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Droniq: Fly drones safely & efficiently

It's buzzing in German airspace - unmanned aerial vehicles, also known as drones, are on the rise. Whether in the form of a simple flying drone, quadrocopter, multicopter or octocopter, they perform a wide range of tasks in a more environmentally friendly, quieter and cost-efficient manner. Unlike commercial aircraft, however, drones are not detected by radar, which is why their potential can currently only be exploited to a limited extent.

Droniq sees itself as the leading digital platform for unmanned aviation, enabling meaningful professional drone flights safely and in compliance with applicable regulations. To this end, Droniq GmbH combines the aviation expertise of DFS with the mobile communications expertise of Telekom. With its UAS Traffic Management System (UTM) based on innovative mobile communications technology, Droniq offers a solution that safely and sustainably integrates drones into the airspace and enables flights beyond visual range.

Structure

Shareholder

DFS Deutsche Flugsicherung GmbH is a federally owned company organized under private law that ensures safe and punctual flight operations with its approximately 5,400 employees (as of Dec. 31, 2018). The approximately 2,000 air traffic controllers guide up to 10,000 flights through German airspace every day, or about three million a year. This makes Germany the busiest country in Europe. The company operates control centers in Langen, Bremen, Karlsruhe and Munich, as well as towers at the 16 international commercial airports in Germany. www.dfs.de

Deutsche Telekom AG is one of the world's leading integrated telecommunications companies with around 178 million mobile customers, 28 million fixed-network lines and 20 million broadband lines. It offers fixed-network/broadband, mobile communications, Internet, and Internet TV products and services for consumers, and information and communications technology solutions for corporate and business customers. Deutsche Telekom is represented in more than 50 countries. In the 2018 financial year, it generated revenue of EUR 75.7 billion with around 216,000 employees worldwide - around 66 percent of this outside Germany. (as of Dec. 31, 2018) www.telekom.com

Expertise combined

Droniq has been a joint venture of Deutsche Flugsicherung (DFS) and Deutsche Telekom since 2019. The business objective is to provide, market and sell services for drones and other unmanned aerial vehicles in Europe. The merger combines air traffic control with state-of-the-art communications technology and enables us to safely integrate drones as new airspace entrants into German airspace.
On the part of DFS, the subsidiary DFS International Business Services GmbH (DFS IBS) holds 51 percent of the shares, while Deutsche Telekom has a 49 percent stake via its company Telekom Innovation Pool GmbH.

The collaboration began back in 2016 as a joint research project called "Connected Drones. Since then, we have been able to prove in practical tests with partners such as the fire department, the DLRG and the gas pipeline operator ThyssenGas that drones can also be located and monitored beyond visual range. Our common goal as Droniq GmbH is to bring the service offering for drones forward in Europe and to set common standards.

The Connected Drones project is the winner of the German Mobility Award 2018!

Management

Since January 1, 2019, the Managing Director of Droniq GmbH has been Jan-Eric Putze, previously Managing Director of R. Eisenschmidt GmbH. Also managing director on the part of Telekom is Ralph Schepp, previously Vice President for Technology Innovation at Telekom AG.
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CEO

Jan-Eric Putze

is a banker, active commercial pilot and flight instructor and joined DFS as a consultant in 2007. In 2014, he moved to the DFS subsidiary R. Eisenschmidt GmbH as an authorised signatory and operational manager and held the managing director position there from 2016-2018. As President of the European initiative "Alliance for New Mobility Europe (AME)", founded in 2021, Jan-Eric Putze is committed to the integration of drones in complex environments in Europe and promotes the development of a UAV market.

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CEO

Jan-Eric Putze

is a banking specialist, commercial pilot and flight instructor and joined DFS as a consultant in 2007. In 2014, he moved to R. Eisenschmidt GmbH, where he has held the management position since 2016.
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COO

Ralph Schepp

holds a degree in business administration and has been working in the IT and telecom industry for more than 15 years. Ralph Schepp is fascinated by driving forward new, forward-looking ideas and technologies. A fascination that he has turned into a career: as Vice President for Technology and Spectrum Strategy, he initiated several trend-setting projects at his previous employer, Deutsche Telekom. These included the "Connected Drones" project launched in 2016, which gave rise to today's Droniq. 

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COO

Ralph Schepp

holds a degree in business administration and has been working in the IT and telecom industry for more than 15 years. Ralph Schepp is fascinated by driving forward new, forward-looking ideas and technologies. A fascination that he has turned into a career: as Vice President for Technology and Spectrum Strategy, he initiated several trend-setting projects at his previous employer, Deutsche Telekom. These included the "Connected Drones" project launched in 2016, which gave rise to today's Droniq. 

Drive the future

With Droniq, drones can dial into the mobile network using a special modem (hook-on device) and a SIM card. This allows us to determine their exact position and display this data in a UAS traffic management system (UTM). The UTM then processes the position data of all drones in real time, predicts their routes and creates an up-to-date aerial situation picture. In this way, we enable transparency in the airspace and thus more opportunities for the sensible use of drones.
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Shape the future

Our goal is to enable the full potential of unmanned aerial vehicles and build a central digital platform for UAS services. The creation of Droniq is an important first step towards future mobility, but not our last.

2019

Initial
Service provision

UTM system: registration & mission planning
LTE solution: full integration into the aircraft
Data & Services: Integration of drone detection systems

2020

Further development
Service portfolio

UTM system: registration & mission planning
LTE solution: full integration into the aircraft
Data & Services : Integration of drone detection systems

2021

Further development
Reach

UTM System: Mission Enablement & Conflict Warning
LTE Solution: Command & Control Integration
Data & Services: Data Analytics & Insurance Offerings

2022

Fully integrated
platform solution

UTM system: mission evaluation & documentation
LTE solution: real-time data transfer
Data & Services: E-Identification Broadcast Integration

2019

Initial
Service provision

UTM system:
Registration & mission planning LTE solution:
Full integration into the aircraft Data & Services:
Integration of drone detection systems

2020

Further development
Service portfolio

UTM system:
Registration & mission planning
LTE solution:
Full integration into the aircraft
Data & Services:
Integration of drone detection systems

2021

Further development
Reach

UTM System:
Mission Release & Conflict Warning
LTE Solution:
Command & Control Integration
Data & Services:
Data Analytics & Insurance Offerings

2022

Fully integrated
platform solution

UTM system:
Mission evaluation & documentation
LTE solution:
Real-time data transfer
Data & Services:
E-Identification broadcast integration

DRONIQlive: How drones help to rescue fawns

Rescuing fawns with the help of drones is a hot topic. Every spring, farmers start mowing their fields and unfortunately fawns are often caught by the mowing machines without being detected.

Drones can be a great help in saving the animals! Equipped with thermal imaging cameras, drone pilots can spot the animals from the air before it is too late. This allows farmers, hunters or other helpers to rescue the fawns in good time.

In our next edition of DRONIQlive on Thu, 23.05.2024 at 7 pm, we will take a closer look at this topic. We look forward to your participation!