Aerodyne, a leading UAS service provider has locked in a partnership deal with a not-for-profit organisation to enter the meat and livestock market.
This morning, Meat & Livestock Australia and Aerodyne confirmed a business partnership to launch collaborative $5.1m (£3.6m) R&D program ‘Drone as a Silent Service’.
As part of the two-year framework, the companies will commence innovative study to develop drone-based and automated solutions for the management of livestock and resources.
Following extensive industry input, MLA and Aerodyne have developed a schedule of nine key focal points for the first program of works.
The joint aim of the R&D project is to develop solutions that run as a ‘silent service’ and remove the need for producers to be tethered to the drones and other automated sensors which capture, analyse and report data.
The partnership represents Aerodyne’s entrance into the market, worth over $18 billion (£17.5 billion) nationally.
The two-year project forms part of MLA’s wider unmanned strategy to develop and implement fully autonomous solutions for the benefit of their 50,000 members in the Australian livestock-producer industry.
Kamarul A Muhamed, CEO of Aerodyne, explained: “Integrating drones and other autonomous technology into a smart, connected network of sensors gives us the opportunity to completely change the way that large-scale livestock and agriculture operations are managed.
“Australia is the ideal testing ground to develop new systems and build on the lessons that Aerodyne has learned from our extensive experience in providing commercial drone solutions. We look forward to working with MLA and their members at such an exciting time for both our industries.”
Aerodyne’s raft of experience and expertise in unmanned systems, IoT devices and cloud-based reporting solutions has led to the development of iLAMS (intelligent livestock and asset management system).