iRed, an infrared camera specialist, has been awarded the Investors in People Small Business Accreditation.
The Hampshire-based firm, which has added drone technology and a training centre to its services, was particularly praised for its inspiring leadership.
Speaking exclusively to Commercial Drone Professional on what impact drones have had on the company in recent years, Jack Bloomfield, iRed’s marketing manager, said: “Drones have added a whole new dimension to iRed. Our unique knowledge and experience with thermal imaging cameras and remote sensors has given us a niche within the drone market.”
He continued: “iRed started in 2002 as a non-contact inspection company utilising remote sensors for heat loss surveys. Fast forward to today, and iRed is not only an aerial inspector, but a CAA Approved NQE, DJI Enterprise Partner and leading provider of specialist drone inspection training. It’s great to see that our ability to change and adapt with innovation and technological advances has been recognised and praised in our Investors in People accreditation.”
Founded and run by Ray Faulkner, the company has pioneered the way in advancing the benefits of infrared technology across a number of sectors.
It also has been at the forefront of linking drones with infrared cameras and introduced the concept across a variety of industries.
Based in Emsworth near Portsmouth, the business, which is also a consultancy, trains people to use infrared cameras and fly drones.
In its summary after the award, the Investors in People report stated that iRed’s areas of strength included ‘strong, inspirational leadership’ and went on to say that iRed has ‘high levels of employee engagement, creating a working environment seen as exciting and compelling to staff of all ages.’
Commenting on the award, Ray Faulkner said: “This accreditation really reflects the hard work, skill, inventiveness and passion of our staff. We are always looking ahead to the next technological step and how we can make it work. It excites us.”
He added: “Infrared technology was once seen as a small part of the construction industry, but it has many applications including in the equine world, renewable energy sector, search and rescue and in electronics. “When you bring cameras and drones together the number of applications grows further. The team here is so passionate about what we do that managing them is a pleasure.”