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APR 2017

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48 • ROCK products • April 2017 EQUIPMENT & TECHNOLOGY LOADOUT & TRANSPORTATION Airware, which provides end-to-end solutions that turn aerial data into actionable business intelligence for enterprises, announced that it has secured a strategic investment from Caterpillar Ventures. The investment allows Airware to accelerate programs that enable dealers to offer solutions and services within the construction, mining and quarrying industries, and highlights Caterpillar's commitment in leading the Industrial Internet of Things (IIoT). "This investment is a continuation of Caterpillar's commitment to help our customers be more productive and make improved business decisions," said George Taylor, Caterpillar chief marketing officer and vice president of the marketing and digital division. "In collaboration with Airware, we are better positioned to offer drone services through industry-leading tech- nology that helps digitize and optimize operations." Last September, Airware acquired Red- bird, a drone-analytics pioneer, to bring to market the most powerful com- mercial drone solution for mining and aggregates. Today, teams are using the solution to monitor day-to-day progress of their sites to improve productivity, worker safety and operational efficiency. "Commercial drone technology is becoming a necessity for construction, mining and quarrying organizations look- ing to increase overall productivity while cutting costs," said Jonathan Downey, Airware founder and CEO. "Airware pro- vides customers the combined power of an enterprise-focused workflow and industry-specific data analytics with the compliance and security features needed to scale drone operations." Caterpillar dealers will be able to offer customers drone services and analytics, including a core set of photogrammetry, mapping and volumetrics tools, and a suite of advanced analysis and reporting modules. Bergerat Monnoyeur is to be among the first dealers. Greg Arranz, general manager, SITECH at Bergerat Monnoyeur, added, "We are committed to bringing cutting-edge technology and world-class services to our customers. Airware is an estab - lished leader in putting drones to work for mining, construction and quarry- ing. They understand the needs of our customers, what it takes to scale oper- ations, and the importance of offering industry-specific analytics to drive better decision-making. We're proud to bring Airware to our customers." Airware, Deere, Kespry Commence Alliance for Aerial Intelligence John Deere and Kespry announced an exclusive global strategic alliance through which John Deere Construc- tion & Forestry dealers will provide the Kespry Aerial Intelligence System to their customers on job sites around the world. Starting in North America, the alliance enables John Deere cus- tomers to use Kespry's fully integrated industrial drone platform to capture topographic data in minutes with sur- vey-grade accuracy. "This technology will help our dealers offer a seamless workflow to site devel- opment and road building contractors from project planning through grading dirt," said Andrew Kahler, product marketing manager, John Deere Work- Sight. "The data gathered from the Kespry system will help our customers and equipment operators make deci- sions that reduce costs and improve productivity as they optimize the job site and spend less time on jobs." Founded in 2013, Menlo Park, Calif.-based Kespry delivers a fully automated drone system that takes off, flies a designated flight path and lands – all without operator intervention. With the Kespry Drone 2s now avail- able across the John Deere network, customers can easily create a mission with the touch of a finger, then capture, analyze and share survey-grade data and insights. "Our relationship with John Deere will accelerate the adoption of drone solu- tions in industrial markets and will rapidly change how business is done in construction, road building and other industrial sectors," said George Mathew, chairman and CEO of Kespry. "These advanced aerial intelligence systems are already changing the face of work in industrial markets as surveyors and contractors are able to retool their skill sets for this increas- ingly connected world." John Deere chose Kespry based on its interoperability with John Deere Work- Sight technologies and ease of use for customers. The agreement between the two companies includes Kespry working with John Deere dealers to train and certify them in the use of the Kespry 2s platform. Kespry, Caterpillar Ventures Invests in Airware for Aerial Data

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