Delta Drone sets foot in Mali, spreads further in South Africa

International drones-as-a-service provider, Delta Drone International will spread its wings to an eleventh country, after it wasappointed by multinational gold mining company Barrick Gold for advanced light detection and ranging (LiDAR) services in Mali.

Through its enterprise mining solutions subsidiary, Rocketmine, the company will provide a fully outsourced service to the Canadian mining conglomerate’s operations in Mali, using its fleet of mining drones and pilots, who will deploy advanced LiDAR capabilities to examine mining site expansion options in the region.

“The one-week operation will deliver Barrick Gold the data required to guide decision making, while they continue to focus on their day-to-day mining operations,” Delta Drone said in a statement. “While small in dollar value (the contract is worth Aus $25,000), the contract adds to Delta Drone International’s list of countries of operations with 11 countries using Delta Drone International’s services.”

Besides Mali, Delta Drone has foot prints in other African countries that include South Africa, Zambia, Namibia and Ghana

“The addition of Mali to our growing global footprint speaks to the knowledge and value our team of mining experts at Rocketmine provide our customers,” CEO Christopher Clark said. “Understanding our customers’ needs, the industry they work in, and their local drone rules and regulations, allows them to focus on their day-to-day business operations, while we provide the data required to guide high level decision making.

“We look forward to starting our partnership with Barrick Gold and showing them the magnitude of ways that drones can enhance operations in the enterprise mining sector.”

Barrick Gold Corporation produces gold and copper, and has sixteen operating mines in thirteen countries. The company made $9,717 billion in revenue in 2019.

Meanwhile, Delta Drone has spread its tentacles further into South Africa, following a deal with another mining giant, Anglo American, which will see the drone services provider handling the survey and mapping; blast monitoring and inspection requirements at Anglo’s subsidiary, Rustenberg Platinum Mine.

Delta Drone International CEO, Christopher Clark, said he believed Rocketmine could add real value to the mining multi-national as their preferred data services provider:

“We welcome the Anglo American Platinum group to Rocketmine and look forward to delivering their real-time data needs through our fully integrated drone-as-a-service business,” Clarke said.

“This appointment is testament to our drones-as-as-service model that includes a tailored data solution specifically for the mining industry. Outsourcing aerial requirements to Rocketmine not only eliminates the challenges that come with inhouse aerial data collection such as rapid technology advancements and adhering to rules and regulations, but importantly provides access to a team of highly skilled individuals who embed themselves in daily operations to help solve a magnitude of data challenges businesses face.”

“We are very pleased with the momentum of new client wins being achieved by Delta Drone, and continue to look forward with a high level of confidence. As drones are increasingly used at the forefront of data collection for enterprise businesses, our business is well positioned to work with more companies to help solve their day-to-day data challenges.”

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