Flying High with Sky Eye in Samoa
Established in December 2013, Sky Eye provides vehicle tracking, drone technology and other services in Samoa, Vanuatu, Solomon Islands and, just recently, Tonga. It is owned and operated entirely by Pacific Islanders.
“Our vehicle tracking systems are used by a number of government departments in Samoa, and are improving efficiency and reducing costs. Perhaps most importantly, improved tracking of vehicles has the potential to reduce road accidents due to improved monitoring of driver speed.” explains Sky Eye’s CEO, Sam Saili
Drone imagery and data can be used by government and non-government organisations involved in preparing for, and responding to, natural disasters such as cyclones, earthquakes and tsunamis. The impact of disasters can be quickly ascertained, improving the targeting and speed of responses such as the delivery of humanitarian aid and infrastructure repairs. There is also relevance for those seeking to monitor the impacts of climate change, including sea level rise modelling, forest change detection and biomass calculation, as well as for other international development applications such as surveying agricultural land. “We have seen great relevance and application of UAV (Unmanned aerial vehicles) and drone technology in the Pacific”, says Clemmie.
Clemmie’s visit allowed Ākina to continue working with Sky Eye to develop their impact framework and update their business plan. Ākina’s Guy Redding notes, “With a clear impact framework backed by credible data, Sky Eye will be able to demonstrate the impact of its services to potential clients, as well as funders and investors”.
Ākina’s support for Sky Eye has been made possible by the Australian Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade’s (DFAT) Innovation Exchange, via its Frontier Innovators programme.