Qii.AI and Skydio Enter Technology Partnership to Advance AI for Automated Infrastructure Inspections – sUAS News – Drones Business




Qii.AI, the digital infrastructure inspection software provider, announced today that it is partnering with Skydio, the leading US drone manufacturer and world leader in autonomous flight, to make drone-powered inspection more efficient and effective for customers across North America.

Drones are powerful and cost-effective tools for inspection, and autonomy is key to deploying these solutions for safe and reliable operations. Skydio’s adaptive scanning software, Skydio 3D Scan™, extends the company’s pioneering autonomous aircraft engine with advanced artificial intelligence (AI) skills that automate photographic data collection and mapping tasks ranging from infrastructure asset inspection to crime and accident scene reconstruction. Through this integration, customers using Skydio 3D Scan™ software will now be able to use Qii.AI’s computer-assisted detection and quantification of corrosion-related defects. This integration will make inspection of large, complex structures significantly more efficient while reducing the time inspectors require to identify and classify defects.

According to Qii.AI CEO, Michael H. Cohen, “Skydio’s computer vision navigation and autonomous data capture capabilities, combined with the Qii system’s automatic corrosion, crack and defect detection algorithms, are a leap forward in digital remote inspection capabilities.”

Earlier this year, Qii.AI and Skydio demonstrated the power of this integration, enabling the automatic detection and quantification of corrosion on naval ship hulls for the Canadian Department of National Defense in Halifax, Canada. During the day-long demonstration, Skydio’s drones captured data from two naval ships, using Skydio 3D Scan to capture the data used to create digital twins of both ships, before seamlessly importing models and data through the Skydio Cloud API into the Qii system for auto-detection, classification and quantification of visible corrosion.

Commenting further on the deal, Qii.AI’s Cohen said: “Skydio is the clear leader in the small inspection drone market and a natural fit for Qii.AI’s computer vision technology. We are proud and excited to partner with such a great team and excited for the success with our joint demonstration with the Canadian Department of National Defence.”

To learn more about Qii.AI’s corrosion detection capabilities and to see the results of Qii.AI integration with Skydio 3D Scan in person, visit booth #823 at the Commercial UAV Expo on 6-8 September 2022 at Caesars Forum, Las Vegas, or for more information, visit Qii.AI online at www.qii.ai.

About Qii.AI – Qii.AI is a web-based platform that enables remote, collaborative inspections of critical infrastructure assets such as bridges, dams and wind turbines. Qii.AI uses computer vision and machine learning to improve the inspection process with computer-aided detection and quantification of corrosion, cracking, delamination and other problems in steel and concrete structures. Qii.AI is the world’s first infrastructure inspection data visualization software that fuses below-waterline (sonar) data with above-waterline (visual, thermal, lidar) data to provide a single holistic view of your asset.

About Skydio – Skydio is the leading US drone manufacturer and world leader in autonomous flight. Skydio uses cutting-edge artificial intelligence to create the world’s most intelligent aircraft for use by consumers, businesses and government customers. Founded in 2014, Skydio is comprised of leading experts in artificial intelligence, robotics, cameras and electric vehicles from top companies, research labs and universities from around the world. Skydio designs, assembles and supports its products in the United States from its headquarters in Redwood City, CA, to offer the highest standards of supply chain and manufacturing security. Trusted by leading companies across a wide range of industry sectors, Skydio is backed by top investors and strategic partners including Andreessen Horowitz, Levitate Capital, Next47, IVP, Playground and NVIDIA.



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