[Infographic] Release the Drones – The Business Times Singapore

[Infographic] Release the Drones – The Business Times Singapore

We are delighted to be on an Infographic from The Business Times Singapore with Keppel Offshore & Marine, Sembcorp Marine and DNV GL. This Infographic takes a look at how drones are used to increase productivity and cost efficiency at Singapore’s shipyards.

Release the Drones

Safety improvements, lower costs, fewer processes and easier access to areas – these are some benefits shipyards can reap from using drones in vessel inspections that were previously conducted by workers. Major yard groups, Keppel Offshore & Marine and Sembcorp Marine have teamed up respectively with Sky-Futures and DNV GL to deploy drones for ship inspections. The Business Times takes a closer look at how drones are used to bolster productivity and cost-efficiency at Singapore’s shipyards.

To see the original article, please visit the Business Times Singapore website

Sky-Futures in Great Britain Campaign – Innovation is GREAT

Sky-Futures in Great Britain Campaign – Innovation is GREAT

Connecting the World with Drones and Data

Sky-Futures drone software and technology solutions and expertise are being promoted by the Department of International Trade as part of the Great Britain campaign – Innnovation is GREAT. It highlights Sky-Futures’ partnership with Mitsui, one of the largest Trading Houses in Japan. Emphasising the importance of International partnerships alongside British ingenuity and innovation at its most cutting edge, the programme makes clear that drones and AI are poised make a game-changing impact on many different industries, with the potential to save millions.

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Sky-Futures on CNBC IOT – Powering Digital Economy programme

Sky-Futures on CNBC IOT – Powering Digital Economy programme

Innovation is in the air

Sky-Futures are proud to have been involved in CNBC IOT Powering Digital Economy programme on Energy sector aired on February 13, 2018.

The energy sector is undergoing fundamental changes to the way it operates and those changes are being driven by the digital innovation that sweeping through all industries. The programme covers how drones will change the energy sector while continuing to deliver radical innovations that will change not only the industry but also the future of society. Sky-Futures offers expertise and insights into the potential impact, trends, digital technologies and innovations.

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If you didn’t manage to catch CNBC’s programme, you can watch it here.

New partnership with NATS to deliver UK commercial drone training

New partnership with NATS to deliver UK commercial drone training

NATS and Sky-Futures announce strategic partnership to deliver UK commercial drone pilot training

NATS, the UK’s leading air traffic control provider, and Sky-Futures, a world leader in commercial drone-based inspection services and training, have announced an exciting new partnership that will change the landscape of drone training in the UK.  The initiative will bring NATS’ unrivalled airspace and aviation expertise together with Sky-Futures’ industry-leading technical drone-flying skills to deliver expert training to the burgeoning commercial drone sector and the emergency services.

As businesses and public services increasingly seek to embrace the benefits of drone technology, the NATS/Sky-Futures partnership will deliver tailored, scenario-based training that will aim to set a new standard for the UK. As well as online theory training about aviation law and responsible flying, students will receive advanced training on how to safely operate a drone in scenarios that closely match their own working environment.

This is an exciting development that takes us closer to safely realising the potential of this emerging industry in the UK. We recognise drones have huge potential to deliver benefits across society and to our economy and, by partnering with Sky-Futures, we can offer commercial drone operators the all-round training necessary for the drone industry to flourish safely alongside the traditional aviation industry.

James Cranswick

Drones Business Manager, NATS

Customers will be trained at the Sky-Futures Training Academy (SFTA) near Oxford as well as at NATS operational centres in Swanwick and Prestwick. Facilities at the SFTA include a ship, railway line, motorway, oil rig, metal towers and commercial buildings – a customer who inspects transmission towers, for example, will be trained how to prepare for this type of operation and how to use a drone as an inspection tool. This level of role-specific training is unmatched in the UK.

The combined strengths of Sky-Futures and NATS form the basis of a market-leading training partnership. Together, we will work to further improve the standard of commercial drone pilot training and ensure that the UK remains at the forefront of this exciting industry.

Nick Rogers

Co-Founder & Chief Regulatory and Training Officer (CTRO), Sky-Futures

A sneak peek to the drone training at the Sky-Futures Training Academy

About NATS

NATS is a leading air traffic management and solutions company, established in the UK in 1962 and now operating in countries around the world.

NATS handled 2.6 million flights in 2017, covering the UK and eastern North Atlantic from its centres at Swanwick, Hampshire and Prestwick, Ayrshire. NATS also provides air traffic services at 13 UK airports; at Gibraltar Airport and, in a joint venture with Ferrovial, at a number of airport towers in Spain.

