Aerodyne Group, a Malaysia-based drone startup, has inked a strategic partnership with Norway’s Astralution to offer drone-as-a-service (DaaS) and software-as-a-service (SaaS) solutions in the Scandinavian region.

With Astralution’s extensive background in aviation and crisis management in oil and gas, this partnership will bring long-term value to clients by providing tailored unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) solutions, Aerodyne said in a statement.

This effort will support the digitalization of the oil and gas sector by adding sensors and another layer of data analysis in the value chain, allowing up to $20 billion cost-savings from equipment failure and repair, it said.

According to the statement, the data capture and digital transformation initiatives to be conducted in Norway’s renewable energy industry is also in line with European Commission’s climate aim of 55 percent greenhouse gas emissions reduction by 2030.

“The total renewable capacity in Denmark and Norway in 2020 was 9,677 megawatts and 37.2 terawatts respectively, making it a huge market to tap into in terms of renewable energy asset management. This is especially since the EU is looking to install 30 gigawatts worth of wind farms every year from 2021 to 2030,” said Kamarul A Muhamed, Founder and Group Chief Executive Officer of Aerodyne.

“There is also a huge opportunity to break data silos in the oil and gas sector, and with room to improve in how data can be standardized, integrated and analysed. Our AI-powered asset management solution – Vertikaliti – will not only provide up to 90 percent time savings with smart oil and gas monitoring systems, 35 percent operation cost savings for wind turbine analysis but also up to 97 percent increased productivity for solar panel inspections,” he added.

Aerodyne is a DT3 (Drone Tech, Data Tech, and Digital Transformation) drone-based enterprise solutions provider, and a pioneer in the use of artificial intelligence as an enabling technology for large-scale data operations, analytics, and process optimization.

Since 2014, it has managed more than 560,000 infrastructure assets with 458,058 flight operations and managing over 380,000km of power infrastructure across 35 countries globally.

It has also been providing cloud-based oil and gas infrastructure, powerline, offshore and onshore wind turbine, and solar panel inspection and management solutions, empowering clients to make strategic decisions based on real-time data.

“We are very pleased to represent Aerodyne in Scandinavia. For Astralution, this improves our competitive edge and opens up a number of new opportunities in a large growing market. With Aerodyne’s capability and capacity included, Astralution is able to present state of the art SaaS and DaaS solutions to the Scandinavian marketplace,” said Nina Bokn Solheim, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of Astralution.

Founded in 2015, Astralution is a drone technology pioneer based in Stavanger, Norway. The company is a provider of innovative mapping and surveying solutions through industry leading expertise, and assists customers with their digital transformation phase.

The company has for several years been developing and providing service with highly specialized systems with both local and international partners, including the ongoing development of an EX-zone 1 system. The company has contributed to the development of the new EU drone regulations, representing Norway in the ASD-STAN committee.

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