Berkeley, Calif. — 3DR partnered with Esri to develop Site Scan Esri Edition, a custom version of its iOS app for drone data capture that works seamlessly with ArcGIS Online and streamlines processing in Esri’s Drone2Map software.

This joint solution complements Esri’s drone data offerings by creating an end-to-end package that includes full mission planning to easily capture and display drone data, and a simple workflow for using the data in the Esri ArcGIS ecosystem. With this solution, users are able to connect to ArcGIS Online with an Esri sign-in, and the app allows direct use of Esri data layers from ArcGIS Online — including custom data layers from the user’s ArcGIS Online organization account — as base and reference data for mission planning.

“Esri started at the dawn of the space age with satellite data. Now drones can continue that mission at even higher resolution and frequency,” said 3DR CEO Chris Anderson. “I’m thrilled that we’ve been able to work with Esri to help its users easily capture and analyze drone data, giving them another powerful tool to measure and manage the world.”

Esri customers can use any drone currently supported by Site Scan, including the Yuneec 3DR H520-G, which is a custom version of the Yuneec H520 commercial drone. Based on the Dronecode PX4 software, the H520-G is designed to be an open and secure drone option for use on U.S. government projects, making it a perfect complement to Esri’s FedRAMP certification, creating a complete, government-friendly drone mapping solution.

Cody Benkelman, imagery product manager at Esri, said, “3DR has been a leader in the drone industry, and we are excited to support this development effort. A drone flight planning app that connects directly to ArcGIS Online will provide great value to Esri’s worldwide customer base and simplify the process of ensuring successful projects using Drone2Map.”

Site Scan Esri Edition will be available on the Esri Marketplace in late September for free to all ArcGIS customers.