Christina Cardoza

Sep 9, 2016 10:42:30 AM

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Drone-management technology provider DroneDeploy wants to extend its software in order to provide a complete enterprise solution. The company has announced a new partnership information-management platform provider Skyward.

According to Mike Winn, CEO of DroneDeploy who spoke at InterDrone yesterday, while the company has always focused on making drones useful for operators, there are other parts involved in using them. The partnership with Skyward “takes control of the compliance aspect of using drones at scale,” he said.

DroneDeploy’s flight plans and logs will be integrated with Skyward’s operation-management technology. "So many of our customers who specialize in industries such as commercial construction and mining have told us that they need better ways to analyze data and quickly produce maps for their clients,” said Jonathan Evans, CEO of Skyward, in a statement. "Our integration with DroneDeploy solves this need for our customers, giving them a simple way to manage their entire operation while ensuring safety and efficiency on every job."

According to Winn, there are four levels to commercial drone adoption: 1. Drone service providers; 2. In-house drones; 3. Drones at scale; and 4. Full autonomy. One of the focuses at DroneDeploy is enabling drone operations at scale, and with the official implementation of Part 107, conducting operations at scale is now more important than ever to enterprises, he explained.

"Enterprises are now seeing a path to scale their drone operations with Part 107," Winn said in a statement. "However, regulatory compliance is a major concern. By partnering with Skyward, we're able to offer our customers an enterprise drone solution that helps businesses quickly ramp their drone operations while seamlessly mitigating their compliance risk."

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