Precision-Guided Drones for Infrastructure Inspection
PRENAV’s commercial drone system is capable of precise, automated navigation in close proximity to cell towers and other vertical structures in order to capture detailed imagery and a 3D reconstruction of each asset. This level of control is not possible with GPS, and to date, has only been seen indoors in research labs with expensive motion capture systems that cost hundreds of thousands of dollars.
PRENAV has developed a patent-pending navigation system that consists of a guidance robot on the ground and an aerial robot working in coordination to fly close to structures. Before flight begins, the guidance robot scans the environment to build a map, then tracks and shares position updates with the drone, keeping it on course even when dealing with wind. The system is operated via an intuitive touchscreen interface and requires no manual piloting skills, making it accessible to climbers, technicians, and anyone who is working to inspect infrastructure today.
Our Solution: Precision-guided drones that build highly accurate 3D reconstructions of industrial assets.
Market Segment: Our first product is targeted at the audit and inspections market for vertical structures, beginning with cell phone towers.
CEO is formerly of Electronic Arts (EA), Microsoft and Stanford + CTO was the first developer at Bot & Dolly (acquired by Google)
$500K+ run rate in 2015
Customers save an average of $500 per inspection when using the PRENAV system
Team has 70+ years experience in robotics, computer vision, and aerospace