Amble-based firm jets to Dubai for contest

The Drone Ops team in Dubai.
The Drone Ops team in Dubai.
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A north Northumberland-based business has helped a radiation mapping company compete for a major prize overseas.

Drone Ops Ltd, from Amble, supported ImiTec, of Bristol, in the finals of the $1million United Arab Emirates’ Drone for Good competition, which was held in Dubai earlier this month.

The team ended up coming fifth in the competition, but Justin Pringle, chief technical officer of Drone Ops, said it was an amazing experience.

Set up in May last year, Drone Ops, located at Coquet Enterprise Park, specialises in integrated sensor drones for large enterprise clients.

Drone Ops’ support of ImiTec comes as part of a new collaboration between the two for the provision of small unmanned aerial systems services.

ImiTec’s patented unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV)-based advanced autonomous radiation monitoring system (AARMS) can deliver low-altitude aerial meter resolution maps of radiation including over high dose areas and inaccessible locations while minimising the risk of operator exposure. The device will also be used to monitor landfill sites, import and exported goods, mining, oil and gas activity, as well as the use within combat environments.

Dominic Kelly, Drone Ops director, said: “This is a great opportunity to demonstrate how we can work as an integrator of third-party sensor technology. Collaboration with ImiTec has involved cooperation between the technicians of both organisations to ensure the two systems work in harmony.”

Chris Abbott, ImiTec CEO said: “Crucial to the successful operation of the AARMS is a reliable UAV. Establishing a close collaboration with a specialist UAV company such as Drone Ops will ensure that we are able to offer state-of- the-art UAVs that meet high standards.”