Many of you may have already at least heard about the Swisscom Startup Challenge. For those who haven't, this is a prestigious Swisscom supported startup program aiming at accelerating innovative startups and setting them on the path to success. As such, they offer to the winners a week-long trip to Silicon Valley to develop their ideas and meet with industry specialists, potential investors and clients.
For the 2017 competition, there were more than 200 applicants, out of which only 10 finalists and we are one of them. We are particularly proud of this achievement since the endorsement of such specialists and visionaries as the ones behind Swisscom Startup Challenge comes to the support of our own projection of the drones world future and, once again, confirms there is an immediate need for a solution of drones' integration to the today's aviation world.
We have been for a few days in Dallas to attend one of the most important meetings on drones and UAS, AUVSI Xponential 2017.
The goal of our participation was to have a first feeling on how our concept is perceived by clients, partners, authorities and academia.
It is unnecessary to say that there is a real need for reliable collision avoidance for our clients. But besides confirming that, we were able to explain our approach to authorities (FAA and ICAO) and people involved in solving how to share the sky between manned and unmanned airplanes (Assure and UTM Nasa). All of them agreed on the fact that our approach is novel, simple and effective.
This is very good news for us, but also an incentive to make our product a reliable and certified reality as soon as possible. Therefore, we are going to evaluate the capabilities of our system very quickly in one of the NASA facilities for drone testing around the US, meanwhile, we will officially submit our approach to ICAO in order to participate to the next “Drone Enable, ICAO’s Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) industry symposium”.
senseFly is a Swiss drone maker, part of the Parrot group. senseFly's drones are used worldwide for applications like cartography, GIS, agriculture, etc.
We are happy to announce that a collaboration with senseFly is ongoing and we are going to test our products together.