New Australian technology company Ninox Robotics will begin commercial operations this month deploying its unmanned aerial systems (UAS).
Ninox Robotics says its “efficient and safe monitoring at a cost-effective price” services can be applied to a range of uses.
It has applications across a variety of industries including infrastructure, agriculture, biosecurity, emergency response and security and research.
Applications include the ability to detect animals, monitor plants or land areas, create detailed maps, improve fire management and search and rescue operations, provide surveillance and more.
Operating under its CASA-granted commercial drone licence, Ninox Robotics has a number of foundation clients who use the company’s military grade drones for highly accurate monitoring and analysis:
These include Biosecurity Queensland, in efforts to prevent and manage pest and disease threats, is using drones to survey and monitoring pest populations throughout the state.
Ninox Robotics is using its drones in Southern Downs Regional Council to monitor pest animal populations along the state's border with New South Wales.
Council pest management officer, Craig Magnussen, said the council will use the technology to accurately gauge populations and improve practices.
“We are excited by the opportunities the technology presents, particularly in detecting animals and making traditional broad scale pest animal control methods such as aerial baiting and shooting more efficient,” Mr Magnussen said.
“Having witnessed some of Ninox Robotics’ early trial work, the council and its partners in this project, Goondiwindi Regional Council and Granite Borders Landcare Committee are very pleased to be a part of the first commercial application of the technology,” he said.
All projects will be led by Ninox Robotics’ chief pilot, Colin Smith and a team of pilots and technicians.
“Our UAS services are unlike anything else in the market today, with the potential to do more and be in more places than any other UAS provider, at an attainable price point for multiple industries,” Mr Smith said.
“We are thrilled to start putting this highly-advanced technology to work for businesses and government organisations across the country,” he said.
Ninox Robotics managing director, Marcus Ehrlich said the versatility and capabilities of the UAS enabled more informed decisions, pre-emptive issue management and improved response, security and safety.
“We are eager to be working alongside forward-thinking organisations who are looking for intelligent, cost-effective solutions to leverage practical, comprehensive information in both real-time and soon after flight.
“The amount of interest we’ve received so far across different industries and levels of government signals that Australian businesses and landholders are eager to see how these drones can make a difference to their bottom line.”