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Drone Surveillance Market for Energy Industry size, share and Global Trend By Type (Multirotor, Fixed wings, Hybrid), By Applications (Pipeline Monitoring and Inspection, Offshore Platform Inspection, Wind Turbine Inspection, Power Plant Inspection, Inspection of Power Distribution Lines, Solar Panel Inspection), and Geography Forecast till 2026

Region : | Report ID: FBI100511 | Status : Ongoing



The transmission lines laid to match the growing energy demand is the most important part of the oil and gas industry. These transmission lines pass through some unreachable locations where human interference is not possible. Drones act as the solution for reaching out these unreachable locations. Drones are equipped with sensors and cameras for inspection, monitoring and data collection at the same time. The drone also offers the advantage of having accuracy and saving time in inspection and monitoring as compared to manual inspection and monitoring. Therefore, drone surveillance has become important in each vertical of the energy industry. Drones are also used in offshore locations where the exploration activity is carried out, for inspection and monitoring of equipment.

On the basis of type, global drone surveillance market for energy industry can be segmented into the multirotor drone, fixed-wing drone and hybrid drone. The advantage of a higher level of maneuverability makes the multirotor segment hold a big share in the global drone surveillance market. On the basis of its applications, global drone surveillance market can be segmented into pipeline monitoring and inspection, offshore platform inspection, wind turbine inspection, power plant inspection, inspection of power distribution lines, solar panel inspections and others. Out of the above applications, drone surveillance is most used in pipeline monitoring and inspection.

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The key market driver for the global drone surveillance market is the ease of monitoring, inspection and data collection from plants and transmission lines. Remote areas and places where humans cannot reach to check the status of the transmission line, drone surveillance helps in having a check over these lines without any problem. This helps the transmission line to work smoothly and efficiently. 

The key market restraint for the global drone surveillance market is that the drone-related regulations are still to come in effect in many countries. Also, the high cost involved in drone surveillance services and unorganized market leads to quality of analysis acts as key market restraints for the global drone surveillance market.

Key Players Covered

Key players operating in the global drone surveillance market are Aerodyne Group, Azure Drones SAS, Cyberhawk Innovations Limited, Martek Aviation, Sharper Shape Inc, Airware Inc., Airobotics, Sky-Futures Ltd, Unmanned Experts Inc., Phoenix LiDAR Systems, BAE Systems Inc., SkyX, SEIKEY, Sphere Drones, Percepto, etc.




By Type

·      Multirotor

·      Fixed wings

·      Hybrid

By Applications

·      Pipeline Monitoring and Inspection

·      Offshore Platform Inspection

·      Wind Turbine Inspection

·      Power Plant Inspection

·      Inspection of Power Distribution Lines

·      Solar Panel Inspection

·      Others

By Geography

·      North America (The USA and Canada)

·      Europe (UK, Germany, France, Italy, Spain, Russia and Rest of Europe)

·      Asia Pacific (China, India, Japan, Australia, Southeast Asia and Rest of Asia Pacific)

·      Latin America (Brazil, Mexico and Rest of Latin America)

·      Middle East & Africa (South Africa, GCC and Rest of the Middle East & Africa)


Regional Analysis

The global drone surveillance market has been segmented into North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, and Middle East & Africa. Asia Pacific region holds a good potential for the drone surveillance market as there has been an increase in the exploration activities and also laying of new transmission lines. The main contributing countries to this are China and India. In Latin America, the use of drone surveillance has increased in this region with Mexico coming up as the fastest growing market. In 2017, Skyx drone completed the inspection of more than 100 kilometres of gas pipeline in Mexico, identifying more than 200 abnormalities in the pipeline, therefore reducing the cost and increasing the accuracy compared to manual inspection for the company. As the usage of drones is a relatively new technology for monitoring and inspection it is set to grow at a slow in Europe and North America region.

Key Industry Developments

  • In May 2019, AviSight a US-based unmanned industrial inspection and data solution provider announced the addition of two giants in the industry to its board of members namely Marvin E Odum former chairman and CEO of Shell company and Gary.L.Thomas former President and CEO of EOG Resource Inc.
  • In February 2019, Public sector defence electronics firm in India BHEL has successfully built a tethered drone in collaboration with Anna University. The drone is named patang, which can fly for several hours with the help of tethered power station at an altitude of 100metre. The drone is built to withstand harsh environments.
  • In January 2019, Baker Hughes was the latest player in the oil and gas industry to start using the drone for surveillance. The drone was named Lumen which combines flying technology with ground-based, solar-powered sensors to give facility personal a clearer picture of fugitive methane analysis.

Drone Surveillance Market Size, Share and Global Industry Trend Forecast till 2026
  • Ongoing
  • 2019
  • 2016-2018


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