Microdrones Mapping UAVs Come to Southeastern U.S.


Microdrones, a manufacturer of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) for surveying and mapping, recently forged a distribution agreement with Navigation Electronics Inc. (NEI), which has added Microdrones mdMapper systems to its product portfolio.

NEI sells and services mapping, GIS, surveying and construction equipment from Trimble and other manufacturers to companies throughout the southeastern U.S. Founded in Germany in 2005, Microdrones recently expanded into North America.

“We’re very excited to be working with Microdrones, and we’ve jumped in head first with their product offering,” says Chad Hicks, NEI’s imaging solutions team lead. “We’re excited about the many benefits these UAVs can offer our customers. The aircraft have long flight times, and the systems are very accurate and capable.”

Microdrones’ mdMapper packages include the following:

  • mdMapper200: a compact, easily transportable drone;
  • mdMapper1000: a drone offering long flight times and resistance to harsh environmental conditions; and
  • mdMapper1000DG: the mdMapper1000 drone plus direct georeferencing capabilities.

The Microdrones mdMapper packages integrate the quadcopter, sensors and software users need to complete surveying and mapping projects. Additional accessory bundles are also available.

Prior to signing the agreement to become a Microdrones reseller, NEI sold Gatewing aircraft.

“One of the greatest advantages unmanned aircraft bring to the table for geospatial companies is an increase in the scope of work they can provide,” Hicks adds. “Our clients’ customers are asking them for UAV services, and we’re going to help them deliver it.”

Microdrones will also assist NEI with training, sales, marketing and product support as they begin selling the Microdrones packages.

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