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Hybrid VTOL manufacturer Volans-i raises $20 million series A funding

By admin In UAV News

17

May
2019

Hybrid VTOL manufacturer Volans-i raises $20 million series A funding

Volans-i, Inc., an on-demand aerial delivery business based in San Francisco, has raised $20 Million in Series A funding. The funding was led by Lightspeed Venture Partners, who was the lead investor for Volans-i’s seed round funding, with support from Y Combinator.

Volans-i builds and operates high-speed long-range drones for on-demand delivery of time-critical shipments. These high-payload unmanned aerial systems (UAS) provide delivery services for commercial, defense and humanitarian applications including delivery of parts and medical supplies. The company was founded in 2015 by Hannan Parvizian and Wesley Zheng and is headquartered in San Francisco, with a production facility in Concord, CA.

The Series A funding enables Volans-i to expand its operations in the commercial and defense markets and build out its product offerings.​ ​“Volans-i brings a new means of transportation and aerial autonomy to the market,” says Hannan Parvizian, CEO of Volans-i. “We are very proud to have the support of Lightspeed Partners and our other investors as we expand our services and support our customers.”

Volans-i leverages drone technology as a transportation method to help customers gain control of their supply chain and save millions of dollars on downtime and inventory. The company provides key support to commercial and defence industries, including construction, mining, oil & gas, medical and heavy equipment operations. Volans-i also creates an avenue for customers and communities to receive life-saving supplies when needed most.

Volans-i was a proud partner to an innovative approach to disaster relief in Puerto Rico in 2018-19. In the wake of natural disasters, poor access to healthcare and supplies contributes significantly to illness and mortality. Working with Merck & Co. Inc. and Direct Relief, the Volans-i team tested drone flights and the coordinated processes needed to provide medical supplies to disaster areas. Volans-i provided the drones and the piloting, as well as the quick securing of flight permissions. Securing inter-island flight permissions has traditionally been a major stumbling block in the implementation of emergency supply drone cargo deliveries.

The success of the mission demonstrated Volans-i’s expertise and capacity to provide aid to disaster-struck regions with its unmanned vehicles. “Our services via unmanned aerial systems can help save lives in disaster areas”, says Parvizian. “We are pleased to collaborate with Merck and other partners on this innovative new model of disaster-relief delivery.”

Published at Fri, 17 May 2019 07:10:15 +0000

{articles|100|campaign}Huawei – Digital Platform Enables Smart Civil Aviation Construction

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The 2019 China Civil Aviation Development Forum was held in Beijing on May 16.

Over 400 representatives from around the world attended the event and exchanged productive ideas on the topic of Intelligent Aviation — High-Quality Development in a New Scientific, Technological and Industrial Revolution. At the forum, Guo Ping, Huawei’s Rotating Chairman, delivered a keynote speech titled “Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs Inspiring Smart Civil Aviation”. Guo Ping believes that 5G+AI will spur industry productivity, promote industry upgrade and transformation, and usher in the rapid development of digital transformation for the transportation industry. Digital transformation is the only way to achieve smart aviation.

Huawei will fully leverage its technical advantages and experience to promote digital transformation and the intelligent upgrade of the civil aviation industry with industry partners, enabling smart civil aviation.

Guo Ping said that ICT infrastructure plays an important role in the process of civil aviation digital transformation. For example, achieving ubiquitous connectivity between passengers, airport staff, and various assets is the first step to enabling digital airports. Huawei uses leading technologies such as 5G and Wi-Fi 6 to build a fully connected airport that connects people, vehicles, things, and aircraft. Recently, Huawei assisted Shenzhen Airport in building a 5G demonstration base station in its terminal building. During a recent Chinese national holiday (May Day Holiday), Huawei integrated 5G with “video +AI” to implement 4K HD live broadcasts of aircraft taking-off and touching-down, and passengers arriving at the airport.

This is the first instance of an innovative 5G application at a Chinese airport.

Safety is the core requirement of transportation. Civil aviation safety covers public areas, terminal buildings, and the airfield. Currently, the industry needs to explore ways to use digital technologies to provide convenience for passengers, staff, and flight operations while maintaining these high safety standards and regulations.

With safety support, airport operations need to be digitalized through data acquisition, command delivery, and service collaboration. For example, aircraft cabinet door status can be monitored using machine vision instead of manual records. This helps to automatically detect and collect flight key nodes. Huawei carries out in-depth cooperation with airports to implement E2E one map-based operations control for all scenarios and elements.

The aviation industry, especially in the case of airports, is integrating the physical world with the digital world to optimize resource allocation, improve efficiency, and coordinate management. AI will play an important role in core airport resource allocation, ground crew scheduling, and flight delay prediction.

Guo Ping pointed out that Huawei is making great efforts to build a digital platform for civil aviation. The platform integrates and streamlines data, and supports data mining, analysis, and sharing. Huawei intends to expand the industry and deliver value to customers with its partners such as TravelSky. They are working to meet service requirements for comprehensive security, services and operations control to achieve smart aviation.

As an important part of this forum, Huawei and its partners in the civil aviation industry focused on the three core requirements (security, efficiency, and service) of the industry development in China, and showcased solutions for airports, airlines, and air traffic control (ATC) based on the topic of “Intelligent Aviation”. In addition, new technologies such as 5G, Wi-Fi 6, and AI, as well as application and innovation achievements in the aviation industry were also displayed. Huawei has gained a deep understanding of civil aviation services and industry core requirements through continuous joint innovation with civil aviation customers and partners. This helps promote the implementation of leading technologies in the civil aviation industry.

Huawei is committed to working with customers in the long term and takes a future-oriented approach to drive enterprise digital transformation through the power of the platform. To date, 211 of the Fortune Global 500 companies (including 48 Fortune Global 100 companies) have selected Huawei as their digital transformation partner.

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Published at Fri, 17 May 2019 06:48:44 +0000

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