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Aerial Imaging Market Analysis- Industry Size, Share, Research Report, Insights, Covid-19 Impact, Statistics, Trends, Growth and Forecast 2022-2030

Published Date: August, 2022
No of Pages: 169
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Description of the Product

Market Overview

In the forecast period 2021-2026, the Aerial Imaging Market will experience a 14.5% CAGR. The aerial imaging market has significantly increased technological advancements such as LiDAR systems, GIS (Geographic Information System), and 360-degree vision cameras. Uncrewed aerial vehicles (UAVs), drones, and other forms of aerial Imaging are examples of the various industries that are gaining popularity.

  • Aerial mapping the terrain is essential in many applications such as coastal navigation, disaster management, oil and gas exploration, forestry, and other areas. Inertial and GPS technology is used to create precise and detailed three-dimensional point clouds models or a set of points. This is attracting attention from various industrial sectors around the globe.
  • The market is expected to grow significantly due to the simplified rules for aerial imagery. For example, it is now easier in India to obtain regulatory and defense permissions for remote sensing surveys or aerial photography. The government launched a portal that allows for faster approvals and transparency. The Ministry of Defense (MoD) created a paperless system effective from March 1, 2020. It aims to reduce delays and increase efficiency.
  • Aerial imaging is also seeing demand from various industries for diverse applications. Multiple applications include enhanced surveillance and monitoring, disaster mitigation, geospatial mapping, infrastructure development mapping capabilities, and aiding farmers in identifying and monitoring their crops. The market for aerial imaging is still in its infancy stage. However, there is a growing demand for different applications. This will likely boost the market growth.
  • With the COVID-19 pandemic, the market has seen an increase in popularity. Many government agencies and private companies began using high-resolution aerial imagery to locate mobile testing centers and temporary medical facilities.
  • Near map, an aerial imagery company, announced in April 2020 that it would make its high-resolution aerial images available at no cost to the state, county, and local health officials and government agencies to aid them with COVID-19 relief.
Aerial Imaging Market Report Scope and Segmentation
UNITValue (USD Million/Billion)
BY REGIONNorth America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Latin America, Middle East and Africa


Scope of the Report

Aerial Imaging can be used to take photographs, such as those taken from above. It is most commonly used for geospatial mapping and media and entertainment. Aerial Imaging involves taking photos from an aircraft or flying object. Many platforms can be used for aerial Imaging, including helicopters, UAV/Drones and balloons.

By Platform Type
Fixed-Wing Aircraft
Other Platform Types
By Application
Geospatial Mapping
Infrastructure Planning
Asset Inventory Management
Environmental Monitoring
National and Urban Mapping
Surveillance and Monitoring
Disaster Management
Other Applications
By End-user Industry
Aerospace & Defense
Oil and Gas
Energy & Power
Media & Entertainment
Other End-user Industries

Regional Analysis

  • North America
    • US
    • Canada
    • Mexico
  • Europe
    • Germany
    • Italy
    • France
    • UK
    • Spain
    • Poland
    • Russia
    • The Netherlands
    • Norway
    • Czech Republic
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • China
    • Japan
    • India
    • South Korea
    • Indonesia
    • Malaysia
    • Thailand
    • Singapore
    • Australia & New Zealand
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • South America
    • Brazil
    • Argentina
    • Colombia
    • Rest of South America
  • The Middle East & Africa
    • Saudi Arabia
    • UAE
    • South Africa
    • Northern Africa
    • Rest of MEA

Construction Industry to Grow Significantly

  • Aerial Imaging in the construction industry will significantly increase its use. The role of aerial Imaging in construction projects will be crucial.
  • Using aerial imaging platforms, such as drones (or uncrewed aerial vehicles) in construction helps builders survey the site using high-resolution images. Also, topographic information is used, which is considered highly accurate. Engineers can use this information to estimate and plan the project and reduce the risk of overruns by creating a solid project and managing time effectively.
  • Aerial imaging also provides a safe way to inspect sites, providing real-time data from potentially dangerous areas and helping contractors prevent future problems. Contractors and site managers can use aerial imaging to obtain actionable information and visual collateral, which will help them make better business decisions during construction.
  • Many companies are also leveraging and integrating technological benefits to offer products that meet the growing demands of the sector. Terra Drone Indonesia, a Terra Drone Corporation group company, recently completed two pilot projects to demonstrate the benefits of drone surveying and mapping services for construction companies. The company surveyed two different dam construction projects in Indonesia using topographic mapping done with drones equipped to detect and range light (LiDAR).

North America to Dominate the Market

  • Due to the presence of major vendors in North America, the North American aerial imaging market will be the largest worldwide. The North American market is also growing due to various end-user industries’ increased adoption of aerial imaging technology.
  • The deployment of new platforms, such as drones or UAVs, to collect the data from high-resolution aerial images will increase market acceptance in the region.
  • Companies have made numerous efforts to build imagery libraries in the region. Vexcel Imaging, a Colorado-based firm that collects geospatial information, purchased a fleet from Verisk in January 2020. Verisk is a risk analysis company and is now part-owner of Vexcel. They hope to combine their efforts and create the world’s most extensive library of geospatial images, which governments and other customers could use for purposes such as property assessment, urban planning or natural disaster response.
  • UAS is becoming more popular among the US military and civil governments. Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) established six UAS testing sites and the Center of Excellence in Unmanned Aircraft Systems. The FAA plans to partner with the technology sector through the Focus Area Pathfinder initiative.

