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Skycatch is a company built around drones. But CEO Christian Sanz isn't interested in using drones to deliver stuff or spy on people.
"For us, it's just another server that happens to have propellers on it," Sanz says.
Skycatch uses drones to obtain aerial 3D images of construction sites. Companies use the detailed maps for planning and coordinating. In some cases, businesses even use the maps so they can automate bulldozers and other construction equipment on the ground.
"We are the first company to automate another machine using a drone," Sanz says.
According to Sanz, using Skycatch's services is as simple as opening up an app. "We invented this concept of being able to, at any given point, open up your app and make a call or just highlight the area you want mapped and we immediately match you up with a pilot," he says.
And for all the budding drone pilots out there, Skycatch is looking for recruits.
"Right now we are going through a process of verifying and also certifying pilots," Sanz says.
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