Why Upgrade to DJI Enterprise Drones – And How to Choose the Best Platform for Your Business

Understanding the key differences between DJI Consumer and Enterprise Drones to plan your next move forward.

By Viviana Laperchia Viviana Laperchia
March 16, 2021

Change is inevitable. And though the Phantom 4 Pro, Mavic 2 Pro and Inspire series continue to blur the lines between consumer and enterprise applications, there will be a moment where our business will evolve and the requirements to perform our job will simply be more sophisticated.

As the new European drone regulation gets rapidly adopted across the continent and the difference between hobbyists and commercial operators evaporates, users may not see an upgrade from consumer to enterprise drones as an urgent task on their to-do list -- considering also portability, cost and camera quality.

In another perspective, the time may be ripe to switch to enterprise platforms and allow your business to unlock its full potential beyond national borders, while also benefiting from unique features and ad-hoc support.

DJI Enterprise Drones' Unique Features

Where price may be perceived as a potential barrier to upgrade from consumer to enterprise drones, there are several benefits that outweigh it in terms of ROI.

Why Upgrade to DJI Enterprise drones

1. DURABILITY
While “prosumer” drones have been designed to offer a high level of sophistication in terms of data acquisition, it is the sturdiness and resistance of industrial drones that ensure that such data can be detected in the first place. It is not by chance that the Matrice 300 RTK’s body has been designed to endure inclement weather and perform steadily in disruptive environments. 

The DJI Matrice 300 RTK, in particular, can operate in more demanding conditions, specifically thanks to its improved wind resistance, IP Rating, self-heating batteries, and high tolerance for extreme temperatures, allowing for more control on flight planning in uncertain circumstances.

2. AFTER SALE SUPPORT

With the purchase of a DJI enterprise drone, customers can apply for a unique DJI Maintenance Program – an aircraft service plan that differs from a regular DJI Care, and which includes basic inspection, update and calibration, deep clean, easily worn parts replacement, core components replacement, and maintenance reports. 

It is no secret that unlike recreational use, industrial applications have more chances to incur damage and require maintenance. But as long as your enterprise drone has not been subject to modifications or water damage, the level of care enterprise customers need and receive is by far more substantial. 

DJI Care

DJI Maintenance Program

Damage repair fees decrease after an accident.

Regular maintenance reduces the risk of accidents.

Customers can benefit from this program in case of accidents.

Customers can benefit from this program at any time to preserve the device’s good conditions.

3. DATA QUALITY 

The more sophisticated the features, the higher quality the data output. DJI Enterprise drones are designed to perform in the toughest scenarios whilst facilitating informed decisions to deploy rapid response or immediate intervention. This level of readiness to act can only be achieved with high quality mappings and thermal imaging that experts can rely on with the lowest level of mistakes

One of the main advantages of enterprise drones is accuracy and precision needed to carry out photogrammetry and mapping work. Thanks to sensor integration, enterprise drones can guarantee that all the acquired information can be processed quickly and efficiently at the time of data analysis.  

There are, however, two main reasons to upgrade your consumer drone to an enterprise drone, which can be a deal breaker when it comes to accuracy and level of details that a Mavic 2 Pro or a Phantom 4Pro simply cannot provide:

RTK Capabilities

RTK stands for real-time kinematic, and refers to a satellite correction technology that improves the precision of position data while the drone flies over a site to capture images. Compact, affordable drones like the Phantom 4 RTK with an integrated RTK module provide real-time, centimeter-level positioning data. More than the sophisticated, heavy-duty Matrice 300 RTK, the Phantom 4 RTK has been a true revolution for the surveying industry where the need to  low-risk investment and advanced capabilities in demanding scenarios was making it impossible to launch a drone program.

Thermal Imaging

Camera drones with thermal imaging have become a revolutionary tool in the hands of enterprise customers, from fire fighting to industrial inspections. For one, the Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced encompasses some of the most sophisticated thermal imaging capabilities required to identify critical details, in such a compact, powerful body that no other consumer drone could ever offer at this stage.

4. SOFTWARE, PAYLOADS AND ACCESSORIES

Critical operations such as inspection, mapping, surveying or search and rescue missions require a high level of customization and workflow integration that are paramount to their successful outcome. 

Unlike consumer drones, any DJI enterprise drone connected to a DJI Pilot system running on Android will be given access to ad-hoc features such as Mission Flight. This integrated functionality offers tools such as Waypoints, Mapping, Oblique or Linear flight that would otherwise require a third party app to be used on other consumer drones such as Mavic 2 Pro or Phantom 4 Pro.

Dedicated software such as DJI Terra have proven invaluable to surveyors looking for an all-in-one drone mapping solution to plan, visualize, process, and analyze aerial data, resulting in 400% more efficiency with its latest update.

And if that were not enough reason to upgrade your equipment from consumer to enterprise drones, the possibility to add or interchange payloads on your enterprise platform could definitively do the trick. 

DJI Enterprise Payloads

The Zenmuse L1 is the first official drone LiDAR payload created specifically to democratize the technology in the surveying, architecture, engineering and construction sector and make customers’ operations more efficient and cost-effective at the same time. Similarly, the P1 payload is leading innovation in photogrammetry with better accuracy and higher precision.