NATS has taken a leading role in encouraging the safe and responsible use of drones in the UK, offering a range of resources for drone operators including the free Drone Assist app, an online Drones Portal with resources for drone operators and providing NQE-level drone training with resident experts.

For more information visit the NATS website

Bureau Veritas and Sky-Futures partnership for new industrial inspection services

Bureau Veritas and Sky-Futures partnership for new industrial inspection services

Pioneering industrial inspection solution

Against the backdrop of an increased focus on health and safety in all commercial disciplines, Bureau Veritas and Sky-Futures have joined forces in a pioneering new partnership designed to take inspection strategy to, quite literally, a whole new level.

Drawing on Bureau Veritas’ vast repertoire as a world-leading inspection company and Sky-Futures’ cutting-edge, drone-based approach to industrial inspection, the new partnership offers customers with a blended inspection capability combining drones, experienced inspectors and Sky-Futures Expanse data platform and data analytics tools.

This new approach, which is now available in the UK and Europe, can drastically aid quality control, reducing the time taken on inspections by allowing hard to access areas to be inspected safely, quickly and cost-effectively. The end product is a total inspection solution that delivers a complete overview of a building’s infrastructure whilst meeting all relevant regulatory requirements.

The adoption of drone technology and data analysis software by companies like Bureau Veritas is driving a safer, more efficient and more valuable inspection capability. Combining hand-held and drone-based data collection presented through a 3D world, the partnership provides a true one-stop shop for businesses seeking to enter into this new age of inspection.

Chris Blackford

Co-founder and Chief Operating Officer, Sky-Futures

Already proving a resounding success, the partnership recently came as a big benefit to a multinational customer operating a large manufacturing site in the UK whereby the key areas for inspection included the manufacturing line and the roof. While traditionally this would have involved the slow and costly process of setting up scaffolding, using drones meant the roof could be examined quickly and hassle-free whilst the inspections were taking place inside.

The result was that an inspection that would have typically taken many days and required production to shut down took less than one day of work and was completed in normal running conditions – meaning significantly reduced time and cost for the happy customer.

This really is a game-changer for the inspection industry. Inherently, industrial and commercial production and manufacturing sites are vast and demanding environments, which can make the inspection task a complex and expensive one – that is until now.
Drawing on both of our company’s core strengths, ours as a global leader in safety, and Sky-Futures’ as an innovator in drone technology-based inspection, we are able to offer customers with the most robust, efficient and cost-effective approach to inspection on the market. The response to the partnership has already been fantastic and we look forward to working with many more customers in this new approach in the months to come.

Kyle Veitch

Technical, Quality & Risk Director, North West Europe at Bureau Veritas

About Bureau Veritas

Created in 1828, Bureau Veritas is a global leader in Testing, Inspection and Certification (TIC), delivering high-quality services to help clients meet the growing challenges of quality, safety, environmental protection, and social responsibility. As a trusted partner, Bureau Veritas offers innovative solutions that go beyond simple compliance with regulations and standards, reducing risk, improving performance and promoting sustainable development. Bureau Veritas is recognised and accredited by major national and international organizations and works across a wide range of industries worldwide. The UK business is headquartered in Birmingham, has 1200 employees and is based in office locations stretching the length and breadth of the UK. In 2013, the group posted revenues of €3.9 billion; the company has 64,000 employees worldwide, with 1,330 offices and laboratories, in 140 countries. Bureau Veritas is listed on the Euronext Paris Stock Exchange (stock symbol: BVI). For more information, please visit Bureau Veritas website

[Infographic] A snapshot of Sky-Futures in 2017

[Infographic] A snapshot of Sky-Futures in 2017

In 2017, we have:

– Industry-First Enterprise Drone-To-Go
International Franchise Programme
– Drone and Helicopter inter-operability
Featured in:
– NBC Today – Drones to the rescue! See innovative ways they’re being used to save lives
– Many industry publications including Chemical Engineering
– Commercial Drone FM Podcast – Drone Inspections for Enterprise
Secured major partnerships, investment and framework contracts:
$4m (£3m) investment from Japanese conglomerate Mitsui
Global contract with Eni
Seen a huge increase (300%) in the number of people for drone training across emergency services and Enterprise organisations.
Invited to present at:
– UAV Expos
– TechCrunch
– Industry events
Expanded globally including:
– Australia
– Republic of Congo
– Japan
Launch of ‘Industry-First’ Drone-To-Go Inspection Solution for Enterprise

Launch of ‘Industry-First’ Drone-To-Go Inspection Solution for Enterprise

Drone-To-Go: An industrial inspection drone solution that enables Enterprise to develop and launch a drone capability in just three months

Sky-Futures, the world’s leading provider of drone-based inspection solutions, has today announced the launch of Drone-To-Go, a full package drone solution for Enterprise. The out-of-the-box solution distinguishes itself in the marketplace by providing companies not only with a physical drone capability but also with a complete package including drone pilot training, regulatory support, software and services to ensure Enterprise-ready deployment.

