In the media

The municipality of Utrecht opts for the KITE window cleaning robot

Recently a contract was signed by the municipality of Utrecht for the window cleaning robot of KITE Robotics, a start-up at the University of Twente. The robot is going to clean the glass canopy above the stairs to the new tramline at Utrecht Central Station. Early on in the development of this project the municipality has given thought to maintenance, choosing for the automatic KITE robot. Its simple and autonomous functionality gives relief during the building’s exploitation.

Alexander Schütte, municipality of Utrecht: “Sustainability, efficiency and safety are important to consider when making a suitable decision for the system. The difficult accessibility of the canopy and the cost-savings that the KITE robot has to offer in the exploitation phase were decisive in our choice. It will also allow us to increase the cleaning frequency, creating a cleaner environment for the travellers.”

Stefan Spanjer, director of KITE Robotics: “The idea for the KITE window cleaning robot originated when I was studying mechatronics at the University of Twente. Even then I was convinced that robotics would be the future for smart buildings. We are thrilled that the municipality of Utrecht chose for our robot. It has the benefit of safer conditions and cleaner buildings, improving the work and living conditions for everyone involved.”

Nu.nl covered the subject, as did the University of Twente, DUIC, Clean Totaal and Vastgoedjournaal.

July 2018


Utrecht opts for the KITE window cleaning robot

Photo (left to right): Alexander Schütte, municipality of Utrecht, Thomas Neijenhuis, municipality of Utrecht and Stefan Spanjer, KITE Robotics.

Winner at the PROVADA Start-up battle!

Dozens of Start-ups competed in the PROVADA Start-up battle to be named ‘the most promising PropTech company of 2018’ and win a wildcard for PROVADA FUTURE 2018. KITE Robotics together with nine other companies has been nominated for the PROVADA PROPTECH AWARD 2018 and will be attending PROVADA FUTURE 2018 at RAI Amsterdam on June 5-7. We will see you there!

20 March 2018

KITE Robotics at the 2017 NRC Live media event about robotization

The next NRC Live media event about robotization is being held today! It touches upon the subject of robotics and its impact on the economy, society and labor market. Leading professionals speak about the effects of robotization, machine learning and embedded AI. Stefan Spanjer of KITE Robotics will also speak at this event!

12 October 2017

KITE Robotics Window Cleaning Robot

KITE Robotics has been mentioned in articles on Service Management and Facto!

Both the professional cleaning platform Service Management and professional facility magazine Facto have reported on the use of robotic technology for window cleaning, and specifically the possibilities of our KITE Robot!

April 2017

Robot cleans at great heights

The Dutch magazine Quest reported about the development of the KITE building cleaning system in their special NWO-edition. Quest is an award-winning monthly popular science magazine published in Diemen, Netherlands.

The Netherlands Organisation for Scientific Research supports a strong system of sciences in the Netherlands by encouraging quality and innovation in science.

Quest sends the magazine all Quest subscribers; NWO sends it to all Hypothese subscribers.
The magazine page can be seen here.

December 2016

Finalist at the Accenture Innovation Awards

KITE Robotics was finalist at the Innovation Awards organized by Accenture. This year was the 10th edition of the Accenture Innovation Awards: an annual innovation programme for the most innovative Dutch products, services and concepts.

Accenture is a leading global professional services company, providing a broad range of services and solutions in strategy, consulting, digital, technology and operations.

October 2016

Window cleaning robot nominated for best Tech idea!

KIJK Magazine has nominated the KITE Robotics window cleaning robot for the KIJK Tech Idea 2016 Award. KIJK is the Dutch magazine reporting cutting edge technology and science.

October 2016

We received a new contract!

A new long-term contract has been set up with the University of Twente to periodically wash one of their buildings: the Spiegel. The first cleaning took place recently. We thank the University of Twente and cleaning company Asito for the excellent cooperation.

11 October 2016