Frequently Asked Questions
Frequently Asked Questions
Whether you’re wondering how to place an order, become a drone operator, or simply want to understand what is Crowddroning, we are here to help.
What is Crowddroning by GLOBHE?
What is the added value of Crowddroning
With millions of commercial drones flying in our skies, we needed to find a solution to gather them all in one place and make use of them to help society. Crowddroning is a first-of-its-kind digital platform, making drone data available in a whole new way, and at a whole new scale, by matching drone operators globally to clients in need of data that matters. By using Crowddroning, any client can access drone operators anywhere in the world. Scaling up operations has no limits with Crowddroning, as we can send as many drone operators as needed. There is no need to fly drone operators and equipment to other regions, thus reducing the environmental footprint and helping the local communities by employing locals.
How many drone operators are there and how many countries are covered?
Today over 5000 drone operators in over +100 countries are connected to Crowddroning by GLOBHE, ready to collect drone data on demand. This number is growing on a daily basis
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How do you sign up as a drone operator to Crowddroning by GLOBHE?
What's it like to be a Crowddroning drone operator for GLOBHE?
Do you have to have a registered company to sign up as a GLOBHE drone operator?
To be able to take on paid gigs, the short answer is yes. However, if you don’t have your own company, you can register to companies like Cool Company (https://coolcompany.com/se/en/) so that you can invoice GLOBHE without having your own company. No registered company is needed to fly unpaid volunteer missions as long as you still have valid insurance and all legal permissions to fly required by law in the country of operation.
How many flights will I take on?
The number of flights will vary depending on when and where we get requests from our clients. We are working on getting global requests, but some countries are more frequent than others.
Do I have to take on a flight? What if I’m not available?
You decide if you can take on a mission by replying to the email alert we send out when we get a request for a location near you. If you cannot take on the mission, do not respond to the request. Hopefully, you can take on the next one or the next.
Is there a fixed sum that GLOBHE drone operators get paid?
It depends on the mission and client price. Our drone operators always get paid a portion of the client's price. The drone operator price is included in the mission alerts sent out to drone operators to accept or decline. Drone operators invoice GLOBHE after uploading the data, giving at least 14 days payment terms. GLOBHE pays our drone operators through Xe Transfer, Wise, WorldRemit and Remitly, depending on the country.
What if my country does not have regulations for drone flying?
If your country does not have an official regulatory framework for drone flying, you should still get in touch with local authorities to gain permission to fly and follow the Humanitarian UAV Code of Conduct (https://uavcode.org/)
Where can I find out information about Terms and Conditions?
See Terms & Conditions (www.globhe.com/terms-and-conditions) and make sure you read them carefully and approve them before taking off on a flight mission.
What are the data output formats required by drone operators to upload to the Crowddroning by GLOBHE platform post a flying mission?
We require the following data output formats from our drone operators jpg/tif/zip depending on the drone data request received from our clients. The data is to be uploaded by our drone operators to the GLOBHE Crowddroning platform post-flight as jpg, tif, and/or zip folder depending on the data request made by the client in the drone data request assigned to the drone operator. Find more information here.
How do I request drone data from Crowddroning by GLOBHE?
Why do I need drone data from Crowddroning by GLOBHE?
Crowddroning by GLOBHE connects thousands of drone operators in 100+ countries who collect image data on demand when you place a data request. Once the image data is collected, it is stitched into digital maps (if the client selects the map option, raw data is also available) based on drone images instead of satellite images. This service provides our end-users with more updated information since most satellite images lag between 16 days and two years depending on where in the world you are, making sudden onset changes such as natural disasters, hard to detect on time through satellites. Each drone photo is geotagged, which makes overlay on satellite maps possible to visualize location and changes over time. Drone photos are also of much higher image resolution (down to 1 cm compared to 100 cm for most satellite images), making detailed analysis possible, such as identifying infrastructural failures, crop damage, or potential malaria mosquito breeding sites. Last but not least, we export our drone maps/the finished product in different formats such as 2D maps/orthomosaics, 3D maps, elevation maps, etc. It all depends on the clients' needs before sending a downloadable link to the client. What used to be a lengthy and complex process involving multiple suppliers is now reduced to the simplicity of ordering an Uber!
How much does drone data cost?
The price starts at USD 1/mb, depending on the size of the area, the type of drone data, and the rate of our local drone operators. When you request drone data, we will get back to you with a price quote to approve before sending out a drone operator to capture your data.
How long does it take to receive my drone data?
It depends on a few different factors such as drone operator availability, size of the area requested, kind of drone data requested and varying data uploading times depending on where the data is uploaded. When you order drone data, we will get back to you with a time estimation as part of your quote.
What is the finished product/the data output formats available for clients to download?
Clients will receive a link to download the requested data as jpg, tif and/or zip folder per their drone data request, e.g. Raw data/photos = jpg, 2D Map = tif. More information here: www.globhe.com/crowddroning-products
What about data security, storage and access?
GLOBHE maintains commercially reasonable technical and organizational measures designed to secure unauthorized disclosure and modification systems. GLOBHE security measures include firewalls, access controls, and similar security technology designed to protect Customer Data from unauthorized disclosure and modification. GLOBHE does not provide an archiving service. As per the Terms and Conditions (https://globhe.com/terms-and-conditions), partners acknowledge that GLOBHE may delete content no longer in active use. GLOBHE expressly disclaims all obligations with respect to storage. Users of the platform understand that technical maintenance of the platform is needed at times which might affect their access and use. GLOBHE always strives to deliver high-quality results to our clients but is not responsible for unforeseen errors nor if results are not being displayed accurately on third-party platforms.
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