Scan Magazine, Issue 135, April-May 2020

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Scan Magazine  |  Technology Feature  |  Book1Drone

The Denmark-based company Book1Drone films drone footage at cultural events such as horse races, fashion shows and concerts, and it is also used by companies to identify failures on buildings and power grid systems.

From fashion to transmission towers – drones deliver the big picture The drone company Book1Drone makes and edits drone footage for both authorities and organisers of cultural events. What started out as a cost-efficient way to identify failures on power grids for the Denmark-based company has developed into an expanding business that covers fashion shows, concerts and sports events, too. By Kristine Nødgaard-Nielsen  |  Photos: Book1Drone

The drone company Book1Drone makes and edits drone footage for both authorities and organisers of cultural events. What started out as a cost-efficient way to identify failures on power grids for the Denmark-based company has developed into an expanding business that covers fashion shows, concerts and sports events, too.

jobs he’s done as a drone pilot. His company initially started out using drones to inspect transmission towers for energy companies. Now, his drones are used for everything from fashion shows to horse races, both indoors and outdoors.

Last year, a Danish clothing brand decided to do a fashion show on a lake in the centre of Copenhagen. To be able to capture the models sailing in swanshaped boats forming a makeshift catwalk afloat the lake, it hired Danish drone company Book1Drone to film  the event.

“Drones can create the coolest experiences. You never see that angle from above otherwise. It adds so much. It’s like being there yourself. Once, people used very expensive helicopters; now drones can provide the same viewpoint for much less money,” Iversen says. His drone footage has been used by  Eurosport and he has flown drones all over Europe, from Sweden in the north to Cyprus in the south.

For Niels Winther Iversen, who founded Book1Drone six years ago, it was both one of the strangest and most exciting

Book1Drone can also deliver drone footage as a livestream. This is often an advantage to people who organise con-

certs and festivals and need to be aware of potential problems with crowds and congestion, and to companies that own windmills or power pylons and need  to be able to identify failures on the system quickly. Niels Winther Iversen builds his own drones, which means he can adapt them to the tasks ahead. When he inspects power pylons, he uses a specially built drone that can get near high-voltage systems. When he covers sports and festival events, he uses a specially built drone that stays in the air for much longer than the average drone. “I can fly the drone in the morning and take it down in the evening. Normally, you  need to take it down every 45 minutes,” he explains. The final material is often edited by Book1Drone, and some companies use it for advertising, while athletes often wish to analyse their performances based on the footage. www.book1drone.com

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