Company: progenoX GmbH

German start-up company progenoX develops Unmanned Ground Vehicle (UGV) systems and services to provide firefighters and other emergency services with technical and logistical support, thus ensuring safer operations.

Project: GRISU


progenoX’s robot systems are designed and built for operation under challenging conditions.

The GRISU UGV has been developed for firefighting. Multi-wheel drive and tracks provide for high mobility and can overcome most obstacles on difficult terrain, while an array of sensors and cameras enable firefighters to perform reconnaissance and exploration.

Finally, the systems’ high-speed capabilities, tremendous lifting and handling capacity, and wide range of special tools provide firefighters with essential technical and logistical support.

Another UGV has been developed for the German police providing remote secure reconnaissance in disasters situation.

Product development and market

progenoX UGV


progenoX systems and services are future-proof thanks to their modularity, which makes them fully expandable at any time. User group knowledge, meanwhile, grants access to new operational scenarios and progress reports.

progenoX has also established robot-based rules of engagement for fire brigades’ typical operational scenarios.

Medium-term expansion of the systems makes variable comprehensive scenarios possible, using a small support robot for initial reconnaissance, for example.

Finally, the ability to expand operation limits reduces the risk of harm to firefighters as for instance, a fire-extinguishing UGV can operate where humans cannot or are not authorised to extinguish fires.

Target market

Fire brigades represent part of the market for homeland security technologies, which is where the progenoX team has been working for more than 10 years. They have gained experience and expertise concerning users and management and are particularly familiar with the requirements of emergency services and purchasing processes.

Security technologies constitute a constantly growing market that, along with security services, currently accounts for EUR 20 billion in market potential according to a German VDI study. The value creation share of German entrepreneurs, meanwhile, is about 67%.

From space to industry

For remote secure reconnaissance in disaster situation

Heat protection

Sheathing system-neuralgic components with various materials ensures their basic protection, and using various types, material thicknesses, and so on can significantly reduce heat conduction inside the UGV.

Location and navigation assistance

Even in its basic form, the UGV presents the drive position or the position of the manipulator arm by means of a simple LED display. In most firefighting cases this level of detail is sufficient.

In outdoor use - fighting forest fires, railway embankment fires, etc. - the location is determined by common navigation satellite systems such as GPS, GLONASS, and in the future, GALILEO.

For indoor use - such as for fires at warehouses, industrial plants, airports, and on ships -  positions can be detected by rotation and positioning sensors, and via wireless LAN, combined with building plan layouts.

Power and operating supplies

Depending on the application and operational environment at hand, power can be supplied by a charging station. An extended power-supply concept for longer-lasting operations can be realised using solar and/or fuel cell technology.

Space-based technologies can be transferred and used more or less in the same manner for which they were designed. When adapting the technologies and using space technology expertise for commercial usage, optimisation is possible which can lead both to lower cost production and downscaling.

ESA Business Incubation

progenoX GmbH is hosted at ESA Business Incubation Centre Bavaria (Berchtesgadener Land) from February 2012 to July 2013.


Frank Woodcock, progenoX CEO

Frank Woodcock, CEO

progenoX GmbH
 Im Pfaffenfeld 6
83483 Bischofswiesen

phone: +49 (0) 8652 655933-1
mobile: +49 (0) 170 3248011
fax: +49 (0) 8652 6553379



Last update: 13 March 2013

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