German drone maker Globe UAV is bidding to ramp up its UK presence by bringing 4G LTE solutions for long distance flights to the market.
The company is part of an organisation that has been in the drone business for almost a decade through its involvement in video transmissions and cameras, but Globe UAV itself is only 18-months-old.
It was formed after bosses spotted a gap in the market for long distance drone solutions independent from standard radio transmissions.
Its flagship offering, and unmistakable ‘globe’ design, centres on a 4G LTE mobile internet-based application with bidirectional data communication that means video data can be transmitted from all around the world with mobile internet.
CEO Joerg Brinkmeyer told Commercial Drone Pro that the firm had enjoyed a cracking start to the Commercial UAV Show since it opened this morning.
“We were here for the first time last year, but the feedback this time has been good. We have already had several requests for real orders, which is amazing. There has been a lot of interest from service providers who have customers they want to deliver it to.”
Globe UAV initially started out as a software business and contracted a manufacturing partner in Asia to develop the copter that it used. But when it wasn’t able to serve the company with a product that could fly for more than one hour it began developing the hardware itself.
“We finally succeeded in doing a test last year where we controlled the drone from Germany in China, so a distance of 9,500 kilometres with just a latency of 600 milliseconds,” revealed Mr Brinkmeyer.
Globe UAV hopes its two-day appearance in London will lead to a firmer presence in the UK market. It sees itself selling directly to government and public sector organisations and hopes to have a representative on the ground here in 2018.
“The UK market is pushing hard right now. We introduced the system for the first time at the CEBIT Fair in Germany in March and it is a chance to bring that closer to the UK market,” he said.