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Switzerland – a hub for robotics and drones

Switzerland, often referred to as the "Silicon Valley of Robotics", has become an international leader in the field of robotics and drones. This is also due to its tradition and strengths in related fields such as mechanical engineering and watchmaking.

Switzerland – a hub for robotics and drones

Thanks to pragmatic regulation at Confederation level, innovative researchers and good connections, Switzerland currently leads the way in drone technology. In the area of Un-manned Traffic Management (UTM) in particular, the country is carrying out pioneering work: Air navigation service provider Skyguide has developed a fully digitized airspace management system (U-space), which was successfully tested for the first time in Europe with international partners in Geneva in 2017.

Following on from this success, different stakeholders are now working together on the first nationwide introduction of U-space, a groundbreaking step for the whole of Europe. As of March 2019, the following industries have signed a Memorandum of Cooperation: Skyguide, Airmap, Swisscom, Involi, Sensefly, Wing and Auterion.

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