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REVOsdr - taking drones beyond and bringing them safely back

European Union
Geo-spatial type
Total project cost
€71 429
EU Contribution
€50 000
Project Acronym
STRIA Roadmaps
Connected and automated transport (CAT)
Transport mode
Airborne icon
Transport policies
Deployment planning/Financing/Market roll-out


Call for proposal
Link to CORDIS
Background & Policy context

The use of professional drones for the inspection of infrastructure and surveying has been increasing dramatically over the last years. However, there are technological limitations in the wireless communication systems that connect the drone and its operator. The inspection drone can't fly further than a few hundred meters from the operator, resulting in economically unviable services. If an inspection drone attempts to cover longer distances (kms), the limitations of current communication systems endanger the infrastructure, people on the ground, and the drone itself. From the market perspective, these limitations bound innovation and growth of drone-based businesses.

The majority of the drone manufacturers adopted communication systems based on readily available Wi-Fi solutions, which is not a reliable technology for real-time remote operation of vehicles. Wi-Fi is highly susceptible to interference and was designed for short-range communication with intermittent transmission. A drone requires a continuous long-range data link. Alternative communication solutions, such as cellular and satellite, depend on the coverage of the services providers and lack flexibility.


TWEVO is a high-tech start-up that has developed a wireless modem for drone communications called REVOsdr, which provides reliable and secure long-range real-time connectivity. REVOsdr allows an inspection drone to safely cover several kilometres, reducing inspection OPEX by as much as 50%. REVOsdr is a wireless communication technology that enables and scales the commercial value of drone-based services. With our innovation, we want to disrupt this 140M€-worth drone data link market and its Wi-Fi trend.


Specific funding programme
H2020-EU.2.1.1. - INDUSTRIAL LEADERSHIP - Leadership in enabling and industrial technologies - Information and Communication Technologies (ICT)
H2020-EU.2.3.1. - Mainstreaming SME support, especially through a dedicated instrument
Other Programme
SMEInst-01-2016-2017 - Open Disruptive Innovation Scheme


Lead Organisation
EU Contribution
€50 000


Technology Theme
Information systems
In-flight connectivity
Development phase
Demonstration/prototyping/Pilot Production

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