Microdrones, a global manufacturer of unmanned aerial systems (UAS) for surveying and mapping, has forged a distribution agreement with Navigation Electronics Inc. (NEI). Through this partnership, the team at NEI has added Microdrones mdMapper systems to their product portfolio.

"We're very excited to be working with Microdrones and we've jumped in head first with their product offering," says Chad Hicks, NEI's imaging solutions team lead. "We're excited about the many benefits these UAVs can offer our customers. The aircraft have long flight times and the systems are very accurate and capable."

NEI sells and services mapping, GIS, surveying and construction equipment from Trimble and other manufacturers to companies throughout the southeastern United States.

Available immediately, NEI is now offering Microdrones' mdMapper packages, complete solutions that integrate everything GIS professionals need for surveying and mapping applications.

The product line-up includes:

  • mdMapper200
  • mdMapper1000
  • mdMapper1000DG

Microdrones mdMapper packages integrate the aircraft, sensors and software users need to complete surveying and mapping projects safely, accurately and efficiently. They are also designed for simple training so companies can get started quickly with aerial mapping.   

Additional accessory bundles that integrate with the packages are also available, so users benefit from the flexibility and additional functionality of the platform. Some of the optional add-ons include inspection accessories, multispectral, thermal, and soon LiDAR and methane gas detection.

"One of the greatest advantages unmanned aircraft bring to the table for geospatial companies is an increase in the scope of work they can provide. Our clients' customers are asking them for UAV services and we're going to help them deliver it," Hicks says.

Prior to signing the agreement to become a Microdrones reseller, NEI sold Gatewing aircraft.

"Adding Microdrones quadcopters to our repertoire makes us a true turn-key geospatial distributor," says William Poche, NEI owner and vice president of sales. "Everything we do is about helping our customers to be successful. I want my clients to be able to offer even more for their customers and to be able to quickly and easily adapt to those customers' geospatial needs. Microdrones UAS will help them do that — and grow their business as a result."

About Microdrones

Founded in Germany in 2005, Microdrones developed the world's first commercial quadcopter. By pairing robust drones with sensors, Microdrones offers advanced turn-key solutions that make it easy for businesses to start using UAVs for surveying, mapping, construction, inspection, precision agriculture, mining and other commercial applications. Recently expanded into North America, Microdrones serves markets around the globe.