Expanding its drone engineering and equipment sales capabilities, Measure, a U.S. provider of drone solutions for enterprise customers, has acquired Pilatus Unmanned, which specializes in drone customization for commercial customers.
As part of the deal, Josh Kornoff, Pilatus Unmanned’s CEO, will head Measure’s engineering team out of its new office in Huntington Beach, Calif. Kornoff will also serve as Measure’s lead technical advisor and will oversee support programs for toolkit customers.
Previously known as Allied Drones, Pilatus Unmanned was one of the first enterprise value-added resellers for DJI, says Measure.
“Measure is at the forefront of the emerging Drone as a Service industry and is fundamentally changing the way businesses gather information critical to their operations,” remarks Kornoff, whose career also includes 15 years as a Hollywood special effects and pyrotechnics supervisor. “I’m excited to continue pushing the envelope in using drone technology to solve business challenges.”
Measure’s new California office includes an industrial facility equipped with machinery, tooling, parts and components for drone customizations. Headquartered in Washington, D.C., the company recently announced a new suite of inspection solutions specifically for solar plant maintenance, as well as a training, equipment and support toolkit for broadcast news organizations that want to use their own camera crews for drone-based newsgathering.
“This acquisition will accelerate growth and allow us to continue to create groundbreaking solutions for our customers in energy, construction, telecommunications and media,” comments Brandon Torres Declet, Measure’s co-founder and CEO. “Expanding our engineering capacity and our ability to provide one-stop shopping for equipment and toolkits will help ensure that we can offer our customers solutions that are truly comprehensive.”
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