NVdrones, a start-up that provides cloud-based software solutions for drone fleet management, today launched its mobile application, NVDash, that promises to bring drone management into the digital age.
New commercial drone regulations, titled Part 107, are effective as of today. With the new regulations, many expect a massive increase in U.S. commercial drone activity. Among other rule changes, any individual can become commercially licensed by taking an FAA-approved written test. Previously a private pilot’s license was required.
“We estimate up to 40% of drone businesses currently use paper and pencil to monitor their organisation,” said Emerick Varga, CEO of NVdrones. “In an industry that’s pushing technological limits each and every day, drone management tools lag far behind.”
The company’s founders spoke with hundreds of drone pilots before they even wrote a single line of code for the app. During their research, they found customizable checklists, real-time airspace and weather information, as well as team and equipment management, are must-have’s for any drone team. Over 500 companies deploying drones have signed up for their beta program, ongoing over the past 3 months.
NVdrones separates itself from the competition by also analysing high-quality equipment performance data. Varga explains they do this by analysing the drone’s internal “black box” sensor data. “99% of commercial drones record crucial sensor data during every flight but there are insufficient tools to make sense of the data,” Varga said. “Established drone teams already use this data to get ahead of their competitors – now we’re bringing it to the rest of the industry.”
The company’s technology also utilises the AirMap Platform for best-in-class airspace intelligence. AirMap recently made their platform of APIs and SDKs for airspace services available to the drone industry. Other AirMap partners include Intel, DJI, 3DRobotics, Aeryon Labs, and more.
“We built the AirMap Platform to help innovators like NVdrones build amazing applications for drones,” said Ben Marcus, CEO of AirMap. “We’re excited to see how NVdrones utilizes our SDK to help make drones part of everyday life.”
Drone pilots can download the app and sign up to be a beta tester at nvdrones.com.