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05 July 2016

Finning and Redbird bring advanced drone technology to UK market

First published01/07/2016
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drone technology in the UK quarrying sector
Finning UK & Ireland and Redbird see a big future for advanced drone technology in the UK quarrying sector
Finning UK & Ireland and Redbird are at  the forefront of the introduction of advanced drone technology to the UK market, with their “transformational partnership” said to be helping to  pave the way for a data driven future.

Redbird showcased the capabilities of its unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drone technology for the first time in the UK at last week’s Hillhead 2016 exhibition (28-30 June), staged at Tarmac’s Hillhead quarry near Buxton, county Derbyshire, England.

Having conducted its first UK flights at the Hillhead quarry itself, collecting drone data, Redbird also demonstrated to exhibition visitors how its analysis of that data, using cloud-based, proprietary algorithms can provide a whole range of information, including 3D modelling, that can be used to significantly benefit quarry and infrastructure projects.  

Commenting on the launch of the Redbird partnership, Finning Hillhead demonstration manager Phil Lewis said: “In practical terms, the drone data collection and Redbird's image analytics capability will provide customers with a variety of solutions for their operations. 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 that we will also be showcasing.”

Adding his comments, Emmanuel de Maistre, CEO and co-founder of Redbird, said: “Ever since we announced our partnership with Caterpillar in January 2016, 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.”

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