Updated: March 2, 2021
Barely a year after unveiling its first drone, Will & Brothers, a company founded by William Ndja Elong in Douala, Cameroon, has gone global.
According to weetracker, the pioneer in Africa’s drone-making venture has already secured 50 contracts across the continent, including some for surveillance work at the Olembe Stadium currently being constructed by the Italian firm, Piccini, and monitoring of several agricultural projects run by CRIFAT.
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With the establishing of Algo Drone Holding in Essen, Germany, William Elong, is one step towards achieving his dream of concurring the civilian drone service with his smart technology-driven Unmanned Aerial Vehicles, UAV.
Through its flagship project, DroneAfrica, Will & Brothers established in 2014 as a Consulting company initially set up to render IT innovation & business consulting service, today is a reference as a giant in African-made drones.
After unveiling its first drone last February, the company which currently boast of twenty IT personnel from Cameroon, Kenya and Ivory Coast has succeeded to secure millions of USD in funds to boost the expansion and commercialization of its drones.
“the first funds have allowed us to acquire expertise, the second allows us to grow…the contributors are foreign. I’m happy to have an international board, which brings me more than 30 years of experiences,” William Elong told afrohustle.
At the unveiling ceremony, William is said to have described DroneAfrica as “the first civilian drone service in Cameroon…with a top range of up to 20 kilometers, 12 miles, while also featuring miniaturized cameras that can be remotely controlled and can capture images. This makes the drones suitable for such purposes as cartography, media coverage, and agriculture.”
Weetracker remarked that besides producing “drones which serve geographical and agricultural purposes, the company also produces terrestrial drones which are ideal for security surveillance – finding bombs, making out landmines, and even detecting gas leaks in mines. A distinguishing feature of the drones are the in-built AI systems, which makes them quite adept at identifying objects and tracking different elements.”
“Artificial intelligence is the future of humanity,” Elong says, though he regrets that many Cameroonians find no interest in it. “It knocks me out that so many people here take no interest in technology.”