Rwandese engineers are certainly making their mark on drone technology and innovation in Africa.
Rutayisire Eric Muziga, a holder of Masters of Electrical Engineering obtained from the University of Minnesota in the U.S. started the country’s first unmanned aerial vehicle company, CHARIS Unmanned Aerial Solutions.
According to New Times, Rutayisire created the startup in 2014 in partnership with his sister Ingabire Muziga Mamy, and Segore Teddy, a Electrical Engineering graduate from the Kigali Institute of Science and Technology (KIST).
The country’s first drone company has since grown and provides services particularly in agriculture, aerial photography, and construction and reportedly plans to complete a new tech lab soon.
The innovators say they do not just assemble drone parts but using their engineering skills, they procure “requisite components, and [do]… system integration,” to develop and make improvements on drones, which can be used in specific situations.
The company intends to expand its services, subject to approval from the police and other relevant local authorities, “for purposes of safety and order, and also to protect our airspace,” New Times reports.
Rwanda is regarded as a technology-friendly nation whose policies encourage innovation and engineering and CHARIS is positioned to benefit from the policies.
Source: New Times