Dutch geodata survey company Fugro says a partnership with Australian drone manufacturer Carbonix can help bolster its long-range geographic information system (GIS) capability.
Sydney-based Carbonix will supply its Volanti and Ottano vertical take-off and landing (VTOL) drones over the next 27 months to “further enhance Fugro’s remote operations”.
“Carbonix will support Fugro’s Australian long-range maritime and land projects from the sky, using state-of-the-art aerial surveying and data capture technology, while integrating with Fugro’s remote operations centres for the joint development of systems technology and capabilities,” Fugro said.
Carbonix, which raised A$6.3 million last year in a venture funding round, provides lightweight drones to support inspection, monitoring, survey and emergency response services for various industries, including mining.
The company’s CEO Philip van der Burg said Carbonix wanted to become a leader in long-range aerial data acquisition solutions, “enabling our business partners to become more effective in serving their customers”.
“It’s exciting to see how our vision aligns with our industry partner’s investments, their resources, and the future of their capability,” he said.