-Malaysian drone services company uses AWS to deliver insights for organizations in the telecommunications, agriculture, and energy industries while reducing data processing costs by 70% compared to on-premises infrastructure -Aerodyne’s drones are transforming cell tower inspections by improving safety for workers
At AWS re:Invent, Amazon Web Services, Inc. (AWS), an Amazon.com, Inc. company (NASDAQ: AMZN), today announced that Aerodyne, the world's No. 1 drone solutions provider, is running its DRONOS software as a service (SaaS) platform on AWS to help drone operators worldwide grow their businesses. All-in on AWS, the Malaysia-based startup operates drone solutions for telecommunications, agriculture, surveillance, logistics, and energy industries in 45 countries. DRONOS is an innovative, end-to-end drone service platform that allows drone users to onboard, analyze, and make sense of drone data to optimize operations, drive efficiencies, and conduct aerial inspections to keep workers safely on the ground.
To better maintain their infrastructure, power companies, mobile network operators, and farmers are increasingly using drones to collect operational data from towers, grids, and fields. Aerodyne created a data lake on AWS using Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3) to store and turn drone data, including images, satellite, agriculture, and weather data, into actionable insights. Using Amazon SageMaker, a fully managed service to build, train, and deploy machine learning (ML) models, the company automates infrastructure analysis on mobile phone towers and farm fields.
In the global telecommunications industry, monitoring, managing, and accurately monetizing vast and remotely located infrastructure, such as cell towers and antennae, is critical to ensure continual connectivity. However, the infrastructure is often difficult to access and complicated to examine manually. Cell tower inspections are historically performed by human riggers, a person who scales towers to manually install and maintain telephone lines and communications systems by climbing hundreds of feet into the air to visually inspect them. Drones automate this process, keeping human riggers safely on the ground and freeing up their time to work on higher value tasks. By automating drone data analysis in the cloud, Aerodyne also helps cellular tower operators verify the physical conditions of towers and available space for new antennae, cutting labor time down from two days to three hours.
Aerodyne is also helping the agriculture sector address global food security challenges through precision farming using drones. With AWS, the startup has developed solutions like the DRONOS-powered Agrimor platform, which allows farmers and agriculture service providers to use drones for agriculture seeding, spraying, plant analysis, and mapping—increasing crop yields by as much as 67%. Independent farmers to large palm oil plantation companies in Malaysia and Indonesia are using Agrimor to rapidly identify crop issues, like under-irrigation or disease, and deploy fertilizers or pesticides more efficiently, saving resources and ultimately driving food security and farmland profitability. As part of its global expansion, Aerodyne will widen the availability of its Agrimor offering to Brazil, India, and Pakistan in the coming years.
The rapidly growing global startup, which has doubled its revenue annually since its inception in 2014, has met the rising demand for new 5G cellular towers by deploying 5G antennae over 90% faster using ML on AWS. Using AWS, Aerodyne has reduced its customers' cellular tower operational costs by an average of 20% and manual data processing costs by more than 70% compared with on-premises infrastructure.
"Working with AWS has significantly transformed our ability to resolve complex industrial challenges, expand to more countries, and deepen our footprint in the global drone community. Our exponential growth is only made possible by scaling our workloads on AWS to meet rising user demand," said Kamarul A. Muhamed, founder and group CEO at Aerodyne. "Through the agility of the cloud and the use of machine learning, we can bring valuable data together to help people across agriculture, telecommunications, and energy industries make faster and better decisions about their assets on the ground. We are very proud of our DRONOS solution and what it has already achieved for mobile phone operators and are excited to replicate that success for other sectors."
Moving forward, Aerodyne plans to experiment with AWS's generative artificial intelligence (generative AI) capabilities to build a large language model that can help companies better plan drone flights and visualize close to 1 petabyte of drone data, including insights from digital twins, which are virtual representations of physical infrastructure, like towers, solar farms, or wind turbines. These digital twins will help Aerodyne's customers centralize the management of physical assets by combining images and environmental data in real time. For example, mobile phone operators can use the DRONOS platform to carry out more timely preventive maintenance, using fewer workers under safer conditions, without having to shut down cellular towers and interrupt service. In the energy industry, Aerodyne's drone SaaS conducts visual and thermal inspections of infrastructure to detect issues like leaks or vegetation intrusion, reducing maintenance costs by 30%.
"Startups around the world rely on AWS to help them cost-effectively and rapidly transform into data-driven companies, and drone services are a prime example of how the latest cloud technologies and generative AI can revolutionize an entire industry," said Conor McNamara, vice president of ASEAN at AWS. "Malaysian-born startup Aerodyne is rapidly going global with AWS, delivering its innovative drone service to customers around the world and helping them turn insights from geospatial data into meaningful outcomes. Aerodyne's DRONOS platform is also helping solve complex issues, like food security, with the transformative power of AI, and we're excited to support Aerodyne's next phase of global expansion."
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Aerodyne is a 360DT3 drone-based enterprise solutions provider, ranked as the world's #1 drone service provider for three consecutive years by DII since 2023. Their holistic approach to Drone Tech, Data Tech, and Digital Transformation (360DT3) helps organizations overcome complex industrial challenges by leveraging drone data and AI-powered analytics. With a team of over 1,000 drone professionals operating across 45 countries, Aerodyne specializes in managing critical assets, such as power lines, solar facilities, telecommunications infrastructure, agriculture, and oil and gas operations. They enable organizations to rapidly scale, digitally transform, optimize operations, and increase productivity, delivering unprecedented levels of operational efficiency.