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Image: Rakesh Routhu & Tom Caska, Co-founders, Aerologix

Australian ‘Uber for Drones’ goes to NZ

Australian drone technology startup Aerologix has announced its expansion into international operations with the launch of its platform in New Zealand. 

The platform will connect pilots with clients in need of aerial capture services, allowing pilots to register through the Aerologix web or mobile app available on both iOS and Android platforms.

The platform offers a wide range of services, including high-quality aerial footage and photos for social events, event and marketing requirements, and enterprise solutions such as asset inspections, technical imaging requirements, digital twins, terrain mapping, and photogrammetry.

The move is aimed at tapping into New Zealand’s growing demand for aerial capture services, particularly in the tourism and construction industries. The platform provides an efficient and cost-effective way for businesses to obtain aerial capture services, as clients can easily search for pilots based on their location and experience.

With its launch in New Zealand, Aerologix is taking its first step towards international operations with plans to expand to other countries in the future. As the demand for 3D imaging technology continues to increase, the company is set to become a leading player in the growing drone services market both domestically and internationally.

Australian drone technology startup Aerologix was established in 2019 by Tom Caska, a former Qantas pilot, and Rakesh Routhu, an IT expert. The two founders met while pursuing their MBAs and decided to create a platform that would connect pilots with clients in need of aerial capture services.

Since its inception, Aerologix has experienced significant growth and now boasts over 10,000 registered pilots on its platform. The company’s success can be attributed to its ability to cater to a diverse range of industries, including surveying, infrastructure, renewables, telecommunications, and construction.

In addition to its partnerships with companies such as Clean Up Australia, Aerologix has also established itself as a leading provider of enterprise solutions for asset inspections and technical imaging requirements. Its platform offers a range of services, including high-quality aerial footage and photos for social events, marketing requirements, digital twins, terrain mapping, and photogrammetry.

Australian drone industry takes off

The drone industry in Australia has experienced remarkable growth over the past few years, and it shows no signs of slowing down. With applications in various industries such as agriculture, mining, film and television, and infrastructure inspection, drones have become valuable tools for businesses and individuals.

In 2016, the Australian government introduced new drone usage regulations, making it easier for businesses and individuals to operate drones commercially. This has resulted in a rise in drone-based services such as aerial photography and surveying, crop monitoring, and medical deliveries to remote areas.

Australian startups have been at the forefront of the drone industry, offering a range of services and technologies. Market research shows that the drone industry is expected to generate revenue of US$92.23m in 2023 and grow annually by 2.92 per cent from 2023 to 2028. Although China generates the most revenue in this industry, with US$1,394.00m in 2023, Australia is also expected to see growth in the industry. In terms of per-person revenue, Australians can expect to generate US$3.50 in 2023.

The drone segment is also expected to see an increase in volume, with an estimated 190.30k pieces by 2028. In 2024, the industry is projected to show a volume growth of 7.6 per cent. On average, each person in Australia is expected to own 0.01 pieces of drones in 2023. These figures demonstrate the growing demand for drone technology, with both individuals and businesses recognising the benefits and potential of using drones for various applications.

Aerologix Co-Founder and CEO Tom Caska say, “Drone photography has quickly become a must-have for businesses, especially those in regions with vast landscapes as well as urban environments, such as New Zealand.  Aerologix offers pilots the opportunity to work on a variety of aerial photography projects, allowing them to showcase their skills in a range of sectors.” 

Aerologix Co-Founder and COO, Rakesh Routhu say, “We are looking forward to welcoming New Zealand’s drone pilots to experience our award-winning platform and apps for projects and airspace information that is currently being used by pilots in Australia every day.”  

Aerologix is celebrating the launch of its platform in New Zealand by hosting an exciting drone footage competition. The competition boasts a total prize pool of NZD$5,000 and will be open from April 17th to May 24th, inviting pilots to showcase their skills and creativity. Every week, a new theme will be announced via the Aerologix web app, and the judges will select the most impressive footage that meets the criteria.

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Yajush Gupta

Yajush Gupta

Yajush is a journalist at Dynamic Business. He previously worked with Reuters as a business correspondent and holds a postgrad degree in print journalism.

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