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Frequently asked questions

What is ArcGIS Drone Collections?

Built by Esri, ArcGIS Drone Collection is a bundle of four prepackaged configurations of ArcGIS products specifically tailored for working with drones to create authoritative information products for mapping, GIS, 3D visualization, for use in a variety of industries. 

The four collections are the following:

  • Drone Mapping collection
  • Drone Mapping and Analysis collection
  • Online Drone Mapping collection
  • Enterprise Drone Mapping and Analysis collection


Why did Esri create different Drone Mapping Collections?

Each collection provides a different level of scalability and functionality to meet the various processing needs of different organizations. Because ArcGIS is scalable to meet the needs of the organization, ArcGIS Drone Collection takes advantage of these scalable capabilities to support your work and deliver results. 

How do I get the ArcGIS Drone Collection?

Submit your contact information and a representative will reach out to help you identify which collection is right for your organization's needs.

How is the ArcGIS Drone Collection different from Drone2Map for ArcGIS?

Drone2Map for ArcGIS is a premium app that streamlines the creation of professional imagery products from drone data. Drone collections are individual product configurations tailored to meet a variety of user requirements. Drone2Map is part of the Drone Mapping collection and the Drone Mapping and Analysis collection, along with other software. 

How do I know which ArcGIS Drone Collection is best for my organization?

Consider the size of your drone program, your workflow, and whether cloud processing is required. Organizations with one or two drones and small project sites consider the Drone Mapping or Drone Mapping and Analysis collection. Organizations with a fleet of drones that need cloud computing usually select the Online Drone Mapping collection or the Enterprise Drone Mapping and Analysis collection. 

Does the ArcGIS Drone Collection only work with specific types of drones?

The drone collections are designed to be drone agnostic, so they work with any type of drone. Ensure that your drone collects latitude, longitude, and altitude coordinates. Most commercially available drones automatically add this information to the image metadata (the EXIF header of each image file) so that complementary software can automatically ingest the drone data.

Can I process video captured by my drone?

Both the Drone Mapping and Analysis and the Enterprise Drone Mapping and Analysis collections include full-motion video (FMV) processing tools. You can manage and interact with video that is embedded with geospatial metadata. ArcGIS displays FMV as data layers. It also extracts metadata from video feeds for real-time mapping and analysis. 

Can I share finished products with my organization?

Yes, you can share drone data as well as maps, apps, and other types of data using ArcGIS Online, which is included in all four collections. 

Can I increase the capabilities of my collection as production needs increase?

Yes. If you have the Drone Mapping or the Drone Mapping and Analysis collection, which are designed for a stand-alone PC configuration. Scaling is accomplished by adding more compute power (cores or GPUs) on the computer you are using for processing. Online Drone Mapping and Enterprise Drone Mapping and Analysis help you to scale.

Can ArcGIS Drone Collections do mission planning?

Yes. All drone mapping collections provide a flight planning application. 

What are the computer specifications required to process drone imagery?

For the Drone Mapping and Drone Mapping and Analysis collections, refer to the computer specifications for Drone2Map. The Online Drone Mapping collection is a complete software-as-a-service (SaaS) offering. For the Enterprise Drone Mapping and Analysis collection, refer to the system requirements for Enterprise and Image.

Do I need to download additional software to use the Online Drone Mapping collection?

No. The Online Drone Mapping collection is a SaaS offering managed in the cloud. You only need a web browser to use it. Simply log on to your account and all the capabilities are provided via web applications. All other ArcGIS Drone Collection software includes ArcGIS, which runs on a desktop or server.

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