Sony Mobile Communications has announced that it is working with autonomous hardware and robotics company ZMP to create a new business unit that will work with enterprises on bespoke drone services.
Sony said that the two companies will develop enterprise drone solutions, or "autonomous unmanned aerial vehicles", with image capturing and cloud-based data processing features.
The joint effort will begin in August under the name Aerosense Inc. Sony estimated that the partnership will start delivering profucts to the enterprise from next year.
"Sony's camera, sensing, telecoms network and robotics technologies will be leveraged alongside ZMP's automated driving and robotics technologies and business experience in industrial fields," the firm said.
"Aerosense Inc will combine these assets and develop comprehensive solutions that meet needs including measuring, surveying, observing and inspecting. It will aim to roll out these services for enterprise customers beginning in 2016."
Sony sees the venture as part of a push into the Internet of Things (IoT), an increasingly obvious focus for the company and a predicted money spinner.
Sony has its eye on some of that business. "This joint venture represents a part of this push into IoT, as Sony strives to provide its customers with additional value by developing and managing total package cloud solutions," the company added.
"ZMP has developed its automated driving technology and put it into use in various fields. To date these solutions have been limited to the ground.
"With this joint venture, ZMP will take to the skies and apply its expertise in an entirely different realm, as it aims to create new services that were not possible on land."
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