Personal aerial mapping system is an extraordinarily computerized aerial mapping system, generally used for aerial survey and mapping. The aerial mapping system lets non-experts to collect on demand aerial images and thus produce highly detailed orthophotograph mosaics and digital models at low costs as compared to traditional procedures. Use of aerial drones rather than manned helicopters to minimize the overall cost is anticipated to be a key growth factor, thus influencing the growth of global aerial imagery market. Also, the agriculture sector gets help by using drone technology, with applications in drainage planning and farmland management. The aerial imaging market serves several industries such as energy, agriculture, government, military & defense, civil engineering and commercial, etc. Governments of various economies are focusing on development of aerial imagery technologies and are anticipated to drive the market.
Governments use aerial imagery technology for several purposes including homeland security, urban planning, monitoring environmental studies and energy management, etc. In addition, forestry and agriculture as well as other commercial applications are some major aspects expected to grow at a significant rate throughout the forecast period. Some of the few agricultural applications of aerial imagery mechanisms include scheduling and evaluation of pesticides & fertilizers, creating manageable zones, soil sampling, etc. Aerial imaging is used in commercial applications for advertising, construction progress evaluation & promotions. Furthermore, increasing use of aerial imaging in resource management and construction is anticipated to drive the growth of global aerial imagery market over the forecast period.
Land use calculation, road planning and proving reference for ground crew are some other uses of aerial imagery technique for civil engineering application, whereas energy applications involves logistics and drilling activities. Aerial imagery technique provides a key source of data & information for forecasting, managing, monitoring and studying natural resources and human activities. Procurement of aerial images from diverse intervals is a helpful way to conduct research on the history of any area or authenticate different uses of land. Aerial photography or aerial imagery is the process of capturing photographs of earth’s surface from a relatively raised position wherein the camera is not managed by a ground based structure. Helicopters, stand-alone telescoping, balloons, fixed-wing aircraft, rockets, kites, vehicle-mounted poles, pigeons, parachutes and multicolor unmanned aircraft systems are the some of the various platforms used for aerial imagery technology. The cameras usually mounted for capturing aerial images can be triggered easily and remotely/automatically, whereas the handheld photographs can be clicked by a photographer.
Efficient demand for aerial imagery systems, especially from agriculture and forestry segment, is expected to act as the prime growth driver in the global aerial imagery market. Also, demand from government organizations and agencies adopting aerial imagery technologies for research and development purpose is also a key element propelling the growth of global aerial imagery market over the forecast period. However, operational inhibitions and concerns regarding security are some of the key challenges, in the global aerial imagery market. The security issue related to the usage of drones as autonomous flying robots is another vital aspect hampering the growth of global aerial imagery market.
The global aerial imagery market can be classified based on different applications and regions. Considering the applications, the global aerial imagery market can be segmented into agriculture and forestry, insurance, commercial, energy, military and defense, and government and civil engineering among others. Commercial application segment is projected to witness highest growth during the forecast period, due to increasing adoption of this technology by tourism industry. On the basis of region, the global aerial imagery market can be segmented into North America, Latin America, Europe, Middle East & Africa and Asia-Pacific. Key players involved in the manufacture of aerial imagery technologies include CICADE S.A., Cooper Aerial Surveys Co., Pictometry International Corp., Digital Aerial Solutions LLC., Landiscor Aerial Information, BLOM ASA, Furgo Earth Data Inc., Ofek Aerial Photography and Geovantage Inc. among others.