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September 26th, 2012
Leica Geosystems Mining and SwissDrones to Provide UAV-based Mapping

“In recent years, interest in UAV-based mapping solutions has increased considerably”, says Ruedi Wagner, VP ofImaging at Leica Geosystems Geospatial Solutions Division. “We recognize that there is already a variety of differentapproaches, aircraft and payloads available in the market and as the market continues to develop, so does theexpectation from our customers for the highest accuracy and image quality. Integrating a multispectral metriccamera such as the Leica RCD30 with a suitable UAV and workflow is, in our view, highly likely to deliver what ourcustomers expect, be that in the areas of traditional mapping or in other applications, such as mining andmonitoring.”
SwissDrones, a recently founded engineering company in the Rhine Valley, Switzerland, brings together a range ofexperts with longstanding expertise in designing, developing and operating unmanned aerial vehicles in a variety of applications around the world.
“We have operated and designed UAVs for mapping and many other applications such as crop spraying, moviemaking and the monitoring of gas pipelines and power lines,” says Daniel Kraettli, Managing Director ofSwissDrones. “We are excited to collaborate with Leica Geosystems to deliver a high-end UAV mapping solution tothe global market.”
Mr Wagner states, “Our approach has always been to understand the market and be at the forefront ofunderstanding this technology. We take safety very seriously, particularly in the mining environment and this hasbeen a major consideration when working with SwissDrones in the design of this UAV.”
The Leica Geosystems prototype UAV for Mining applications will be showcased at MINExpo in Las Vegas from 24to 26 September this year at the Leica Geosystems Mining booth, Central Hall 2, Booth 5633.