Leading UAV Service Provider Aerodyne are pleased to announce that they have partnered with STC Specialized (wholly owned subsidiary of Saudi Telecom Company) to provide critical asset inspection and management solutions to their enterprise clients in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia (KSA).
The agreement will see Aerodyne implementing their drone-based enterprise solutions for STC Specialized’s clients within telecoms, power, oil & gas and other infrastructure-led industries. It will also provide an opportunity for both parties to further embrace and refine the rapidly-developing market for 5G technology.
Saudi Arabia is the Middle East’s largest economy with a GDP of over US$68 billion in 20171, and STC operates the majority of the telecom towers portfolio of 34,500+ in KSA. Through their subsidiary STC Specialized, they also offer comprehensive solutions to a range of industries including petrochemicals, power and utilities. Among their high profile clients are Saudi Aramco, Petro Rabigh, Saudi Electricity Company and the KSA Ministry of Defence.
Recently Saudi’s General Authority of Civil Aviation (GACA), the Kingdom’s regulator of all aspects of civil aviation, announced the launch of an electronic service to obtain the permits required for operating unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones in Saudi Arabia. This is one aspect of its comprehensive digital transformation project for all services provided by the authority.
“Launching this e-service falls within the context of the relentless efforts exerted by GACA for a safe airspace achieving a secure environment in accordance with the strictest international safety standards, in addition to improve and regulate the navigation of drones, in line with the Kingdom’s vision 2030.”
The official signing of the partnership agreement took place at the Saudi Drones Summit and Expo in Riyadh on April 22nd, 2019. STC Specialized were represented by their CEO Mr. Waleed Khalid Mutter. Signing on behalf of Aerodyne was Group COO and Global Account Director Mr. Rossi Jaafar.
1 World Bank’s World Development Indicators Database 2017 (http://wdi.worldbank.org/)2https://gaca.gov.sa/web/en-gb/news/gacanews-130119-hf01
“I am delighted to announce our partnership with STC Specialized, and I believe that it represents a fantastic opportunity for both companies. STC Specialized have a wealth of high profile clients across the region who will benefit from the disruptive technologies that Aerodyne has to offer. It is a huge vote of confidence in the enterprise solutions which we have developed and implemented in a variety of global markets. Aerodyne are looking forward to working alongside our new partners and broadening our horizons in KSA and also the wider Middle East & North Africa regions.” Rossi Jaafar, Aerodyne Group COO
Aerodyne Group (www.aerodyne.co) is a world-leading provider of drone-based enterprise solutions, and a pioneer in the use of AI as an enabling technology for large-scale data capture and analytics.
Aerodyne operate on an unprecedented level in the UAV services sector. To date they have completed over 60,000 flight operations, inspected more than 250,000 assets and surveyed in excess of 40,000km of power infrastructure.
Aerodyne have a full-time staff of over 260 including pilots, engineers, software developers and industry experts. They have a presence in 25 countries around the world, with plans to continue their expansion into a variety of territories and verticals during 2019 and beyond.
Aerodyne’s AI-Driven Enterprise Solutions, Vertikaliti and myPRISM are already deployed on major projects within Oil & Gas, Power, Telecoms, Renewables, Construction, Agriculture, Infrastructure and beyond. Large enterprises around the world are benefitting from optimised management of critical assets and infrastructure, improved project situational awareness and sophisticated geospatial intelligence, enabling them to fully embrace digital transformation.
About STC Specialized
The Public Telecommunication Company – STC Specialized , is the only national licensed operator providing the business sector, and the governmental, industrial and commercial sectors with services and solutions addressing instant collective wireless communications.STC Specialized is considered the executive arm of the Saudi Telecom Company – STC whose mission is implementing solutions for Critical Communications, by aiming at boosting the communication channels between ambulatory and fixed working groups in various business sectors, at the highest standards of efficiency and effectiveness.www.stcsc.sa/en