With its new solution, Sky-Futures aims to enable Enterprise to be up and running quickly with a drone-based inspection capability supporting their specific market sector needs. The Sky-Futures solution provides all the tools to get started as well as on-going support as organisations scale up their drone operations.

We’re offering both the strategy and the capability to roll out a programme in less than three months, rather than the 12-18 months minimum of going it alone, which entails a lot more cost. The drones marketplace is still new, and if businesses are going to reap the radical cost and efficiency benefits of drones they need more than the best hardware and software; they also need advice and guidance to embark on the right strategy. So when a company wants a drone inspection capability, we’ll provide a one-stop-shop for everything needed to get up and running in record time, while making our leading drone software available too. James Harrison

Co-founder and CEO, Sky-Futures

Sky-Futures has built a reputation for experience and expertise in the drone marketplace, with its co-founders on the boards of several drone bodies and organisations. Sky-Futures CEO, James Harrison, has worked closely with the UK’s Department of Trade and Industry (DIT) and was invited on a recent UK Prime Minister-led trade mission to Japan. This trip followed investment into Sky-Futures from one of Japan’s largest trading houses, Mitsui & Co. The partnership between Sky-Futures and Mitsui was launched during the UK government trade mission to Japan, with Mitsui investing $4m in Sky-Futures to support continued expansion and product development.

Because this is still a new area, many organisations don’t know or realise the capabilities of drones. Our aim is to help them understand the value and opportunities. We have case studies that highlight significant safety and cost efficiency benefits from drone-based industrial inspections – across oil and gas, utilities, engineering, shipping and other industries. These often result in millions of dollars in savings. With the shift towards Artificial Intelligence, including machine learning and computer vision, we are fundamentally changing the way inspection is done. The technology is truly disruptive and the impact on any organisations’ bottom line and profitably cannot be ignored.
We believe drones are a disruptive technology that will profoundly improve the operations, safety and cost-effectiveness of major business organisations around the world. We see ourselves as a specialist company able to advise and guide in that process, offering expertise and assets that will fundamentally change the way they operate. Our new Drone-To-Go solution is a perfect example of that approach. James Harrison

Co-founder and CEO, Sky-Futures

International Franchise Programme launched by Petronas President & Group CEO

International Franchise Programme launched by Petronas President & Group CEO

Petronas President and Group CEO, Datuk Wan Zulkiflee Wan Ariffin, officially launched Sky-Futures Malaysia, the first Sky-Futures Franchise. The launch happened at the Oil & Gas Asia Exhibition at the Kuala Lumpur Convention Centre on July 12, 2017.

The first franchisee is Essem Group of companies, who are regional operational integrity specialists in the South East Asian Oil & Gas industry. Essem Group provides a comprehensive range of project supply, operations and maintenance solutions.

Since 2009, Sky-Futures has established itself as the world’s leading provider of drone-based inspection services to the global industrial markets, with a focus on vertical infrastructure. This expertise, operational knowledge and experience have been employed to develop ground-breaking software, sensor and technology solutions for the industrial inspection market. A core part of the strategy for Sky-Futures is the focus on a local first approach. By creating an International Franchise Programme, Sky-Futures can partner with established local companies with a strong track record to ensure a win-win approach for the local Franchisee and Sky-Futures.

Sky-Futures has extensive experience operating in over 23 different countries and has provided inspection solutions for over 40 companies including PETRONAS Carigali, Amey, E.on, Costain, Lloyd’s Register and Shell, with over 10,000+ hours of remote pilot experience. Our end-to-end solution for inspection, data collection and data analysis has demonstrated significant benefits in risk-reduction, safety enhancement and cost benefits in numerous industrial sectors. This experience means Franchisees take an existing pipeline, credentials and cutting-edge training and software to market immediately. Existing and new customers can buy services, training and software with confidence from a Franchise partner, with local support and experience.

For more information and to inquire, please visit our Franchise Programme

3 key areas of a complete drone inspection services for Enterprise

3 key areas of a complete drone inspection services for Enterprise

Where do you go to get an end-to-end Enterprise drone inspection solution?

