Reasons for investing in domestic, German or European drones
There are several convincing reasons why it makes sense to prefer German, domestic drones over imported mass-produced goods. This applies above all to the use of drones by BOS and other authorities or government agencies.
Here are some points that speak in favor of buying German drones:
Data protection and security
Germany has stricter data protection regulations and security standards than many other countries. When using drones that may take pictures and videos, personal data and privacy must be protected. German manufacturers are subject to these strict regulations, leading to a higher level of trust in data protection and security.
Quality and reliability
German technology companies are known worldwide for their high-quality products. By buying a German drone, you get a product valued for its quality and reliability, as well as comprehensive customer service and support.
Local economic development
Buying German drones helps to support the local economy. By investing in local companies, jobs are created, the economy is strengthened and the country's innovative strength is promoted.
Compatibility with local regulations
German drone manufacturers take into account the specific rules and regulations of the country. This makes it easier for users to comply with local laws and operate drones responsibly without risking conflicts with the authorities.
Importing products from the Far East requires a considerable amount of energy for transportation. Buying domestic drones not only reduces the ecological footprint but also minimizes the environmental impact of transportation.
In the search for high-quality, innovative and locally produced drones, the German market offers a first-class alternative to imported mass-produced goods.
Drones from other manufacturers
There is a manageable number of drone manufacturers in the world. Overshadowing everything else, however, is the Chinese mass manufacturer DJI with gigantic market shares, especially in the semi-professional drone sector, but also increasingly with drones that are advertised for professional use.
- DJI AIR 2S
- DJI FPV
- DJI Mavic Mini 2
- DJI Mavic Air 2
- DJI Mavic Mini
- DJI Mavic Pro 2 (Hasselblad)
- DJI Mavic 2 Zoom
- DJI Phantom 4 Pro V2.0
- DJI Spark DJI Phantom 4 Pro
- DJI Mavic Pro
- DJI Phantom 3 Professional
- DJI Phantom 1
- DJI M3T
- DJI M200 DJI M210
- DJI M210RTK
- DJI Inspire 1
- DJI Inspire 2
- DJI Matrice 100
- DJI Matrice 200 Serie
- DJI Matrice 300 RTK
- DJI Phantom 2
- DJI Phantom 2 Vision+
- DJI Phantom 3 Standard
- DJI Phantom 3 Advanced
- DJI Phantom 3 4K
- DJI Mavic Air
- DJI Mavic 2 Enterprise
- DJI Mini SE
- Autel Robotics EVO-Serie
- Autel Robotics EVO Lite+
- Parrot Anafi-Serie
- Skydio 2
Product cycles at large drone manufacturers
Short lifespan, incompatibility and environmental impact
The mass production of drones, led by manufacturers such as DJI, is characterized by profit-optimized product cycles that constantly launch new models onto the market at short intervals. This trend brings with it many challenges, ranging from incompatibility to environmental damage.
Short product cycles and incompatibility
The rapid development of new drone models leads to short product cycles, which means that older models quickly become obsolete. This short lifespan means that users are often forced to upgrade to newer models to benefit from the latest functions and technologies. The problem is exacerbated by incompatibility between different drone models from the same manufacturer. New features are often exclusive to newer models, prompting older drone owners to upgrade regularly to remain competitive. The duration of product support at DJI is only a few years. As a result, even if a single small component of low value is defective, an entire drone system worth many thousands of euros is no longer usable and ends up on the scrap heap.
Environmental impact and electronic waste
Frequent updates and the replacement of older models with new ones lead to a dramatic increase in e-waste. The disposal of drones that are no longer in use contributes to environmental pollution, as many of the materials used are difficult to recycle. The manufacture and disposal of electronics not only cause significant emissions, but also contribute to the depletion of limited resources. This is not in line with German environmental policy!
Profit optimization through planned obsolescence
Manufacturers can profit enormously from rapid model changes by implementing planned obsolescence in their models - the deliberate limitation of a product's lifespan. By introducing new models with advanced features that make older models unattractive, the incentive is created to regularly switch to new products. This cycle not only promotes the sale of new appliances, but also increases manufacturers' long-term profits.
Not in line with German environmental policy
This approach of short-lived product cycles and the promotion of regular product updates contrasts with the goals of German environmental policy. In Germany, there is an increased focus on sustainable production and consumption practices to reduce the environmental footprint and promote resource efficiency. The industry faces the challenge of developing innovative technologies that meet the requirements of environmental policy and at the same time meet the needs of consumers. A balance between technological progress and environmental compatibility is therefore essential. Unfortunately, this cannot be achieved with mass-produced products from China!
Buying sustainable drones as a responsibility
The short product cycles and planned obsolescence of manufacturers such as DJI raise questions about environmental compatibility. Continuous model updates and incompatibility between older and newer drones create electronic waste and are at odds with sustainable consumption.
German environmental policy emphasizes the importance of sustainable production. Given these challenges and the strict data protection regulations and quality standards of domestic manufacturers, buying German drones is a necessary and sensible decision. Supporting the local economy, data protection and avoiding unnecessary electronic waste through German drones promotes sustainable practices and responsibility in technology consumption.
The focus on long-term benefits and interoperability makes Vectorbirds a pioneer in the drone industry, showing that sustainable technology is not only possible, but also forward-looking.