• Home
  • /
  • Article
  • /
  • [Special feature] NTT East announces smart city business centered on drone human resource development --Drone Journal

On November 26th, NTT East held a business briefing session and October of NTT e-Drone Technology (hereinafter referred to as NTT Drone), which started business in February 2021 for the purpose of social implementation of drones for solving regional issues. The demo flight of the 2022 model of the pesticide spray drone "AC101" announced in Japan was unveiled for the first time.

Mr. Yuji Sekiguchi, General Manager of Development Department, Service Development Department, NTT e-Drone Technology, who was in charge of the explanation. Announced business development of NTTe drone.

NTTe Drone was established on January 18, 2021 by NTT East, OPTiM, and WorldLink & Company (hereinafter referred to as WorldLink). The business started on February 1, and the business contents are "domestic drone business" "drone operation support business" "solution business" "data business", and now the business is transferred from Enroute, a subsidiary of SKY Perfect JSAT Holdings. The business is centered on the spray drone "AC101" and the industrial drone "EC101". The main axis of pesticide spraying drone AC101 has been manufactured and sold 150 units since its establishment. In cooperation with Worldlink, we are conducting demo flights nationwide. In October, the "AC101 2022 model" was announced, and a demonstration flight of the actual machine was held for the first time at this briefing session.

Bridge inspection by drone started. We are conducting 50 bridges this year, and plan to inspect 100 bridges next year.

As an industrial drone initiative, it has been deployed nationwide for the purpose of disaster countermeasures such as line / relay stations, civil engineering surveys, and bridge inspections, and its operation has begun. In the bridge inspection, a drone was used to inspect 50 bridges that required special vehicles and scaffolding. The company announced that it plans to carry out bridge inspections over hundreds of bridges next year in collaboration with local governments and businesses that request the use of drones.

On July 20, we partnered with Auterion in Zurich, Switzerland, which provides an open source platform for drones.

In addition, on July 20, it announced that it had reached an agreement with Auterion of Zurich, Switzerland, which provides an open source platform for drones, to accelerate the social implementation of drones. Regarding Auterion's hardware (flight controller "Skynode", hand controller "Skynav") and software (cloud "Suite"), NTT Drone manufactures domestically, supports Japanese and domestic laws, stores domestic data, etc., and is based on Suite. We will develop services for the domestic market and provide packages of both companies' aircraft.

"Omakase e-drone" is a service that dispatches pilots who meet the skill requirements certified by the company for pesticide spraying, photo & laser surveying, wide area surveying / aerial photography, infrastructure inspection, etc., and manages various data securely.

On October 1, in collaboration with partner companies, we started offering "Omakase e-drone" that allows you to easily use domestic drone (partly made in Europe and the United States) services when needed. The menu provided includes pesticide spraying, photo & laser surveying, wide area surveying / aerial photography, infrastructure inspection, etc., and dispatches pilots who meet the skill requirements certified by the company, and manages various data securely. In addition to the highly versatile basic menu, we also offer options and custom-made products upon request. The service reduces the cost and labor of purchasing and maintaining the aircraft, and makes it possible to use the drone inexpensively and easily. In addition, we have started a "partner program utilizing domestic drones" with businesses that are interested in utilizing domestic drones. For the purpose of developing use cases using EC101 etc., we will provide aircraft and operators free of charge, jointly study for service conversion, expand the menu of entrusted e-drones, and implement social drones that contribute to solving social issues. The purpose is to promote it. As of November 26, more than 10 partner companies, including inspections, surveyors, and public institutions, are participating.