PrecisionHawk, which uses a small, lightweight UAV [Unmanned Aerial Vehicle] and cloud-based software to collect, process and analyze aerial data, today announced that Intel Capital has joined its previously announced Series B funding round of $10 million. The new investor announced its participation at the Intel Capital Global Summit, which brings together more than 1,000 founders and CEOs from Intel Capital’s portfolio, Fortune 1000 business executives and industry leaders from around the world.
“Drones hold the promise of revolutionizing many industries, some new and some very old, like farming,” said Jerry Bautista, vice president and general manager of Intel’s New Business Initiatives. “We are pleased to be working with PrecisionHawk, whose unique approach of combining versatile remote-sensing devices with powerful data analytics fits well with Intel’s strengths in hardware and software for the Internet of Things.”
Tammi Smorynski led the investment round for Intel Capital and will serve as an advisor to the PrecisionHawk board.
The funding was originally announced in September with New York City-based investor Millennium Technology Value Partners; Bob Young, co-founder of RedHat and founder and CEO of Lulu.com; and the Innovate Indiana Fund, an Indiana University-affiliated venture company. Intel Capital’s participation provides an extensive wealth of technological resources that will enhance PrecisionHawk’s product development and engineering to meet the technology needs of a growing global clientele.
“Intel Capital understands, as we do, that the UAV platform is not the product. Our product is information delivery,” said Christopher Dean, PrecisionHawk CEO. “The expertise that this group will bring in maneuvering the highly-competitive global market combined with our information-first model and data-driven approach will be invaluable as we continue to service an increasingly large, and growing, market sector.”
PrecisionHawk is currently providing aerial data solutions to enterprise-level customers across a wide variety of industries, from agriculture, energy, forestry, and government to environmental protection. In the time since the funding was announced, the company has launched its data management and analysis tool, Data Mapper, to automatically interpret data coming off the UAV; it plans to release a new model of its fixed wing UAV, the Lancaster Mark IV, in the first quarter of 2015.
Alan is serial entrepreneur, active angel investor, and a drone enthusiast. He co-founded DRONELIFE.com to address the emerging commercial market for drones and drone technology. Prior to DRONELIFE.com, Alan co-founded Where.com, ThinkingScreen Media, and Nurse.com. Recently, Alan has co-founded Crowditz.com, a leader in Equity Crowdfunding Data, Analytics, and Insights. Alan can be reached at alan(at)dronelife.com