Former DJI manager Romeo Durscher has joined the open source platform Auterion as Vice President of Public Safety.
Romeo Durscher brings years of passion for using drones to save lives and improve communities to the Auterion team. It is a fresh start that brings value and satisfaction to both Durscher and Auterion and means a changing environment in the drone industry.
“Romeo is one of the top managers in the drone industry and a seasoned leader in aerospace and unmanned aerial systems. He is moving from DJI to Auterion, where he has held the role of Senior Director of Public Safety Integration,” it said Announcement of the company. “During his six years at DJI, Romeo built the public safety industry. Through his leadership and quest to bring new technology to the emergency services industry, he has become a well-known and respected thought leader in the field. Prior to joining DJI, Romeo worked for twelve years at NASA’s Heliophysics Mission Solar Dynamics Observatory at Stanford University. “
“We are very excited to add Romeo to our senior team as Auterion has seen significant growth as we continue to deliver product innovations to our customers in a variety of industries and use cases,” said Lorenz Meier, Co-Founder and CEO of Auterion. “We are transforming the drone industry with an open source ecosystem. With Romeo’s extensive expertise and thought leadership in public safety and the drone industry, we can meet the highly individual needs of first responders with state-of-the-art drone systems like the Astro. “
DRONELIFE was honored to speak to one of the smartest and nicest people in the industry, Romeo Durscher, to reflect on his latest move and the place of open source platforms in drone space.
Romeo Durscher was one of the first thought leaders in the public safety drones industry. He was instrumental in the development of products for the police and fire departments, got to know the people working in space and spent time on site: from volunteering on disaster relief missions after forest fires in California to training in classrooms. Now, Durscher sees the growth of Auterion’s open source solutions as a step that will help the public safety sector drive the adoption of drone technology.
“Open source has become one of the technical terms we hear a lot, and people can associate certain promises or ideals with it,” he explains. “When I first heard the term ‘open source’ I imagined hundreds of individual developers sitting in their basements at home, writing code, and sharing their creation of their own free will.”
“While this is the basic concept, the company is dealing with an R&D process: developers who work for companies and are tasked with creating software solutions,” says Durscher. “These can be small teams that work with other small teams in other companies. Because of this open collaboration, progress is made faster, solutions are scalable faster, and the ecosystem can focus on creating the additional solutions it needs. both in software and in hardware. “
Public safety departments of all sizes have limited time and resources to learn complex new technologies. Recent political issues have made it difficult for departments to choose platforms that meet the needs of all of their stakeholders. Solving these problems can help accelerate the adoption of drone technology.
“What drives future growth are open standards. Instead of a company creating a standard, the community and the industry work together on open standards by promoting their own proprietary solution, ”explains Durscher. “This allows solutions to be developed for these standards. For example, a drone operator only needs to learn one user interface, and that operator can use one device to control various manufacturers’ drones. This means that learning and training is simplified, standardized and the actual delivery is more efficient. This results in end users having a wider choice of platforms that use the open standard.
While public safety programs are one of the sectors that can benefit, Open Source standards and platforms are helping the entire industry move faster, according to Openscher. “We don’t know what we don’t know,” says Durscher. “It sounds very logical, but it means that the entire drone industry is still very young. We have learned many lessons, but there are still many unknowns. “
“We learned a lot about how drones are used, how they are integrated and deployed, and we have brought many solutions to life based on that knowledge. However, we do not know what future industry will need. and what we build today becomes a building block for the future.
That’s the beauty of building an open source community. At Auterion, we enable talented people worldwide to work together and develop comprehensive solutions that are reusable and standardized to meet global challenges. Together, this ecosystem has more development power and competence than any well-equipped company in the industry. “
At Auterion – often positioned as a competitor to the world’s largest manufacturer DJI – Durscher has found a great home to pursue his passions. “I have an enormous amount of learning ahead of me. From product features and corporate strategies to getting to know my team members. I am part of a very strong team including some of my former co-workers and colleagues. But I also have a lot of ideas and thoughts that I would like to share with the team to see how we can turn them into reality, ”says Durscher.
“In my previous position, I was forced to think short-term. The focus was always on the current quarter or maybe the next quarter, ”he says. “Many solutions take time to be understood, realized and then implemented. You have to find the perfect mix to ensure quick impact, medium to long-term success, viability and ROI. I am pleased that we at Auterion can not only think about today, but also about the next month and the next year. set up really long-term solutions. I can continue to listen to customers, find possible solutions for them, and help. I can do better at Auterion because I’m not limited to what a company can do, but can work with an ecosystem of companies to develop the best solutions together. “
“For me, joining Auterion was something I had wanted for a long time. We are in a global community of more than 10,000 developers and 750 contributors who drive the definition of standards and believe in transparency and knowledge sharing, ”he says. “I live from this concept.”
Miriam McNabb is editor-in-chief of DRONELIFE and CEO of JobForDrones, a marketplace for professional drone services, and a fascinating observer of the emerging drone industry and the regulatory environment for drones. Miriam has written over 3,000 articles focusing on the commercial drone space and is an international speaker and recognized figure in the industry. Miriam graduated from the University of Chicago and has over 20 years experience in high tech sales and marketing for new technologies.
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