AkitaBox Taps PrecisionHawk Drone Platform to Automate and Optimize External Facility Inspections

"Building inspection software can gather HVAC, grounds, building envelope and other asset information from drones into a report faster than an in-person inspection," says Josh Lowe, Chief Customer Officer at AkitaBox.

RALEIGH, N.C., June 26, 2017 /PRNewswire/ -- AkitaBox, a Madison-based facility management software company that automates maintenance, planning and inspections, will be working with PrecisionHawk, a provider of advanced commercial drone technologies, to integrate aerial data into the facility management workflow. The partnership was announced today at the Building Owners and Managers Association International Conference in Nashville, TN where the technology is on display. Using the PrecisionHawk platform, a user can fly a drone for data capture and automatically generate a 3D point cloud, 2D orthographic views and 3D mesh data models that can be fed into AkitaBox for further analysis and long term planning.


"Building inspection software can gather HVAC, grounds, building envelope and other asset information from drones into a report faster than an in-person inspection," says Josh Lowe, Chief Customer Officer at AkitaBox. "PrecisionHawk brings an easy to use, cost effective and timely platform that gives our clients a complete picture of their external assets that can be used for everything from facility maintenance to cost planning."

Aerial imagery can be used to record how heavy equipment, temporary structures and assets are stored and maintained on-site for insurance regulation requirements. Daily flights can also audit site conditions to identify any potential hazards. Improve traceability, reduce project delays, minimize rental losses due to misplaced parts and equipment, improve logistic planning and helps to locate assets on a site map using real-time data.
Aerial imagery can be used to record how heavy equipment, temporary structures and assets are stored and maintained on-site for insurance regulation requirements. Daily flights can also audit site conditions to identify any potential hazards. Improve traceability, reduce project delays, minimize rental losses due to misplaced parts and equipment, improve logistic planning and helps to locate assets on a site map using real-time data.
Using a PrecisionHawk 'Smarter Package', users can cover a large area and receive close to real time data without resolution limitations to support urban property management.
Using a PrecisionHawk 'Smarter Package', users can cover a large area and receive close to real time data without resolution limitations to support urban property management.
PrecisionHawk's 'Smarter Package' includes a drone equipped with sensors and software that allow for the automatic, visual assessment of all external areas of a site and places that otherwise would be difficult to see. This process eliminates the need for a project manager to physically inspect every aspect of a site, which has historically been a necessity.

"As drone data capture becomes more readily available to businesses, we believe that there are massive opportunities to improve and simplify the facility management workflow and show a clear differentiation from legacy systems that aren't adaptive," said Jeff Freund, VP Construction at PrecisionHawk. "AkitaBox understands the facilities process and the gaps that drone data can fill. By integrating PrecisionHawk technology they are providing their customers with another layer of information on top of their already robust software platform."

AkitaBox customers will now have access to PrecisionHawk drone packages and services to improve visibility for inspections, surveys and scans of a worksite. By continuing to offer better data capture capabilities, AkitaBox is working to drive better business outcomes for their clients and advance technology in the facility management space.

About AkitaBox

AkitaBox is a facility management software that collects and analyzes building asset information to help owners and operators proactively manage facilities. AkitaBox has collected nearly 200 million square feet of facility data and their customers see as much as an 80% improvement in efficiency for varying maintenance and operations tasks.

Learn more about AkitaBox at www.AkitaBox.com or on Twitter @AkitaBox

About PrecisionHawk Inc.

PrecisionHawk is a leading provider of advanced commercial drone technologies. The company, founded in 2010, is privately held and headquartered in Raleigh, NC with offices in Toronto, Canada and Indianapolis, IN. PrecisionHawk's client list of Fortune 500 companies and market-leading innovators spans 150 countries and the company has existing operations across six continents. PrecisionHawk is funded by leading venture capital firms and global technology investors including Intel Capital, Millennium Technology Value Partners, Verizon Ventures, a subsidiary of USAA, NTT Docomo Ventures, Yamaha Motor, DuPont and Indiana University.

More information about PrecisionHawk can be found at www.precisionhawk.com or on Twitter @PrecisionHawk.

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