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2020/11/11

A.L.I. Technologies and Aerodyne Japan form business alliance to provide drone operation systems

A.L.I. Technologies Inc.
Aerodyne Japan

A.L.I. Technologies Inc. (Main office: Tokyo, Minato-ku; CEO: Daisuke Katano; hereinafter A.L.I.) and Aerodyne Japan (Main office: Tokyo, Shibuya-ku; Representative: Akira Itou; hereinafter Aerodyne) have formed an alliance to link their networks of drone operators and UAS (Drone Systems) in order to develop a full-scale drone service for the entire world. This is an initiative to promote high quality services domestically and internationally by Aerodyne, which has an extensive track record of drone inspections in 35 countries worldwide, and A.L.I., the largest drone solutions provider in Japan.

❏ A.L.I.’s Vision and Challenges
In anticipation for future drone market expansion, A.L.I. has been working to develop cloud-based drone control systems for service operations since its establishment.
As predicted, the need for drone solutions in Japan has expanded dramatically. However, there is a shortage of skilled drone operators, and the rise of airframe manufacturers and systems developers from overseas has led to issues relating to rules and quality assurance.
In response to these issues, A.L.I. conducts training that is tailored to the needs of each industry to produce exemplary drone pilots, and has also independently developed a cloud-based system, C.O.S.M.O.S, that enables centralized management of drone equipment and system information.
In addition to these initiatives, the company aims to provide even higher quality services and accelerate the social implementation of drones in society, both domestically and internationally, through the collaboration with the global drone service provider, Aerodyne.

❏ Aerodyne’s Vision and Challenges
Aerodyne has performed more than 300,000 drone asset inspections in 35 countries, has been ranked No. 1 in Asia in the UAV Services category of the Asia-Pacific Best Practices Awards 2019*1, and is a global leader in drone services.
Currently, many of the services that require drone inspections that are offered by the Aerodyne Group are seen as an alternative method of inspection for existing infrastructure assets. As a result, the cost of a drone operator is generally expected to be comparable or less expensive than the cost of existing inspections.
Since its entry into Japan in 2018, Aerodyne has been highly regarded for their achievements overseas and has received many inquiries within Japan as a result. However, against the backdrop of a national shortage of available pilots with industry-specific skills, the company is facing issues of difficulty coordinating the limited number of pilots in their service. Through this initiative, Aerodyne and A.L.I. aim to improve the quality of operations and services to their clients by integrating the expertise of both companies, enabling the provision of uniform services both domestically and internationally.

【Global Expansion of Aerodyne】

【C.O.S.M.O.S, a cloud-based drone control system developed by A.L.I.】

Pilot inspection information

Automatic Inspection Flight

❏ Future Prospects
A.L.I. raised more than 2.3 Billion JPY in November of last year and has begun operations with many of the investing companies.
A.L.I. has a system of in-house development and customization of aircraft and hold a focus on development of aircraft based on customer feedback. The company aims to not only provide widely available, general-purpose drones, but also the implementation of drone operations that can solve various issues in the public and private sectors with in-house developed aircraft and related systems all made in Japan.
In addition, A.L.I. has been actively working to establish rules for drones that meet international standards through the promotion of FAI*2 certified international drone races, and determining rules for training within various industries; by working with Aerodyne, which has extensive knowledge of global drone operations, the company will work to create the de facto standard for drone services in Japan.

【Company Information】
■A.L.I. Technologies Inc.
A.L.I. is engaged in the AI-equipped drone business, providing a variety of drone and AI related solutions for business, including a computer power sharing business which enables computing power to be accessible world-wide, electric power solutions that aims to create a sustainable society, and an air mobility business with the aim of developing and promoting the sales of the world’s first practical hoverbike.

A.L.I. will continue to develop and operate innovative and disruptive technologies that implement AI, blockchain, and drone technologies, unbound by existing ideas.

■Aerodyne Japan
Aerodyne is a drone solution provider founded in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
They use drones to efficiently inspect and monitor infrastructural facilities and assets such as power lines and telecommunication towers installed across wide areas, thermal and wind power generation facilities, and construction sites, and the collected data is provided to the customer on a cloud-based platform.

Aerodyne placed No.1 in Asia for drone companies*1, with over 300,000 customer assets inspected, and achieving over 40,000 successful flights per year. Active in 35 countries, Aerodyne Japan was established in 2018 to provide drone services to Japanese industry.

*1 Frost and Sullivan:“Asia-Pacific Best Practices Awards 2019” Asia-Pacific Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) Services Company of the Year
*2 Fédération Aéronautique International (FAI)

※This press release is a joint press release with Aerodyne Japan Ltd.

<For any inquiries regarding this release, please contact:>
Aerodyne Japan: PR Unit, Email infoadj@aerodyne.group
A.L.I. Technologies Inc.: PR Unit info@ali.jp

Company Name : A.L.I. Technologies Inc.(https://ali.jp/en/)

Main Office : Tokyo, Minato-ku, Shiba-Koen, 3-1-8, Shiba-Koen ANNEX 6F
Representative : CEO Daisuke Katano
Established : Sept 2016
Capital : 100,000,000JPY (As of July 2020)
Business Fields :
Research and Development of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles
Sales and Promotion of UAVs
Research and Development of Manned Flight Vehicles
Technology Consultation
Development and Operation of Blockchain Technology
Research and Development of Computing Machines
Development and provision of services related to GPU-based distributed computing
Development and operation of AI software

Company Name :Aerodyne Japan (https://aerodyne.group/jp/)

Main Office : Tokyo, Shibuya-ku, Dogenzaka 1-12-1 Mark City Shibuya W22F
Representative : CEO Akira Itou
Established :July 2018
Capital : 60,310,000JPY (As of October 2020)
Business Fields:
Inspection and management of infrastructure using drones, project progress monitoring and reporting, surveying services, precision agricultural support, monitoring, delivery, and other services that utilize drone technology.

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