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A first of its kind contract, driven by real world problems, set to drive innovation across the drone space

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"Dronecloud was designed from its inception to meet the problems large organisations would encounter when scaled. The fact that Dronecloud was the eventual winner of this contract for Network rail when that problem arrived vindicates several years of hard work. The experience and insight of the Network rail team translates into a vision very closely aligned with our own"

Jan Domaradzki, Dronecloud CEO.

 “With the number of drone flights at the level it is and only going to climb higher in the future, we needed a flight management system to manage the load to ensure we are as efficient and safe as possible. It will show drone pilots if another drone is operating nearby, as well as alert the pilot to other potential ground or air hazards in the area of the flight.”

Rikke Carmichael, Head of Air Operations.

Official Press release here 

When an organisation responsible for the rail infrastructure across an entire country put drones to work at scale, we begin to see the true potential of the technology and stress test the systems that support it.

When an organisation responsible for the rail infrastructure across an entire country put drones to work at scale, we begin to see the true potential of the technology and stress test the systems that support it.

When an organisation responsible for the rail infrastructure across an entire country put drones to work at scale, we begin to see the true potential of the technology and stress test the systems that support it.

Network Rail have spent several years developing one of the largest drone teams in Europe. During this process they have had a great deal of experience of both the benefits the technology brings and the challenges their operations team face on a daily basis. This experience informed the tender they put out in mid 2020 with the aim of finding the best flight management system on which to build their requirements.

No software currently existed to meet the exact requirements of Network rail but through a rigorous tender process, Dronecloud was chosen as the best FMS on which to develop these requirements. Thankfully, the knowledge and vision of the team at Network rail means that most, if not all of the development required will be beneficial to the rest of the platform, its users and to the rest of the industry.

Network Rail have spent several years developing one of the largest drone teams in Europe. During this process they have had a great deal of experience of both the benefits the technology brings and the challenges their operations team face on a daily basis. This experience informed the tender they put out in mid 2020 with the aim of finding the best flight management system on which to build their requirements.

No software currently existed to meet the exact requirements of Network rail but through a rigorous tender process, Dronecloud was chosen as the best FMS on which to develop these requirements. Thankfully, the knowledge and vision of the team at Network rail means that most, if not all of the development required will be beneficial to the rest of the platform, its users and to the rest of the industry.

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In a first of its kind initiative in the UK, all drone operators seeking to fly drones near Network rail infrastructure are advised to file their intended flights via the Dronecloud platform for approval by Network Rail operations team. 

In a first of its kind initiative in the UK, all drone operators seeking to fly drones near Network rail infrastructure are advised to file their intended flights via the Dronecloud platform for approval by Network Rail operations team. 

In a first of its kind initiative in the UK, all drone operators seeking to fly drones near Network rail infrastructure are advised to file their intended flights via the Dronecloud platform for approval by Network Rail operations team. 

"In a first of its kind initiative in the UK, all drone operators seeking to fly drones near Network rail infrastructure are advised to file their intended flights via the Dronecloud platform for approval by Network Rail operations team."

"In a first of its kind initiative in the UK, all drone operators seeking to fly drones near Network rail infrastructure are advised to file their intended flights via the Dronecloud platform for approval by Network Rail operations team."

"Network Rail is the perfect partner for us. We have a shared vision of the efficiencies that well managed drone operations can give to infrastructure projects. Network Rail has demonstrated that it is forward-thinking, its team understands the challenges and complexities of enterprise scale drone operations, so we are well aligned on where we can support them now, and in the future.

In many industries drone operations have evolved organically, with more and more tasks being completed by drones as the benefits are better understood. As operations become more complex, we’re experiencing a high level of enquiries from companies that are keen to ensure that they are both compliant, efficient and, above all, safe in how they operate. With dozens, if not hundreds of drone projects running, the traditional mosaic of multiple
datapoints, spreadsheets, emails, is just not a sustainable way of managing operations. It’s a busy an exciting time to be rolling out our software to more clients.”

