Petronas President and Group CEO, Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin, officially launched Sky-Futures Malaysia, the first Sky-Futures Franchise. The launch happened at the Oil & Gas Asia Exhibition at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on July 12th 2017. The first franchisee is Essem Group of companies, who are regional operational integrity specialists in the South East Asian Oil & Gas industry. Essem Group provide a comprehensive range of project supply, operations and maintenance solutions.

Since 2009, Sky-Futures has established itself as the world’s leading provider of drone-based inspection services to the global industrial markets, with a focus on vertical infrastructure. This expertise, operational knowledge and experience has been employed to develop ground-breaking software, sensor and technology solutions for the industrial inspection market. A core part of the strategy for Sky-Futures is the focus on a local first approach. By creating an International Franchise Programme, Sky-Futures can partner with established local companies with a strong track record to ensure a win-win approach for the local Franchisee and Sky-Futures.

Sky-Futures has extensive experience operating in over 23 different countries and have provided inspection solutions for over 40 companies including PETRONAS Carigali, Amey, E.on, Costain, Lloyd’s Register and Shell, with over 9,000 total hours of remote pilot experience. Our end-to-end solution for inspection, data collection and data analysis has demonstrated significant benefits in risk-reduction, safety enhancement and cost benefits in numerous industrial sectors. This experience means Franchisees take an existing pipeline, credentials and cutting edge training and software to market immediately. Existing and new customers can buy services, training and software with confidence from a Franchise partner, with local support and experience.

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By Chris Blackford

Co-Founder and COO Sky-Futures Sky-Futures enable enterprise to incorporate UAVs into their business and realise the power of UAV technology for vertical structure inspections. Through our Training Academy we provide an end-to-end service encompassing UAV training, flight planning and fleet management software, a secure cloud based inspection portal and workbench tools. In addition to our in-house capabilities, we also have a global partner network that allows us to provide clients with a full inspection service or enable enterprise to set up and run UAVs in house with the latest data analytics tools and software. Our end-to-end inspection system makes the collection of vertical structure inspection data faster, easier and a lot more powerful. Sky-Futures started in the O&G market in 2011 and are working with the biggest companies in the world as a trusted B2B partner.