How drones can increase safety and reduce costs for local government councils

Written by
Sebastian Robertson
April 3, 2023

In recent years, drone technology has become increasingly popular across a variety of industries. From aerial photography and videography to agriculture and surveying, drones are being used in new and innovative ways. One area where drones have enormous potential is in local governments. In this blog post, we’ll explore how Councils (Local Governments) can use drone technology to improve their operations whilst increasing safety and reducing cost.


Councils are able to use drones to conduct inspections of a wide range of infrastructure including but not limited to roads, buildings, power lines, street lights and water tanks. These inspections can be carried out quickly and safely, without the need for costly scaffolding or manual labor. By using drones to conduct inspections, councils can identify any issues early on and carry out repairs before they become more significant, which may compromise the safety of the public and be costly to fix. More often than not, the use of drones can be run in conjunction with other data sets that are readily available, such as cameras or phone images from field workers. By ensuring all data sets are compatible, it assists in ensuring a full and complete understanding of the condition of various assets. 

Environmental monitoring

Drones can also be used to monitor the environment and natural resources. For example, they can be used to track wildlife populations, monitor water quality, and identify areas that require conservation efforts. By providing regular updates on the state of the environment, councils can make more informed decisions about conservation efforts and respond quickly to any environmental concerns.

Surveying and Mapping

One of the primary ways local government councils can use drones is for surveying and mapping. Drones equipped with high-resolution cameras and GPS technology can quickly and accurately map out areas of land. This can be particularly useful in construction projects or environmental assessments where a survey of the land is needed before any building work can begin.

Emergency Response

In emergency situations such as natural disasters or accidents, drones can be used to quickly survey an area and assess the damage. Drones can be used to help search and rescue teams locate missing persons and can deliver supplies and equipment to people in need far faster than conventional means.

Regardless of how the drones are used they can be a positive means by which councils can facilitate entrepreneurship and foster economic development within their area. The drones need to be flown and whether this is an increase in direct usage by the council or by local small businesses, it is a win for employment. Furthermore the data and insights can be used to foster transparency and communication between council and community by easily showing development and progress on critical initiatives.

In conclusion, drone technology has enormous potential for local government councils looking to increase safety and reduce costs. By using drones to undertake any number of services ranging from inspection work, environmental monitoring  through to surveying and assisting in  emergency response, and then utilising aerial intelligence platforms like Birdi to visualise the data, councils can make more informed decisions and carry out their duties more efficiently. With the rapid advancements in drone technology, the possibilities for its use in local government are endless, and it is only a matter of time before drones become an essential part of council operations.


Birdi is a scalable aerial intelligence platform that’s easy for anyone to use. Our mission is to empower organisations with easy-to-use aerial intelligence tools that help them supercharge their operations. We know that aerial intelligence can get complicated, so at Birdi, we want to make it as simple as possible. As such, our platform is packed full of the features you need, without the unnecessary complexity (or cost), to help you save time, money and resources. Sign up for free!

Sebastian Robertson
Sebastian is Birdi's CEO and Co-founder (along with his brother, Abraham). His vision and direction for Birdi keeps our team and product aligned and humming along! Before Birdi, Seb founded a number of enterprises, including youth mental health charity, batyr.