Picterra and the Flying Labs from WeRobotics announced a new collaboration step. Picterra added an artificial intelligence (AI) analytic layer to support the Flying Labs in their mission of accelerating and scaling local drones-for-social good solutions in emerging economies.

Flying Labs’ members currently work on a broad and diverse range of projects, from helping farmers set property boundaries in Tanzania and monitoring forest health in Kenya to assessing tsunami preparedness in the South Pacific. The Picterra AI-platform will enable the Flying Labs to detect and extract objects from aerial images and transform them into a variety of geospatial information products.

As of the announcement, 21 regional Flying Labs gained access to the benefits of the Pro plan on the Picterra platform.

“The development of West Africa, whether it is humanitarian, social, environmental, or other, will depend very much on how we integrate AI and data. Picterra’s contribution to the results is already invaluable.” Said Tiamiyou Radji, Senegal Flying Labs. 

“We are delighted to support the Flying Labs. In their hands, the latest breakthrough in Geospatial Artificial Intelligence meets the power of local engagement. We believe ensuring local communities to be able to automate geospatial information extraction autonomously will translate into positive social and environmental impact.” commented Frank de Morsier, CTO, Picterra.

Both organizations said they are looking forward to seeing how the local communities will combine drones and AI to power impactful projects and drive positive change.