Flir to provide thermal equipment and training to DroneBase

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Flir Systems has made a strategic investment in drone operations company DroneBase.

Flir will now act as DroneBase’s exclusive supplier of thermal imaging products, as well as providing thermal imaging training for the DroneBase enterprise pilot network through Flir’s infrared training centre.

DroneBase provides businesses access to one of the largest unmanned aerial surveillance (UAS) pilot networks.

‘Our investment in DroneBase helps expand the adoption of Flir thermal imaging technology by putting it in the hands of more pilots who fly drones every day,’ said Jim Cannon, president and CEO of Flir. ‘DroneBase’s enterprise pilot network will receive training by professional thermographers, enabling DroneBase to offer specialised thermal inspection services for customers on a wider scale, and creating an opportunity for Flir to incorporate additional service offerings through DroneBase in the future.’

DroneBase and its pilots have completed over 100,000 commercial missions in more than 70 countries providing services across multiple industries, such as residential and commercial real estate, insurance, telecommunications, construction, and media. Flir and DroneBase will collaborate to develop specialised training for DroneBase pilots through the Flir ITC, creating an exclusive pilot network through a DroneBase certification process.

‘Through Flir’s strategic investment in DroneBase, we are now able to offer scalable thermal solutions to enterprises of any size,’ said Dan Burton, CEO and founder of DroneBase. ‘This access to valuable data will allow stakeholders to make better decisions about their most critical assets. Like myself, many DroneBase pilots relied on Flir products when they served in the military. This integration will offer military veterans a chance to work with Flir again and leverage their training in their civilian lives.’

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