Since interest in drones has been growing in exponential pace worldwide for at least the past ten years, Israel became one of the world’s largest exporter of unmanned aircraft, in terms of the number of systems sold. Over the last eight years Israel has exported $4.6 billion worth of unmanned aerial vehicles (UAV) to countries from all over the world.
During recent years, Israel has been developing and using drones for civilian purposes on public use, in agriculture, construction, press and entertainment, rescue and emergency, shipping, and homeland security. With an aim to ultimately reduce congestion on public roads, improving transporting of medicine, delivering various commercial goods more quickly all of which while saving and being for efficient!
Switzerland is ready to accept innovation and implement technological solutions e.g. Swiss Post is at the forefront of drone development and deployment for logistics. It transports special healthcare consignments in cooperation with a range of partners in various regions of Switzerland (Drones in logistics | Swiss Post).
In addition to that, in March 2021 Israel Innovation Authority together with Transportation Ministry, the Israel Aviation Authority, the Ayalon Highways Co. and the Prime Minister’s Office commissioned a pilot drone project which will see hundreds of drones from a variety of firms test out their technologies in different sections over a shared airspace in the next two years. Over the course of the project, the unmanned vehicles from a variety of firms will make 300 flights a day in the designated area, first in over unpopulated spaces in Hadera and then gradually moving to fly over urban areas, each vehicle simulating the execution of a variety of increasingly complex tasks: food delivery, transport of medicine and medical equipment, transport of packages and agricultural services.
According to research the global commercial drone market is projected to grow significantly by 2025, driven by a rise in demand for aerial services and advancements in camera, mapping and other softwares. Israel is hoping to become a global player in the growing multibillion-dollar civilian sector.
Some of the key start-ups in the drone sector include:
Heven Drones, which has developed breakthrough stability technology that enables drones to fly in the most difficult environments while offering a highly customizable and actionable platform. The drones are capable of lifting upwards of 45kg in extreme weather conditions while flying at a speed of 90 kph for 45 minutes and are used for medical supply deliver, urban logistics, and agriculture, to industrial and security use-cases.
Nando Drones offers autonomous drone-based platform that turns the archaic model of site security upside down. Instead of guards making the rounds and patrolling a perimeter to detect intrusions into the secured site, with a response team on call, the drone in the sky hovers above commercial sites for up to 70 minutes at a time, capable of detecting both movement and the human form at a range of up to 250 meters.
Highlander provide a software-only solution that provides drone fleets with autonomous flight, intelligent airspace control, and coordinated air continuity. As a fully hardware-free system, they integrate with all the leading drone manufacturers, giving customers the freedom to build their drone fleets with best-in-class devices for whatever their specific purposes may be. High Lander clients around the globe use Mission Control to manage robotic aerial security, public safety, precision agriculture, facilities inspections, drone delivery networks, border patrol operations, etc.
Airwayz offers software-based AI that allows any drone of any type to be part of an autonomous drone fleet and perform multiple tasks in a variety of fields. Airwayz drones are used for the inspection and mapping of assets and sites that help to reduce manpower requirements and business risk while improving operational efficiency and compliance. They are also used for autonomous or remote operated Search and Rescue missions as well as package delivery.
Please do not hesitate to be in touch with our commercial office in Geneva if you are interested in a scouting catalogue for our Israeli Drone Ecosystem. In case you are looking for Anti-Drone (Detection, Interception and Protection) we also have talented startups / companies in our database such as ApolloShield Counter-Drone Systems.