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Caterpillar recently announced a marketing agreement with Redbird, French drone maker and operator, to focus on the capabilities of drones and their ability to monitor machine diagnostics, material inventory, project process. The efforts will explore how drones can assist in the collection of that data and more jobsite insights.

"This agreement will help create value for our customers," said John Carpenter, Construction Technology and Solutions manager. "UAV data collection and Redbird's image analytics capability will provide customers with a variety of solutions for their operations, such as material inventory management, haul road optimization and project progress to name a few."

The marketing agreement with Redbird covers Caterpillar’s Europe, Africa and Middle East region. In the coming months, Caterpillar says, it will collaborate with its dealer network and Redbird to create awareness, educate and introduce customers to the benefits of technology and innovation in the industry.

The initially drone testing will focus on mining, similar to that of Cat’s efforts with autonomous machines. With their partnership with Redbird, the company specifically mentioned its intentioned for the drones to assist in haul road optimization.

“Drones are entering a new phase, with data analytics as the heart of this evolution,” said Emmanuel de Maistre, CEO and co-founder of Redbird. “Our solutions have been developed with leading construction companies and quarry operators for the past two years, helping them extract the real value out of drone data.”

John Carpenter, Caterpillar construction technology and solutions manager, alluded to this drone partnership during an interview in July. The company feels the use and collection of data will be a key success point in the future and plans to continue exploring new technology in order to achieve the best data collection and interpretation.
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