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Durians Daily #68: Aerodyne works with leading UK port operator for drone solutions; Engplug’s visuals are now on Apple TV; Parcel Perform wins e-commerce award

Drones at sea

  • 500-backed Aerodyne has secured yet another partnership. This time with Associated British Ports (ABP), a leading port owner and operator in the UK. ABP operates 21 ports in the United Kingdom, managing around 25% of the UK’s sea-borne trade.
  • Aerodyne will provide its drone-solutions, specifically helping ABP to improve its asset management policies and practices.
  • “We are honoured to be selected as the exclusive drone solution provider for ABP. Globally, our clients have benefited from optimised management of their critical assets and infrastructure leveraging on our solutions. We are committed to provide consistent quality services while complying with established regulations and standards,” says founder and CEO, Kamarul A Muhamed.
Credit: Aerodyne
  • Aerodyne’s drone solutions have been tested and trialed over the past 6 months at 8 ABP locations.
  • Analysis and data collection from the flights has demonstrated considerable cost saving and benefits; operations were both safer and proved 25% more cost-effective. It also took 55% less time compared to traditional methods for selected assets.
  • In other news, Aerodyne is working with leading Malaysian telco Celcom to kickstart drone operations with 5G technologies.

Your TV is an art gallery

  • Fancy some avant-garde art on your Apple TV? Now you can. 500-backed Enplug is launching a free new service that brings the work of thousands of artists to your home entertainment set-up.
Credit: Enplug
  • Enplug Art is an initiative to collaborate with contemporary artists and some of the world’s most notable museums (LAMC, the Metropolitan Museum of Art, and more) to bring more than 1,000 works of contemporary and classic art to Internet-connected displays and TVs.
  • In addition to compatibility with Apple TV via AirPlay, Enplug Art works with Roku, Amazon Fire, Nvidia Shield, and some modern smart TVs directly.
  • Head over to Enplug’s website to know how you can turn your living room into a renaissance art space.

Best in class

  • 500-backed Parcel Perform has won the award for Best E-Commerce Technology Company at LogiSYM Awards 2020.
  • The LogiSYM Awards is an annual initiative recognizing the individuals and companies who have been actively demonstrating or contributing significantly to the supply chain and logistics industry.
Credit: Parcel Perform
  • “There is a growing need for expertise in the e-commerce delivery experience space. We are well-positioned to address these needs for retailers,” the company said.
  • With the pandemic crisis altering shopping habits and pushing traditional brick-and-mortars to go online, the Singapore-based company has prepared a series of initiatives to welcome this change, including leveraging machine learning to predict delivery trends, reveals Dr. Arne Jeroschewski, Parcel Perform Founder and CEO.
  • Parcel Perform currently has over 600 carriers around the world on its platform.

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