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Drone from Zurich tracks of wild animals in Australia

An unmanned flying object that launches vertically into the air at a certain height in the horizontal position changes, large-scale areas of crossing and measure to eat. The Innovation comes from Zurich and revolutionized currently the surveying industry. The drone of the Start-up company Wingtra. It is used especially for construction projects, but also for the Surveying of quarries, Mining or the glacier landscapes. For the application of the Wingtra-drone, but also in animal censuses in Australia, where the flying object captured free-living animals in national parks.

study aborted

in 2012, the idea of a flying measurement device was the ETH. Four students recognized the potential of the Innovation. So it came to Spin-off the research project has been solved from the ETH and in the specially created for the young company Wingtra introduced.

One of the four founders of Start-ups is Maximilian Boosfeld, now heads as a managing Director in the development and commercialization of Wingtra. He broke off in 2014, his engineering studies to devote himself entirely to the Start-up. "We were convinced that the time is ripe to bring a survey drone on the market," says the 29-Year-old. It took courage and a lot of Persuasion, to the Start-up. In the environment, some had doubted, that "we make this thing fly," recalls the native of Germany. With its business partners, Boosfeld 120’000 Swiss francs start-up capital. "I had to fault to my share of contributing," says the young entrepreneur.

CHF 20 million

It is invested, followed by two intensive years. "With the research results, we built a first drone, and developed its own Software," says Boosfeld. They had stood all the time with the ETH and investors. Until today, from various money, around 20 million Swiss francs in the Start-up donors in a number of steps that were invested up. After many wasted nights, and a number of flight tests at the edge of the city of Zurich was able to report in 2016, the breakthrough. "We knew that the drone is ready for the market and are ready to take the next step," says Boosfeld.

Until today, Wingtra has sold Hundreds of drones . The entry-level model costs around 20’000 Swiss francs. Thus, the aircraft is offices with only a few employees device affordable for smaller engineering. It is controlled via a Tablet Computer. The operation was not more difficult than dealing with a mini drone, how to get you in the electronics business for 500 francs, says Boosfeld. The Wingtra drone allows a flight to measure an area of a Size up to 240 football fields and to create a three-dimensional map. Compared to conventional surveying methods at the bottom of the use of Drones offer clear advantages such as "time and efficiency gains," says Boosfeld. In addition, the recorded information are much more accurate.

Strong growth

Since the commercialization of the business Wingtra is growing with a high pace. In the last year, and sales increased by 400 percent, and the sales amount to "several million francs", it is called officially. Since the inception, the Start had to rein in-up five times, because of the number of Employees grew from 4 to 70. The current location is between Sihlcity and hall sports hall should be enough for the next growth steps. Also this year, the startup wants to grow-up. A minimum of ten employees – mostly engineers – will be searched for the location of Zurich. (Tages-Anzeiger)

Created: 14.05.2019, 17:42 PM

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