The Dresden sports club was founded in 1898 and has a long tradition. The currently most successful team is the women's volleyball team. We have been supporting the team since 2002. 20 years of top sport with many great moments. We say THANK YOU and keep our fingers crossed for the 20th season "with us".
We as German Copters are not only crazy about drones and everything you can do with them, but also crazy about sports. Now we are pleased that, as a partner of the Dresdner Eislöwen, we can support the Dresden DEL2 team with our sponsorship in the current season. German Copters will present the penalties this season. If you love your sport with a lot of emotionality and fight hard for victory, you sometimes have to fight a little harder. In ice hockey, penalties are difficult to avoid. But we don't see it that strictly and want to present these punishments in a funny and entertaining way with little stories on the scoreboard. We received a lot of positive feedback on the first day of the match. We'll come up with more little stories. Just come to the game and check the scoreboard from time to time.
There are tasks that only involve a visual inspection from the air. Of course, this task could also be done with an M300, for example, but it is easier to fly with a smaller drone. With small drones we have a lower risk, they are easier to set up and we can use our more expensive technology for other jobs. The Phantom 4 pro is particularly interesting compared to the Mavic 2 pro because the controller has an HDMI output, and the image can be transmitted to an external tablet with the help of a transmitter. That makes working with the customer a lot easier.
Intergeo21 was not only a great trade fair because we were able to speak to people there again, but we were also able to see and touch technology. There were some new developments to be seen that really impressed us. As a drone company, we are of course more focused on drone technology. But it is already foreseeable that we will use some new developments in our company.
As a drone service provider, we always look at how we can permanently expand our services using the skills we have built up. For some time now we have been dealing with inspections of wind turbines with drones. We also use exhibitions and analyze how our skills in building and tower inspections can be adapted for this service. Our previous knowledge was once again confirmed at the trade fair.
The handball club has grown steadily since it was founded in 2006. The club now not only has over 400 members, but the men's team has also played in the 2nd Bundesliga since 2017. We as German Copters see a great future for handball in Dresden. We think and hope that the club can move up to the top German league in the medium term. In this way, the HCE can also contribute to increasing the image of Dresden. As German Copters, we want to make a contribution with our sponsorship.
We were asked by Droniq GmbH if we would answer some questions about drone-based medical logistics. Sure, we were happy to do it.
Perhaps our approaches are a little different because we already have 20 years of experience with ground-based medical logistics and have also been in the drone business since 2005. So, we know the price pressure as well as the technical challenges in drone logistics. However, we are not a manufacturer of drones and are therefore not dependent on specified designs, technologies, or other restrictions. What counts for us is the proven flight characteristics of the drones, the profitability of flight operations and the possibility of integrating drone logistics into the existing logistics chains.
Even if some system providers like to suggest it, complex tasks cannot be done automatically with the "push of a button". It is not only the knowledge of optics, weather, photogrammetry, flight planning and drone technology, especially the experience of the pilots is important when carrying out complex inspection tasks. We have researched, tested and analyzed and can now deliver high quality results for the inspection of complex structures.
For inspections where a high-resolution camera and a thermal camera are used, the DJI M300RTK is currently the best drone for us. We not only carry out inspections on radio towers, but also on cranes, wind turbines and roofs.
Large drones do not always have to be used for large inspections. Smaller drones are safer to fly, especially in complex environments. The camera of our small drone generates images of such high resolution that the test engineer can see every detail. This makes the examiners' work easier and saves the otherwise time-consuming climbing.
We are pleased that we were able to implement the video project for Uplink Network GmbH. Not only was it a great video shoot, but it was also exciting to see the technology behind the transmission of signals for television and radio.
The shareholders' meeting to confirm the annual financial statements took place at German Copters on Thursday. The shareholders confirmed the annual financial statements. The activity of managing director René Micknaß was confirmed with 100% of the shareholders. At the same time, it was decided that the company's profits will not be distributed to the shareholders. This is intended to support the further growth of the company.
