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Sep 22, 2016 | News

Airware acquires drone analytics company Redbird


Airware, a commercial aerial solution provider, is beefing up its services by acquiring data analytics company Redbird. Redbird is a France-based company designed to provide insight into mining, quarrying and construction industries.

“Construction and excavation sites such as mines and quarries must be managed and operated digitally in order to compete in today’s markets,” said Jonathan Downey, founder and CEO of Airware. “Commercial drone technology brings these operations into the digital world while offering faster, cheaper, and higher-quality data and analytics. By acquiring Redbird and incorporating Redbird’s powerful analytics tools on top of the Airware platform, we are helping these enterprises make this transition into the digital age.”

Going forward, the companies will work together to bring Redbird’s geospatial analytics to Airware’s Aerial Information Platform. Together, Airware believes it can provide customers with a enterprise set of workflow, compliance and security features for scaling drone operations. According to the company, with Redbird Airware, customers will benefit from 100x more data and 5x faster turnaround.

“Airware is a company that provides complete drone solutions to enterprise customers,” said Emmanuel de Maistre, cofounder and CEO of Redbird. “In joining the Airware team, we will be able to rapidly provide complete solutions to the mining, quarrying and construction industries, allowing us to expand globally into the U.S. market. There’s never been a more exciting time for this partnership to take place as building materials companies and contractors are no longer experimenting with drones, but are looking to put drones to work for their businesses.”

In addition, Redbird will enable Airware to create a European headquarters in Paris, which will focus on building analytical apps and support the interaction of Airware into European-based solutions.

“Over the last six months, our customer base has grown to include European enterprises,” said Downey. “With the Paris-based office, we”Ll support our existing European customers, as well as meet the growing global demand for commercial drone technology.”