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April 20, 2020

Andrew Weeks | Grand Forks Herald

Joshua Riedy doesn’t consider himself a drone guy – and yet it is his work with unmanned aerial systems that has caught the attention of the world’s software giant.

Riedy is building a reusable platform for sensor data, particularly aerial imagery, so that unmanned systems can be operated remotely. 


Airtonomy Platform

Airtonomy is a software platform compatible with commercial drone hardware. Centered on advanced workflows, Airtonomy leverages artificial intelligence, robotics, IoT architecture and cloud computing to form a multi-purpose, on-demand solution that empowers users to automate processes, cut costs, and improve safety, all with the push of a button.



The building blocks of Airtonomy are repurposable and can be applied to many scenarios. The flexibility of our platform provides the greatest possible value. Inspect wind turbines while monitoring wildlife. Detect dangerous blade icing while maintaining security. Using the same methodology, inspect distribution and transmission lines, even remote energy pipelines. Simply put, Airtonomy is the Swiss army knife to drone-based asset management.



Blade Icing

Power Distribution

& Transmission

Energy Pipeline

Public Safety



Maintaining the integrity of your assets shouldn’t be difficult, costly, or time consuming. Airtonomy alleviates those burdens. Automation allows nearly anyone to operate our system even in complex and inaccessible environments.

Airtonomy enables accurate, timely, and reliable image capture. We provide a seamless progression from pre-flight planning through post-flight data analysis. Integrated models sift through big data, classifying damage according to severity.

Pre-Flight Sync
Push-Button Flight
Post-Flight Sync


Airtonomy bridges the gap between synthetic data and real-world missions. Airtonomy is partnering with Microsoft to improve flight routine safety and reliability within “digital twin” environments. This affords the ability to efficiently deploy autonomous solutions with the assurance of safety and accuracy.


Airtonomy Advantage

Being on-site to conduct an inspection is antiquated and time consuming. Airtonomy holds a FAA waiver allowing for multi-drone operations and soon a BVLOS waiver. These regulatory approvals position Airtonomy to support customers in any type of environment, regardless of staffing limitations or geographic proximity. 

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