July 8, 2021
Stockpile Reports, a solutions provider that serves more than 300 companies in the bulk materials industry, has announced it will build out its automated drone program with American Robotics’ Scout System. The deployment will allow Stockpile Reports and its users to access the benefits of commercial drones, including beyond-visual-line-of-sight (BVLOS) missions. With more than 10,000 sand and gravel mines, and more than 3,000 ready mix and asphalt plants in the U.S. alone, the companies aim to deploy autonomous drone systems to address market demand for the technology.
“The bulk materials industry suffers chronic financial write-offs due to a lack of inventory data, and Stockpile Reports helps customers solve problems with inventory using on-demand measurements from image processing,” said David Boardman, founder and CEO of Stockpile Reports. “Autonomous drones will provide an opportunity to aggressively scale the real-time digitization of large industrial stockpiled materials. Our strategic customers will use autonomous drones to drive operational efficiency.”
American Robotics said autonomous drones can provide a cost-effective solution to proactively monitor and inspect assets in the oil & gas, and infrastructure sectors. Capable of running upwards of 20 autonomous flights per day, the Scout System can automatically transmit valuable data for decision makers to review and act upon, the company said.
“We are thrilled to be working with Stockpile Reports and enabling them to access the data and insights only possible through automated drones,” said Reese Mozer, CEO and co-founder of American Robotics. “At the end of the day, our industry’s product is data, not aircraft. With true automation comes the ability to collect a new category of data not previously possible, resulting in a new category of valuable analytics and insights.”
American Robotics said that in the six months since receiving its FAA approvals, it has increased business development in key industrial sectors by 80%. It has also increased its full-time employees by 90%, with headcount expected to grow throughout 2021 and 2022. Earlier this year, the company announced a pending merger with Ondas Holdings Inc., a developer of proprietary, software-based wireless broadband technology.
Founded in 2016, American Robotics was founded by roboticists with academic and employment backgrounds from Carnegie Mellon University and Stanford University. The Scout System includes the Scout autonomous drone, ScoutBase ruggedized base station for housing, charging, data processing and cloud transfer; and ScoutView, an analytics and front-end software package.