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Mar 8, 2017 | News

John Deere adds drones to its job sites


John Deere Construction & Forestry is joining the drone movement and integrating drones into its construction job sites. The company announced it has entered into an alliance with Kespry to add a fully integrated industrial drone platform into its operations.

“This technology will help our dealers offer a seamless workflow to site development and road building contractors from project planning through grading dirt,” said Andrew Kahler, product marketing manager for John Deere WorkSight. “The data gathered from the Kespry system will help our customers and equipment operators make decisions that reduce costs and improve productivity as they optimize the job site and spend less time on jobs.”

Kespry’s drone platform is designed to collect topographic data with survey-grade accuracy. It enables drones to take off, fly to a designated area, and land without any human intervention. According to the company, this solution will enable John Deere employees to easily create a mission, capture data, analyze the data, and share the data and insights.

As part of the alliance, Kespry will help train and certify John Deere dealers with its new Kespry Drone 2s solution, which is an automated system that includes onboard LIDAR for obstacle avoidance.

“Our relationship with John Deere will accelerate the adoption of drone solutions in industrial markets, and will rapidly change how business is done in construction, road building and other industrial sectors,” said George Mathew, chairman and CEO of Kespry. “These advanced aerial intelligence systems are already changing the face of work in industrial markets as surveyors, and contractors are able to retool their skill sets for this increasingly connected world.”