Aerial Imaging Market By End-use Application (Government, Commercial, Construction, Defense, Agriculture and Forestry, Energy and Mining, Insurance) - Growth, Share, Opportunities & Competitive Analysis, 2015 - 2022

Growing interest in location-based services (for remote monitoring and navigation purpose) coupled with the advancements in aerial camera platforms and technologies is expected to drive market demand during the forecast period 2015 – 2022. In addition, introduction of Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) and Personal Aerial Mapping System (PAMS) has completely revolutionized the field of aerial imaging. These factors are expected to contribute towards a compounded annual growth rate (CAGR) of 12.5% during the forecast period 2015 – 2022. However, issues concerned with the privacy and national security coupled with high upfront cost of these systems pose moderate challenge to the market growth. The aerial imaging market  is expected to expand at a CAGR of 12.5% from 2015 to 2022, reaching US$ 2,705.0 Mn by 2022.

Aerial Imaging Market 

1.1    Market Scope and Segmentation

This report analyzes the global aerial imaging market in terms of end-use applications and geographical distribution. On the basis of end-use application, the market is segmented into government (urban planning, monitoring environmental changes, public security, energy sector management, etc.), commercial, construction, defense and surveillance, energy and mining, and insurance. The geographical distribution of the global aerial imaging market considered in this study encompasses regional markets such as North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, Middle East and Africa and Rest of the World.

1.2    Report Description

Purpose of the Report

The purpose of this strategic research study titled “Global Aerial Imaging Market - Growth, Share, Opportunities, and Competitive Analysis, 2015 – 2022” is to offer industry investors, company executives, and industry participants with in-depth insights to enable them make informed strategic decisions related to the opportunities in the global aerial imaging industry.

Target Audience

  • Industry Investors
  • Aerial Imaging System Manufacturers
  • Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Manufacturers
  • Personal Aerial Mapping System (PAMS) Manufacturers
  • End-users

USP and Key Offerings

The report titled “Global Aerial Imaging Market- Growth, Share, Opportunities, and Competitive Analysis, 2015 – 2022” offers strategic insights into the global aerial imaging market along with the market size and estimates for the duration 2013 to 2022. The said research study covers in-depth analysis of multiple market segments based on end-use applications, and cross-sectional study across different geographies. In order to help strategic decision makers, the report also includes competitive profiling of the leading aerial imaging solution providers, their SCOT (Strength, Challenges, Opportunities, and Weaknesses) analysis, market positioning, and key developments.

Other in-depth analysis provided in the report includes:

  • Current and future market trends to justify the forthcoming attractive markets within the aerial imaging market
  • Market fuelers, market impediments, and their impact on the market growth
  • In-depth competitive environment analysis
  • Value Chain Analysis
  • Trailing 2-Year market size data (2013 – 2014)
  • SRC (Segment-Region-Country) Analysis

Overall, the research study provides a holistic view of the global aerial imaging market, offering market size and estimates for the period from 2015 to 2022, keeping in mind the above mentioned factors.

On the basis of end-use application, the global aerial imaging market is categorized into following segments:

  • Government (Urban Planning, Monitoring Environmental Changes, Public Security, Energy Sector Management, etc.)
  • Commercial
  • Construction
  • Defense
  • Agriculture and Forestry
  • Energy and Mining
  • Insurance

The contribution of these end-use verticals to the global aerial imaging market in 2014 and 2022 is as shown in the figure below


Aerial Imaging Market

The aerial imaging solutions used for land-use planning and development, environmental studies, public safety and security, and energy management are covered under the government end-use segment. As of 2014, the global aerial imaging market was dominated by the government end-use segment. The segment contributed to over one-fourth of the global revenue generated by the aerial imaging market. The dominance can be primarily attributed to the growing use of geographical information systems in public security applications. Although it is expected remain the largest contributor to the global aerial imaging market, the commercial and agricultural & forestry segments are expected to witness strong growth during the forecast period 2015 – 2022. The agricultural segment benefits from aerial imaging technology through use in farmland management and drainage planning. The advancements in camera technologies and aerial platforms have offered the necessary push to the market growth, especially in construction and emergency response applications.

