We’ve been focused on how the release of Part 107 by the FAA impacts the regulatory landscape in the United States, but it’s important to note that legal issues are not the only or even the biggest concern for operators across the world. The logistics associated with flying a drone can cause major headaches for individuals and organizations, which has gotten many looking for a UAV solution they don’t have to configure on their own or with the help of a 3rd party.

Sky Eye Innovations and Spacemetric have come together to do just that. The companies just announced a partnership that will provide powerful turnkey solutions for collection, storage and management of data from airborne sensors. Details associated with the news are available below, but I was able to catch up with Erik Eklund from Spacemetric to find out about why this news is important and how this kind of solution can impact the bottom line for their customers.


Jeremiah Karpowicz: How important is it for you to be able to offer a turnkey solution to professionals who want to utilize a UAV?

Erik Eklund: Providing a turnkey UAV solution for professionals is the focus of our offering. We are doing this to help these individuals and organizations carrying out their inspections as efficiently as possible. Our aim is to save them the significant amounts of time and effort wasted from using equipment made up of several separate elements that are not well integrated.


Are there specific markets you’re targeting for these new products?

The new products are targeting the core markets where Sky Eye Innovations have their strongest presence and take-up. That is industrial inspections, blue-light operations and film and media organizations.


How have you seen organizations struggle with the storage and management of data they collect via a UAV?

The data collected by UAVs is a significant headache for all professional users since they generate data in large volumes and with specific characteristics (e.g. geolocated images). The challenge is not just processing and manipulation of this type of data, but also the management and housekeeping of the datasets and projects they represent. We are providing a consistent structure and integrated approach to these tasks that is unique in the marketplace.


What are some of the real world differences you’ve seen drones make? Are they tied to things like ROI or the time that can be saved on a project?

Sky Eye Innovations are clearly seeing significant benefits for their growing cadre of customers. Certain types of inspections and data capture can now be carried with an ease and at a cost level that previously were much more challenging, sometimes prohibitively so. With a closely integrated solution, these capabilities now offer an additional finesse and efficiency.


Spacemetric and Sky Eye Innovations partner to deliver next-generation inspection drones

To meet the rapidly growing demand for more advanced industrial airborne inspection tools, Sky Eye Innovations, producers of a powerful UAV solution with unique capabilities to control the most advanced sensing technologies on the market, and Spacemetric, a provider of world-class image data management software solutions, announce the start of a strategic partnership to provide powerful turnkey solutions for collection, storage and management of data from airborne sensors.

More and more organisations see the enormous potential for increased efficiency in inspection, monitoring, asset assessment and preventative maintenance through use of drones (UAVs) equipped with different sensor technologies. The huge growth in drone use has been helped by software tools that support data collection and data processing, many of them provided through the cloud. The new partnership connects a leading image management tool with a very high-performance UAV solution built for daily use in the most demanding conditions. The result is an integrated and highly effective inspection tool for preventative maintenance and decision making that uniquely combines imagery from UAVs, satellites and handheld sensor units.

“At Spacemetric we've actively developed our software to handle the growing volumes of data coming from UAVs. We’ve actively been looking for a UAV partner and are very impressed by Sky Eye Innovations and their unique offering, which is much in demand” says Erik Eklund, who is responsible for Spacemetric’s new Airborne business area.

The partnership creates a unique set of expertise. Spacemetric specialises in solutions to manage large volumes of imagery and streamline the process of efficient capture and storage to accelerated sharing and delivery of geospatial imagery for users like the Swedish Air Force. Sky Eye Innovations contributes with development and manufacturing of extremely performant UAV platform solutions that alone in the world are able to lift and control FLIR System's most advanced cameras used for industrial inspection and monitoring tasks.

“Sky Eye Innovations are constantly working on improvements  and looking at new ways to address the challenges the industry is experiencing. Our ultimate goal is to offer cost-effective solutions that drive productivity and improve working conditions. To achieve this we need our UAV platform to excel and collaboration with world-leading expertise is critical to providing high quality customized solutions that are in demand. Therefore we are proud to announce our partnership with Spacemetric, and the next generation of industrial inspection tools this will lead to”, says Daniel Sällstedt, founder and CEO of N.M.M Innovation Sweden AB, aka Sky Eye Innovations.


About Spacemetric:

Spacemetric is the company behind the Keystone software that handles image and video data from airborne and satellite sensors. One customer is the Swedish Armed Forces where the system is used for reconnaissance data from the Gripen jet fighter and all video data from the Army's UAV 03, which is currently serving in peacekeeping operations in Mali.

About Sky Eye Innovations:

We build extreme performance unmanned aerial systems for high end industrial use. Sky Eye Innovations offers a turnkey UAV platform for advanced sensing technology, which includes both hardware and software, that is reliable and durable and can work under extreme conditions. With our platform, we help companies within Industry, Surveillance, Search and Rescue and Film and Media who want to become more efficient, reduce costs, increase their output and most importantly reduce the risks for their staff. www.skyeyeinnovations.com