Caterpillar Offering Drone Analytics To UK Customers

Caterpillar dealer Finning is offering its customers access to data gathered by unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) after teaming up with a drone specialist.

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Finning UK & Ireland is working with Redbird, a drone analytics firm based in Paris and San Francisco.

Caterpillar and Redbird struck a global agreement to work together in December 2015. Through Finning, they have now launched their UK service.

“In practical terms, the drone data collection and Redbird’s image analytics capability will provide customers with a variety of solutions for their operations,” said Finning demonstration manager Phil Lewis. “These include material inventory management, haul road optimisation and project progress to name a few, all of which complement the other data driven services like Finsight and solutions like Caterpillar Production Measurement.”

Redbird CEO and co-founder Emmanuel de Maistre said: “Ever since we announced our partnership with Caterpillar, we have been working with the team at Finning to support its development of what is a compelling technology led proposition for its customers.

“We are now at the point where we can launch this to the market and help UK business realise the benefits of the solutions we have been developing with leading construction companies and quarry operators for the past two years. We are all about helping businesses extract the real value out of drone data and by bring tangible benefits to construction sites, mines and quarries across the UK, we will be looking to help customers work faster and safer.”

“Caterpillar is always searching for ways to collaborate outside our four walls to give our customers and dealers a competitive edge,” said Caterpillar vice president George Taylor when the initial deal was announced. “By joining with companies leading the way in the digital revolution, we have a chance to positively impact our customers’ and dealers’ businesses.”