How do industrial drones offer a return on investment?

April 9, 2021 by Nora Nesser

In 2018, the return on investment for a UAV proved positive for 92% of companies that have invested in the use of industrial drones.

(according to a report published by Skyward, in 2018)

This figure shows us the usefulness of industrial drones within companies. They have established themselves in our daily lives by proving to be of new use in a multitude of applications. Photography, inventory management and agriculture promise a $127 billion market in 2022.

How can industrial drones enable you to generate a positive return on investment ?

Return on investment is defined as the return on an investment over a given period of time. It is calculated as follows:


(gain or loss of investment – cost of investment) / cost of investment

“More than 9 out of 10 say that drones help their company capture more information, be more efficient and save time”.

Industrial drones reduce risks and costs

For several years now, drones have been used as a substitute for other methods that are more costly in terms of human and financial resources. Industrial drones reduce the cost of investment for the same gain. Indeed, because of their ease of deployment compared to other tools, industrial drones offer many advantages to companies.

In all logistic warehouses, inventories are mandatory on a regular basis. Today, this sector of activity deserves more efficient and adapted solutions, but also a determining factor for the competitiveness of the company.

The Eyesee inventory drone

Drone Eyesee – warehouse inventory

They also allow to create more value

The use of drone solutions therefore makes it possible to save money on the one hand. On the other hand, it increases the frequency of missions. For inventory, for example, the use of drones certainly reduces risks and costs. But it also means that inventory can be updated 10 or 50 times more often, so data is refreshed more quickly, and the benefits on operations are direct by increasing customer satisfaction or reducing the rate of disputes.

A specific example of drone use

Recently, the Renault Trucks Volvo group (customer of the EyeSee drone) publicly shared how they faced a problem in their Pont et Essieux factory. How to prevent production hazards caused by warehousing errors ?


The storage stage caused many problems: a strain on the cervical vertebrae at the storekeeper’s, results based on visual acuity, manual entry of the results, long inspection times. Thanks to the EyeSee autonomous inventory drone solution developed for the Hardis group, the factory was able to optimize this task to the maximum.

Drones therefore generate return on investment

These new uses of drones have proven their worth. According to a survey conducted by Skyward, 88% of companies have seen benefits one year or less after starting to use drones in their business (66% in the space of six months). And 4 out of 5 companies plan to increase their use of drones from year to year.

The use of drones and investment continues to grow within companies. They reduce costs, risks, free up team time and increase the added value of repetitive tasks.

And you, what are you waiting for to call on Squadrone System ?

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