CAZENOVIA, N.Y. — Marquardt, a German company with U.S. headquarters near Cazenovia, has announced a strategic partnership with Dronehub, a European manufacturer of autonomous drone technologies specializing in advanced drone-docking stations.
The collaboration represents a significant step forward in advancing drone technology in Central New York, according to a news release form Marquardt.
“Our collaboration with Dronehub is a testament to Marquardt’s dedication to fostering innovation and embracing cutting-edge technologies,” Christopher Berry, Marquardt’s business-development manager, said. “This strategic partnership reinforces our commitment to staying at the forefront of advancements in the industry, ensuring that we continue to deliver state-of-the-art solutions for our customers and contribute to the evolution of Central New York as a hub for technological innovation.”
Marquardt, which manufactures electromechanical and electronic switches and switching systems, extended a contract to Dronehub for the installation of docking-station technology at Marquardt’s 115,000-square-foot production facility near Cazenovia. The Dronehub platform was completed in January at Marquardt, and the firm intends to utilize the location for hosting customer visits and conducing technology demonstrations as it paves the way for an expansion of its product offerings in the U.S.
“I am thrilled to announce our partnership with Marquardt, a testament to our commitment and growth in the field of drone technology,” Dronehub CEO Vad Melnyk said in the release. “Last year marked a pivotal moment for Dronehub as we became a part of the GENIUS NY acceleration program and established our presence in the United States. This incredible journey led us to Marquardt, a company renowned for its innovation and excellence.”
Dronehub creates an integrated ecosystem that blends autonomous drones, ground infrastructure, and AI software to automate monitoring and data collection processes. Their hardware solutions empower the deployment of drone services across diverse terrains and under various weather conditions.
As a previous finalist in the GENIUS NY accelerator competition, Dronehub secured a $500,000 award in the fall of 2022. Participants in the competition, which is centered on uncrewed aerial systems, automation, and AI, commit to operating their business in Central New York for at least one year.