Swift Engineering, Inc. flew the first fully autonomous flight demonstration in the port city of Kobe, Japan. In attendance during the event was Governor of the Hyogo prefecture, Toshizo Ido, and Mayor of Kobe City, Kizo Hisamoto as well as other government of officials and media. The flight took place in Meriken Park, located in the Port of Kobe City in the Hyogo Prefecture. “We are proud and honoured to be a trailblazer in the next industrial revolution of autonomy and robotics.
The vision of innovation embraced by the Hyogo Prefecture and the city of Kobe will impact worldwide urban aviation” said Rick Heise, President and Chief Strategy Officer of Swift Engineering.
“We are all very excited to be a part of this historic event.” Said Andrew Streett, Vice President of Technology and Chief Scientist at Swift Engineering. “This was a collaboration with the Osaka Aviation Bureau, the city and port of Kobe, which cumulated in the Swift020 flying over a ‘densely inhabited district’ a standard used in Japan to describe an area of 4,000 people per 1 sq kilometre. The teamwork between multiple agencies was key to the success of this demonstration.”
Prime Minister Shinzo Abe is expected to release drone legislation, including beyond the line of sight provisions before the end of 2018. Streett added “This is a preemptive success before the release of the regulations for drone use in Japan. This flight provides a solid foundation for a successful progression towards Prime Minister Abes’ goal.”
The Swift020, the first UAS featuring X-Blade TechnologyTM, is the culmination of over 18 years of research and development in unmanned systems. The Swift020 Unmanned Air System (UAS) vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) technology takes off and lands anywhere and transitions to efficient fixed-wing forward flight without additional launch
and recovery equipment allowing it to reduce operational time and cost. The Swift020 UAS is a family of systems servicing linear infrastructure, oil and gas, maritime, emergency services, delivery, agriculture, scientific research, surveillance and security markets.
Swift-Xi is a Japanese joint venture by Swift Engineering, Inc. headquartered in San Clemente, California, USA and the Kobe Institute of Computing located in Kobe, Japan. Swift-Xi provides data and IT services, logistics, and full-service operations of autonomous and robotic technologies in Japan and around the world.
Swift Engineering, Inc. is an innovative company providing products, technologies and fully integrated product development solutions from ideation to market. Swift has over 30 years of design, engineering and builds heritage in intelligent systems, and advanced vehicles; including autonomous systems, helicopters, submarines, spacecraft, ground vehicles, and robotics.
Published at Mon, 05 Nov 2018 15:42:05 +0000
PrecisionHawk, Inc., a leading provider of drone technology for the enterprise, today announced that it has purchased Uplift Data Partners. Uplift specializes in the delivery of turnkey inspection services for construction, building information management (BIM) and real-estate. Uplift has provided drone services for leading national and global brands. Uplift’s nationwide network of commercially trained drone pilots will join PrecisionHawk’s Droners.io network of over 15,000 drone pilots, one of the largest networks of its kind. Suzanne El-Moursi, CEO of Uplift, will join PrecisionHawk’s executive leadership team managing the company’s construction line of business.
“This acquisition displays PrecisionHawk’s commitment to strengthening our technology and expertise in high-growth markets,” said Michael Chasen, PrecisionHawk CEO. “By combining PrecisionHawk’s leading-edge products and services with Uplift’s industry experience and training standards, our customers will receive best-in-class aerial data and analytics for complex construction and facility inspection projects through a simple and easy to procure process.”
Uplift Data Partners was formed in 2015 as a fully integrated subsidiary of Clayco, one of the nation’s largest architecture, engineering, design-build and construction firms, with more than $2.0 billion in annual revenue. Through the acquisition, Clayco will exclusively source its construction projects to PrecisionHawk, and will serve on PrecisionHawk’s Board of Advisors to support the growth of the company’s services and software in the construction industry.
“PrecisionHawk is leading the commercial drone market by combining superior technology with deep expertise in the markets that they serve. Through this acquisition, Clayco customers gain access to a new level of technological sophistication for more scalable and robust operations, while continuing to benefit from Uplift’s deep understanding of the demanding nature of engineering and construction industry drone missions,” said Clayco CEO, Bob Clark.
This is the fifth acquisition for PrecisionHawk in 2018. Early acquisitions include Droners.io and Airvid. In September it purchased both HAZON, Inc. and InspecTools Inc., which specialize in the delivery of inspection services and technology for the energy industry. Their integration with PrecisionHawk has created dynamic synergy, providing solutions that elevate airborne intelligence and strengthen the data value chain for the enterprise.
Similar to the energy space, the construction industry has experienced a rapid uptake in the adoption of commercial drone technology. Drones are now one of the leading innovative technologies that are transforming the construction process since they decrease the need for lengthy visual inspections, reduce planning time, improve worker safety and identify problems.
Uplift CEO, Suzanne El-Moursi said: “Our mission at Uplift is to support the modernization of the architecture, engineering and construction (AEC) industry by creating tools and training that improve the accessibility of drone services, thereby delivering true value to construction projects. The construction industry is uniquely rugged, yet defined by innovation and intelligence, and we are thrilled to join PrecisionHawk, a company that is both aligned to this mission and committed to the growth and expansion of the industry.”
PrecisionHawk is a leading provider of drone technology for the enterprise. PrecisionHawk’s client list includes Fortune 500 companies and market leaders in 150 countries, spanning a range of industries, including agriculture, energy, insurance, government and construction. To date, PrecisionHawk has raised more than $100 million from leading venture capital firms including Third Point Ventures and Millennium Technology Value Partners, with strategic investments from enterprise customers and partners including Comcast Ventures, DuPont, Intel Capital, NTT Docomo, and Yamaha Motor. The company, founded in 2010, is privately held and headquartered in Raleigh, NC. More information about PrecisionHawk can be found at www.precisionhawk.com or on Twitter @PrecisionHawk.
Published at Mon, 05 Nov 2018 15:00:05 +0000