AUVSI’s Xponential, New Orleans, May 2nd 2016: Delair-Tech, a french pioneer and world leader in the professional civilian drone industry, announces, during the AUVSI’s Xponential exhibition, the opening of a subsidiary in the United States – a country which is a veritable magnet for companies at the cutting edge of technology. Within the framework of French airspace regulations, Delair-Tech has developed fully-fledged solutions based on the use of long-range drones to support decision making for major groups in the transport, energy, mining, security and agricultural sectors. These solutions have now reached maturity and are set to be adopted by American companies.
Delair-Tech has chosen to set up in the heart of the Los Angeles megalopolis, in the state of California. Thanks to its strategic location, between the markets of North and South America, Los Angeles and its surroundings offers exceptionally good conditions for conducting Beyond Visual Line Of Sight (BVLOS) flights. The Los Angeles technological ecosystem has long played home to the aerospace sector, with such key players as NASA, AeroVironment, SpaceX and ESRI located here.
“As pioneers in our field, we have decided to set up on US soil where the business development opportunities are huge. Los Angeles is a strategic point ideally located between two innovation hubs – Silicon Valley and San Diego – both of which are world-renowned in the Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) sector,” explains Benjamin Benharrosh, the Delair-Tech co-founder responsible for developing the US subsidiary.
The recruitment of new, local talent will enable Delair-Tech to develop and promote its technology within the US and more widely across the whole of the American continent. The development project will include the opening of an office in Montreal, Canada, in order to bring the company closer to its East-coast customers.
“We want to extend the Delair-Tech venture to this side of the Atlantic because we are convinced that our products and services could support the business of many North American industries operating in sectors such as mining, security, agriculture, and transport and energy linear infrastructures,” says Benjamin.
“We already have well-developed contacts with some major local companies who are simply waiting for us to be based in the US in order to step up a gear,” he adds.
Thanks to Delair-Services, its new offering launched March 2016, Delair-Tech can provide US companies with data gathered not only by Delair-Tech drones but also by other aerial mapping systems (drones, aircraft, satellites). This data is then incorporated into Delair-Analytics, a collaborative image analysis platform, in order to offer turnkey solutions developed by experts from each field.
“Delair-Services is a fully-fledged solution to support decision making through the use of aerial imagery. It covers the entire value chain, from data acquisition through to the delivery of analysis reports. These are made available to the customer via an online analytics platform developed by our teams. We play the role of facilitator, so companies don’t need to set up their own dedicated internal teams,” explains Delair-Tech CEO Michaël de Lagarde.
Delair-Tech, a global leader in professional drones, supports corporate decision-making choices with its long-range drones and unique processing of their images. Founded in 2011 by four french engineers, the start-up, located in Toulouse (south of France) provides unrivalled professional data, collected and analyzed by the only drones in the world which are certified for flight operations out of the sight of the pilot. Delair-Tech offers an integrated data processing solution to support decision making in all sectors of the industry. Delair-Tech has over 50 employees and is already present in some thirty countries. The start-up is involved in many fields such as agriculture, infrastructure, energy, and construction.