A bespoke UAV will take to the skies to monitor forestry in Scotland following a business merger.
Forestry Commission Scotland has awarded a £60,000 contract to Air Cam Pro (ACP) and Molten 99, an aerial video and photography provider.
The two organisations announced the merger earlier this year and with ACP moving into larger manufacturing facilities in Walkerburn last month with help from the Business Gateway Scottish Borders.
The custom drone from the two organisations will be used to monitor stress levels in trees to help identify disease before it spreads.
Scottish Business News Network reported that Andrew Gupwell, sales manager for the merged organisation, said: “Bringing the two companies together under the Air Cam Pro brand has quickly resulted in a high profile order that highlights both our sales and technical abilities. We believe the successful completion of the order will open doors for us within the forestry, offshore oil and gas, wind farm, and security sectors.
“Currently people tend to buy a drone off the shelf, add equipment to it, and hope the technology will do the job for them. What we do is find out our client’s needs and work backwards, building our own UAVs from scratch. We install the best hardware, program the software, and using CNC machining, carbon fibre moulding, 3D printing, and electronic design to construct a piece of unique kit that will do exactly what the client wants and more.