Tags
Construction Technologies

John Deere and Kespry enter strategic alliance to simplify drone integration on construction jobsites

John Deere and Kespry today announced an exclusive global strategic alliance through which John Deere Construction & Forestry dealers will provide the Kespry Aerial Intelligence System to their customers on jobsites around the world. Starting in North America, the alliance enables John Deere customers to use Kespry’s fully integrated industrial drone platform to capture topographic data in minutes with survey-grade accuracy.

“This technology will help our dealers offer a seamless workflow to site development and roadbuilding contractors from project planning through grading dirt,” said Andrew Kahler, product marketing manager, John Deere WorkSight. “The data gathered from the Kespry system will help our customers and equipment operators make decisions that reduce costs and improve productivity as they optimize the jobsite and spend less time on jobs.”

Founded in 2013, Kespry delivers a fully automated drone system that takes off, flies a designated flight path and lands – all without operator intervention. With the Kespry Drone 2s now available across the John Deere network, customers can easily create a mission with the touch of a finger, then capture, analyze and share survey-grade data and insights.

“Our relationship with John Deere will accelerate the adoption of drone solutions in industrial markets and will rapidly change how business is done in construction, roadbuilding and other industrial sectors,” said George Mathew, chairman and CEO of Kespry. “These advanced aerial intelligence systems are already changing the face of work in industrial markets as surveyors and contractors are able to retool their skill sets for this increasingly connected world.”

John Deere chose Kespry based on its interoperability with John Deere WorkSight technologies and ease of use for customers. The agreement between the two companies includes Kespry working with John Deere dealers to train and certify them in the use of the Kespry 2s platform.

Kespry develops all the hardware, software and cloud services that deliver a seamless, accurate and highly efficient solution from field to finish. The Kespry Drone 2s flies autonomously, without manual piloting, and uses sensors to avoid obstacles. To help customers operating in congested areas, the new Kespry Drone 2s is the first automated drone system that includes an on-board LiDAR sensor that automatically detects and avoids obstacles such as trees, cranes and buildings.

The post-processed data are accessible from anywhere in the world via an easy-to-use web interface, allowing customers to access real-time 3D renderings, volumetric analysis and data export features with the click of a button. The drone-collected data can then be exported from the Kespry cloud to a number of common modelling packages including AGTEK Earthwork 4D, another endorsed John Deere solution to perform 3D model overlays, cut/fill maps, bidding and takeoff procedures. 

Company Info

  • Kespry

    4005 Bohannon Drive
    Menlo Park , CA
    US , 94025

    Based in Menlo Park, Calif., Kespry is the leading aerial intelligence platform provider that is transforming how organizations capture, analyze and share business insights. Kespry develops drone hardware, software and cloud services that deliver a seamless, accurate and highly efficient solutionfrom field to finish. The Kespry industrial drone and aerial intelligence system is the most advanced on the market and the choice of leading enterprises. Founded in 2013, Kespry serves customers across North America, Europe and Australia such as Fluor, Lehigh Hanson/Heidelberg, Sully-Miller/Colas USA, Terus Construction, Webcor, Whitaker Contracting and Woolpert. Lead investors in the company include Lightspeed Venture Partners, DCM Ventures, Spectrum 28, Wilson Sonsini and others.

    Read more

  • John Deere Construction & Forestry

    One John Deere Place
    Moline , IL
    US , 61265

    Since its founding in 1837, John Deere has seen a great many changes in its business, its products, its services. Change always comes with opportunity. And Deere has always been ready and willing to embrace it. Yet, through it all, John Deere is still dedicated to those who are linked to the land – farmers and ranchers, landowners, builders, and loggers. And Deere has never outgrown, nor forgotten, its founder's original core values. Those values determine the way we work, the quality we offer, and the unsurpassed treatment you get as a customer, investor, employee.

    Read more

Latest News

Tags
Forestry

Upgrades to John Deere L-Series Skidders Increase Power and Performance

John Deere has updated its full line of L-Series Skidders. The L-Series models now boast best-in-class horsepower, a more impressive power-to-weight ratio, an improved engine aftertreatment system, and new grapple and boom options. Most notable are the upgrades to the engines to increase horsepower, offering customers more pulling power and faster multifunctioning capabilities. The 648L, 748L, 848L, and 948L models offer the maximum horsepower for each size class, with the 300 HP 948L Skidder boasting highest horsepower on the market. Enhancements to the 648L and 748L improve pulling power during skidding activities, and the 848L and 948L have better multifunctioning capabilities for increased handling performance. 

