MSA Safety announces investment and collaboration agreement with Swiss autonomous drone technology company to improve fire service offerings – sUAS News



MSA Safety Incorporated (NYSE: MSA), the global leader in the development, manufacture and supply of safety products that protect people and infrastructure, today announced that it has entered into a joint development agreement with Perspective Robotics AG of Zurich, Switzerland. Founded in 2014, Perspective Robotics AG develops advanced situational awareness tools that utilize captive drone technology for first responder applications under the Fotokite brand.

The two companies will work together to advance situational awareness of fire sites, both
locally and via the cloud, through the development of enhanced products and services that leverage the key strengths of both organizations – Fotokite’s expertise in autonomous and actively attached drone technology and situational intelligence solutions and in-depth experience of MSA in the development of revolutionary products, systems and technologies for firefighter safety and liability.

“This is an exciting partnership for all of us at MSA as it opens the door for us to explore new ways to improve and simplify firefighter safety through better situational awareness,” said Greg Martin. , vice president of products for MSA Safety. Strategy and development. “Identifying and adapting new technologies in a way that improves worker safety is really the foundation of MSA’s mission. Our collaboration with Fotokite aligns very well with this mission. I know from a product development perspective our engineering teams are excited to start this work and start thinking about the many possibilities that exist when you think from
a bird’s-eye view.

“Our entire team is thrilled with the opportunity to have a market leader like MSA Safety on board,” said Chris McCall, CEO of Fotokite. “MSA’s investment and our joint development roadmap provide a solid foundation to mutually extend our breakthrough solutions for firefighters,” he said. Dr Sergei Lupashin, Founder and Chairman of Perspective Robotics AG, added: “It has been clear from the start that we both share a common mission focused on safety and having a passion for firefighters. Our unique technological solution combined with the strong presence and brand of MSA in the fire service will allow us to both accelerate innovation and improve the safety of firefighters.

About MSA Security

Founded in 1914, MSA Safety Incorporated is the world leader in the development, manufacture and supply of safety products that protect people and facility infrastructure. Many MSA products incorporate a combination of electronics, mechanical systems and advanced materials to protect users from risk
or life threatening situations. The company’s full line of products are used by workers around the world in a wide range of markets including the oil, gas and petrochemical industry, fire departments, construction industry, operations mining and the army. MSA’s main products include self-contained breathing apparatus, fixed gas and flame detection systems, portable gas detection instruments, industrial heads
protective products, helmets and protective clothing for firefighters and fall protection devices. With revenue of $ 1.35 billion in 2020, MSA employs approximately 5,000 people worldwide. The company is headquartered north of Pittsburgh in Cranberry Township, Pennsylvania, and has manufacturing facilities in the United States, Europe, Asia and Latin America. With more than 40 international sites, MSA realizes
about half of its sales outside of North America.

For more information, visit the MSA website at

About Fotokite

Founded in 2014, Fotokite is a spin-off of ETH Zurich (Swiss Federal Institute of Technology), one of the best scientific and technological universities in the world and a leader in cutting-edge research and innovation in the field. robotics and intelligence. systems. Fotokite’s mission is to help teams save lives by providing the best technology and actionable insights to first responders. Fotokite’s autonomous drone systems add a layer of situational awareness on the ground by giving incident commanders an extra pair of eyes. In use, the Fotokites are generally mounted on a fire engine and do not require a pilot operator. With the push of a button, the drone quickly and easily positions itself to capture live high-definition video and thermal intelligence that incident commanders can use to aid decision-making, firefighter accountability and firefighting tactics. fight against the fire. Fotokite has offices in Zurich CH, Syracuse NY and Boulder CO. Fotokite is the winner of the 1st GENIUS NY 2018 Award, 2015 Qualcomm Ventures QPrize Europe, and has been featured on the TED Stage. Fotokite is supported by MSA Safety, Swisscanto Invest, Credit Suisse Entrepreneur Capital, Sony Group Corporation, 360 Capital Partners and Qualcomm Ventures, and supported by programs such as the Technology Fund and the EU Horizon 2020 SME grant # 856120.

For more information, visit the Fotokite website at



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