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.