Life-saving potential of UAVs thanks to sensors

Hamburg-based Flynex paves way for use of new technology
29 March 2021
Founders of Flynex

Unmanned aerial vehicles (UAVs) or drones are increasingly being used to inspect high bridges or pipelines. The days of using ladders, scaffolding or industrial climbers for such tasks and filming aerial views from helicopters may soon be bygone and people no longer  have to put themselves in dangerous situations. 

Simple, safe and profitable

"Drone technology opens up a wealth of opportunities. The use cases are extremely diverse and across almost all industries," said Andreas Dunsch, joint founder of Flynex. However, the use of drones must be organised in such a way that added value can be reaped from it. "Every company should be able to use this technology easily, safely and profitably." Dunch and the other founders Christian L. Caballero, Holger Dirksen, Michael Petrosjan are now paving the way for companies to use this new technology.


Precisely configured drone

Depending on the application, Flynex delivers precisely configured drones and implements them while the user company is responsible for operating it. "The drone itself is not that important. It is essentially a flying sensor that generates data - that is the decisive factor," Dunsch stressed. Evaluating the data is equally important. Flynex has automated this step using its own platform, FlyNex Enterprise Suite. Finding the right expert for this task was by no means easy, sayid Dunsch, who like Caballero and Petrosjan, is a former officer in the German armed forces. "I spoke to various developers, who declined on the grounds that the task was too complex. Then I spoke to Holger Dirksen. He listened to our idea and said, "Sure, we'll do it!" Drones are indeed complex environment and a dynamically growing market, "but ultimately, technological solutions can always be found,"c Dunsch pointed out.

Flynex startup
© FlyNex GmbH, 2020
Founders of Flynex

Branches in Hamburg, Leipzig and San Francisco

FlyNex is now benefiting from this dynamically growing market despite the reverberations of the pandemic, which is leaving its mark on the sector. Dunsch noted: "Corona has led to a reluctance to invest among companies, but we have witnessed continuous growth of 300 per cent year on year for three years and now employ 25 people." FlyNex now has branches in Hamburg, Leipzig and San Francisco. Funded initially from their own means, the founders  qualified for funding through the Inno-RampUp funding programme by the Hamburgische Investitions- und Förderbank in 2016. More investors came on board just a year later in the shape of the Technologiegründerfonds Sachsen and High-Tech Gründerfonds. Other investors are very welcome at present, Dunsch said, adding: "We are currently receiving more enquiries from Germany and abroad than we can handle. We are clearly on a growth course!"