Fotokite is trailblazing the public safety sector's response to critical situations with self-operating, dependable systems to help emergency response teams get a better view from above. While allowing their customers to better handle and make decisions in complicated and dangerous situations, Fotokite has done the same, emerging from the challenges of a global supply chain crisis and pandemic, in a strong position for growth.
An Eye on the Future
In an interview at Fotokite's headquarters in Zurich, Switzerland, CEO Bart Slager revealed the company's ambitious growth plans. Appointed as CEO after the company raised $14.8 million in a Series B funding round in early 2022, Slager has overseen the consolidation of the company’s supply chain and transition to Swiss-based manufacturing.
The Fotokite Sigma, the company's flagship product, consists of a control station on the ground and a kite-like drone attached by a tether. It sends live video, including thermal and low-light images, straight to a tablet or computer. This gives firefighters and first responders the information they need without requiring anyone to actually fly the drone. It's a simple and trustworthy tool for emergency situations.
Climbing the Adoption Curve
The company has worked hard to team up with public safety groups like Axon and MSA. Getting new technology like Fotokite accepted in the world of public safety isn't easy, as the CEO, Slager, acknowledges. A new product must be thoroughly tested and gradually accepted by early users before it becomes commonplace.
Fotokite's careful planning and introduction of their product has helped them clear these obstacles. By joining forces with established providers, Fotokite has been able to get their product gain acceptance faster, with the goal of making it a regular part of how first responders do their jobs.
The vision for Fotokite is both clear and expansive. As Slager expresses, the ultimate goal is to have their solution installed on every police car and firetruck globally, achieving a ubiquity akin to dash cams. The company's expansion plans don't stop there, as they're also exploring opportunities in the U.S. defense market.
With another round of capital planned for 2024 to further spur growth, Fotokite is quietly yet assertively laying the groundwork for significant expansion.
The Next Public Safety Giant
Fotokite is making a big difference in the world of emergency services. By successfully, albeit quietly, executing on their plans over the last few years, they're not just creating life saving tools for firefighters and other first responders, but they're also on track to become one of the top technology companies in public safety.
As police, firefighters, and other first responders begin to use more technology and robots help do their jobs better, Fotokite is set to be a key player in this change. In the coming years, they might well grow to become the major name in emergency response technology, with a Fotokite Sigma a common sight on first responder vehicles.