The Unicorns Podcast connects you to some of the best and brightest founders, CEOs, executives, business owners, innovators, entrepreneurs and inspiring leaders who make things happen and inspire others.

Host Justin Kelly, former broadcast journalist and PR veteran, chats with leaders from across Australia and internationally on business strategy; what it takes to build a successful company; how to overcome challenges, and advice for those on a similar journey.

In this episode, Justin interviews Marcus Ehrlich, founder and managing director of Ninox Robotics.

Started in Sydney in 2015, Ninox Robotics delivers practical and cost-effective aerial intelligence through leading-edge Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems (RPAS) services.

The company services strategic industries and government and is proudly Australian-owned and operated, with RPAS teams that can be deployed to almost any location in Australia.

It is one of Australia’s few commercial RPAS operators permitted to fly beyond visual line of sight (BVLOS), above the 400ft recreational ceiling, and for night operations.

In a significant move to enhance bushfire protection efforts and prioritise firefighter safety, cutting-edge long-range drone technology has been deployed to surveil bush and grass fires across western New South Wales.

Ninox Robotics collaborated with the NSW Rural Fire Service (RFS) for the two-week trial completed in March.

The Perimeter 8+, a long-range multi-rotor drone with a four-hour flight capability and a range of up to 50km from the ground control system, was utilised during the trial.

Equipped with a real-time dual electro-optical and infrared (thermal) gimballed camera, the drone can detect heat signatures crucial for identifying fires sparked by lightning strikes.

Operating during both day and night, the drone’s footage was transmitted in real-time, enabling the RFS to plan how they would detect outbreaks, deploy firefighters and gather live intelligence on ongoing blazes.