Swiss drone company takes aerial mapping to the next level  Swiss drone company takes aerial mapping to the next level  Swiss drone company takes aerial mapping to the next level
With its bright orange exterior, the WingtraOne PPK drone is not only easy to spot, it's also in the same color scheme as civil engineering – Wingtra's area of expertise. Thanks to investments of around 10 million Swiss francs, the Zurich-based company with international distribution is now growing out of the start-up phase. In this week's Tech Talk, Ana Maria Montero got the inside scoop on the firm's unique drone technology.
Ana Maria Montero
“We won’t monetize your data,” says SwissSign CEO
A project to create a national digital identity for Swiss residents – backed by Swiss Post, Swisscom, Credit Suisse and UBS – says it won’t make money on your personal data. That’s according to Markus Naef, CEO of SwissSign, who says the new version of SwissID is different.
Martina Fuchs
Kai-Fu Lee: Why China is already a global AI superpower
China is much faster than the U.S. when it comes to implementing artificial intelligence. That’s the view of the former president of Google China, Kai-Fu Lee, who thinks China is already a global AI superpower. So where does Switzerland fit into the global innovation picture?
Ana Maria Montero
swissnex San Francisco hits CES
swissnex San Francisco and Boston joined forces this year with Presence Switzerland, Switzerland Global Enterprise, and other Swiss organizations to launch the first-ever official Swiss Pavilion at CES in Las Vegas. Ana Maria Montero met the San Francisco team for a spontaneous chat about their first year at the tech-stravaganza.
Ana Maria Montero
What Google and Apple could teach Switzerland
Swiss companies should be more disruptive like Google and Apple, suggests André Kudelski, president of Innosuisse. Ana Maria Montero also talks strategy with Martin Dahinden, Swiss ambassador to the U.S., and Daniel Küng, CEO of Switzerland Global Enterprise, in this final report from CES 2019.
Ana Maria Montero
If 5G isn’t on your radar, here’s why it will be soon
Switzerland is reportedly set to begin a 5G spectrum auction in January, a move that will pave the way for faster next-generation mobile networks. The tech was also a hot topic at CES 2019 in Las Vegas, where Ana Maria Montero found out which innovations are the ones to watch.
Ana Maria Montero
Nicolas Bideau: “We have to invest in the Switzerland of tomorrow”
Switzerland has to invest in showcasing its innovations at events like CES 2019 and not “sleep on its good image.” That’s the view of Ambassador Nicolas Bideau, head of Presence Switzerland, who tells us that the Switzerland of tomorrow is a digital one.
Ana Maria Montero
Internet activist Wael Ghonim warns: the world isn’t a big lab
Wael Ghonim is the internet activist whose Facebook posts helped spark what would become the Arab Spring in 2011. He told CNNMoney Switzerland that fake news is nothing new and warns that when it comes to technologies such as genetic engineering and AI, the world should not be viewed as a big laboratory.
Ana Maria Montero
Head of SERI: Blockchain in Switzerland isn’t overhyped
Mauro Moruzzi says Switzerland isn’t overhyping its role as a blockchain nation. The head of State Secretariat for Education, Research, and Innovation was speaking at swissnexDay'18, where he also gave his view on the Swiss National Bank’s response to the technology.
Ana Maria Montero
Nestlé uses this software to feed our hunger for food facts
Food giants like Nestlé and Kellogg’s are using software developed by a Swiss start-up to feed consumer demand for transparency about ingredients. The CEO of SpecPage, Severin Weiss, explains how the technology works, why Credit Suisse is investing, and why China is becoming a big market.
Ana Maria Montero
How Swiss companies could benefit from India’s shift to renewables
According to statistics, India is not only the world’s fastest growing economy, but also a leader in renewable energy. With an end-of-year focus on clean technology, swissnex India is helping Swiss innovation secure a foothold in the Indian market.
Ana Maria Montero
IBM sniffs out new opportunities in the perfume industry
IBM Research has linked up with global fragrance maker Symrise with the aim of using big data to shake up the traditional art of perfumery. The result is an AI system called “Philyra.” The first fragrances are set to launch in mid-2019. Ana Maria Montero got to try some samples and find out more.
Ana Maria Montero
How new Swiss drone technology could help firefighters in the future
The devastation fire can cause has been made clear once again as California experiences yet another series of deadly wildfires. So how can technology help fight fires of all types in the future? Zurich-based Fotokite is developing new drones to do just that, as CEO Chris McCall tells Ana Maria Montero.
Ana Maria Montero
U.S. and Switzerland explore deals on drones
On this edition of our Tech Talk/swissnex series, we explore the efforts of swissnex Boston to collaborate with the U.S. in the area of drones with project coordinator Francesco Bortoluzzi. And we chat with drone pioneer Dario Floreano of EPFL on how he’s already begun to partner with the U.S.
Ana Maria Montero
Reinventing the X-ray machine
According to the World Health Organization, two-thirds of the global population doesn’t have access to X-ray machines, an essential medical tool that many take for granted. Lausanne-based GlobalDiagnostix is hoping to achieve a first by developing an X-ray system that is all-terrain.

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