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Today, we’re excited to announce our partnership with SoftBank C&S, one of Japan’s largest distributors of information and communications technology, to bring Site Scan to AEC professionals in Japan. With this partnership, Site Scan is now the only commercial drone software that SoftBank offers, which opens up the power of drone data to their customers across the country.

The timing couldn’t be better: there has been a building boom across Japan as it prepares to host the 2020 Olympics, but their construction industry suffers from a significant labor shortage due to the country’s shrinking population. To address this, in 2015 the Japanese government launched the i-Construction initiative to help the understaffed industry increase worker productivity by 50%. Drones, which can fly autonomously and capture data fast and cost-effectively, play a key role in helping get there.

The 3DR sales team recently joined SoftBank C&S on their national Site Scan roadshow, demonstrating the product across Japan in collaboration with Autodesk and Shibamoto & Co., 3DR’s authorized distributor in Japan.

“Being in person with SoftBank, Autodesk, and Shibamoto made it clear just how big of an impact aerial data capture can have in the Japanese market,” said Matt Harrison, Head of Sales at 3DR. “Aerial data software like Site Scan is already driving productivity for our customers in Japan. The partnership with SoftBank will allow 3DR to meet the demand for drone data across the country.”

“SoftBank is an established, innovative firm with a strong track record of success, and it’s great to see their initial traction with the Site Scan roadshow,” said Chris Anderson, CEO, 3DR. “We look forward to continuing to develop our partnership with them to help drive productivity on construction projects across Japan.”