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DroneDeploy Opens the Skies With Free iOS Aerial Mapping App

BY Alan Perlman
11 February 2016

San Francisco, Calif. ­ Feb. 11, 2016 -­ DroneDeploy, the leading cloud software platform for commercial drones, is making powerful aerial data accessible and productive for everyone.

Today DroneDeploy announced the launch of its free iOS flight app to simplify and automate the capture of aerial data for the iOS community. Now anyone with the latest drones from DJI, the world’s leading drone maker, can autonomously fly and capture images, and make professional maps for analysis, 3D modeling and more.

Drones are already transforming business processes across industries, such as agriculture, mining, construction, real estate and research — and demand continues to grow. However, short of manually flying drones there have been no easy and free options to use with DJI’s best drones until now. Cloud-­based software from DroneDeploy puts aerial imagery and insights into the hands of people using the latest generation of drones in a way that is faster and safer, and more user­-friendly and cost-­effective than ever before.

“We’re thrilled to offer flyers globally the ability to automatically fly and produce professional-­grade maps for free on their Apple iOS devices,” said Mike Winn, CEO and co­founder, DroneDeploy. “Now with just two taps on an iPhone or iPad, users can launch their mission and collect the data they need to extract insights for their business.”

DroneDeploy users, from hobbyists to leading global enterprises, have produced and analyzed over 1 million acres of maps in more than 30 countries and across 6 continents. Farmers have identified irrigation, pest issues and reduced fertilizer applications. Construction sites and mining operations have reduced costs and increased worker safety. Research projects, such as the Phones & Drones initiative which tracks the effects of El Nino on the West Coast to better predict sea level rise, have enabled The Nature Conservancy for the first time to crowdsource drone citizen scientists with DroneDeploy’s web-­based collaboration tools.

The DroneDeploy iOS flight app supports DJI’s best drones, including the Phantom 3 Pro, Phantom 3 Advanced, Inspire 1 and Inspire 1 Pro. DroneDeploy’s iOS flight app is the only independent app to currently support the powerful Zenmuse X5 camera, built specifically for aerial photography and cinematography.

On the heels of DroneDeploy’s volume measurement release last week, and with today’s release of the iOS flight app and existing Google Android app, DroneDeploy continues to show leadership and innovation.

To download the newly released iOS flight app for free from the Apple App Store visit:

To download the existing Android flight app for free from the Google Play Store visit:

To learn more about today’s announcement, visit the DroneDeploy blog.

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