On the basis of geography, the global aerial imaging market is segmented into following regions and countries.

  • North America
    • U.S.
    • Rest of North America
  • Europe
    • EU7
    • CIS
    • Rest of Europe
  • Asia Pacific
    • Japan
    • China
    • Indian Subcontinent
    • Rest of Asia Pacific
  • Rest of the World
    • Latin America
    • Middle East and Africa

The contribution of these regions (North America, Europe, Asia Pacific, and RoW) to the global aerial imaging market in 2014 is as shown in the figure below.

Aerial Imaging Market  

The market for aerial imaging solutions is technology driven. As such, North America was the largest aerial imaging market followed by Europe in 2014. The dominance can be attributed to the on-going research in the field of aerial imaging and higher technology acceptance in the region. The U.S. represents the largest individual aerial imaging market worldwide. The on-going research in the field of aerial imaging has led to the development of several imagery and map-based astute solutions, aiding defense and government agencies in the country. Developed economies of North America and Europe are expected to witness comparatively better growth in the first half of the forecast period. Over the forecast period 2015 - 2022, the market for aerial imaging in Asia Pacific is expected to exhibit promising growth, growing at a CAGR of 13.6%.  The anticipated growth is expected to be majorly driven by the regulated demand from disaster preparedness and emergency response agencies.

Product Info:

Aerial photography systems are the systems used for clicking pictures of the ground from an elevated height, and are not supported by any ground based structure. Some of the platforms used for aerial imaging include multi-rotor unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), fixed-wing aircraft, radio-controlled model aircraft, vehicle mounted poles, dirigibles and blimps, helicopters, balloons, rockets, parachutes, kites, and stand alone telescoping among others. Aerial imaging is primarily used in cartography (especially in photogrammetric studies), archaeology, land use planning, environmental surveys and studies, movie production, security and surveillance, industrial inspection, and commercial advertising among others. For instance, using aerial imagery solutions, archaeologists are able to trace and locate archaeological features (ex- artificially constructed pools, reservoirs, and natural ponds) at a requisite water location. In the U.S., aerial images are also used for property analysis purpose in several Phase I Environmental Site Assessments. People usually confuse aerial imaging with the air-to-air photography. Unlike aerial imaging, air-to-air imaging includes one or multiple chase planes which tracks down and clicks photographs of other planes in the air.


Depending upon the position from which the picture or image is captured, the aerial imaging can be classified into following types

Oblique Aerial Imaging:

Aerial images when taken at an angle are called oblique images. If images are captured from a low angle surface–aircraft, they are said to be low oblique aerial images, while those clicked a high angle are called steep oblique.

Vertical Aerial Imaging:

Vertical aerial imaging is one in which images are clicked straight down. They are primarily used in image interpretation and photogrammetry. Images used in photogrammetry are usually taken with special large format cameras with documented and calibrated  geometric properties.


Aerial images are often combined. On the basis of purpose, following combinations are possible

  • Panoramas images are produced by stitching multiple photographs taken with a hand held aerial camera.
  • In pictometry five rigidly mounted cameras offer four low oblique and one vertical picture that can be used together.


The first aerial image/photograph was clicked from a balloon by the French balloonist and photographer (Gaspard-Felix Tournachon) in 1858 over Paris. However, this photograph no longer exists and as such, the earliest aerial image available was clicked by James Wallace Black in 1860 from a balloon. The very image is titled ‘Boston, as the Eagle and the Wild Goose See It’. Later on, the kite aerial imaging technique was first pioneered in 1882 by a British meteorologist E.D. Archibald, while the pigeon photography was first introduced in 1907.

By the start of the World War I, pictures clicked from aircraft were used for inspection purpose and the technology matured swiftly thereafter. The first images from space were clicked in 1946 from a suborbital United States-launched V-2 rocket. In 1972, the largest program for getting images of Earth from space began in the Unites States. Historical photography was first introduced to Google Earth  and the oldest photograph that can be traced in Google Earth is from 1930.

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Published Date:  Apr 2016
Category:  Technology & Media
Report ID:   57765
Report Format:   PDF
Pages:   120
Rating:    4.5 (60)
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