Announcing the Drone Mapping Directory
A Free Marketplace Connecting Businesses with Experienced Drone Mapping Pilots
By Andy Putch, Project Manager @DroneDeploy
On August 29th, the FAA released its long-awaited Part 107 regulation governing commercial drone operations. A mere 3 weeks later, over 12,000 remote pilots had already passed the certification test, giving shape to the commercial drone boom that analysts and venture capitalists had be talking about for years.
Despite this growth, the nascent market is still very inefficient. Over 20 drone service marketplaces have been created aimed at connecting drone pilots to clients, but each marketplace acts as a middleman charging transactional or subscription fees without providing a steady flow of work to pilots. How do we know this? Because drone service providers frequently ask us where they can find more mapping work, and businesses frequently ask us for drone pilot references.
Connect with Your Next Partner
Today we are excited to launch the Drone Mapping Directory, an entirely free service to connect businesses with drones service providers. Where other drone service marketplaces have focused primarily on photo and video services, this new directory focuses exclusively on drone mapping and enables pilots to showcase examples of their previous mapping projects.
Whether you’re a pilot looking to showcase your work and grow your client base, or a business looking to hire drone mapping services, the new directory can help you find your next partner.
Drone service providers are excited about the new directory — over 250 pilots have already listed their services — and hope it will help drive consistent mapping work.
“Drone companies that invest in their customers’ growth help develop and advance the commercial drone industry as a whole,” stated Eric Harkins, founder and CEO of Back Forty Aerial Solutions. “DroneDeploy gets it, and their new operators network allows us to reach new customers while leveraging their software to grow our business.”
How to Find a Pilot
It’s easy to search the directory to find an experienced mapping pilot near you. Just search by location or industry, and explore a list of profiles from nearby service providers.
Then use the information contained in the pilot profiles, including descriptions of services, insurance coverage, certifications and samples of mapping work to find one that’s right for your project. Once you’ve found a pilot, send a direct message detailing your project location, constraints and requirements.
How to List Your Business
Want to showcase your drone service business for free on the Drone Mapping Directory? It’s free for any DroneDeploy user to join the directory. Just sign up for a DroneDeploy account if you haven’t done so already, and then fill out this form to complete your listing.
“In an industry that’s growing as quickly as the UAV market, it’s important that a variety of options for utilizing the technology are made widely available to end-users,” said Measure Director of Data Engineering KC Love. “The directory DroneDeploy has created for customers to view companies providing drone services is a practical necessity for the industry, and Measure is excited to be a part of it.”
Build Your Brand
In addition to continuing to add new features to the Drone Mapping Directory, we will also be adding new capabilities within DroneDeploy to help drone service providers build brand awareness. Coming later this week, users on the Business and Premier plans of DroneDeploy will be able to prominently display their logo overlaid on their DroneDeploy the maps they share with prospects and clients.
We’d love to hear from you!
The current version of the directory is just the beginning — we have an exciting list of new features currently in development and will be adding them to the Drone Mapping Directory on a rolling basis. Have questions, concerns or suggestions? Join the conversation on our active user forum and let us know what you think — we deeply appreciate your feedback!
Sign Up for DroneDeploy for Free
It’s easy to use your drone to make high-quality 3D maps and models with DroneDeploy — just sign up to create your free account on www.dronedeploy.com and download the mobile app for free for iOS or Android. Want to learn more about what DroneDeploy can do for your business? Check out our pricing or request a consultation with one of our sales representatives.