Amey and VTOL form drone JV for asset management inspections
Asset management consultancy Amey and drone technology expert VTOL Technologies have formed a joint venture - AmeyVTOL - that will use precision, long-range drones to transform asset management inspections.
Richard Butterfield, AmeyVTOL’s service development director, said: “Doing more with less is a challenge most businesses will understand. As asset managers, we’re often asked to deliver cost efficiencies for our clients while increasing inspections to meet the growing demands on the UK’s networks.
“Using this cutting-edge technology to inspect the vital infrastructure that we all rely on is a world first. It will change the way we inspect assets forever; allowing us to assess at the touch of a button, make real-time recommendations and potentially save millions of pounds for our clients.”
AmeyVTOL’s unmanned autonomous drone, known as The Flying Wing, is at the forefront of long-range, beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), remotely piloted aerial systems (RPAS) autonomous drone technology worldwide and offers a number of benefits that traditional drones fall short of.
The Flying Wing will carry Ground Penetrating Radar, High Definition video and still, Infrared, thermal and Light Detection and Ranging sensors. It can take off and land anywhere, travel up to 150km, at speeds of up to 60kph and change direction to precisely map the same route, regardless of weather conditions. It also has the added benefit of capturing data in real time and streaming it live to a data processing engine.
Mark Shaw, director for AmeyVTOL said: “Our Flying Wing outperforms existing drones and represents the future of aerial inspections. We’re really excited to be introducing this market-leading technology which will revolutionise the asset management industry to deliver repeatable, consistent and accurate inspections as early as 2018.”
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