SPH Engineering is a global provider of UAV software solutions, integration services, consulting and custom development to expand drone applications. Its innovations support UAVs of different manufacturers and advance drone technologies for surveying, data collection, and entertainment. Founded in 2013 in Latvia (EU), the company has a global customer and partner network in 150+ countries.
As of today, the company maintains 4 business lines:
- UgCS - mission planning and flight control software technology,
- Integrated Systems - airborne integrated systems with sensors from diverse manufacturers,
- Drone Show Software - a technology to manage drone swarm flights,
- Consulting&Development - knowledge-based services to implement, integrate and develop technologies for the drone industry.
SPH Engineering started out with the idea that drones are just computers with motors, propellers, and sensors that require smart software to fly efficiently. With this in mind, Alexey Dobrovolskiy (CTO) founded a start-up to test the idea. In 2013, the drone market did not exist yet and drone inspections were almost unaffordable due to high costs and technological complexity. This was not a promising context to introduce UgCS, a universal ground control software for UAV mission planning and flight control. After a few years of ups and downs, market tests, and continuous communication about why software to manage drone flights could be useful, UgCS became an industry-standard solution to support drone pilots and surveyors.
Passionate about innovations and ready to experiment, between 2016 and 2018 the co-founders integrated a GPR sensor with a drone to look for a lost WW2 plane in an expedition to Greenland and developed the first version of software to manage multiple drones to perform a drone light show in a US amusement park. These projects resulted in the launch of two product lines: UgCS Integrated Systems, enabling the integration of up to 10+ diverse sensors, and Drone Show Software to manage drone swarm shows.
In January 2021, the SPH's team shifted to its newly built office with an in-house Test Field where part of the entire area is a Test Range dedicated to geophysical sensors.