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Washington Times features Botlink, N.D. drone industry

The unmanned aircraft industry is growing so quickly in North Dakota that two Fargo companies almost signed their recent merger deal on a napkin.

That’s how the Washington Times described the genesis of Botlink LLC, the new joint venture between Packet Digital LLC and Aerobotic Innovations. Read the full article.

June 8, 2015

Drone Focus Conference builds industry buzz

Momentum is mounting behind North Dakota’s drone industry and its launch point may have been the Drone Focus Conference at the Fargo Jet Center, Wednesday, June 3.

Packet Digital was one of about 130 developers, pilots, engineers, farmers, legislators, students and members of the public in attendance to learn about the rapidly growing business of drones.

Packet Digital’s new partner, Botlink LLC, helped organize the event and Packet Digital CEO Terri Gunn Zimmerman and Botlink COO Shawn Muehler offered a Q&A session to discuss our new joint venture and the capabilities of the upcoming Botlink platform.

Terri even won a new drone (which we’re hoping she brings to the office so we can fly it)!

In case you missed it, we hope you’ll attend the Drone Focus Conference 2016, which has already been scheduled for June 1 next year. Watch for more updates from Emerging Prairie, Botlink or this website. #DroneFocus

June 5, 2015

Packet Digital and Aerobotic Innovations form Botlink LLC

N.D. companies join forces to raise $15M for drone software & hardware platform

Packet Digital LLC, a power management company, and Aerobotic Innovations LLC, a drone control software company, have together formed Botlink LLC to raise $15 million to launch the first software and hardware platform for extended drone flight control and data processing.

“Bringing Botlink’s drone control and safety software together with Packet Digital’s efficient drone hardware creates the most robust and powerful cloud-based operations platform in the industry,” Packet Digital CEO Terri Gunn Zimmerman said. “Botlink’s goal is to help users stay in the air much longer ﹘ up to four times current flight times ﹘ while collecting and distributing data in real time and keeping the drone out of dangerous airspace.”

Botlink LLC will first combine efforts and technologies on its cellular drone communications device that allows real-time collection of data from the drone back to the user’s mobile device or computer, as well as facilitating beyond-line-of-site drone control, all through existing cellular networks.

Shawn Meuhler, CEO of Aerobotic Innovations, said the newly formed Botlink LLC will accelerate time to market by leveraging the experience and expertise of both companies.

“Terri’s business experience and her team’s hardware knowledge are the perfect compliments to our strong aviation and software background,” Meuhler said.

Zimmerman will serve as Botlink’s CEO and Meuhler as COO.

Aerobotic Innovations is an experienced team of military and professional pilots, software developers, electrical engineers and communicators on a mission to create the world’s safest and most secure drone operations platform. Botlink’s cloud-based platform features fully-automated drone control with manual drag-and-drop hand flying from your smartphone or tablet. Control is coupled with real-world safety features to include real-time and near real-time manned and unmanned aircraft overlays with aircraft avoidance alerts and traffic advisories, as well as airspace advisory warnings on controlled airspace. Airspace within the application features 100% regulation compliance and includes temporary flight restrictions, active military operation areas and restricted airspace.

June 3, 2015

Packet Digital featured in UAS Magazine

Read how Packet Digital is changing the way people think about Unmanned Aerial Systems in UAS Magazine.

February 5, 2015

Packet Digital hires Dan Olsen as VP of Sales & Marketing

Dan Olsen has joined Packet Digital as Vice President of Sales & Marketing.

Olsen will spearhead Packet Digital’s global efforts to promote and commercialize its advanced power management integrated circuits (PMICs) and solutions for portable electronic devices and embedded systems.

Olsen has over 20 years of experience in the computer industry across several disciplines. He previously ran OEM business for Hewlett Packard in the Americas, growing the business to over $200 million in annual revenue and adding over 200 new customers while managing an international sales team. His previous roles at HP include Global Marketing and Business Development, Program Management, Product Development, Technical Partnership Management and Engineering. Prior to HP, Olsen was a design engineer at Rockwell Collins where he designed cockpit instruments for the Boeing 777. He holds several patents in the field of 3D computer graphics.

