Leading Earthworks Contractor D&T Excavation Chooses Kespry for Inventory Management and Topographical Analysis

Oregon earthworks company selects Kespry drone-based aerial intelligence platform in partnership with John Deere dealer Papé Machinery

MENLO PARK, Calif.Feb. 22, 2018 /PRNewswire/ — Kespry, the leading aerial intelligence solution provider, today announced D&T Excavation, an Oregon-based earthworks company serving commercial, residential and government agencies, has selected the Kespry aerial intelligence platform to perform comprehensive inventory management and worksite topographical analysis, and help ensure the safety of its employees. D&T Excavation conducted a comprehensive survey of available industrial drone options and chose Kespry following a recommendation and demonstration from their strategic equipment partner Papé Machinery, a member of the John Deere dealer network. Kespry and John Deere have an exclusive global strategic alliance to provide the Kespry aerial intelligence platform through the John Deere Dealer Network worldwide.

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Parrot is creating a new ‘prosumer’ drone division after cutting a third of its workforce

With three new drones.

Parrot Disco-Pro AG

French drone maker Parrot is starting a new division to bridge the gap between its extremely expensive commercial line, which cost upward of $11,000, and its extremely inexpensive consumer drones, which can cost as little as $100.

he new division, dubbed Parrot Professional, is now making drones that fall into the “prosumer” category, the $1,000-$5,000 price range. Drones in this new division are intended to support construction and agriculture with a new work tool without the need for a professional pilot.

Earlier this year, Parrot announced it was laying off nearly 300 employees, about a third of its entire drone operation, and reorganizing the company to focus more on aircraft for commercial applications.

Poor performance in the fourth quarter of 2016 caused the company to miss its sales estimates by 15 percent, and Parrot projected that sales in its consumer drone business were unlikely to improve enough to generate “profitable growth … over the medium and long term.”

The French drone manufacturer is one of the few companies that actually competes with China’s DJI, the biggest drone maker in the world. DJI holds about 50 percent of the market share for commercial and consumer drones North America, according to Colin Snow, founder of Skylogic Research, a firm tracking the drone industry.

Still, DJI is stiff competition. For drones in the $500 to $1,000 price range, DJI claimed about 36 percent of the market by units sold in North America last year. Parrot captured around 7 percent of the market in the same price range, Snow found.

To ring in the new division, Parrot is unveiling three new drones, all of which are basically souped-up versions of aircraft from its consumer line.

The Disco-Pro AG, for example, is a modification on the Disco drone, loaded with high-performance sensors and autonomous flight-planning software. That drone will be available for sale in June and will cost $4,500.

The other two drones are tweaked versions of the Bebop-Pro 3D, which provides aerial image capture for 3-D modeling, and the Bebop-Pro Thermal, which is equipped with a thermal imaging camera. The Bebop-Pro 3D will cost $1,100 and will be available in June. The price for the Pro-Thermal has not been released, nor has its availability date.

DJI has long made drones in the “prosumer” category, though until recently those have in large part catered to use cases in advanced camerawork and cinematography. The Chinese drone company does have a small line of aircraft it markets for things like power line inspection and crop spraying, and last year it hosted a conference in San Francisco, AirWorks, in an effort to engage deeper with the construction, agriculture and industrial inspection industries.

Parrot, on the other hand, has been serving customers in agriculture and construction for years, mostly through its commercial subsidiary Sensefly, which sells a wide range of aircraft that range in price between $11,000 and $25,000, according to a Parrot spokesperson.

The French drone maker’s new “prosumer” bridge between its super-high end and low-priced consumer products may give Parrot a leg up on DJI when it comes to serving new smaller agricultural and construction customers, since it’s already familiar with the needs of those industries with Sensefly.


Vertical Images: from film making to inspection, and why flying won’t be the focus of future drone businesses

Successful drone entrepreneur Petr Lněnička went from award-winning filmmaker to drone inspection leader in his native Czech Republic. Here he lays out 3 pieces of advice and explains why for him, the transition seemed logical, and why he believes the future of drone mapping services will place less and less emphasis on drones and more and more weight on mapping data.

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JTT Industrial Drone is Guarding the Coast of Australia, Protecting People From Shark Attacks

industrial drone, life-saving drone

SHENZHEN, China, March 20, 2017 /PRNewswire/ — Technology development is the most important force driving mankind forward. As great high-tech innovations are changing people’s lives, the drone industry is booming than ever before. Among them, JTT UAV is a dark horse that the drone industry should not ignore. Continue reading

CyPhy Works and Pilot Thomas Logistics are working together to bring innovative technology to the oil and gas industry.

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CyPhy Works, Inc. and Pilot Thomas Logistics have come together to provide Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) aka Drone services to customers in the oil and gas industry using CyPhy’s Persistent Aerial Reconnaissance and Communications (PARC) system, the leading persistent drone with recorded flights of 200+ hours. Continue reading