USA: BNSF is to test the use of a Staaker drone from Norwegian aerial vehicle specialist Nordic Unmanned for infrastructure inspection and general data acquisition.
The UAV platform will be integrated with BNSF’s current railway data acquisition and management systems, which Nordic Unmanned said required a lot of resources compared to using a drone.
‘This contract is a breakthrough for the Staaker Railway drone and for Nordic Unmanned, as it is the first rail customer in the USA’, said Chief Revenue Officer Cecilie Drange on September 8.
‘The Staaker Railway drone allows clients to access to new or improved data regularly. We see a lot of opportunities in the future for this platform, and we are proud to be working with an innovative and forward-thinking corporation such as BNSF.’