Cyberhawk expands drone inspection offering into Portuguese market

Cyberhawk and engineering service provider CME partner to deliver drone and asset management software in Portuguese markets

Cyberhawk expands drone inspection offering into Portuguese market

Cyberhawk Innovations, the unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) inspection and survey provider, has formed a new partnership with Portuguese engineering service provider and contractor Construção e Manutenção Electromecânica (CME).

The agreement will see customers in Portuguese speaking markets benefit from a combination of Cyberhawk’s cloud based asset management software, iHawk, teamed with CME’s detailed local knowledge and UAV solution.

The company describes the partnership as a significant strategic boost for Cyberhawk’s growing global expansion plans, and strengthens CME’s position as a leading innovator in its field. The two companies have already successfully completed projects in Portugal, with clients including REN and EDP.

Established in 2008, Cyberhawk led the creation of the drone/UAV inspection and survey industry and has achieved more than 25 world firsts to date, delivering services in more than 20 countries across Europe, Africa, North America, Middle East and Asia.

The company believes it has also changed the face of asset management through the development of iHawk. This cloud-based software allows intuitive access to inspection data and imagery which has been captured by Cyberhawk’s UAVs, as well as other sources. iHawk uses a map-based interface and a traffic light colour system to show location and asset status, and allows users to access additional data including engineering commentary and photographic evidence.

CME, a subsidiary of ProCME, is headquartered in Oeiras, Portugal, with further offices in Africa and South America. CME comprises engineering companies, which design and develop innovative integrated projects to provide engineering and construction services to the high demands of customers in all utilities sector.

Craig Roberts, CEO at Cyberhawk, said: “This partnership is a significant step forward in increasing our presence in Europe and in deploying our Asset Management Partnership (AMP) business model.

“Cyberhawk’s industry leading ‘inspection pilot’ training enables CME to safely and efficiently deliver local drone data capture. Combining this with our proven iHawk asset management solution ensures that CME delivers a powerful cloud asset management solution to its clients, with consistent inspection standards and a high definition image behind each defect classification.

“We’re excited about working with a company of CME’s calibre and track record and consider that this AMP collaboration will deliver significant growth in Portuguese speaking markets. CME’s local knowledge and presence will allow us to cost effectively deliver our reliable, proven and industry leading solution in the electricity utilities, renewables, infrastructure and petrochemical industries.”

Francisco Pintor, general manager at CME, said: “CME is the leader in engineering services in Portugal and we take a highly technological approach to our work in the utilities sector. As part of our DNA and a pillar of our business strategy, Innovation has been and will be a determining factor of this partnership.

“The introduction of UAVs to our existing portfolio, particularly within our infrastructure inspection services, is a natural progression which increases the reliability, detail, efficiency and safety of our operations. This partnership continues to position CME as a pioneer and differentiator, thanks to Cyberhawk’s wide-ranging experience, high quality skills base and asset management software platform, With Cyberhawk, we will go higher!”

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