April 3, 2024

Skydio drones cut construction site monitoring time in Japan by 80%

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NTT Communications and Obayashi succeed in significantly reducing site monitoring time in latest drone demonstration

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Skydio 2+ and Skydio Dock at an indoor construction site in Tokyo, Japan (©NTT Communications Corporation)

Increasingly, drones are being employed to perform frequent, minimally-intrusive site surveys to detect problems early on and to keep construction site jobs on track. Recently, Skydio business partner and the leading provider of information and communications technology (ICT) solutions in Japan, NTT Communications, used Skydio’s drone and dock technology for monitoring indoor construction site progress with successful outcomes.

NTT Communications, in collaboration with the prominent Japanese construction company, Obayashi Corporation, recently concluded a successful demonstration test in Tokyo where both underground and aboveground construction was going on. They deployed Skydio Dock and Remote Ops with Skydio 2+ to conduct unmanned drone patrols for monitoring and recording indoor construction site progress. Over the course of three months and 56 patrol missions, the results were remarkable: a significant reduction in required time from one hour to a mere ten minutes, constituting just one-sixth of the time required by conventional methods.

The Skydio’s autonomous, remotely operated, and dock-based drone systems were able to conduct pre-planned missions safely and securely from remote locations as well as automatic takeoff/landing and automatic power recharging. With Skydio, NTT Communications and Obayashi succeeded in making indoor construction site monitoring and management more efficient by:

  • Reducing the time and effort required to go back and forth between the construction site and office.
  • Enabling construction managers and other personnel to safely access and check the construction progress through real-time video streaming function.

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