ING Robotic Aviation, formerly ING Engineering, has partnered with ASG Mapping to assess and develop the small robotic aircraft for the commercial sector.

The new project – the two companies have worked together in the past – is aimed at gathering high quality, positionally accurate, and interoperable geospatial data with advanced sensors for such sectors as agriculture, forestry, planimetry, and environmental management.

Yesterday, they demonstrated the capability with ING’s rotary-wing aircraft system, Responder, near Ottawa.

Equipped with either optical or multispectral sensors, the aircraft will be gathering data and imagery from multiple ecosystems in Ontario and Quebec that will then be evaluated against scientific and industry standards in the fields of remote sensing and geomatics. The sensors being used to collect and process the data will be the Nikon D800 for topographical mapping and the TetraCam Mini-MCA 6 for vegetation mapping.

“The goal of this project is to ultimately produce a best practices guide for using small robotic aircrafts in geomatics applications,” ING said in a statement.

ING Robotic Aviation and ASG Mapping previously developed a Digital Elevation Model of a planned subdivision and also collected multispectral data of a forested area with Responder.