Propeller, DJI Launch New PPK Drone Solution


Propeller Aero, a cloud-based drone analytics company, has announced a partnership with DJI to create the Propeller PPK Solution leveraging the DJI Phantom 4 RTK drone.

According to the companies, the hardware and software solution provides customers in the civil, mining, aggregates and waste management industries with a fully integrated drone mapping system.

“DJI has led the drone market with their reliable and innovative products and quickly demonstrated the ability for these machines to become useful tools in the heavy civil and natural resource industries,” says Rory San Miguel, CEO of Propeller Aero. “Globally, these industries are seeing real cost savings and efficiencies through cloud-based analytics and using innovative new technologies like PPK drones combined with AeroPoints. Accurate data is paramount to work site analytics, and Propeller has always been obsessed with helping teams achieve this. We introduced the world’s first smart ground control point, AeroPoints, and now we’ve partnered up with DJI to build an end-to-end PPK solution.”

The system provides photogrammetric model outputs in geodetic, projected or local coordinate systems. This solution provides accuracy of 3 cm from independent checkpoints across small and large survey areas (checkpoints up to 1 km from ground control points). To capture surveys of this accuracy, users need one AeroPoint on the ground (over a known point if working in local coordinates), says Propeller.

“Propeller’s deep expertise in aerial mapping and analytics coupled with DJI’s industry-leading open-platform drone hardware creates a highly accurate turnkey solution,” says Jan Gasparic, director of strategic partnerships at DJI. “We are excited about this partnership because it broadens the use of DJI drones to deliver accurate data at a cost-efficient price point, helping teams better answer questions about site progress and productivity.”

The complete PPK solution will be distributed through channel partners, including Trimble’s SITECH distribution network. Trimble Stratus, a 3D, cloud-based visualization platform developed by Propeller, along with AeroPoints, is already integrated with Trimble Connected Site solutions.

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