The FM provider trialled the drone technology for its pest control business – inspecting roofs for gull’s nests. It has now extended its use across the whole FM spectrum of services including surveillance for cleaning at height requirements and maintenance for general building damage inspections.
The drone’s hi-resolution 4K camera boosts the accuracy of each survey giving facilities and property managers a more detailed inspection service. Footage and imagery of any areas of concern are immediately transmitted to the operative’s smartphone or tablet for inspection. This data can then be processed in real-time to Mitie’s computer aided facilities management (CAFM) system, Miworld.
Peter Trotman, MD of Mitie’s pest control business, said: “Drone technology is great innovation which increases our safety when working at height and it also offers both cost and time efficiencies compared to traditional surveying methods.
“The new technology enables us to provide our clients with a more comprehensive and flexible service with the ability to recommend solutions in real-time.”
According to Mitie, all of its small unmanned aircraft systems (SUAS) are operated by licensed Civil Aviation Authority members.