Olsen earned a Bachelor of Science in electrical engineering from North Dakota State University and a Master of Science in computer engineering from Iowa State University. He will continue to reside in Fort Collins, Colorado.

February 4, 2015

Packet Digital announces new board members

Packet Digital announced today that Peter Lindgren, President and CEO of Otter Products LLC, and Linda Pancratz, Chairman and CEO of Mountain Capital, LLC, have joined its board of directors.

Lindgren has guided Otter Products, best known for its OtterBox and LifeProof brand protective cases for mobile devices, through two acquisitions and significant growth as a billion-dollar global company while delivering strong financial performance and employee engagement. Prior to joining Otter Products, Lindgren spent more than 25 years in the electronics manufacturing services industry in various leadership roles, last serving as executive vice president of global operations for Celestica, a publicly held product lifecycle solutions company. In this position, he was responsible for 20,000 employees operating in 27 sites throughout North America, Europe and Asia across nine market segments, delivering $7 billion in revenue.

Pancratz is currently Chairman and CEO of Mountain Capital, LLC, an investment company. She retired as Chairman of the Board and CEO of TDL Infomedia Limited in the United Kingdom. She completed a management buyout of the company, started a variety of businesses and created a few European joint ventures. She served on a number of corporate boards across Europe. Under Pancratz’s leadership, one of the subsidiaries was recognized as one of the “Times Top 100 Companies in the UK,” received the “Investors in People Award” and the pension company was recognized for “Trustee Excellence” as well as being named the “Best Small Pension Scheme in the UK.” Pancratz has extensive international business and corporate governance experience, as well as broad based management and leadership experience on both sides of the Atlantic.

“Mr. Lindgren and Ms. Pancratz bring fresh perspective to our board and leadership team,” Packet Digital CEO Terri Zimmerman said. “We’re excited for the guidance and new opportunities our company will receive as a result of their extensive experience.”

January 29, 2015

Small Businesses Bring Rapid Innovation and Jobs

Packet Digital’s ongoing effort with the Army to reduce power consumption of equipment used by soldiers in the field has been written about in Fortune as an example of how regional innovation strategies enable small businesses to rapidly develop innovation and create jobs.

July 16, 2014

Intelligent Power Management for Drones

Packet Digital plans to bring intelligent, efficient power management to unmanned aerial systems, or drones, extending flight times and enabling the use of renewable energy to keep the aircraft aloft significantly longer than ever before. Read more in the Fargo Forum.

Gartner Named Packet Digital a 2014 Cool Vendor

Gartner named Packet Digital a “Cool Vendor” in their 2014 “Cool Vendors in Semiconductors” report. The article discusses Packet Digital’s On-Demand Power autonomous, dynamic voltage and frequency scaling technology and why it is an important development in power management.

Gartner does not endorse any vendor, product or service depicted in its research publications, and does not advise technology users to select only those vendors with the highest ratings. Gartner research publications consist of the opinions of Gartner’s research organization and should not be construed as statements of fact. Gartner disclaims all warranties, expressed or implied, with respect to this research, including any warranties of merchantability or fitness for a particular purpose.

May 8, 2014

Small Business Innovations Summit

We will be attending the Small Business Innovations Summit March 19, 2014 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Fargo, North Dakota.

The small business summit will bring to together entrepreneurs, innovators and leaders to discuss challenges, opportunities and solutions related to policy and best practices. Companies at every stage of development will interact with experts and experienced professionals from business, government and education/training to share ideas, learn about and discuss strategies and next steps for improving their businesses.

Join us in November to hear about major trends and forces influencing small business across the country and particularly in our region. Participate in discussions with experts spanning a wide variety of topics including Finance and Access to Capital, Women in Small Business, International Trade, Health Care, Marketing and Sales and many other compelling topics.

Terri Zimmerman will be speaking in the “The Power of Women in Small Business” session at 1pm.

March 7, 2014