Rakuten acquires drone specialist Sky Estate

Rakuten Group has announced that it has reached an agreement to acquire all shares of SKY ESTATE, a leading developer of various drone-related businesses, including dispatching and training drone pilots.

Thanks to this agreement, SKY ESTATE becomes a 100% subsidiary of the Rakuten group. wall inspection and solar panel measurement and inspection, aerial photography, filming and video production using micro-drones, and consultation on the use and implementation of drones.

The two companies intend to leverage SKY ESTATE’s management expertise and network in the drone industry to further develop Rakuten’s unmanned solutions business, which operates drone schools and promotes labor savings and efficiency improvements for work involving drones (including inspections, surveys, and filming), and aim to further expand employment opportunities in the industry by producing operators highly qualified and using crowdsourcing.

Rakuten launched a delivery project using drones in 2016 and implemented a number of demonstration trials of unmanned delivery services – some of which were first in Japan – to solve the logistical problems Japan faces. reducing the human resources needed to make deliveries. Rakuten also founded the Rakuten Drone Academy, a school to provide operators with the knowledge and skills needed to fly drones, conducted inspections of Rakuten Mobile base stations using drones as well as surveys for the fire insurance carried out by Rakuten General Insurance, among other initiatives. .

Both companies believe that the combination of Rakuten’s vision and past achievements with SKY ESTATE’s drone schools and expertise in drone inspections will make a significant contribution to the future growth of the drone industry. Rakuten and SKY ESTATE will continue to work to promote the use of drones, driving innovation and offering new services.

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