Leading Japanese company Komatsu and drone image processing platform Skycatch have inked a deal to bring the Explore1 high precision RTK drone and Edge1 GNSS base station to the global market.
Available through the Komatsu global distribution channels, the new agreement will help provide construction workers with the ability to leverage technology to ensure automate construction job sites reach maximum efficiency and productivity.
Chikashi Shike, president of Komatsu, said: “The introduction of Explore1 and Edge1 have already revolutionised the Japanese market, and we are excited to share this technology with all Komatsu distributors globally. Edge1 accuracy and powerful in-field aerial analytics will become the centre of automation for all future job sites, especially in North America.”
In common construction workflows, the time to data using traditional surveying methods could take weeks until project stakeholders can view or analyse their job site data. With the Edge1, customers are able to leverage a GCP free workflow that delivers sub 5cm accurate data, in arbitrary or local coordinate systems within 30 minutes, saving time and labour costs.
Since its inception, more than 10,000 job sites across Japan have been using the Skycatch high precision platform to eliminate the need for GCP’s and deliver time-to-data in one easy to use full solution.
Christian Sanz, founder, and CEO of Skycatch, said: “Skycatch and Komatsu offer a unique opportunity for the precision drone customer. Not only do we provide a full solution, but we also offer a product that can seamlessly fit on to any job site.
“The Edge1 has been optimised to work with any DJI drone, most recently with the Phantom 4RTK. We believe everyone should be able to experience a streamlined GCP free workflow no matter what drone you have.”