Four industry titans from the commercial drone sector were applauded by their peers for their innovations as they were crowned Drone Heroes.
The second European Drone Hero contest, which was organised by Flemish drone organisation EUKA, called for companies within the commercial UAV sector to enter their businesses and innovations.
An international jury then awarded the title of Drone Hero across three categories: start-up, international, and innovation, as well as Public Drone Hero. The jury awarded the titles during the Commercial UAV Expo Europe in Amsterdam.
The six finalists pitched their previously submitted video to the jury during the Commercial UAV Expo, a three-day commercial UAV trade show hosted by Diversified Communications. Afterwards, the international jury started the deliberation process.
The Innovative Drone Hero award was presented to German company AlphaLink, which developed a modular fixed-wing drone that connects several drones together to increase the flight time and payload capacity.
Georesearch clinched the Start-up Drone Hero accolade. The non-profit utilises several swarming drones to generate 3D models out of 2D images in a fast and efficient manner.
Polish company GMP Defence was crowned the International Drone Hero due to its Blackbird UAV, a fully autonomous UAV solution, which the company utilises in the surveillance of company grounds.
The fourth company to make the cut was DMP Electronics, which claimed the title of Public Drone Hero. With the DronesBench product line, the company offers an integrated solution to perform diagnostics on drones, while testing and optimising them.
Mark Vanlook, president of the Flemish drone cluster EUKA and initiator of the Drone Hero Europe, commented: “It is clear that this contest appeals to the many innovative drone companies, and inspires them to present their projects to an international audience. Just like last year, we could count on many participants from thirteen different European countries.”
Lisa Murray, organiser of the UAV Expo Europe, said: “We are very happy to be able to welcome the Drone Hero Europe contest for the second time. The contest brings a whole lot of value to the Commercial UAV Expo, and we are always curious to see what kind of innovations Europe has.”
The jury praised the many applications the winning drone solutions had, but also the execution of the projects. The winners were awarded a full access pass for the Commercial UAV Expo in Las Vegas, which is taking place from October 1 to 3.