The project is being led by Sony Mobile Communications, Sony’s mobile phone and device subsidiary, in collaboration with ZMP, another Japanese company focused on automotive and robotic design. Sony said it would be taking a controlling stake in the venture, with a 50.005 percent share.
The new organisation which will be called Aerosense, will be incorporated next month with 200 million yen ($1.6 million). The company will focus on enterprise solutions using autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles for image capture combined with cloud-based data processing, according to a blog post by Sony Mobile.
Aerosense will leverage Sony’s camera, sensing, telecommunications network, and robotics technologies in combination with ZMP’s automated driving and robotics technologies. The will be tasked just to develop drone platforms to meet the enterprise clinet needs which includes measuring, surveying, observing, and inspecting. The new company services will roll out for customer enterprise in 2016.
“Sony Mobile is proactively engaging in new business creation initiatives, with a particular focus on the Internet of Things (IoT) sector,” the company said in its blog post. “This joint venture represents a part of this push into IoT, as Sony strives to provide its customers with additional value by developing and managing total package cloud solutions.”