While it might seem easy, agriculture is one of the most challenging areas that is yet to be fully touched by the latest technologies. However, with more companies taking an interest in the segment, farming is heading towards being more sustainable, economical and profitable for farmers. The Toulouse-based startup Sunbirds manufactures, designs and markets long-range solar drones that can not only be used for agricultural purposes, but for other scenarios like environmental monitoring, and surveying.
The company is now expanding its operations to Australia, where it has set up an office, assembly workshop and maintenance centre in Brisbane, Queensland. The new office supplies drone packages and drone-as-a-service solutions surveyors, cattle stations and environmental monitoring companies. Australia has quite large agricultural properties and thanks to progressive regulations for long-range drone flights, Sunbirds is expecting to hire local operators in regional Australia by early 2020.