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Crop protection UAVs pioneer Aero41 participates in a EUR 7 million project funded by the EU

Tuesday 13 April 2021

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Lausanne-based drone start-up Aero41 will lend its advanced software design and deployment capabilities to the EU-funded SESAME project. EUR 7 million will be invested in the project.

Aero41 is a European pioneer in the development of UAVs dedicated to crop protection and chassis with high payload capacity. The Vaud-based start-up offers a flexible and intelligent platform that will integrate AI and collect data to make crop protection more eco-responsible while being effective to ensure the necessary yields.

Thanks to its innovative technology, Aero41 together with Domaine L&R KoxLuxsense and SnT at the University of Luxembourg are partnering with a consortium of leading European universities research institutes, industrial and government organizations for the SESAME project (Secure and Safe Multi-Robot Systems).

The SESAME project is financed in part by the Horizon 2020 Framework Programme. With an investment of EUR 7 million to develop an open, modular, configurable platform for systematic engineering of dependable Multi-Robot Systems (MRS), the project will run until the end of 2023.

Advanced technologies at the service of key sectors of the industry

"This project will give us the opportunity to further develop an ecosystem that will reduce the use of plant protection products while ensuring optimal plant protection," says Frédéric Hemmeler, CEO of Aero41. "The fusion of data and the rapid processing of its content should make it possible, by making several robots work in a coordinated way, to obtain much more optimal performances, respectful of the environment and people in the crop protection sector. Aero41 benefits from a proprietary control system that is perfectly open to welcoming new technologies from our partners in this project."

The advanced development and deployment technologies will enable a new generation of MRS to deliver solutions for key industry sectors including healthcare, manufacturing, agri-food and infrastructure inspection, where groups of interconnected robots are better able to carry out critical tasks such as disinfecting hospitals, managing farms and crops, rapidly adapting production lines to new products, and maintaining energy transmission facilities.

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