Drone Geofencing facilitates drone fleet operation
The Nîmes-based company has developed management software to facilitate the procedures required for commercial operation and private use of drones.
Date of creation: 2019
Head office: Nîmes
Workforce: 6 employees
As soon as a drone weighs over 800 grams, it is subject to various types of regulatory constraints that are particularly complex to understand. established in 2019 in Nîmes, Drone Geofencing has developed software to facilitate the multiple administrative procedures facing fleet owners.
GestaDrone, the management software it has designed, is composed of several modules, tailored to each of the regulatory aspects. The first, dedicated to operations, ensures the regulatory compliance of the operator’s activity. The second ensures that the remote pilot has the necessary skills and authorisations to carry out their duties. The third looks at the airworthiness of the fleet of drones in use and the fourth at the authorisations required for each flight, in line with both permanent and temporary air restrictions zones set out by the DGAC (French Civil Aviation Authority).
Drone Geofencing is primarily targeting the commercial market, aiming at organisations that operate more than five drones. And their number is growing steadily. « To date, nearly 20,000 drones have been registered with the French Civil Aviation Authority (DGAC) and the number is increasing by 30% each year », explains Samuel Brau, the founder of the company, which launched its software in February 2021.
The company has won over fifteen clients in just a few months, including Enedis Languedoc-Roussillon. On the strength of this initial successes, the company wants to raise funds to start marketing its product extensively in France and internationally, starting with Spain, Germany and Poland. « The European market is estimated at 1.1 billion euros », says Samuel Brau.
To help implement this plan, he turned to Occitanie Invest.
« Our company has been supported by the Region and AD’OCC right from the start. It was only natural that we should turn to the Agency again to help us with fundraising. Because the expertise we receive is professional and relevant every time », adds Samuel Brau.