Competitive Landscape

The market for aerial imaging is in its growth phase and is expected to continue growing over the forecast period. The market is fragmented, and few vendors offer the products. This creates ample opportunity for new players to use their products’ most recent technological advancements. The existing players are focused on strategic collaborations and improving salient features to combat new entrants. Vendors also offer technology-integrated products that provide enhanced imagery solutions to various end-user verticals. The following are some recent developments in this market:

  • August 2020 – Phase One Industrial is a global provider of medium- and large-format metric cameras and image solutions for aerial applications. It has also signed an agreement with Ace core Technologies, a manufacturer and developer of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles (UAVs), for the cinema, creative, industrial and security markets. These high-end products from top-tier companies open up new markets in drone-based high-accuracy mapping and inspection markets.
  • March 2019 – Skylum Software announced Air Magic as the first fully automated AI-powered photo enhancement tool for drone and aerial photography. Air Magic will automate the editing of aerial photos and address image quality issues.

Major Players

  1. Blom ASA
  2. Fugro
  3. Near map Ltd.
  4. Google
  5. Eagle View Technologies, Inc.
  6. Digital Aerial Solutions, LLC


Table of Contents

    1. 1.1 Study Assumptions and Market Definition
    2. 1.2 Scope of the Study
    1. 4.1 Market Overview
    2. 4.2 Industry Value Chain Analysis
    3. 4.3 Industry Attractiveness – Porter’s Five Force Analysis
      1. 4.3.1 Bargaining Power of Suppliers
      2. 4.3.2 Bargaining Power of Buyers
      3. 4.3.3 Threat of New Entrants
      4. 4.3.4 Threat of Substitute Products
      5. 4.3.5 Intensity of Competitive Rivalry
    4. 4.4 Assessment of Impact of COVID-19 on the Industry
    1. 5.1 Market Drivers
      1. 5.1.1 Rise Of Location-based Services
      2. 5.1.2 Increasing Demand From Diversified Applications
    2. 5.2 Market Restraints
      1. 5.2.1 Security and Privacy Issues
      2. 5.2.2 Stringent Government Regulations
    1. 6.1 By Platform Type
      1. 6.1.1 Fixed-Wing Aircraft
      2. 6.1.2 Helicopters
      3. 6.1.3 UAVs/Drones
      4. 6.1.4 Other Platform Types
    2. 6.2 By Application
      1. 6.2.1 Geospatial Mapping
      2. 6.2.2 Infrastructure Planning
      3. 6.2.3 Asset Inventory Management
      4. 6.2.4 Environmental Monitoring
      5. 6.2.5 National and Urban Mapping
      6. 6.2.6 Surveillance and Monitoring
      7. 6.2.7 Disaster Management
      8. 6.2.8 Other Applications
    3. 6.3 By End-user Industry
      1. 6.3.1 Construction
      2. 6.3.2 Aerospace & Defense
      3. 6.3.3 Government
      4. 6.3.4 Oil and Gas
      5. 6.3.5 Energy & Power
      6. 6.3.6 Agriculture
      7. 6.3.7 Media & Entertainment
      8. 6.3.8 Other End-user Industries
    4. 6.4 Geography
      1. 6.4.1 North America
      2. 6.4.2 Europe
      3. 6.4.3 Asia Pacific
      4. 6.4.4 Rest of the World
    1. 7.1 Company Profiles
      1. 7.1.1 Google
      2. 7.1.2 Fugro
      3. 7.1.3 Nearmap Ltd.
      4. 7.1.4 Eagle View Technologies, Inc.
      5. 7.1.5 Digital Aerial Solutions, LLC
      6. 7.1.6 Aerial Imaging Productions, LLC
      7. 7.1.7 Cooper Aerial Surveys Co.
      8. 7.1.8 Landiscor Real Estate Mapping
      9. 7.1.9 Kucera International Inc.
      10. 7.1.10 Geo Vantage, Inc. (Aeroptic, LLC)
      11. 7.1.11 Global UAV Technologies Ltd. (High Eye Aerial Imaging Inc.)
      12. 7.1.12 Eagle Aerial Solutions
      13. 7.1.13 Aerobotics, (Pty) Ltd.
      14. 7.1.14 Airobotics
      15. 7.1.15 SkyIMD, Inc.


By Platform Type
Fixed-Wing Aircraft
Other Platform Types
By Application
Geospatial Mapping
Infrastructure Planning
Asset Inventory Management
Environmental Monitoring
National and Urban Mapping
Surveillance and Monitoring
Disaster Management
Other Applications
By End-user Industry
Aerospace & Defense
Oil and Gas
Energy & Power
Media & Entertainment
Other End-user Industries

Major Companies

  1. Blom ASA
  2. Fugro
  3. Near map Ltd.
  4. Google
  5. Eagle View Technologies, Inc.
  6. Digital Aerial Solutions, LLC

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