Japan’s biggest drone firm, Terra Drone Corporation (TDC), has launched a new branch in South Africa, which focuses on drone solutions for underground and surface mining.
TDC’s South African branch will offer mining solutions which improve safety, reduce time and costs, and increase the quality of data.
South Africa, which was once one of the world’s largest gold producers, has fallen to the world’s 8th largest gold producer due to reduced mining output and the notable rise of production in other countries.
Until recently, available drone technology for mining was limited due to lack of GPS signal and the ability to adapt to dark and narrow environments, with spaces dangerous to enter due to frequent collapses and accidents.
However, TDC has developed underground drone solutions with the help of one of its group companies, Inkonova AB.
Toru Tokushsige, founder and CEO of TDC, said: “Our new headquarters can contribute to solving problems through the creation of new employment in South Africa, reduction of human injury due to the improvement of safety, and cost-effective solutions by increasing data accuracy and speed of data collection and delivery.
“Additionally, we are aiming to deploy not only to the Republic of South Africa but also throughout the whole of Africa, which has a population of over 1.2 billion people. We are planning to release safe and high-quality technologies from Africa to the rest of the world.”