A team of air traffic controllers, pilots, and engineers shared one vision: they witnessed a growing number of drones in the airspace but lacked the tools to manage or visualize them. You can see the drone, but where’s the operator? How do you connect to them?
This resulted in Unifly, a team of aerospace experts. They created a platform for the safe integration of drones into the airspace. Originally a spin-off company of VITO, the Flemish institute for technological research, Unifly has grown into the award-winning market leader of unmanned traffic management technology.
Safety is paramount
According to research, the drone industry has a potential market value of 130 billion dollars. Drones have the potential to transform our daily lives, but there is a very important catch. Safety is crucial and therefore our most urgent challenge. National aviation authorities and private companies are facing one question:
“How can you ensure secure supervision of both recreational and commercial drone operations?
Innovation is key
Today we have the amazing opportunity to shape the airspace of tomorrow. We believe that collaboration and openness are vital to achieve this. This is why Unifly partners with many different research groups and companies, both in Belgium and abroad.
Unifly’s innovative technology enables authorities, enterprise and critical infrastructure to manage the integration of drones. Our open platform aligns everyone’s interests and ensures an air-traffic management system for drones to increase visibility and prevent collisions.
Unifly conducted a successful Series A round at the end of 2016. Terra Drone, a major Japanese drone operator and system integrator, signed on for a total of € 5 million. Together with original investors Qbic and PMV, this brought Unifly’s total external funding to € 6.3 million.
In 2019, Unifly completed a €17 million Series B round from investors including Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS – the national air traffic control authority of Germany) and Belgium’s Federal Holding and Investment Company (FPIM).