Dronecloud today announced that is has been appointed by Network Rail to deliver Drone
Management Software across its drone fleet. The deal covers the development and license of the software over the next five years. Network Rail will use the software to manage the deployment of multiple drone projects, monitoring and surveying rail infrastructure whilst managing in-house and contracted drone pilot’s activities. The software will support the safe, compliant and efficient running of concurrent projects and create an audit trail of completed work.
Enterprise deployments of drones are now being used across industries to survey and
monitor sites which would previously be expensive, complex, or unsafe to monitor in
person. The use of drones, however, comes with its own complexities, amplified when
scaled. Current and future proposed legislation provides rules and guidelines on the proper planning, operation and reporting of drone use. Similarly, the logistics of managing hundreds of drone projects quickly becomes difficult, ensuring the drones are fit to fly, that the operator is suitably qualified and that the task is properly specified.
Dronecloud is a provider of Drone Management Software. Its technology is designed to
streamline the administration of drone operations safely, at scale. Whilst it works for
individual drone pilots wanting to create and store audit trails, for enterprise clients it also offers to significantly cut operating costs by combing business and technical tools.
Ultimately, it aims to support its clients to be able to safely operate drones beyond visual
line of sight.
Speaking of the agreement, Dronecloud’s CEO Jan Domaradzki said:
“Network Rail is the perfect partner for us. We have a shared vision of the efficiencies that well-managed drone operations can give to infrastructure projects. Network Rail has
demonstrated that it is forward-thinking, its team understands the challenges and
complexities of enterprise-scale drone operations, so we are well aligned on where we can support them now, and in the future.
In many industries, drone operations have evolved organically, with more and more tasks
being completed by drones as the benefits are better understood. As operations become
more complex, we’re experiencing a high level of enquiries from companies that are keen to ensure that they are both compliant, efficient and, above all, safe in how they operate. With dozens, if not hundreds of drone projects running, the traditional mosaic of multiple datapoints, spreadsheets, emails, is just not a sustainable way of managing operations. It’s a busy an exciting time to be rolling out our software to more clients.”
Rikke Carmichael, head of Air Operations at Network Rail said: “With the number of drone flights at the level it is and only going to climb higher in the future, we needed a flight management system to manage the load to ensure we are as efficient and safe as
possible. It will show drone pilots if another drone is operating nearby, as well as alert the pilot to other potential ground or air hazards in the area of the flight.”
Dronecloud is a London based, Software as a Service (SaaS) technology company.
Dronecloud’s platform simplifies management of workflow for commercial drone operators through a cloud-based SaaS platform. The platform is designed to be the most sophisticated of its type, bringing together the highest quality tools in the drone industry with custom integrations offering users simple management of the complete job timeline from quotation to completion and beyond.
Developed by drone operators for drone operators, Dronecloud provides one central
ecosystem for organisations using drones to manage complex operations. The platform
launched in June 2019 following several years of development and testing.