iRed appointed as first UK authorised DJI educational partner



ARPAS-UK member, iRed has confirmed that it has been appointed as the first DJI educational partner in the UK.

The collaboration grants exclusive access to the new Tello EDU drone and accessories, specifically designed for schools and educational centres.

iRed said it was pleased to add DJI to a list which includes CITB, Lantra, BINDT and the CAA which recognises the Hampshire-based firm for educational and specialist training.

The firm already has partnerships with academic institutes such as the University of Portsmouth, Coleg Cambria and University of Plymouth and says its hopes it can bring its educational experience into the new venture.

As part of the announcement, iRed detailed how the DJI Tello EDU drone offers a fun way for students to learn programming in languages such as Python, Swift and Scratch.

By programming the DJI Tello EDU drone to perform operations solo, or even in swarms, the students can see the results of their efforts happening physically in front of them, rather than just a display on a monitor.

In April, CDP reported on how becoming a DJI retailer had helped iRed hit £1m in turnover.

iRed has released its results for the financial year 2018-2019, returning a record breaking turnover of £1m.

As part of its growth, the firm outlined how since becoming a DJI enterprise dealer in 2017, it saw revenues increase by 300% in 2018.

Based in Emsworth, Hampshire, the company now employs 18 members of staff and has been praised by its local MP Alan Mak for creating highly skilled local jobs.

Ray Faulkner, managing director of iRed, commented: “Our strengths have been in embracing new technologies and applying them to a wide range of commercial sectors. This has enabled us to consistently increase our turnover year-on-year.”

He continued: “We’ve invested heavily in research and development over the last few years, which is now helping us to achieve our financial targets. This is aided by our reliability and consistency in service across all divisions.”