We at Vulcan Post have a deep appreciation for inventions that make our lives considerably easier, especially when it’s an unmanned aerial vehicle that specialises in high resolution aerial photography and video. It sounds pretty darn good, doesn’t it?
It wouldn’t be fair to label the start-up as the Jack of all trades. Besides dabbling in commercial projects, Dragonfly Robotix is also heavily involved in the areas of property sales and marketing, forestry and agriculture, hotels and resorts, among others. Dragonfly Robotix may be fairly new in the business, but the company already has 15 drones (that range from US$100,000 to US$500,000) under its belt.
“Whether it be weddings, construction surveying, TV filming, advertising, property photography, golf course fly-throughs or archeology, we have the desire and experience to provide you with the right package.”
– Dragonfly Robotix
During an interview with Digital News Asia, Dragonfly Robotix co-founder and former engineer Bob Hartley describes his team mate Dr Johan Arrifin Samad as the driving force behind the setting up of the drone start-up. He praised his old friend for his foresight and knowledge; and further shared that their research and development is being carried out by teams from countries like Spain, the United Kingdom, the United States and the South-East Asian region. Samad is a retired Malaysian executive from the oil and gas industry and the co-founder of Dragonfly Robotix.
“Johan is Malaysian and it was a natural progression for him to look first to a region he was familiar with, rather than launching this venture in a country where he was less experienced.”
– Bob Hartley on why he picked Malaysia as the base to launch Dragonfly Robotix
Fellow investor Bob Chua, who gave the brush-off when asked about the exact amount he funded, says he was enticed by the project as it was new and had the potential to achieve exponential success. The Association for Unmanned Vehicle Systems International predicts that the total domestic economic impact of introducing drones into US airspace by the FAA’s 2015 deadline would achieve more than US$82.1 billion between 2015 and 2025.
According to The Star, an online Malaysian publication, Dragonfly Robotix is making waves in Sabah, especially in the oil and gas and agriculture industries. Furthermore, it is the first company to get approval from the Department of Civil Aviation (DCA). If the stats are all indeed true, it definitely looks like Dragonfly Robotix will achieve their goal and get the competitive advantage in the drone sector.
What’s your take on drone technology?