How South Africa’s Duran De Villiers is Redefining Event Coverage with Flying Drones
29-year-old Duran de Villiers a technology enthusiast was working in a TV production and professional photography, but found himself fascinated by the ideas of having ‘cameras in the sky’ without the need of a human pilot and he started toying with the idea of creating his own drone capable of lifting a camera so he could begin shooting events hosted in Knysna and the surrounding areas.
It was disappointing to discover that the materials needed for the technology he desired were not readily available. In order to ensure that the dream came to life, he was prompted to start his tech firm, SteadiDrone in 2012 and it is based in Knysna, South Africa.
He and his young technical team of 11 have successfully put Knysna firmly on the hi-tech map with this groundbreaking development and manufacture of ‘drones’ with cameras that are now being exported around the globe. SteadiDrone develops and manufactures small, unmanned aerial systems and multi rotor drones with wide range of applications. The company is specialized in producing systems that are preassembled and ready to fly.
The company now has deals in South America, North America, Canada, UK, most of Europe, UAE, Australia and South Africa expects to launch a new medium sized drone that is designed to carry a wider range of cameras and will appeal to a much broader audience in no distant time.