New partnership to promote drone technologies for winter mountain events

Drone Show Software by SPH Engineering, a Riga-based integration services provider for unmanned aerial systems, European event agency Swiss Drone Show, and US-based Pinnacle Festivals, have announced a partnership to develop drone-based outdoor light show solutions for ski resorts.

The partnership says its aim is to advance drone show applications during winter time, including high in the mountains and in low temperatures. 

With live events being limited during the worldwide pandemic of 2020, viewing shows from far away is becoming more popular and the drone show industry is well placed to offer solutions for outdoor events in the new normal. 

“SPH Engineering’s Drone Show Software team has been providing the only commercially available software to manage outdoor light shows controlling up to hundreds of drones since 2017. We are happy to make this step forward and bring together global experts for knowledge, creativity and technology exchange and share our lessons learnt in various show scenarios,” said Alexey Dobrovolsky, SPH Engineering’s CTO. 

“The 1,000+ drone show pre-recorded high in the mountains for the Pyeongchang Winter Olympics demonstrated that drones could do the job in low temperatures. Last year Swiss Drone Show accepted the challenge of St Moritz ski resort in Switzerland to make a festive 100-drone light show and wish a Happy New Year to resort visitors in an innovative way. The creative part included several local stories. From the tech perspective, we needed to find a way to adjust batteries to cold temperature” Marc Loosli, CTO & co-founder, Swiss Drone Show, added.

“Pinnacle Festivals is excited about the opportunity to light up the night sky of ski resorts. We are grateful to our European partners who have agreed to advise us on the best winter drone show practices to make sure that drone show as a WOW-solution would be well-performed keeping in mind height and temperature limitations. A drone show is a very flexible event element: it can be performed as a single proper show, or integrated into any night show being mixed with fireworks, laser, sound and music, or be considered as a small WOW-effect performance. Not long ago we developed a so-called ‘3 drone demo’ suitcase. This unique way of drone show equipment packaging enables fast, easy and safe delivery of everything needed for small trial activities in any US location,” John Eric Henry, head of Pinnacle Festivals, added.


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