The drone-based branch of aeronautics company Airbus, has expanded its global operations with the launch of a new regional commercial drone services division.
The newly-established Airbus Aerial unit will be based in Singapore and oversee the Asia-Pacific region. The new unit adds to two existing hubs based in Atlanta, US and Munich, Germany.
“We have chosen Singapore as the headquarters for our Asia-Pacific operations because it is a well-established regional hub with excellent connectivity to key countries such as Australia, India, Japan and China,” said Jana Rosenmann, head of unmanned aerial systems at Airbus.
“It is also a great centre for innovation and potential partnerships, enjoying strong support from the local government for start-ups as well as the development of smart technologies.”
Initially focussing on the development of new imagery services, Airbus Aerial leverages the latest software and aerospace technologies to provide actionable data and analysis of information provided by drones, satellites, high altitude aircraft and other sources.
With its imagery services, Airbus Aerial targets a range of applications for industries such as insurance, agriculture, oil and gas and utilities, as well as state and local governments.
During its first year in operation, Airbus Aerial played a critical role in the US, helping several major insurance companies assess damage and process claims faster than ever before.
These initial services were provided in 2017, following Hurricane Harvey in the Houston, Texas area and Hurricane Irma in southern Florida and, more recently, after the devastating wildfires in California.
The Asia-Pacific base of Airbus Aerial is led by Bernard Leong, who joined Airbus in January 2018. Previously, he was head of post office network and digital services at Singapore Post, with an extensive business and technology management background, including drone delivery and autonomous vehicles within the Asia-Pacific markets.