While a lot of the talk around commercial drones has focused on things like inspections, last mile deliveries, real estate, agriculture, and even lifeguarding at beaches, award-winning drone company Everdrone is taking a different approach, looking instead at verticals where their advanced drone operations can give real benefits to society. That means instead of delivering a package to your door, Everdrone delivers life-saving medical care or assists emergency services with real-time data and images.
In 2016, serial entrepreneur Maciek Drejak was looking for a new venture and a new technical challenge that would allow him to create something that brought real value to society. He took a closer look at the drone landscape and saw that there were some interesting things happening and some big challenges to be solved. Drone technology had evolved, and it was the same components going into the drones that could be found in the telecom industry, such as gyros, IMUs (Intertial Measurment Unit), and accelerometers.
“The improvement around those types of components that have enabled very reliable and high-tech devices to be airborne,” explains Mats Sällström, CEO Everdrone. “So, in 2017 we realized all these components were readily available, and that allowed Maciek to experiment and build a proof of concept. He combined camera technology with drone technology, making drones behave in intelligent ways based on camera input data – which means they could dodge obstacles and make precision landings and other things like that.”