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2021/06/30

A.L.I. Technologies forms joint unit with Aerodyne Japan to provide drone inspection solutions in the field of renewable energy for solar and wind power generation

A.L.I. Technologies Inc. (Main office: Tokyo, Minato-ku; CEO: Daisuke Katano; hereinafter A.L.I.) and Aerodyne Japan Co., Ltd (Main office: Tokyo, Shibuya-ku; CEO: Akira Itou; hereinafter Aerodyne) have formed a joint unit to launch a service to provide cloud asset management and drone inspection of renewable energy assets such as solar panels and wind turbines.

■Background of the Service Launch
A.L.I., which has one of the largest networks of drone operators in Japan, and Aerodyne, which operates the DT3 business (Drone Tech, Data Tech, Digital Transformation) of drone inspections for enterprises in more than 35 countries, have been working together for some time in the form of a mutually beneficial operator network to meet the domestic and international drone inspection needs of its customers, and have now decided to further solidify their collaboration.

■About the Initiative
Aerodyne, a global provider of DaaS (Drone as a Service) solutions, has established the world’s standard drone inspection method. In addition, as a SaaS (Software as a Service) solution, Aerodyne has developed an original cloud service, vertikaliti, that manages and analyzes information collected from drones with high accuracy. With the worldwide cultivation of these DaaS and SaaS, Aerodyne is able to provide highly accurate inspection and monitoring data more safely, with shorter operation time, and at a more affordable price than ever before.

A.L.I., a company which can provide Level 3 flight solutions (unpopulated areas, out of line of sight), and holds an intellectual property portfolio that includes patents that are core to the air mobility market, such as the sky infrastructure patent (shown below). The company’s strength lies in their ability to utilize C.O.S.M.O.S., a flight management system developed based on their IP portfolio and Level 3 flight capabilities. In addition, by building a drone operator network, we can meet the needs of any area in Japan.

The two companies have formed a joint unit, with the ambition to provide inspection services for solar panels, wind turbines, both on land and offshore, which are expected to increase in the near future. Through the efforts of both companies, DaaS will be connected to SaaS, the automation and DX implement into society, and complex services will be created to solve more problems.

 


Sky Infrastructure Patents:
Patents related to infrastructure systems that communicate with air traffic control systems (low altitude areas), and communicate flight paths and various information mutually or unilaterally in the direction of management, control, authentication, registration, payment, etc. (including use of external data).

 “Aerodyne has inspected over 7,000 wind turbines and over 5Gw of solar power in international markets. As there are only about 2,300 wind turbines in Japan, no single drone operator in Japan can accumulate such a high level of achievements and experience. Based on Aerodyne’s proven inspection methods, we will provide an accessible service to the Japanese renewable energy industry.”, says CEO of A.L.I., Daisuke Katano

“Our group’s efforts in the field of renewable energy have focused on providing inspection services for large-scale power plants, such as 1Gw-class solar power plants in the Middle East and wind power plants with more than 100 wind turbines in Europe and the United States. In the Japanese market, there are fewer large power plants, making it difficult for consumers to benefit from the economies of scale of drone inspections. Therefore, by offering the service jointly with A.L.I., which boasts a nationwide network of operators, we hope to provide the same kind of service introduced by large power plants at a price that is easy for small and medium-sized power producers to afford.” – CEO Aerodyne Japan, Akira Itoh

■Future Prospects
Drone-based inspection can only be a fraction of the domain covered by O&M (operations and maintenance). Therefore, rather than replacing existing O&M operations, it is necessary to create synergies while coexisting with them, and to make the service most user-friendly when looking at O&M operations objectively.
By recruiting members in the consortium model, we hope to build a service that will become the de facto standard in the Japanese renewable energy industry.

<A.L.I. Technologies Inc.>
A.L.I. started as an AI equipped drone development company, and through the cultivation and accumulation of technology and experience, has since conducted FAI approved drone races, consistently provided over 5000 drone & AI solutions per year, and moved into a wide variety of industrial fields. Such fields include the Shared Computing business, enabling heavy computing processes to be done anywhere around the globe, and an Air Mobility business that aims to sell the world’s first commercially available hoverbike. A.L.I. will continue to innovate by developing products that creatively utilize technologies such as drone, blockchain, and AI.

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For inquiries, please contact: info@ali.jp

<Aerodyne Japan Co., Ltd>
Aerodyne Japan is a drone solution provider established in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in 2014. With DT3 (Drone Tech, Data Tech, Digital Transformation) as its business concept, Aerodyne Japan uses drones to efficiently inspect and monitor infrastructure facilities such as power lines and communication towers installed across wide areas, thermal and wind power generation facilities, plantations, and construction sites, and analyzes the collected data to deliver it on a cloud-based platform. We have inspected more than 320,000 critical assets, have flown more than 110,000 times, and have inspected a total of 120,000 kilometers of power lines. The company has been named Asia’s No.1 Drone Company* and the Group’s Managing Director, Kamalul A. Muhammed, was selected to represent Malaysia in last year’s EY Entrepreneur of the Year and EY Technology Entrepreneur of the Year. In Japan, Aerodyne established Aerodyne Japan Co., Ltd in 2018 and has been providing services to Japanese companies since then.

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

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