MENLO PARK, Calif. Uavia in Paris has completed a $2.5 million first financing round to advance its robotics platforms – including its patented, cloud-based technology for controlling fleets of connected, autonomous unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) – with investments from Airbus Ventures, industry-backed fund Sofimac Innovation, Bpifrance, and entrepreneurs and business leaders.
Uavia’s patented cloud control technology enables real-time remote supervision of autonomous robots and UAS fleets deployed at different sensitive industrial sites to handle missions, such as crisis management, safety and security, routine and predictive maintenance, key asset supervision, and 2D or 3D cartography.
Uavia Robotics Platform enables industrial organizations to connect UAS and robots to the cloud though any mobile Internet Protocol (IP) network available, with the highest level of security. This collaborative platform enables multiple users across the world to control heterogeneous fleets of drones and robots while having data processed, analyzed, and shared in real time.
Uavia Skyguard smartdrones and DroneDock charging stations, connected through the Uavia Robotics Platform, constitute the company’s first end-to-end solution addressing a wide variety of industrial use cases where reactivity or short-cycle operations are key, officials say.
“This financing round allows us to reinforce our capabilities and our technical teams -- web and data, embedded intelligence, data processing, robotics -- to further develop our technological advance. We’re also scaling our commercial operations to serve industrial sectors on which we observe a global traction,” says Clement Christomanos, CEO and co-founder of Uavia. “Our capital is now structured around renowned and complementary actors committed to our company’s acceleration.”
“We have been convinced by Uavia’s right mix between technology and strategic vision,” says Airbus Ventures Chairman François Auque. “Uavia has unlocked multiple technological barriers whichwill allow drones and other robots to become connected and safer, and also to be involved in real-time collaborative use cases. Uavia Robotics Platform matches today’s needs of major industries and will become the center of a world-class applicative robotics ecosystem.”
Uavia was created in 2015 by Christomanos; Pierre Pelé, CTO Embedded Intelligence; and Luc Clément, CTO, Web & Data. The company has grown rapidly and is now employing 20 people in Paris.
Airbus Ventures is an early-stage venture capital group investing in disruptive and innovative technologies that will set the course for ground-breaking innovation in mobility, security, and the future of flight, officials say. Airbus Ventures is the venture arm of Airbus, the European multinational aerospace and defense corporation.