GROWING — ANDRO Computational Solutions, with its offices at The Beeches complex, 7900 Turin St., has begun work on an expansion project company officials hope will spur technology sector growth in the region. The $1 million project, including equipment purchases and office relocations, will create a new lab geared toward Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance efforts including developing a pre-flight spectrum certification for drone flights. (Sentinel photo by John Clifford)

With new horizons in drone research, ANDRO begins expansion

Published Aug 12, 2015 at 4:10pm

ANDRO Computational Solutions has begun work to create an expansion project company officials hope will spur technology sector growth in the region.

The company was awarded state funding through the Mohawk Valley Regional Economic Development Council to launch the expansion project.

The company submitted a consolidated funding application a year ago to expand into a neighboring building to add laboratory and office space to accommodate the growing commercial side of the technology business.

ANDRO currently occupies 15,000 square feet at The Beeches Professional Campus, according to an announcement by the company.

“The goal is to spin off a new commercial company next door,” ANDRO President and Chief Scientist Andrew Drozd said.

The new company would be a subsidiary and would sell commercialized versions of wireless communication security applications the company develops.

Work has already begun on the $1 million project, including equipment purchases and office relocations. The new lab will be geared toward Northeast UAS Airspace Integration Research Alliance efforts including developing a pre-flight spectrum certification for drone flights.

Drozd plans to spin off the new company in early 2016 and hopes the expansion project will serve as a catalyst for further growth for ANDRO as well as the entire Beeches campus. 

Drozd’s vision includes new companies, both technology-based and otherwise, locating on the campus. The ANDRO executive said that he would even like to see a college open an education center at The Beeches, which has 51 acres and 10,000 square feet of leasable space available, he added.

The expansion comes on the heels of the company landing a $1 million grant to research positive train control of the Federal Railroad Administration and receiving a Tibbetts Small Business Administration award.

ANDRO was one of 23 companies, and the only one in New York, to win the award handed out to high tech companies that have excelled in the Small Business Innovation Research and Small Business Technology Transfer programs.

ANDRO, an independently owned company established in 1994, is dedicated to research, development and the application of advanced computer software for a variety of applications, according to company officials

These applications include electromagnetic environment effects analyses of complex systems, research and development related to spectrum exploitation, secure wireless communications for cognitive radios, multisensor and multitarget tracking, advanced radar data fusion, and sensor resource management.

The company also has offices in Syracuse and Dayton, Ohio.

For more information, visit www.androcs.com.