Israeli startup Airobotics, which has developed a fully automatic drone platform, has announced its public launch today and the closing of $28.5 million in combined A and B round financing. Round A was led by BlueRun Ventures, followed by a Round B of investments led by CRV. Airobotics has also received investments from Israel's Chief Scientist and Silicon Valley’s UpWest Labs, as well as Noam Bardin, the CEO of Waze, and Richard Wooldridge, Google ATAP’s COO.
As a completely automatic and operated aerial system, Airobotics empowers industrial companies to leverage the power of drones without the need for skilled and expensive drone operators. Airobotics’ platform enables customers to run missions autonomously to monitor, inspect, survey, and secure large industrial facilities and other strategic sites.
Airobotics delivers an automatic drone platform capable of executing a nearly infinite number of missions for its operators. By taking the drone pilot and operator out of the equation, Airobotics removes the most expensive and hard to find component of industrial drone operations. The system is comprised of three major components: “Optimus” - a large, high capacity drone capable of flying 30-minute missions while carrying a one-kilogram mission specific payload; “Airbase” - a completely automated base station from which the Optimus drone launches and lands on its own, without any human intervention; and Airobotics Software - integrated, dynamic software that enables users to control and manage missions with one click.
The Tel Aviv based company is cofounded by CEO Ran Krauss and VP R&D Meir Kliner. The company's 70 employees have extensive technological expertise as well as practical drone knowledge. Airobotics is Krauss’ third drone startup. He said, “The team is a true development powerhouse thanks to a unique fusion of aerospace hardware engineers, experienced commercial drone operators, and savvy mobile and application software experts. Airobotics has maintained an R&D focus towards development of the first truly automatic, robust drone system."
Published by Globes [online], Israel business news - www.globes-online.com - on June 21, 2016
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