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Riedel, Skyroads partner to deliver $20 million SKYBOT-CAM systems order to SailGP

SKYBOT-CAM combines high payload drones with professional broadcast gyro stabilised camera systems

Riedel and Skyroads AG are working together to deliver new and more immersive imagery as well as a substantially reduced CO2 footprint to international sailing competition SailGP.

The two companies have formed a strategic alliance to deliver a $20 million order of SKYBOT-CAM systems, which combine high payload drones with professional broadcast gyro stabilised camera systems with live video, audio, and data downlinks.

Riedel will serve as an integrator, utilising their existing communication infrastructure for the purpose of the Skyroads flight guarding system.

SailGP, which will be the first global event in the world to use SKYBOT-CAM, which it intends to implement into its workflows in 2024, where it will be used alongside the sports’ augmented reality LiveLineFX.

The technology will then become available for all public events.

“Today’s professional airborne broadcast camera systems are mainly helicopter based and require enormous organisational, technical, and budgetary effort for a photographic platform that, although creating high quality pictures, is unsustainable in the long run,” said Warren Jones, CTO at SailGP.

“SailGP Technologies stands for innovation in sustainable sports as part of its ‘Better Sport – Better Future’ strategy, and it is partnerships with forward thinking companies like Riedel and Skyroads that allow us to achieve this.”