Drone software startup DroneDeploy, has launched DroneDeploy Cloud Service and appointed SoftBank SoftBank Commerce and Service Corp (C&S) as its distributor in Japan and globally.
The partnership brings DroneDeploy's best-in-class software solutions to the commercial technology market.
With DroneDeploy as an industry innovator in drone operations technology, and with SoftBank's successful track record in bringing software giants to market, the partnership paves the way for DroneDeploy to continue its rapid international expansion in the aerial data space.
"We are excited to be working with SoftBank C&S in Japan and globally. It provides us immediate global reach into one of the most mature enterprise drone markets," said Scott Lumish, vice president, Business Development at DroneDeploy. "We believe SoftBank C&S will help DroneDeploy dominate the aerial data space and become the operating system for all drones in Japan, and eventually the rest of world."
The global market for commercial drones is estimated to exceed $13bn by 2020.
Combining the sales, distribution and marketing capabilities of SoftBank C&S with DroneDeploy's Cloud Platform and App Market poises DroneDeploy to become the universal drone operating system.