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Ninox Robotics' Drones Ready for Takeoff

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Ninox Robotics, the Australian tech start-up providing cutting-edge unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for customised commercial and government use, today announced the appointment of its Chief Pilot and purchase of its first set of drones.

These milestones are part of the company’s plans to be in the air with commercial services in the first half of 2016[1], following the successful trial of Ninox Robotics’ system last year.

Colin Smith, a former Major in the Australian Defence Force, will lead Ninox Robotics’ team of specialised UAS controllers in utilising drones to deliver highly accurate information and insight to private and public organisations across Australia. During his time in the army, Smith served in a number of countries and theatres of war – including Iraq, Belize, Northern Ireland, the Falkland Islands, Germany and the United Kingdom.

A career solider with 37 years’ experience in the Army, Smith specialised in Surveillance, Target Acquisition and UAS. As a qualified ScanEagle unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operator, Smith advised Combat Brigades and Battle Groups on its use and was instrumental in introducing the Australian training system for the SHADOW 200 UAS, a tactical device capable of providing detailed intelligence about enemy activity to ground troops.

“Specialised UAS like the ones provided by Ninox Robotics far exceed the capabilities of consumer drones making headlines today,” said Smith.

“It is a fantastic opportunity to be part of an organisation that will put military-grade technology to work for businesses and landholders across the country. The data collected by the UAS will enable more informed decisions, pre-emptive issue management and improved response, security and safety.”

Smith and other Ninox Robotics UAS team members are currently undergoing an intensive month-long training course on the Bluebird Spylite drone system in Tel Aviv, Israel to master the technical specifications and unique capabilities of the Ninox Robotics equipment.

“Colin’s expertise in working with UAS for surveillance and monitoring purposes made him the ideal candidate for our Chief Pilot position,” said Marcus Ehrlich, Managing Director of Ninox Robotics.

“Our UAS services are unlike anything else in the market today, with the potential to do more and be in more places than any other UAS provider, at an attainable price point for multiple industries. We need highly-trained professionals in command in order to ensure we can deliver information that is most valuable to our customers in a safe, reliable way.”

Ehrlich continued, “The appointment of Colin and other team members, along with the purchase of our first set of drones, means we are on track to deliver services across the country in the first half of this year. Following our trial last year, we have received a lot of interest from a variety of industries and multiple departments across all levels of government. We are already taking orders for our services and plan on being in the air very soon.”

Ninox Robotics offers an array of smart, high-tech options for Australian government agencies, landholders and businesses in dealing with a variety of problems afflicting the continent. It has applications across a variety of industries including Infrastructure, Agriculture, Biosecurity, Emergency Response and Security and Research. Applications include the ability to detect animals, monitor plants or land areas, create detailed maps, improve fire management and search and rescue operations, provide surveillance and more.

In 2015, Ninox Robotics conducted a three-week trial of its UAS, which proved the technology’s usefulness in detecting invasive pests in rural areas, as well as its potential to aid in search and rescue and fire management operations. It was the most ambitious civilian drone trial ever conducted in Australian airspace.

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