The marketplace for drones and Enterprise solutions is a busy place. There are likely thousands of companies offering drone-based solutions to Enterprise. Everything from a managed service to drone pilot training to some form of a software platform. The options for the Enterprise customer are plenty and varied. The difficult task for Enterprise is finding the solution that offers the right value and the right product. Value doesn’t simply mean financial. Value comes in many forms: experience, expertise, market vertical knowledge, operational understanding, technology, etc. The list is long.

If you are an Enterprise about to embark on bringing a drone capability in-house, what is it that you need to get started?

With almost 7 years of experience in the drone inspection marketplace, Sky-Futures have seen the emergence of a lot of companies providing excellent solutions to specific industry problems but very few offering a complete package. These ‘single instance’ solutions work well in isolation but they still require Enterprise to go elsewhere for the other links in the chain.

Several years we saw that the market was changing. We recognised that as drones commoditised and became more automated it would make better financial and operational sense for Enterprise to bring this capability in-house. An in-house drone inspection program also allows for greater operational flexibility; get the data when you want it not when your service provider can get it for you.

A complete drone inspection package to help you get your drone operation off the ground

If you are thinking about starting a drone-based inspection program in your company, the best solution for you is an end-to-end drone package. Listed below are 3 key areas you should want as part of the package to help you get your drone operation off the ground:
Drone Training: training is so much more than learning how to fly a drone. The drone is the device that supports the sensor(s) that collect the data you want. If the pilot doesn’t know how to collect high quality, usable data sets in a safe manner then they are not adding value. Find a training school that has a purpose-built facility and one that teaches real-to-life, scenario-based inspection training. You want your company pilot to be taught how to use the drone as an inspection tool. Flying figures of 8 in the backyard of a hotel is not the right training for your company drone pilots.
Consultancy: Find a company who knows what it means to set up and run a drone operation. They will then be able to pass on their experience and expertise to you. Look for a provider who can deliver a range of services including everything from a bespoke Operations Manual, country-specific drone licenses, inspection and data capture procedures to set up a formal Safety Management System (SMS). A drone operation needs to reflect the workings of a manned aviation business. The drone is still an aircraft and there must be a high standard of internal compliance.
Drone Inspection Software: An in-house drone operation includes both the drone mission planning element and the data analysis and inspection reporting. Look for software that can provide you with this end-to-end capability. It is also important to mirror your existing inspection workflow with a software platform that compliments it. Sky-Futures Expanse Flightdeck and Inspection platform deliver end-to-end solution support not only mission planning but data analysis and delivery. This ensures compliance, management oversight and a high-quality data product.
The final bit of advice is to think about what the end goal is – usable data. Drones can provide Enterprise with high quality, consistent and repeatable data sets if there is a professional operation set up to deliver this. However, to get there, it is important to recognise the value of the 3 key elements listed above. If you can find a provider who can deliver an end-to-end package then you have found the key to a successful Enterprise drone operation.

For more information on how Sky-Futures can support your company in building an in-house drone-based inspection solution please contact us

Aviation Minister launches new UK drone regulations at Sky-Futures Training Academy

Aviation Minister launches new UK drone regulations at Sky-Futures Training Academy

Lord Callanan the UK Aviation Minister from the Department for Transport today launched the new proposals for drone legislation in the UK. Launching the proposals from the Sky-Futures Training Academy in Morton-In-Marsh, Gloucester with support from Sky-Futures and Mid and West Wales Fire and Rescue Service (MAWWFRS), the key message from Lord Callanan was that “Our measures prioritise protecting the public while maximising the full potential of drones”.

Prior to the media interviews, the Minister heard from MAWWFRS, one of the most experienced emergency services globally using drones, on how they are being used daily to gather operational intelligence to assist in fighting fires, find missing persons and in search and rescue. MAWWFRS have been using drones since the first remote pilots were trained by Sky-Futures in September 2015, and now have 17 pilots, with the majority also having received night rated training. The Minister also heard from Sky-Futures Co-founder and CEO James Harrison on how they provide an end-to-end solution for industry and are trusted to provide software, training, services and consultancy to large engineering companies including Costain and James Fisher PLC.

The proposals unveiled today are aimed at separating the hobby drone market from the professionals which is a sensible step, and puts a greater emphasis on the private sector to set industry-specific standards, such as the Oil and Gas UK guidelines for drone use. Best practice is being pioneered in the emergency services sector with new initiatives such as by Sky-Futures trained Kent Police launching a dedicated public web page to their drone use

The consultation process, which was deliberately and rightly wide-ranging, resulted in proposals to have an app based registration scheme for hobbyists.

This is a sensible approach, although more detail is needed. Making it easy for hobbyists to fly safely and responsibly is key to the growth of this new technology.

James Harrison

Co-founder and CEO, Sky-Futures