The flying (infra-red) eye from Saxony-Anhalt

At the INTERSOLAR 2015 trade fair, Markus Köhler, the managing director of FLYING INSPECTION SERVICE, found himself hustling for new orders. This year, however, things are all set to be different: the know-how of the company from the town of Blankenburg in Saxony-Anhalt is both new and highly sought after in the sector.

Markus Köhler started his business venture in January 2014. His idea originated in his original professional field - the property sector. Part of his work involved taking photos of buildings - including from the air - to present them in brochures. He originally worked with a 15-metre-high tripod before starting to use cameras attached to drones.

Using the drones, he started thinking about other areas of industry in which this technology could be put to good use. The answer: checking and detecting photovoltaic systems with infra-red technology. What followed were several tests, the development of the drones for their new purpose, the completion of many test flights, the creation of an effective reporting method in cooperation with the customers - and the necessity to overcome quite a few challenges and setbacks along the way. They weren't enough to throw the enthusiastic hobby drone pilot off course, however.

"In Europe alone, the market potential is currently estimated to be around 180 gigawatt peak. The area of business remains relatively undeveloped. And nothing that I'm doing is really that difficult. It is more the many high detail, technical improvements, our highly regarded reporting, the care that we apply, as well as our precision and our specialisation on high volume business that make our service special," explains Köhler.

When he or one of his pilots completes one of their projects - which could be anywhere in Europe - the customer is often surprised with the assessment they receive at the end of the flight. After all, the infra-red eye of the drone sees everything.

 What does it mean to found a successful start-up with 56, and where do Markus Köhler's drones fly for customers? Read everything in the full article:


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Background: Investment and Marketing Corporation Saxony-Anhalt (IMG)

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In Europe alone, the market potential is currently estimated to be around 180 gigawatt peak. The area of business remains relatively undeveloped.
Markus Köhler, general manager of Flying Inspection Service