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Windfall Geotek secures drone deal with Draganfly for AI exploration

Windfall Geotek secures drone deal with Draganfly for AI exploration

Quebec-based mining technology firm Windfall Geotek has signed a preferred flight services agreement with Canadian drone manufacturer Draganfly that the former says will help bring its drone-based offering for AI-driven exploration to market. The drone deal is seen as a potential game-changer.

Windfall Geotek secures drone deal with Draganfly

Windfall said using drone technology for its EagleEye exploration product would be a “game-changer”, noting that the data it uses had historically been provided by helicopter or fixed wings planes.

“The strategic relationship between the companies will allow us to bring to market the survey, sensor, and AI-driven software for digital exploration as a complete solution,” said Michel Fontaine, Windfall Geotek chief executive.

The firm announced the launch of EagleEye in March, with Flow Metals noting plans to test it to advance a gold project in British Columbia.

Draganfly CEO Cameron Chell added: “Windfall Geotek is a premier provider of mining services and analytics to the mining industry.

“Along with our 22-year service history and the recently announced transaction to acquire Pioneer Aerial Surveys and High Eye Aerial Imaging, Draganfly is now well positioned to become one of mining’s premier aerial services providers.”

According to Mining Magazine, Windfall Geotek plans to use EagleEye with a proprietary CARDS (Computer Aided Resources Detection System) platform it has developed to identify a high statistical probability of target identification within known areas of interest.

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