Clear Flight Solutions, a robotics drone spin-off company from the University of Twente, the Netherlands, raised €1.6m in funding.
The Cottonwood Euro Technology Fund, the American-based seed and early-stage fund who opened its first European fund in Enschede, made the investment.
The company intends to use the funds to conduct a number of trials.
Led by Nico Nijenhuis, CEO, Clear Flight Solutions builds lifelike robotic birds, “robirds”, that mimic the real flight of a peregrine falcon (a natural predator for most nuisance birds) so well that real birds believe they are their natural enemies. This natural approach plays on the fear instinct of the birds, which short circuits the learning process and prevents habituation.
The solution aims to avoid damages birds inflict at airports worldwide in terms of both property damage and occasionally loss of life. Birds also create billions of dollars of damage in agriculture, at waste management sites, oil and gas industrial sites and at harbors.
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