Measure has launched a proprietary franchise system that the company says will work to convert existing commercial unmanned aircraft system (UAS) operators in the U.S. to Measure franchisees.
Partners in the new operations, dubbed Measure Nationwide, include QuickSpark Financial, Robotic Skies, Skyward and Transport Risk Management. Measure will also use PrecisionHawk’s DataMapper software platform to manage, analyze and deliver geospatial information to customers.
Additional partnerships will be announced throughout the year, says the company, adding that Measure Nationwide will bring qualified operators into one system and provide customers around the country with safe, legal and insured flights and standardized data products.
QuickSpark Financial defines itself as “America’s largest funding source for commercial drone financing,” according to CEO Mike Rather, who adds, “We work with all types of business entities – from start-ups to well established businesses – and are excited to offer our services to new drone franchise operators.”
“Given the enormous market demand that commercial drones create,” notes Brad Hayden, CEO of UAS maintenance provider Robotic Skies, “it is our belief that service companies based on scalable business models will be the most successful in this emerging space.”
Jonathan Evans, CEO of Skyward, which provides an operations management solution for commercial drone entities, adds, “Measure’s franchise model gives more companies than ever before access to Skyward’s tools and best practices so they can fly smart and scale up their drone programs.”
Measure says its Drone as a Service model allows companies to acquire aerial data without making a steep capital investment into their own drone fleet. The company notes it has Federal Aviation Administration approval to fly more than 1,000 different types of drones for a range of commercial applications.