A liberal legislative environment, political backing for the creation of an innovation hotspot, ground-breaking robotics know-how as well as the networking of technology and research at the Swiss Federal Institutes of Technology in Zurich (ETHZ) and Lausanne (ETHL) create ideal conditions for successful start-ups.
senseFly - The flaggship of the Swiss drone industry
They also helped senseFly to get off the ground. The company was founded in 2009, and since 2012 it’s been a subsidiary of the Parrot Group operating as a developer of commercial drones at the cutting edge of an efficient, high-tech future. Its rise to become the market leader for mapping drones has been relatively speedy. senseFly’s initial workforce of seven people has grown to over 130 mainly young, highly talented employees, and with offices in the USA, China and New Zealand it’s a globally attractive partner for the commercial use of drones.
Simple to use. The „eBee“ is instantly ready for take-off and
it‘s controlled by a high-quality auto pilot.
Non-stop flight to industry 4.0
The commercial use of drones is useful and offers great prospects in many sectors. In agriculture it enables fields to be monitored more thoroughly, with more precise planning and harvesting. In the construction industry drones provide important data ranging from stock-taking inventories to the production of high-precision building models. Automatic mapping drones supply up-to-date geographical data on request – a crucial tool for humanitarian missions, e.g. in disaster zones.
eBee flyies for almost an hour and autonomous.
Once potential clients see the mini aircraft in action at senseFly’s premises, the orders come flying in. The models are efficient, easy to use, and they fly autonomously. Depending on where they’re going to be used, the drones can be fitted with appropriate types of cameras and software. For instance, the eBee X can fly for almost an hour – harvesting more results than other drones in the same weight category.
So it’s no surprise that between 100 and 200 drones fly off senseFly’s assembly lines every month. However, it would be a bit much to expect them to fly autonomously to their customers in the USA, Canada, Latin America, China & Australia.