Drones—also known as unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs)—are one of the hottest topics in our industry at the moment. How do we use them? Why would we want to? What can we use them for?
Convene magazine decided to take on that last question, specifically for the meetings industry, in a feature story in its November issue. The story, “How Drones are Changing the Meetings Industry” by Hunter R. Slaton, also highlights Freeman, one of IAVM’s global partners.
“Another new way in which the meetings industry is utilizing drones is with virtual site visits. In May, for example, Freeman announced drone-based enhancements to PLANTOUR, its web-based site-inspection tool. Using drones to film venues ‘gives more of an opportunity to capture the facility from different perspectives,’ said William Collins, Freeman’s vice president of product development, ‘and allows us to capture both internal and external views at a lower cost.'”
The video above is an example of PLANTOUR’s virtual tour via a drone.
Check out the rest of the story to learn more about how venues are taking advantage of the positive traits of the technology. And if you’ve used a drone in you venue, please share with us your experiences and what you did with them.