Zurich – The US company Watts Innovations is using a software solution developed by the Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich spin-off Auterion for its new heavy lift drones. With this, users are able to monitor the status of their fleet in real time.

Watts Innovations has turned to a development made in Zurich for its new heavy lift drones by the name of PRISM Sky. According to a press release, the drones are connected to the open source software developed by Auterion.

With the integration of the Auterion Suite, users can monitor the status of their fleet in real time. For example, they are provided with predictive maintenance recommendations based on flight data. Overall, the software helps to minimize risks and increase efficiency.

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Watts Innovations is based in Baltimore, Maryland, and specializes in the development and production of industrial drones. According to the press release, the company’s new heavy lift drone is versatile and can be deployed in a variety of scenarios across a wide range of industries.  It will be launched on the market at the end of 2021.

Auterion, which is a spin off from Swiss Federal Institute of Technology in Zurich (ETH), has already impressed major companies such as Amazon and DHL with its open source platform. In addition, the US Department of Defense also uses the software developed by the start-up.

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The Greater Zurich Area is the world's leading location for the development of core technology (software, autopilot, sensors) for drones and in commercial applications. Leading universities such as ETH Zurich and the University of Zurich, a large and active community of developers, numerous drone and component manufacturers and innovation-friendly authorities make Switzerland the "Silicon Valley of robotics".

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