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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

“Robots cleaning windows where humans dare not reach”

StartupDelta did an interview with KITE Robotics about the problems of window cleaning and the solution that our robot provides. They made it into an article, which you can find on their site!

6 January 2016

KITE Robotics at the NRC Live media event about robotization

An NRC Live media event about robotization took place at November 12th, regarding its impact on the economy, society and labor market. Leading professionals spoke about the effects of robotization, smart computers and artificial intelligence. Among these were MIT professor Andrew McAfee and Minister Asscher of Social Affairs. Stefan Spanjer of KITE Robotics also did a speech at this event!

27 November 2015

“Window cleaning robot cleans entire façade”

Cobouw did an interview on the KITE Robot on account of its first cleaning on the Spiegel. They made an article about it which you can find on their site. (Dutch)

Update November 16th:
More Dutch media articles about KITE Robotics have been released since the successful public test on November 10th!

Click here for an article done by Tubantia.
PS (Professioneel Schoonmaken) has written about KITE Robotics here.
Another article can be found on the website of Service Management, here.

29 October 2015


KITE Robot zoomin Window Cleaning Robot

KITE Robotics launches the first autonomous window cleaning robot

On Thursday the 22nd of October KITE Robotics succesfully tested their robot on UT-building the Spiegel! You can find the press release here. The University of Twente was very pleased and reported on the test:

“It’s show time. UT spin-off KITE Robotics is ready for the very first public demonstration of its robotic cleaner. And to prove it, the KITE Robot will clean the ‘Spiegel’, a building at the entrance to the UT campus with a structure almost entirely of glass. The developers claim that the robot is five times faster and much more economical than a manual window cleaner. It also cleans frames, and the soap-free water means no more ugly smears on the glass.”

Hart van Nederland also did a report on the TV channel SBS6. Click the link to see the KITE Robot in action!

Official launch

The first public test will begin on November 10 at 4 PM on the Spiegel, a building of the University of Twente. You are welcome to see the KITE Robot in person! Until then we can show you a few photos on our Facebook page.

23 October 2015

KITE Robotics has moved to the Gallery!

After several years we can not beat around the bush any longer; we have grown too large for our current accommodation in the Horst building. That is why we have been planning for some time to move to the Gallery. This will give us more room to work in, while still being close to all the knowledge and expertise the Kennispark in Enschede has to offer. And now it is finally done! After a lot of effort, we are ready to begin work from our new location. We hope the future will be as bright as the start of this company has been. We thank all our employees, friends and partners who have made this possible!

26 August 2015

the gallery Window Cleaning Robot

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Knowledge & cash? When university researchers start a business

Years ago, KITE Robotics started as a spin-off at the University of Twente. Going from a scientific principal to a marketable product or service is a complicated procedure. Regardless, there are still over a hundred new spin-offs starting in the Netherlands every year. A Dutch newspaper ‘De Volkskrant’ wrote an insightful article, going into how these companies are started and the process they go through to grow! Read about it on their website, here (Article in Dutch).

1 February 2019

Van Wijnen Innovation Award won by KITE Robotics

Van Wijnen Breda has organized an innovation competition and KITE Robotics emerged victorious. From a pre-selection of 40 start-ups, KITE Robotics was voted to the top 5 to give a presentation to Van Wijnen and their contacts. The audience consisted of 90 attendees and chose KITE Robotics as the most innovative company.

Van Wijnen has innovation high on the agenda. The branch manager of Van Wijnen Breda, Peter Riemers explains this mindset. “As a groundbreaking and evolving construction company we are open to ‘first movers’. Present-day times demand a lot of innovation from organizations. To strengthen their power of innovation and to respond to new expectations of our customers, we are glad to work together with promising and ambitious start-ups such as KITE Robotics.”

As reward for winning the Innovation Award, Van Wijnen promises a close co-operation with KITE Robotics. Director of KITE Robotics Stefan Spanjer is delighted with the recognition. “We think it’s wonderful that Van Wijnen has organized this competition and that the audience has given KITE Robotics its recognition. We thank everyone that was involved!”

About Van Wijnen
Back in 1907, Van Wijnen begun with carpentry, after which it quickly grew into a construction company. Nowadays, it is even more than that! Van Wijnen is committed to help individual people and society as a whole to buildings which improve the quality of living, working and learning. Van Wijnen is involved in development, construction, management and maintenance.

11 October 2018

University of Applied Sciences Saxion made a video about their alumnus and our employee Koen!

Before coming to KITE Robotics, Koen has studied Mechanical Engineering at Saxion. In this video he tells about the things he has learned and how he is able to apply these at KITE Robotics. He also has some advice for others wishing to enter the field of Mechanical Engineering!

August 2018

The city of Utrecht opts for the KITE window cleaning robot

Recently a contract was signed by the city 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 city 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, City 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 city 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 target=”_blank” 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, City of Utrecht, Thomas Neijenhuis, City 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