DJI is a company that most people know as a drone maker, but it seems that the company is broadening their customer base and getting more into commercial projects. The company has recently announced that they have entered into a partnership with Japanese construction company Komatsu Smart Construction.

This will see DJI supply the construction company with as many as 1,000 customized Matrice 100 drones. They will also come with Skycatch imaging technology that helps to process drone images into 3D models. This is expected to help companies create maps and point clouds which in turn will allow them to discover any mistakes, predict delays, and so on, all of which could help them end up saving money.

According to Chikashi Shike, Executive Office of Smart Construction Division at Komatsu, “Conducting a site survey using a drone used to take hours. However, by implementing Explore1, users can carry out surveying quickly and easily. Now it is possible to perform drone surveying every day. Taking off, landing and flight route setting are all automated. Ground Control Points (GCPs) are no longer needed. 3D data is immediately generated and an entire construction site can be visually checked with the 3D map. The Explore1 is a true game changer for the construction site.”

No word on how much this deal is said to be worth to DJI, but chances are it is pretty lucrative considering the price of the Matrice 100 drone alone.

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