In addition to software and payloads, DJI enterprise customers can count on a full array of integrated accessories designed to meet industrial needs such as the SkyPort V2 to facilitate the communication between drone and payload, or the centimeter-level positioning system D-RTK 2 to ensure uninterrupted data transmission.

Choosing the Right Enterprise drone for your Business

The application of drone technology to commercial and industrial operation is skyrocketing, making the Mavic 2 Enterprise Advance and Matrice 300 RTK the most appreciated drones for inspection and public safety missions.

However, every industry bears specific requirements that can only be met by ad-hoc features. In this list, we offer an overview of specs and use cases of our most popular enterprise drones to help you choose the right one for your business.

 

Mavic 2 Enterprise Advanced

Considered the new standard for small commercial operations, ideal for public safety and firefighting missions.

  • Solid battery life
  • Faster take-off speed and reliable flight time
  • Powerful modules
  • Upgraded thermal imaging
  • 48MP visual camera
  • RTK module and enhanced waypoint missions

Matrice 300 RTK

Top-of-the-line, weather resistant industrial drone designed for both regular and heavy-duty inspections, nighttime search and rescue, emergency firefighting response and research in remote and at-risk areas such as cliffs, volcanoes and offshore rigs.

  • Inverted propellers
  • Three propellers emergency landing
  • Six direction dual vision sensors
  • 2 TB60 batteries
  • Enhanced safety and redundancy features
  • 3 payload capacity
  • New OcuSync 
  • Intuitive Primary Flight Display
  • Dual Control Mode

 

Mavic 2 Enterprise SeriesA compact industrial drone to start off your drone program and that can be easily deployed across a variety of scenarios, namely: search and rescue, firefighting, law enforcement, emergency response, powerline, cell tower and bridge inspections.

  • Visible and thermal imagery
  • Zoom camera
  • Dual camera
  • OcuSync 2.0
  • Modular accessories
  • Password protection
  •  DJI Airsense
  •  Improved FlightAutonomy

 

P4 MultispectralA high-precision drone with integrated multispectral imaging system built primarily for agricultural missions, environmental monitoring, crop health assessment and vegetation management.

  • Multispectral imaging system 
  • Spectral sunlight sensor to capture solar irradiance
  • RGB and NDVI feeds
  • Centimeter-level accurate measurements
  • Compatibility with D-RTK 2 mobile station and NTRIP 

 

Phantom 4 RTKThe most compact drone for accurate low altitude mapping, the Phantom 4 RTK has been built for surveyors as a step forward from the Phantom 4 Pro, with an integrated RTK module that saves time in the field and with post-processing.

  • Improved accuracy with RTK module
  • Centimeter-level positioning system 
  • GS RTK App
  • New TimeSync system
  • Precise imaging with 1-inch, 20 megapixel CMOS sensor
  • OcuSync
  • D-RTK 2 High Precision GNSS Mobile Station

Matrice 600 ProConsidered as one of the best drones for the surveying business, the Matrice 600 Pro is an extremely versatile hexacopter with improved flight performance and loading capacity than its predecessors.

  • Dustproof propulsion systems and cooling motors
  • Extended flight time and a 5km long-range transmission
  • HD live streaming with Lightbridge 2
  • PSDK integration
  • Integrated D-RTK GSS system
  • Open SDK Development
  • Compatible with most Zenmuse payloads and some third party payloads such as LiDAR and multispectral cameras

  

Apply for DJI’s Qualified Entities Program (QEP) and allow your government and public safety organization to have your altitude and geo-fencing limitations unlocked over an extended period of time. 

Qualified Entities Program DJI

 

Upgrade to Enterprise Based on Your Industry 


Inspection

Upgrade your DJI Fleet for Inspection

Surveying and Mapping

Upgrade your DJI Fleet for Surveying and Mapping

Public Safety

Upgrade your DJI Fleet for Public Safety

 

Success Stories from DJI's Enterprise Customers

For most DJI customers, “upgrading” from consumer to enterprise drones has literally translated as fleet expansion -- that is, the addition of enterprise equipment that was simply not available before their launch on the market.

The public safety sector has seen a rapid expansion of its drone program as a result of successful stories where the technology has made a difference in terms of efficiency. In the case of the Croatian Mountain Rescue Services, the team added a Matrice 200 for complex operations and, more recently, a number of Mavic 2 Enterprise Dual, opting to keep their older Phantom 3 and 4 for training purposes.

Comparably, the Devon & Cornwall and Dorset Police in the UK has expanded its drone program and consequently its drone fleet with the Matrice 300 RTK and Mavic 2 Enterprise Series, in addition to Phantom and Mavic Pro solutions which are also kept to train new pilots.

Shifting from consumer to enterprise drones is not always an easy one if we consider the investment made at the beginning. But whether it is for improved accuracy, longer flight-time, or the many payloads available for all specific use cases, it is the amazing leaps of drone technology to usher in a new solution for your business.

 

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