, we look at each of these steps in more detail to give you a better understanding of what it is like to work with commercial drone service providers. Continue reading through to learn how the process works and what you might encounter at each stage within it.


The consultation stage is where both parties meet. They discuss the customer’s goals and project requirements, any special considerations and a timeline of progress. On the provider’s part, discussions about payment, limitations and process invariably come up. The consultation phase may also include estimating, contract negotiations and other formal business proceedings.


The progress phase of a project is generally where everyone is most involved. The drone service provider is completing their work, dealing with challenges that arise and ensuring the customer is kept up-to-date with any relevant information. The customer is, of course, very interested in the progress of the work and busy making plans for what comes after the drone work is completed.

Examples of this could include surveying crop fields for temperature-related information or attaching bird flight diverters to powerlines. These are both measurable in terms of their progress and are often an intermediary step for the customer.

Future Improvements

After the project is complete, or when it is winding down, usually service providers and customers turn their thoughts towards the future. They consider the challenges they faced during the progress and consultation stages and develop strategies to prevent the most onerous ones in the future; on the part of the drone services, that is. The customer is likely moving onto the next stage in their project, whether that is testing soil, completing a formal report or another activity.

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