Canadian Mining Journal


DRONES: New Kespry partnership expands services to mining sector

MENLO PARK, Calif. – Kespry, the leading drone-based aerial intelligence solution provider, and DroneBase, the leading global drone services company, have formed a partnership aimed at benefitting the mining, aggregates and insurance sector enterprises across North America. The combination of Kespry’s intelligence platform and DroneBase’s services as a drone operator company will allow Kespry customers to expand aerial analytics implementation across their worksites.

Kespry’s customers will now be able to use DroneBase to manage their Kespry drone deployments as part of Kespry’s new Bring Your Own Drone (BYOD) program. BYOD includes a new platform pricing model designed to meet the expanding enterprise aerial intelligence requirements of multi-site mining and aggregates companies, as well as large-scale residential and commercial property insurers. The combination of Kespry and DroneBase brings the best of the platform and services worlds together, offering a cost-effective, productive way of using drone-based analytics across the largest insurance, mining, and aggregates businesses.

“The combination of Kespry and DroneBase delivers serious value to companies across North America looking for a partner to help scale their usage of Kespry’s aerial intelligence platform and benefit from its granularly accurate inspection, inventory management and mine planning capabilities,” said George Mathew, CEO of Kespry.

Open pit gold mine, with haul truck driving up road, located in Cobar NSW Australia Credit: Kespry

Open pit gold mine, with haul truck driving up road, located in Cobar NSW Australia Credit: Kespry

“Together, Kespry and DroneBase offer an advanced solution that serves the demanding needs of complex insurance, mining, and aggregates operations,” said Dan Burton, founder and CEO of DroneBase. “With our global pilot network in all 50 states and over 70 countries, DroneBase will enable Kespry clients to scale their drone programs across North America without the cost of investing in hardware. By combining our strengths, DroneBase and Kespry will solve a need within these industries.”

Kespry’s BYOD program gives companies flexibility in how they source their aerial data, whether customers use Kespry-sourced drone hardware, DroneBase, or their own existing DJI drone fleet, including the DJI Mavic 2 Pro and the DJI Phantom series. DroneBase can either manage customers’ Kespry deployments or have DroneBase’s global pilot network fly their missions, which can be turned around in 48-72 hours. Kespry now offers a single fee for its platform, including unlimited access to industry-leading, vertically-integrated applications, the Kespry Cloud and AI and ML-based analytics.

Kespry’s aerial intelligence platform is used by 220 mining and aggregates customers across 3,311 worksites across North America, with 22,987 missions in 2018 alone. These companies typically use Kespry for inventory management, mine planning, materials management, contractor benchmarking, and boosting employee safety.

Last fall, Kespry and ABB announced a collaboration  to integrate data and insights from Kespry’s automated, cloud-based drone software system into the ABB Ability cross -industry digital offering.

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