Parrot assists ICT start-ups all-around Africa

Parrot helps ICT start-ups all over Africa

London, 03 May 2018 – Agriculture is an integral, fast-growing industry in Africa – and Parrot, the key European drone group, is offering business solutions, addressing drones and pc software, to specialists in this business industry.

Parrot-AIRINOV teamed up with the Technical Centre for Agricultural and remote Cooperation (CTA), developed by the European Union, to greatly help technology start-ups develop precision agriculture all around the African continent, allowing farmers to boost their ROI while respecting the environmental surroundings.

There is certainly a broad consensus that smallholder agriculture needs to be much more effective, much more sustainable and more lucrative. Drone-based methods and solutions can add towards these objectives by taking a number of the tools of accuracy agriculture to producers, such as large and medium-scale holdings and associations of minor farmers growing exactly the same crop in contiguous areas.

Usually, drone services are supplied by business owners just who purchase the apparatus, find the abilities to make use of it, conduct or sub-contract information evaluation, interpret the results and advise their customers.

Drones might help raise the return-on-investment (ROI) and create new knowledge-intensive employment opportunities in outlying areas, providing informed rural youth a substitute for migration.

Recognising the options given by drones, in 2016 CTA partnered with Parrot-AIRINOV to train and provide ICT start-ups in Benin, Burkina Faso, Cameroon, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Ghana, Nigeria, Rwanda, Tanzania, Uganda, Zambia and a federal government organization in Jamaica in acquiring the capability to provide drone-based solutions.

Using the help of Parrot-AIRINOV, CTA organised a number of activities including education on operation of drones and mounted multispectral sensors, understanding of protection and privacy maxims and regulations, administration and processing of remote sensed information, development of business programs and networking possibilities. Furthermore, CTA offered some economic support when it comes to purchase of necessary gear. Working out events were held in Paris in March and November 2017.

Thanks to the existence of a competent and entrepreneurial UAS operator in Rwanda (Charis Unmanned Aerial providers), a very enabling environment (powerful federal government support to digital innovations) plus the possibility of upscaling UAS service businesses in Eastern Africa, CTA and Parrot-AIRINOV pooled sources and supported a task geared towards calibrating regarding the diagnostic design for nitrogen fertilization on wheat in Rwanda.

On 26 January 2018, by issuing choice EX.CL/Dec. 986-1007 (XXXII), the Executive Council associated with the African Union (AU), requested the AU and Member shows to harness drones for agriculture as a selected rising technology of relevance for growth of the African continent. In line with this continent-wide policy suggestion, CTA made a decision to support an increase in the amount of supported drone providers and countries covered across Africa.

In this context, CTA has launched a 2018-2019 task centering on Sub-Saharan Africa, called “Transforming African farming: Eyes in the Sky, Smart Techs on the Ground”. Parrot partnered into the project by providing CTA-supported drone operators the chance to purchase gear (Parrot Disco-Pro Ag or Parrot Bluegrass) at reduced prices.

Over a two-year time period, the “Eyes inside Sky” venture is intended to effect a result of approximately 30 established business-oriented and lasting African drone service providers, most operate by youthful business owners in African countries in which allowing legislation is in destination. The enterprises will offer a variety of drone-based consultative services including real-time guidance to farmers.

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Kaizo for Parrot
Alex McDonald – Vicky Muxlow
parrot@kaizo.co.uk
Tel. +44(0)203 176 4700

About Parrot
Founded in 1994 by Henri Seydoux, Parrot is these days the best European group within the fast-growing business of drones. Visionary, during the forefront of innovation, Parrot is an actual ‘End to finish’ drone team from equipment and software to solutions. Parrot, the world’s number two of this customer drone market, designs drones recognized for their high performance and ease of use. Parrot normally supplying company solutions, covering drones, computer software and solutions mainly focusing on 3 significant verticals: (i) Agriculture, (ii) 3D Mapping, Surveying and Inspection and (iii) Public safety. The Parrot Group styles and designers its items in Europe, primarily in France and Switzerland. It presently employs 600 folks global and makes the majority of its product sales outside of France. Parrot, headquartered in Paris, is listed since 2006 on Euronext Paris (FR0004038263 – PARRO). To find out more: www.parrot.com

Posted at Thu, 03 May 2018 10:18:00 +0000