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BIOFLY S.r.l.

Biofly is a small but very dynamic and innovative company, established in 2001 with an innovative project which aimed to support airplane’s pilot of light aviation, in order to increase security in every flight’s phases.

In 2002 the company started an intense program of cooperation with Italian and foreign institutes of research for the development of the first integrated electronic system able to supply through a single control unit functions as: engine parameters, flight data and navigation.

In 2003 began a project of engineering of a system called BLUEBOX® which was officially presented in April 2004. During the same year Biofly extended its research and development activities with the introduction of patented advanced electronic systems, for national and international market, for controlling and monitoring in the fields: Avionic, Automotive, Marine.

Biofly’s research and development department is taken advantage of highly specialize technicians that work in tightened synergy with researchers of important university institutes in order to guarantee systems with a high content of technological innovation.

Main Biofly’s products are:

The Smart Controlled Biofly for Airports and Heliports: lights signalling devices with high efficiency LED lights controllable remotely through a wireless ZigBee module communication and powered by photovoltaic panels. Arise from the need to provide the pilot of a message immediately noticeable, that aids in a critical path, even in low visibility conditions and in the presence of other moving vehicles. The aircraft equipped with transponders, or other means to communicate through radio frequency, or even a simple enabled phone to send text messages, sends its data identification, position, velocity and/or direction and makes contact with the unit master on the ground, able to incorporate the information, process it and transmit it to other nodes to generate a visible light signal from the pilot.

Which other Creative Sectors has the SME worked with?
Open Data

Which other Growth Sectors has the SME worked with?
ICT, Technology

Were any relationships rewarding?

All the main relationships were rewarding; anyway, they can be mentioned the following:

  • the cooperation with Funkwerk Avionics GmbH that has leaded tot the development of a new generation glass-cockpit suite for ultra light aircraft named FAVISIA which integrates flight parameters, engine data, trim, moving map navigation and remote control of Radio, Transponder, autopilot connection.
  • the cooperation agreement with VItrociset company for the development and production of A.T.M (Air Traffic Management) integrated systems.
  • the partnership with Tor Vergata University for a research and development project to industrial a new avionics platform for the monitoring of air traffic control “Traffic Tower Station” , and a “Virtual Black Box” to send in real time, flight data to ground station.
How does the SME think it could benefit from other sectors' input?

Biofly expects the following main benefits from other sectors’ input:

  1. market diversification and segmentation
  2. technological growth, to improve current systems and subsystems
  3. development of new competences
What can the SME offer other sectors?

Biofly can offer its Technical Value proposition, summarised as follows:

Mechanical Engineering
Through the technical drawing, 3D design and structural analysis Biofly can create working prototypes and pre-series of high-technology systems designed and realized for industrialization

Electronical Engineering
Development of highly innovative prototype, to respond to a wide range of applications required.

Software Engineering
Provide flexible services with custom technology through the development of software developed in the most popular and modern programming languages

Design for Avionic sector
Study and design of V.A. (Visual Aids) for eliports, airports and airfield. Generally, Biofly has a great experience in remote monitoring and remote control systems of signal lights and signal lights devices. This kind of competences can be applied in other civil sectors like constructions, to sign obstacles (for instance bridges or antennas) or civil protection.

To what extent would the SME be prepared to share information?

Here are no problems to share information. Obviously, it should be followed a step by step process, including:

  1. transmission of generic information, at first
  2. signature of a Non Disclosure Agreement
  3. (in case of partnership started) signature of a Memorandum of expending or something similar
How would the SME describe its potential for cross innovation?

Due to its competences and skills, high.

Out of the 11 Cross Innovation Partner Cities, are there any particular cities with which the SME would like to form a new relationship?
Amsterdam, Berlin, Birmingham, Linz, Lisbon, Pilsen, Stockholm, Tallinn, Vilnius, Warsaw

Are there any particular organisations outside the SMEs home country, with which it would like to connect?

Interesting organisation to be connected with:

Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) that is the national aviation authority of the United States of America. An agency of the U.S. Department of Transportation, it has authority to regulate and oversee all aspects of American civil aviation.

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