In order to help its dealers and customers benefit from significant advancements in the fields of data analytics and unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) technology, construction giant Caterpillar Inc. has partnered with France-based Redbird, which acquires and analyzes drone-collected aerial data.
The marketing agreement with Redbird covers Caterpillar’s Europe, Africa and Middle East region. In the coming months, Caterpillar says, it will collaborate with its dealer network and Redbird to create awareness, educate and introduce customers to the benefits of technology and innovation in the industry.
“This agreement will help create value for our customers,” says John Carpenter, manager of construction technology and solutions for Caterpillar. “UAV data collection and Redbird’s image analytics capability will provide customers with a wide variety of solutions for their operations, such as material inventory management, haul road optimization and project progress – to name a few.”
Emmanuel de Maistre, CEO and co-founder of Redbird, adds, “Drones are entering a new phase, with data analytics at the heart of this evolution. Our solutions have been developed with leading construction companies and quarry operations for the past two years – helping them extract the real value out of drone data. We are honored by this collaboration with Caterpillar, which will bring tangible benefits to construction sites, mines and quarries – helping customers work faster and safer.”
With 2014 sales and revenues of $55.184 billion, Caterpillar manufactures construction and mining equipment, diesel and natural gas engines, industrial gas turbines, and diesel-electric locomotives. The company is a commercial drone exemption holder for aerial surveying, videography, cinematography, filmmaking and inspections.