"Network Rail is the perfect partner for us. We have a shared vision of the efficiencies that well managed drone operations can give to infrastructure projects. Network Rail has demonstrated that it is forward-thinking, its team understands the challenges and complexities of enterprise scale drone operations, so we are well aligned on where we can support them now, and in the future.

In many industries drone operations have evolved organically, with more and more tasks being completed by drones as the benefits are better understood. As operations become more complex, we’re experiencing a high level of enquiries from companies that are keen to ensure that they are both compliant, efficient and, above all, safe in how they operate. With dozens, if not hundreds of drone projects running, the traditional mosaic of multiple datapoints, spreadsheets, emails, is just not a sustainable way of managing operations. It’s a busy an exciting time to be rolling out our software to more clients.”

As Enterprise deployments of drones are now being rolled out  across industries to survey and monitor sites at previously unknown  levels we need new tools to manage them. The use of drones, however, comes with its own complexities, amplified when scaled. The partnership between Dronecloud and Network Rail is set to open up new workflows to achieve safe and regulated operations in complex environments 

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How is Dronecloud enabling Network Rail's deconfliction and flight approval process?

How is Dronecloud enabling Network Rail's deconfliction and flight approval process?

How is Dronecloud enabling Network Rail's deconfliction and flight approval process?

How is Dronecloud enabling Network Rail's deconfliction and flight approval process?

How is Dronecloud enabling Network Rail's deconfliction and flight approval process?

With Network rail reaching such a high throughput of drone operations (number of drone flights increased by 55% in the nine months to November 2020 to more than 560 expected to rise to 700 by the end of the year) as well as external drone operators wanting to fly near the rail infrastructure the need to know precisely where these activities are being undertaken is paramount.  

With Network rail reaching such a high throughput of drone operations around the country as well as external drone operators wanting to fly near the rail infrastructure the need to know precisely where these activities are being undertaken is paramount.  

The solution to deconfliction has been in part to connect the flight approval and flight planning processes in Dronecloud to Altitude Angels Guardian UTM, already widely used by UK drone users via the NATS Drone Assist safety app and long term partners of Dronecloud.

In a first of its kind initiative in the UK, all drone operators seeking to fly drones near Network rail infrastructure are advised to file their intended flights via the Dronecloud platform for approval. A National campaign targeting drone operators will roll out to ensure that drone operators know where to go and what is expected when they are flying within 50m of Network Rail infrastructure 

As well as the deconfliction element of the contract there are several other key developments that are being rolled out for both Network Rail and existing Dronecloud users:

The solution to deconfliction has been in part to connect the flight approval and flight planning processes in Dronecloud to Altitude Angels Guardian UTM, already widely used by UK drone users via the NATS Drone Assist safety app and long term partners of Dronecloud.

In a first of its kind initiative in the UK, all drone operators seeking to fly drones near Network rail infrastructure are advised to file their intended flights via the Dronecloud platform for approval by Network Rail operations team. A National campaign targeting drone operators will roll out to ensure that drone operators know where to go and what is expected when they are flying within 50m of Network Rail infrastructure 

As well as the deconfliction element of the contract there are several other key developments that are being rolled out for both Network Rail and existing Dronecloud users:

The solution to deconfliction has been in part to connect the flight approval and flight planning processes in Dronecloud to Altitude Angels Guardian UTM, already widely used by UK drone users via the NATS Drone Assist safety app and long term partners of Dronecloud.

In a first of its kind initiative in the UK, all drone operators seeking to fly drones near Network rail infrastructure are advised to file their intended flights via the Dronecloud platform for approval. A National campaign targeting drone operators will roll out to ensure that drone operators know where to go and what is expected when they are flying within 50m of Network Rail infrastructure 

As well as the deconfliction element of the contract there are several other key developments that are being rolled out for both Network Rail and existing Dronecloud users:

The solution to deconfliction has been in part to connect the flight approval and flight planning processes in Dronecloud to Altitude Angels Guardian UTM, already widely used by UK drone users via the NATS Drone Assist safety app and long term partners of Dronecloud.

