Leading Australian UAS Platform Expands to New Zealand: Get the Scoop on the ‘Uber for Drones’ Launch

Australian drone technology startup Aerologix is taking its first step towards international operations, has launched its platform in New Zealand.

Pilots are invited to register on the Aerologix web or mobile app from today, available on iOS and Android, which will allow them to work on an array of aerial capture projects, including high-quality aerial footage and photos for social events, event and marketing requirements.  As well as enterprise solutions such as asset inspections and technical imaging requirements; digital twins, terrain mapping and photogrammetry. 

Aerologix was founded by former Qantas pilot Tom Caska and IT expert Rakesh Routhu in 2019 after they met while studying their MBAs. In a few years, Aerologix has grown rapidly from having a few hundred pilots on its platform to now having more than 10,000 as well as partnerships established with the likes of Clean Up Australia. Enterprise jobs vary across a number of industries including surveying, infrastructure, renewables, telecommunications and construction.                     

Aerologix Co-Founder and CEO, Tom Caska says, “We’re so excited to be launching Aerologix in New Zealand, a country known for picturesque landscapes, perfect for capturing stunning aerial footage. 

“Drone photography has quickly become a must-have for businesses, especially those in regions with vast landscapes as well as urban environments, such as New Zealand.  Aerologix offers pilots the opportunity to work on a variety of aerial photography projects, allowing them to showcase their skills in a range of sectors.” 

Aerologix Co-Founder and COO, Rakesh Routhu says, “We are looking forward to welcoming New Zealand’s drone pilots to experience our award winning platform and apps, for projects and airspace information, that is currently being used by pilots in Australia everyday.”  

To mark the launch, Aerologix is running a drone footage competition, which comes with a NZD$5,000 total prize pool.

The competition will run from Monday 17 April  April until Wednesday 24 May , with a judge choosing a weekly theme for the entries via the Aerologix web app. 

Judges for the competition are (bios in notes to editors);

– winner of the Aerologix Drone Competition Australia 2022, Natasha Trivedi;

– Aerologix’s Operations Coordinator and drone pilot, Emily Bidencope;

– New Zealand locals Bernard and Alisa Satherley who own aerial photography company, Kiwi Droneography; 

– Award winning New Zealand born aerial photographer, Petra Leary.

Aerologix founders Tom Caska and Rakesh Routhu will announce the winner at an exclusive event at Candela Restaurant & Bar in Auckland on Thursday 25th May. 

The end of the competition coincides with the World of Drones & Robotics Congress, which will be held in New Zealand for the first time on May 22-24 in Auckland. 

Aerologix is a major sponsor and will have a booth at the event, held at The Hilton, where co-founders Tom and Rakesh will be available for interview and product demonstrations. 

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