Read More

Tags
Earthmoving

New lighting options for Liebherr XPower wheel loaders: adaptive working lighting and key with remote control

Liebherr has released new innovative lightingoptions for it's  XPower wheel loaders:   Adaptive working lighting is an intelligent light controlsystem. It reacts intuitively to the lift arm position and articulation angleof the wheel loader using modern LED light sensors. This means working areasare always evenly lit. The adaptive working lighting also makes irritatingglare or reflections from steel machine parts a thing of the past. The Liebherrkey with remote control opens the driver's door at the push of a button andactivates the cab lighting. This illuminates the entire entry area and ensuresthe driver can get into the operator's cab safely.

Read More

Tags
Lifting & Material Handling

Four new models of Merlo telehandlers

The Merlo Turbofarmer range of telehandlers from Manulift is made up of four models: TF35.7, TF33.9, TF30.9 and TF33.7. These telehandlers are equipped with a Deutz TCD Tier 4 Final engine generating 115 or 122 hp. A new engine hood has an air suction point well above ground for maximum protection against dust. A Fan Drive system allows users to change the rotation direction of the fan to help clean the radiator. A patented Class 1 hydrostatic transmission maximizes performance.

Read More

Tags
Telematics
Maintenance & Management

Volvo to offer free ActiveCare Direct for one year on new purchases

Originally debuted at CONEXPO-CON/AGG 2017 with a limited-time enrollment offer, ActiveCare Direct is now available free for one year on new purchases of a wide range of Volvo Construction Equipment models. With ActiveCare Direct, Volvo provides customers with 24/7/365 active machine monitoring, as well as monthly fleet utilization reports to allow customers to spend more time making informed fleet management decisions and less time sorting through data and alarm codes. When a machine requires attention, Volvo alerts the local dealer so they can respond quickly — and the customer's operation continues to run smoothly.

Read More

Tags
Trucking

Volvo makes Active Driver Assist standard on VNR and VNL series

Volvo Active Driver Assist is now standard equipment on the new Volvo VNR and VNL series, improving safety not only for truck drivers, but all motorists. Volvo Active Driver Assist includes Bendix Wingman Fusion, a comprehensive, camera- and radar-based collision mitigation system that is fully integrated with Volvo's Driver Information Display. Volvo is the first heavy-duty truck OEM to offer Bendix Wingman Fusion as standard equipment. 

Read More

Tags
Earthmoving

Cat D6T and D8T dozers

The Cat D8T operated remotely using optional Cat Connect COMMAND for Dozing.

Caterpillar has taken dozer work to new levels with the D6T dozer. These include easier operation, higher performance, a wealth of standard and optional machine-assist and machine-control systems, and significant fuel savings. 

Read More

Tags
Construction Technologies

Trimble to distribute Propellor Aero UAS analytics platform

Trimble is collaborating with Propeller Aero to distribute its Unmanned Aircraft System (UAS) analytics platform. Propeller, based in Sydney and Denver, is a leader in the advanced collection, visualization and analysis of data from UAS. Propeller's simple automated ground control targets, cloud-based visualization and rapid analysis platform will also be integrated with Trimble Connected Site solutions to bring an end-to-end cloud-based UAS solution to civil engineering and construction contractors.

Read More

Tags
Earthmoving
Industry News

Volvo celebrates 75,000th hauler

More than half a century after they invented the concept, Volvo Construction Equipment recently celebrated the production of the 75,000th articulated hauler. Having produced more than half of the articulated haulers ever made, a staggering 50,000 Volvo haulers are still in regular use around the world.

Read More

STRAIGHTLINE HDD Expands Hole Opener Lineup

StraightLine HDD recently expanded its hole opener offering with the introduction of the XL-I Series. Designed from the ground up for horizontal directional drilling, the XL-I Series is positioned as a cost-effective alternative to "split-bit" hole openers.

Read More

Tags
Industry News

Volvo makes a splash in Colorado

Nestled in the Animas River Valley, surrounded by the San Juan Mountains is the city of Durango, Colorado. The region's evergreen forests and babbling creeks are adored by locals and nature enthusiasts alike; attracting a steady flow of holidaymakers throughout the year. With tourism the leading driver of Durango's economy, maintenance on local attractions, such as the Durango Whitewater Park, is necessary.

Read More

Prinoth adds Company Wrench as new Ohio dealer

PRINOTH, one of the world's leading manufacturer of tracked vehicles, continues to grow its dealer network across North America and as such is announcing a new dealer for the State of Ohio. As such, Company Wrench will now represent PRINOTH for the PANTHER vehicles line-up.

Read More