San Francisco-based start-up DroneDeploy says it has raised $2 million in seed funding for the launch of a cloud platform to simplify commercial unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) operations.
The company says the platform enables users – such as farmers, contractors and researchers – to create aerial maps and 3D models with just two taps on a smartphone.
The onboard cellular connection makes data acquisition simpler, with data automatically uploaded to the cloud and processed, DroneDeploy says. The 4G-powered Web-application can be used on computers, tablets or other smart devices to get real-time data collected by UAVs.
Contractors, for example, are adopting the technology to perform site assessments and attain high-precision maps. After they operate the UAVs and obtain photos, the platform automatically processes the data, which can then be instantly shared in the form of maps or 3D models for clients, the company explains.
The $2 million funding was led by SoftTech VC and included participation from DataCollective, Redpoint, Draper Fisher Jurvetson and Angelpad.
Led by CEO Mike Winn, with founders Nick Pilkington and Jono Millin, Drone Deploy graduated from Thomas Korte’s Angelpad in May 2013 and has grown to nine employees.