Bionic Eye director says his firm has noticed an increase in demand from corporate clients wanting to explore and embrace UAV technologies.
The firm, based in Uxbridge and part of the wider Bionic Group, specialises in the use of UAV technology integrated with specialist photography and software to carry out detailed surveys in sensitive and difficult-to-reach locations.
Andrew Eio, director at the company, commented on the recent growth trend: “While there has been a large uptake in the UK, until recent times this was more towards the video production, stills and inspection activity.”
He added: “We have noticed that there has recently been a tipping point where corporates are now starting to explore and embrace UAV technologies. That said, current regulations are tempering some sectors, hence why some of our clients are foreign. It is the early adopter that is gaining the most commercial benefit.”
The Bionic Eye’s customers include names such as Network Rail, Kier Group and VolkerFitzpatrick and having already demonstrated its ability to place specialist instruments in distant, dangerous, dirty or dull locations to allow rapid data acquisition and timely decision-making, Bionic Eye is seeing more interest.
Eio explained: “The majority of sales are based upon two main types of clients. Professional cinematographers who require reliable high quality airframes to place expensive movie cameras on, and corporates who want more bespoke solutions where they typically have a specialist sensor that they want integrated into a UAV.”
He continued: “This allows them to gain a more cost-effective way to obtain data and ultimately drive business decisions to gain a commercial advantage. That said, there has been a lot of enquires for industrial-grade agricultural systems.”
The Bionic Eye is hoping the interest can spark expansion and has consequently set its sights on increasing its reach over the next 12 months.