The Irish Prime Minister, Taoiseach Leo Varadakar, has announced Drone Consultants Ireland as winners of the Ireland Region Competition of the 2018 European Satellite Navigation Competition (ESNC) awards.
The company was selected as Ireland Region Winners for its ‘Jack-In-The-Box’ concept and will proceed to the European Finals which take place in Marseille at the ‘Space Oscars’ during European Space Week in December.
‘Jack-In-The-Box’ is a self-sustaining, aircraft deployable drone system that can be parachuted to remote and inaccessible locations.
It can supply flight bursts of 10 continuous hours for up to 500 expedition hours as opposed to 25 minutes flight time for a standard drone.
The company believe its device has immediate applications in search & rescue, environmental and disaster scenarios.
The UAV is equipped with an optical zoom camera to survey areas of 300sq KM from a fixed position, and can live stream video data via satellite to emergency control centres or rescue teams, while simultaneously transmitting pinpoint location data of assets, people or events.
It can also can provide a 4G communications network to persons in danger or trapped and carries a backup battery in order to return to its box in case of fuel failure.
Drone Consultants Ireland was founded in 2016 by CEO Peter Downey and COO Ian Kiely to provide consultancy and support to a variety of emergency response services, government entities and private clients.
The company recently welcomed Keith Tracey to the development team as CTO and plan to develop many other concepts.
Presenting the award, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar said “I would like to warmly congratulate Drone Consultants Ireland on being named as regional winners of ESNC 2018. It’s great to see Ireland competing at this level in Europe and it’s yet another example of how, as a country, we are leading the way in the tech sector.”
On receiving the award Ian Kiely COO at Drone Consultants Ireland said “We are really excited to receive this award and are also looking forward to attending Space Week in Marseille in December to compete for the top awards. We believe this product has significant potential and are working to bring it to market.
He added: “Drone Consultants is a growing company, looking at partnerships and preparing for funding in the immediate future to launch a successful commercial product. We are grateful to the New Frontiers programme and for the ongoing support from Enterprise Ireland and The Media Cube in the Institute of Art Design and Technology in DunLaoghaire where we are currently based.”