The Toulouse residents of Delair-Tech raise 13 million euros to take off in professional drones

by bold-lichterman

The amount

Delair-Tech, a Toulouse start-up specializing in professional drones, has just raised 13 million euros from Andromède, which thus becomes its first investor. Bpifrance for its part participates in the financing of the company by granting a loan. This is the second round of table since 3 million euros had been raised in 2013.

The concept

Founded in 2011, Delair-Tech develops professional long range drones. These could even reach more than 100 kilometers, according to the company’s website. “Since the certification in 2012 of Delair-Tech drones allowing to fly out of sight in a fully automatic way, its customers have been able to plan on large-scale missions, and have enabled it to acquire unique experience”, details the company in his press release.

During their flights, the onboard devices capture images which are analyzed by algorithms. The results then allow professionals to obtain information to help them make decisions. The company addresses the surveillance markets in particular, in particular for industrial companies that manage infrastructures (oil tanker, mine, etc.). This is how SNCF uses the services of Delair-Tech to meet its needs in terms of mapping its rail network, or even ERDF to monitor power lines.

The objectives of the Start-up

With this new investment, Delair-Tech wants to develop new solutions for data processing and aerial image analysis. Already having an office in Australia, the start-up intends to expand internationally and plans to open an entity in the United States in the second half of the year, and another in China.

President : Michaël de Lagard

Creation: 2012

The head office : Toulouse

Activity: drone development

Funding: € 13 million raised in March 2016