DronePrep secures funding to develop drone operator software
Worcestershire-based drone technology company DronePrep has secured £30,000 to develop software that helps drone operators – from hobby flyers to commercial drone pilots – understand low-level airspace interactions and seek necessary landowner and land-based stakeholder permissions to fly.
The Malvern company is already working with landowners to open up low-level airspace for drone flights.
DronePrep is also leading a consortium that has been awarded additional government funding to create a drone airbridge and carry COVID-19 testing kits to vulnerable rural communities.
Co-founder Claire Owen commented: “Securing the maximum proof of concept funding is fantastic news for our business and allows us to move to the next stage of development in earnest.
“We launched our BETA platform earlier this year to help us connect with our community and listen to their feedback.
“Having validated the market, we can now embark on the full software build, which will offer increased functionality such as land ownership data, drawing tools and drone-access policies, helping drone operators – from recreational enthusiasts to professional and enterprise drone operators – plan compliant flight paths and envelopes.”
Co-founder Gareth Whatmore added: “Through our work in the field, we’ve developed a unique data set that will be invaluable when it comes to helping drone operators plan delivery routes quickly and efficiently.
“The new software will be developed by secure software specialists Borwell, with a target launch date of Spring 2021.”
Linda Smith, founder and chief executive of BetaDen, Worcestershire’s tech accelerator, said: “Securing the maximum proof of concept grant is a fantastic milestone for DronePrep.
“The team is developing a truly innovative platform that looks set to play a key role developing drone infrastructure around the world.
“By combing their work with land owners with practical experience in the field, the team has developed a clear vision of how the platform can add real value to the sector, identifying key applications and issues that will shape its development.
“We’re excited by their progress and look forward to helping them accelerate their route to market.”