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How nice it would be to enjoy a bird’s-eye view every now and again. Astronauts never cease to recall the sublime moment when they looked down on our planet Earth from the window of their space shuttle. Conflicts start to fade into the background and the feeling of unity becomes all-encompassing. A few hundred kilometers lower, but still with an aerial view, drones have the potential to solve problems and, most importantly, save costs in the future. More and more companies are discovering the advantages drone flights have to offer.
Part of TechCrunch Disrupt
Recognizing the demand, FairFleet has developed an online platform that hooks up customers from a range of industries, including the construction, media and insurance sectors, with qualified drone pilots. The startup gave its first public presentation during TechCrunch Disrupt in London last year. TechCrunch is one of the world’s leading online news portals for technology and Internet companies. Startups use its annual Disrupt conference as an opportunity to pitch their ideas and business models in front of an audience of investors. FairFleet made it into the final round right away and was the only company that was set up and financed by a major corporation to do so.
There is a great deal of interest in the commercial use of drones. The construction sector, for example, hopes to use these eyes in the sky to achieve huge efficiency gains. Major construction projects tend to involve a large number of different suppliers and groups of workers, all of which have to be organized and coordinated; not to mention the material. It is difficult for construction principals or managers to keep track of everything. What is more, keeping track of things costs money.
„Drones allow you to capture viewpoints we did not even think of so far. So multicopters fill in the gap between a very expensive helicopter and a camera crane. Cranes just don’t reach out high enough. Helicopters don’t get close enough. But thanks to this new technology we can do this a lot cheaper and way more dynamically.”
Allianz Digital Accelerator GmbH is not a traditional accelerator per se, but rather a development unit within the Allianz Group. It is in charge of organizing a kind of matching process, bringing together external ideas and creators with Allianz entities on a variety of markets. Provided both sides agree, projects can be implemented. This means that there is no fixed framework of support.
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