Sky-Futures and Flyability announce the first commercial application of drones for internal tank inspections without needing humans inside.

Sky-Futures, the global leaders for drone-based data collection and analysis services for the Oil and Gas industry has announced a relationship with Flyability, the commercial drone manufacturer that develops collision-tolerant drone systems. The agreement designates Sky-Futures as Preferred Partners to Flyability in the delivery of the first commercial drone based internal tank inspections for the global Oil and Gas market. Sky-Futures Preferred Partner status will ensure priority access to drone hardware for inspections, delivery and technology development. Together, the companies will rapidly implement, develop and grow market-leading internal tank inspection drone technology and associated software to significantly improve safety, cut cost and improve efficiency in the digital oilfield.

We are excited to work with Flyability to enhance our technology platform that helps power the digital oil field. We’re focused on providing inspection data that provides highly valuable, actionable information to our clients. Working with Flyability, we will be able to rapidly deploy this innovative internal tank inspection capability offering clients more efficient operations, planning and maintenance of their internal tank infrastructure.

Adrian Karl

CTO, Sky-Futures

Current internal tank inspection techniques require people to climb inside dangerous and potentially chemically hazardous tanks. This process is fraught with danger, time-consuming and delivers low-quality data sets. The Flyability and Sky-Futures drone based solution allows inspections to take place without personnel entering the tank, significantly reducing risk to life and improving both the quality and repeatability of the data sets. This combination of benefits not only reduces risk and cost but, through the Sky-Futures Cloud and data analysis software, will allow clients to identify trends with identified anomalies.

This partnership with Sky-Futures is an important milestone on our path to increase efficiency and decrease risk for our Oil and Gas customers. Our collision-tolerant drone technology allows clients to perform inspections in areas out of reach of any other current technology, and we looking forward to delivering the data to our customers the fastest and easiest way possible.

Patrick Thevoz

CEO, Flyability

All internal tank inspection clients will access the data and analysis through the Sky-Futures Cloud-based drone inspection software Expanse. This software combines automatic image recognition with analytics from the highly experienced Sky-Futures engineering and technology teams. Together with Flyability, the Sky-Futures Expanse supports a secure and seamless transfer of data from the Flyability drone accessible anywhere in the world and at any time. The Flyability drone and Sky-Futures Expanse interoperability form a game-changing partnership for internal tank inspections that will offer clients an unmatched capability for analysis and predictive maintenance.

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