AkitaBox Taps PrecisionHawk Drone Platform to Automate and Optimize External Facility Inspections
RALEIGH, NC AkitaBox, a Madison, Wisconsin, -based facility management software company that automates maintenance, planning and inspections, will be working with PrecisionHawk, a provider of advanced commercial drone technologies, to integrate aerial data into the facility management workflow. The partnership was announced at the Building Owners and Managers Association International Conference in Nashville, Tennessee, where the technology is on display. Using the PrecisionHawk platform, a user can fly a drone for data capture and automatically generate a 3D point cloud, 2D orthographic views and 3D mesh data models that can be fed into AkitaBox for further analysis and long term planning.
"Building inspection software can gather HVAC, grounds, building envelope and other asset information from drones into a report faster than an in-person inspection," said Josh Lowe, Chief Customer Officer at AkitaBox. "PrecisionHawk brings an easy to use, cost effective and timely platform that gives our clients a complete picture of their external assets that can be used for everything from facility maintenance to cost planning."
PrecisionHawk's 'Smarter Package' includes a drone equipped with sensors and software that allow for the automatic, visual assessment of all external areas of a site and places that otherwise would be difficult to see. This process eliminates the need for a project manager to physically inspect every aspect of a site, which has historically been a necessity.
"As drone data capture becomes more readily available to businesses, we believe that there are massive opportunities to improve and simplify the facility management workflow and show a clear differentiation from legacy systems that aren't adaptive," said Jeff Freund, VP Construction at PrecisionHawk. "AkitaBox understands the facilities process and the gaps that drone data can fill. By integrating PrecisionHawk technology they are providing their customers with another layer of information on top of their already robust software platform."
AkitaBox customers will now have access to PrecisionHawk drone packages and services to improve visibility for inspections, surveys and scans of a worksite. By continuing to offer better data capture capabilities, AkitaBox is working to drive better business outcomes for their clients and advance technology in the facility management space.