An Australian drone company has gained commercial accreditation to assist with issues affecting farmers
Australian technology company Ninox Robotics has begun commercial drone operations after gaining approval from the Civil Aviation Safety Authority (CASA).
Ninox Robotics’ unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) will be used to keep pest animal populations off Australian farms, among other applications such as construction, mining and resources, and property development.
The company has a number of clients, including Biosecurity Queensland, which plans to use the drones to monitor pest populations throughout the state.
Ninox Robotics has partnered with Southern Downs Regional Council to monitor pest animal populations in the Southern Downs region of Queensland.
Southern Downs Regional Council pest management officer Craig Magnussen is confident the technology will help it monitor pest animal populations and improve current practices.
“We are excited by the opportunities the technology presents, particularly in detecting animals over vast areas of inaccessible terrain and making traditional, broad-scale pest animal control methods such as aerial baiting and shooting more efficient,” Magnussen says.
“Having witnessed some of Ninox Robotics’ early trial work, the council and its partners in this project, Goondiwindi
Regional Council and Granite Borders Landcare Committee, are very pleased to be a part of the first commercial application of the technology.”
Engineering firm LogiCamms will also rely on Ninox UAS for monitoring its projects and mapping proposed infrastructure.
All projects will be led by Ninox Robotics chief pilot Colin Smith, who is a former major in the Australian Defence Force, and his team of specially-trained drone pilots and technicians.
Ninox Robotics managing director Marcus Ehrlich says the initial three projects will offer a glimpse of the versatility and unique capabilities of the drones and how the technology can be utilised in regional Australia.
“We are eager to be working alongside organisations that are looking for intelligent, cost-effective solutions to leverage practical, comprehensive information in both real-time and soon after flight,” Ehrlich says. “The amount of interest we’ve received so far across different industries and levels of government signals that Australian businesses and landholders are eager to see how these drones can make a difference.”
Below: Ninox Robotics has teamed up with Biosecurity Queensland to monitor pests in regional areas