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Ambitious plans in the new industry

Right now, there is a three-year EU-funded research project to investigate whether drones can be used to optimize the spraying of the weeds with the so-called ”site-specific weed control”, within the agriculture.

Last week flew Drönarbolaget over an area in the Crowd and took the first pictures for the project this spring.

" We take high-resolution images and then made an image analysis and a bildalgoritm, an AI-solution, one can say, who picks out what is weed and what is crop. It is converted to an ”sprutfil” which is used when the field should be sprayed with herbicides, " says Niclas Bankert, who founded the Drönarbolaget with his wife Mia Bankert.

– you Can punktbespruta you save both the environment and on the economy. It is to optimize their crops, adds Mia Bankert.

started his company just in time to kameradrönare got to fly free again, thanks to a new exemption in the kameraövervakningslagen from June 2017. It opened the doors for a whole new industry that has grown in pace with the Drönarbolagets success story. The last april, transforming the company into a limited company.

" We do not see other companies as competitors, but we form a network can work together to develop something. So far, the market is so small, that we absolutely do not steal each other's customers, but rather, it is that we help each other, " says Mia Bankert.

the Sector is still small with a few players on the market, and the interest for the services large. The assignments have been from volymmäta chips and look for värmeläckor in the district heating system with the thermal imager, see the over grazing cattle, solar cells, to count the bolts in the rail from the air. Something that had previously been done manually.

" last year, we flew 12 miles of railway. It is a fairly high load on the railways so it is difficult for underhållsföretagen to come out and do their maintenance. Then they need to close by the railway line and then there will be trafikstopp. With the drones you can actually inspect large parts of the railway without affecting the traffic. And that in itself is a huge win, " says Niclas Bankert.

Niclas and Mia Bankert. Photo: Anders Hansson

No, but it will make our job safer and more efficient. The drone can do many jobs that humans expose themselves to hazards. Or it can even outright streamline many jobs. Especially in the inspection and surveys. Where can it do the whopping advantage, clearly, " he says.

today, Mia and Andy Bankert firm alone at the side of their regular jobs. And they hasten slowly to grow the company further.

" it is For us to grow slowly but surely, it is a winning concept. Then it happened to grow quite fast, " says Mia Bankert.

as a technical officer within the air force went over from flygförsvar to drönarflyg. Security the A and O.

– There is no difference between flying drones and a large aircraft. There is no difference in the way you conduct business, it should be just as professional no matter, it is still the flight in the air that can create a lot of damage if something happens, " says Niclas Bankert.

the Prospects looks bright and the possibilities for the newly hatched drönarflygbranschen are many.

" we just think that the drone takes a bit of photo and film, but there are lots of drönartekniken to do. It is a really fun technique and the development goes extremely fast. So far we only scrape on the surface of the possibilities, " says Niclas Bankert.

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