In a first of its kind initiative in the UK, all drone operators seeking to fly drones near Network rail infrastructure are advised to file their intended flights via the Dronecloud platform for approval. A National campaign targeting drone operators will roll out to ensure that drone operators know where to go and what is expected when they are flying within 50m of Network Rail infrastructure 

As well as the deconfliction element of the contract there are several other key developments that are being rolled out for both Network Rail and existing Dronecloud users:

The solution to deconfliction has been in part to connect the flight approval and flight planning processes in Dronecloud to Altitude Angels Guardian UTM, already widely used by UK drone users via the NATS Drone Assist safety app and long term partners of Dronecloud.

In a first of its kind initiative in the UK, all drone operators seeking to fly drones near Network rail infrastructure are advised to file their intended flights via the Dronecloud platform for approval. A National campaign targeting drone operators will roll out to ensure that drone operators know where to go and what is expected when they are flying within 50m of Network Rail infrastructure 

As well as the deconfliction element of the contract there are several other key developments that are being rolled out for both Network Rail and existing Dronecloud users:

Enterprise level team management:

  • Customisable workflow, structure your organisation
  • Team administration and flight approval workflows
  • Manage internal, framework and external operators
  • automated pilot briefings, notifications and email alerts
  • Compliance document handling across organisations

Visual SORA risk engine:

  • SORA |(Specific Operational Risk Assessments) baked in 
  • Add icons to the map such as TOALS (Take Off And Landing Sites)
  • Risk assess items directly from map features
  • Intelligent risk scoring engine, define go/no go risk levels
  • Create measured areas, plan your flights with complete confidence
  • Visual plan included in PDF export

UTM Deconfliction:

  • Unmanned Traffic Management via Altitude Angel Guardian UTM 
  • Flight plans are de-conflicted on submission
  • User alerts and emergency flight initiations
  • Custom division of geographic regions 

Additional improvements:

  • External flight approval platform for enterprise customers
  • Improved mobile version including specific procedures such as onsite checklists, risk assessments and flight logging
  • Substantial security enhancements across the platform
  • improved workflows 
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 “With the number of drone flights at the level it is and only going to climb higher in the future, we needed a flight management system to manage the load to ensure we are as efficient and safe as possible. It will show drone pilots if another drone is operating nearby, as well as alert the pilot to other potential ground or air hazards in the area of the flight.”

- Rikke Carmichael, Head of Air Operations Network Rail

 “With the number of drone flights at the level it is and only going to climb higher in the future, we needed a flight management system to manage the load to ensure we are as efficient and safe as possible. It will show drone pilots if another drone is operating nearby, as well as alert the pilot to other potential ground or air hazards in the area of the flight.”

- Rikke Carmichael, Head of Air Operations Network Rail

 “With the number of drone flights at the level it is and only going to climb higher in the future, we needed a flight management system to manage the load to ensure we are as efficient and safe as possible. It will show drone pilots if another drone is operating nearby, as well as alert the pilot to other potential ground or air hazards in the area of the flight.”

- Rikke Carmichael, Head of Air Operations Network Rail

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We've been waiting a while for something like this. Finally a business focussed software solution for drone operations. We now run all our work through Dronecloud, it has given our team complete oversight of all our jobs and we have made great gains since moving on to the platform.

- Seth Zora, President Aerdia LLC

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“Dronecloud has allowed EM3 to reduce the amount of time taken in mission planning, speeding up our whole pre-flight workflow. It gives us the confidence to know that all the relevant/correct checks are being carried out and allows us to easily hand over a detailed RAMS document to the client without duplicating processes”

- Ross Smith, EM3 Solutions

“Dronecloud has allowed EM3 to reduce the amount of time taken in mission planning, speeding up our whole pre-flight workflow. It gives us the confidence to know that all the relevant/correct checks are being carried out and allows us to easily hand over a detailed RAMS document to the client without duplicating processes”

- Ross Smith, EM3 Solutions

“Dronecloud has allowed EM3 to reduce the amount of time taken in mission planning, speeding up our whole pre-flight workflow. It gives us the confidence to know that all the relevant/correct checks are being carried out and allows us to easily hand over a detailed RAMS document to the client without duplicating processes”

- Ross Smith, EM3 Solutions

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