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Aerodyne COVID-19 Emergency Response Team (ACER) Completes 1,000 Drone Flight Hours in Operations in Malaysia
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• At average speeds of 40km/hr, teams covered 40,000 km, equal to flying once around the earth!
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia 4 May 2020 - Exactly one month after Aerodyne started assisting the Malaysian authorities in enforcement of the Movement Control Order (MCO), the team achieved a milestone of completing over 1,000 hours of drone flights time. At an average speed of 40km/hr, the teams have covered over 40,000 kilometres, equivalent to flying around the earth’s circumference!
The Malaysian MCO in place now for over 48 days requires the closure of non-essential private and public organisations, with limited travel to purchase food and essential medical supplies within a 10 kilometre radius. As a result of strict enforcement, Malaysia has been able to flatten the infection curve and will be easing some restrictions starting 4 May 2020.
Aerodyne Group’s Founder and CEO, Kamarul A Muhamed said, ”We are excited by this 1,000 hour milestone and honoured to be part of the authorised team, doing our part in keeping the Malaysian people safe. Drones and data technology have proven to be a powerful and effective tool for battle against Covid-19. And we’re proud of our team whose dedication and performance have been exemplary!”
Aerodyne’s 23 teams of two Aerorangers each volunteered for the project while the company committed over RM2.5 million (USD600,000) worth of drone equipment and provided RM1.5 million (USD350,000) worth of services on a CSR basis.
A dedicated, secure GIS-based data sharing and analytics platform – vertikalitiOps - was used to provide realtime video streaming and analytics, increasing the effectiveness of the team through its web and mobile based visual dashboard. The system also overlaid Covid-19 infection locational data to further enhance situational awareness of the spread and drone operation areas.
Aerodyne Group, head-quartered in Malaysia, is a world-leading provider of drone-based enterprise solutions, and a pioneer in the use of AI as an enabling technology for large-scale data operations, analytics and process optimization. Aerodyne’s staff of over 400 drone professionals operates on an unprecedented level in the UAS services sector, having managed more than 300,000 infrastructure assets with 110,000 flight operations and surveyed in excess of 100,000 km of power infrastructure across 25 countries globally. Aerodyne is ranked third in the world by Drone Industry Insights (DII) in its ‘2019 Top 10 Drone Service Providers’; was named Frost & Sullivan’s ‘Asia Pacific UAV Services Company of 2019’; and a recipient of the Institute of Engineering and Technology (IET) Malaysia’s ‘Industry Excellence Gold Award 2019’.
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