Colorado’s drone industry just got a big lift, as enterprise software provider Pix4D opened a new Denver office in August.
Pix4D’s new office is located in downtown Denver, Colorado, where it will serve as the base from where Pix4D will develop enterprise solutions tailored to the North American market. Denver is known to be a hub for geospatial technology, which played into why Pix4D chose the location, said Dr. Christoph Strecha, Founder and CEO of Pix4D.
Pix4D does not currently have any job postings for its Denver office as of publication, but the company is growing, which job openings in many of its other locations around the world, especially in Europe.
Pix4D is known for its end-to-end mapping solutions which convert images into georeferenced maps, models and tangible information. Their software uses computer vision, photogrammetry, and machine learning, to deliver survey-grade accuracy to aerial images gathered via drone.
Drone laws in Colorado are fairly progressive. While you can’t fly drones in all Colorado State Parks, the state has set forth designated areas specifically where you can fly drones, including at Cherry Creek State Park and Chatfield State Park in their model airfields. And in other parks, like Staunton State Park, you can get special use permits by contacting the park directly.
The National Park Service has even used drones for an extensive mapping project at Colorado’s Great Sand Dunes National Park to visualize and document the park’s natural resources for protection purposes.
And another state law requires that Colorado’s Department of Public Safety perform a study to identify ways to integrate drones, such as firefighting, search and rescue, accident reconstruction, crime scene documentation, and emergency management, according to UAV Coach’s Drone Laws By State guide.
Colorado as a whole is shaping up to be a burgeoning tech scene, which could bode well for Pix4D. Denver is currently the No. 4 top city in Forbes’ list of Best Places for Business and Careers. Colorado ranks No. 3 in most startup funding per capita among all the U.S. states. According to Glassdoor, the average salary for a software engineer in Denver is a whopping $90,451.
And while the state’s tech scene is growing, Colorado has historically had a strong mining and energy industry (two other industries that have seen high drone usage) given its access to the mineral-rich Rocky Mountain range.
Pix4D’s Denver office makes it the company’s seventh office after Lausanne, San Francisco, Shanghai, Berlin, Madrid, and Tokyo. To help kickoff the new office location, Pix4D will hold their first-ever Pix4D User Conference is being held in Denver on Oct. 2-3, 2019.