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Mitie launches new specialised drone service
Mitie has this week announced the launch of a new drone service. The technology facilitates improved property surveying, efficient thermal mapping and the inspection of high-rise buildings - previously unreachable. The drone inspection service offers unrivalled benefits in terms of quality of the inspection, cost reduction and instant reporting; it was trialled by Mitie's pest control business.
The drone's hi-resolution 4K camera boosts the accuracy of each survey giving facilities and property managers a more detailed inspection service. With the ability to reach 400ft, previously inaccessible places are reachable from the ground and without the need for specialist equipment.
Footage and imagery of any areas of concern are immediately transmitted to the operative's smartphone or tablet for inspection. This data can then be processed in real-time to Mitie's computer aided facilities management (CAFM) system, Miworld.
Mitie trialled drone technology for its pest control business, inspecting roofs for gull's nests and has extended its use across the whole FM spectrum of services including:
- Maintenance - general building damage inspections
- Surveillance - for cleaning at height requirements
- Thermal population surveys - using heat seeking cameras to spot pests in undergrowth and birds nesting on roof tops
- Thermal mapping - analysing 'hot spots' on the building to identify potential savings via improved insulation
- Security - remote surveillance to view vast areas in a fraction of the time
- Aerial mapping - for landscaping services
"Drone technology is great innovation which increases our safety when working at height and it also offers both cost and time efficiencies compared to traditional surveying methods," says Peter Trotman, managing director of Mitie's pest control business.
"The new technology enables us to provide our clients with a more comprehensive and flexible service with the ability to recommend solutions in real-time."
The small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS) are operated by licensed Civil Aviation Authority members, enhancing safety and reducing the cost of surveying at height.
2nd June 2016