New Platform Provides On-Demand Drone Imagery for Nonprofits

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Hangar Technology Inc., a robotics-as-a-system software company, has launched Hangar OnDemand for Communities, a new program designed to give nonprofits a system to request and view drone imagery on-demand while fostering enthusiasm within the volunteer drone community to contribute content.

According to the company, Hangar OnDemand for Communities supports nonprofits worldwide by providing an open, end-to-end platform that is easy to engage drone volunteers to become contributors to nonprofit communities. The ability to easily define desired imagery to be planned and executed autonomously delivers a hands-off method to crowdsource aerial insights, says Hangar.

For example, WeRobotics uses Hangar OnDemand for Communities to establish and outfit communities around the world to immediately respond to environmental catastrophes without waiting for an outside entity to come to their aide. Other nonprofits, including Trust for Public Lands, UC-Berkeley Nature Reserve and Scholar Farms, as well as emergency agencies such as NOAA, are some of the early adopters of the program, the company says.

“Drones are a transformative tool for repeated measures and the capture of time-series data, whether that is for scientific research, infrastructure inspection or disaster recovery,” says Dr. Greg Crutsinger, founder of Scholar Farms. “The Hangar app makes this repeated process seamless through simple flight plans, flexible scheduling for pilots and rapid capture.”

Hangar says the program delivers on the promise of drones to provide new levels of speed, agility, perspective and awareness to nonprofits in their missions to save lives, support conservation, measure change or validate a cause.

“Despite a willingness of drone volunteers to contribute to nonprofit organizations, the financial and resource investment required to build and maintain a drone program remains prohibitive,” says Jeff DeCoux, founder and CEO of Hangar. “This platform gives nonprofits a technological advantage, delivering critical automation and infrastructure to any nonprofit hoping to gain a new degree of situational awareness through a low-effort and sustainable drone program.”

501.3C organizations that can benefit from the application of aerial drone intelligence should direct questions about this grant program to communities@hangar.com or visit https://hangar.com/communities/ for more information.

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