The strategic direction of the company was confirmed by the shareholders. In 2020, the highest sales were generated in the logistics and inspections departments. These two areas are currently experiencing disproportionate growth. The planned increase in the number of employees should also support the growth of these two profit centers in the long term. In addition to the establishment of business operations in the Middle East, the expansion of the service in "BIM / GIS support" was given as a further goal this year.
How quickly time flies. Happy B-Day to all of us for 2 years of German Copters. And we would like to say one more thing: if only 10% of the projects we are currently preparing can be brought to life, then the German Copters rocket will fly. We are already a highly profitable company, we invest a lot of time and money in new technologies and we are getting better every day. It's just exciting!
We would like to thank our employees, customers, partners and our shareholders for the great support. Thank you all!
Yesterday we took a look at the Arial Robotics drone that we want to add to our drone logistics network. We are already using different drones for our services. In the area of logistics, the GT 20 will play an important role alongside our fix-wing drones in the near future. During the test near Frankfurt, we were able to clarify many questions directly with the development engineers. We still have to analyze, discuss, test and calculate, but we think this drone fits our concept perfectly.
The creation of official site plans is very time-consuming and provides only a limited amount of information. This task can be better implemented with airborne photogrammetry. With the drones from German Copters, flights can be carried out at very short intervals. From the recorded aerial photographs, digital aerial photographs and surface models are generated, which can then be processed into site plans. The client receives CAD data (point cloud) and a digital orthophoto. Compared to classic surveying, the costs of drone flights are rather low. Recurring drone flights can be carried out during a construction project, for example to document the construction progress.
Increasingly, artificial intelligence and deep learning technology are being used in agriculture to revolutionize the pest control process. The aim is to replace the large-scale spraying of pesticides with precise and selective spraying.
German Copters' drones are used to build the database for the AI. The result is a sample database, which enables the useful plants to be differentiated from other plants. Then machines are used that can spray with high precision before and after the harvest. This saves the farmers money, is environmentally friendly, healthier and the plants become less resistant to pesticides.
Contacts are vital in business. But in times of Corona, these contacts can also cost lives. Our company is now organized 95% digitally. Nevertheless, there are emotional components such as trust and respect that are difficult to implement on the screen. In many cultures, "showing your face" is just as important as the product and the service itself.
We think that trade fairs and exhibitions are not really suitable at the moment, even when implementing the best hygiene concepts. We have decided to cancel our trade fair appearances and concentrate more on our direct contacts. But the effort is enormous. For the quarantine when entering the destination country and when returning to Germany, two weeks alone must be planned. The risk in the travel destination is not always clearly identifiable because either the calculation is different or the risk is communicated differently. But if a project has been digitally worked on for almost a year and the goal is in sight, we accept the challenge. And there is also a positive side effect: Seven days of quarantine are seven days of undisturbed working hours. The effectiveness is high and the output is enormous.
Some jobs are really rare, but they are really fun. For a customer we produced some film sequences from the air. The sequences above Wackerbarth Castle were recorded with permission and after the visitors had already left the area.
We welcome Dana Heinrich to the German Copters team. She will take over the organization of logistics in the company with immediate effect and report directly to the managing director. With Dana, we were able to hire a decisive and communicative employee. We look forward to her female power and a successful cooperation.
The previous Head of Logistics Eike Oehm is leaving German Copters at his own request. We are very sorry to lose him and thank you for his cooperation. We wish him continued success and all the best personally for the future.
We have been inspecting buildings, towers and radio masts with drones for over 14 years. In the beginning, we started with home-built drones. During this time, flying was a real challenge due to the "multiplex" control, which made it difficult and less safe to fly than today's systems. Also, the flight times only lasted approximately 10 minutes during these early times. Now we are seeing drones weighing 250g that have tenfold performance when comparing it to a 26,000€ drone back in the day, all while being more technologically advanced. Currently, we fly the Microdrones model md 4-200, which has come a long way from our home-built drones. We are excited to see what the future holds for drone technology. And will be looking forward to using the new DJI Mavic 3 and the GT20 from AR on future inspections as well as expanding our fleet.